Eagles Fly Into Training Camp

Philly Sports Chatter columnist Dino Ciliberti, center, flanked by Eagles cheerleaders, joined a chorus of "Fly Eagles Fly" at the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp last week. Credits: Joshua Ciliberti

"Fly Eagles Fly...On the Road to Victory."

You don't expect to hear the faithful of the Philadelphia Eagles chant the team's fight song so early.

But there they were, 15,000 strong (myself included), shouting at the top of their lungs for a team that won't play its first meaningful game of the season for more than a month.

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But this is what it means to really be a Philadelphia sports fan. And these days, the Birds are the only ones to root for with the hapless Phillies, the rebuilding Sixers and the inconsistent Flyers.

The Philadelphia Eagles held the first of three open public practices last Monday and the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field supported their team as if this was a playoff game.

The Linc is such a beautiful stadium and despite a few showers, most people showed off enough smiles to saturate the rain with plenty of sunshine.

With Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy, fans are foaming for a Super Bowl. Maybe, just maybe, Coach Chip Kelly can deliver that trophy to a city that has never seen the like from its football team.

On the field, the players practiced and the team paid tribute to our troops with military day. There was a great amount of pride in the building.

That pride was also showered on a team with huge playoff aspirations and expectations. Fans wore jerseys of their favorite players and Foles and McCoy were well-represented.

Kelly has the team participating on full throttle with the music blaring and two fights have already broken out among players, with another skirmish Monday.

It's nice to see such intensity in training camp.

The fan frenzy is building up. Monday was a great indication of how the fan base will rally around the Birds and fight for each victory.

"Fly Eagles Fly" indeed.

Dino Ciliberti is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, journalist of 30 years and award-winning sports writer who lives in Upper Dublin Township in Montgomery County. With Philly Sports Chatter he shares his thoughts about the professional sports in the Greater Philadelphia region. 

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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