Great Birds winner, great meme.
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A satisfying new meme may be the most enduring takeaway from the Eagles’ win over the Saints on Sunday, though it was probably Philadelphia’s best game of the NFL season so far.
The victory put Birds solidly back in the playoffs, which looked almost impossible a few weeks ago. It was the first home win in front of fans in almost two years. Quarterback Jalen Hurts came closer to proving his place as a franchise quarterback.
But the decisive 40-29 victory also spawned the perfect clip to express the feelings of Philly sports fans – and frustrated people everywhere:
Wearing a white raised jacket and an Eagles pom-pom hat, a woman looks directly into the TV camera and expresses her disgust at the situation.
Thanks to her clear speech, everyone can see what she is saying by reading her lips; you need no sound. As editor-in-chief of Complex magazine put it, the scene was an instant classic.
Fox Sports producers know that the audience at Lincoln Financial Field has a habit of expressing their disagreement with calls they do not agree with. So after the referees gave Bird’s defensive tackle Javon Hargrave a gross passers-by it did not look like he deserved it, the camera panned straight to the grandstand. And this woman gave birth.
She is already a minor celebrity. Within minutes of the game ending, she was on SportsRadio 94WIP and blogs across the internet praised her skill. Then The Inquirer interviewed her, published an article the next morning and got many more details.
Her name is Mary Kate Mink and she’s from Delaware County. You can also call her “Jump off Havertown, ”As WIP host Rob Ellis suggested.
Of course, she’s a longtime Birds fan. In the summer, she is a Soul Cycle instructor at Avalon. She goes after “MK” among friends, according to a quote she gave the Inquirer about how friends blew up her phone after the clips went viral – including her mother, who was apparently angry about the curse. Podcast host Marc Farzetta baptized her “The First Lady of Eagles fans.”
Sorry mom, but this meme will probably be seen far and wide in the coming years.
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