[fil-uh-tyood]

So by now you’ve all read the dozens of posts by my older brother Phila Dude, but I’m here to ostensibly offer “another” perspective. And by another perspective, I mean a better perspective. Well, maybe a just a different perspective. You see, I am not an aficionado like Phila D, knowledgeable yes, but really I’m just a fan, just like you. I’m fan who lives in New York City, and who has to deal with obnoxious Giants and Knicks and Mets and Yanks and Nets and Jets and Rangers and Islanders and Devils fans.  That’s like twice as many annoying fans than any other out-of-town fan should ever have to deal with. But I do it with a smile and some sass because I have PhilaTude.

Allow me to define the ‘Tude:

PhilaTude [filuh-tyood]

-noun

  1. A positive manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., based on the foundation of loyalty to the Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers, Phillies, and Flyers.
  2. A disposition expressed often by out-of-town Philadelphia sports fans to aid in maintaining allegiance to the home town team.
  3. A positive manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to Philadelphia; tendency or orientation, esp of the mind: group attitudes.

Sentence: Jane displayed PhilaTude when she wore her Westbrook jersey on game day.

There are a few more things that I’d like to point out about showing one’s PhilaTude. Having PhilaTude is not about being a rude and loathsome Philadelphia fan. We already have plenty of them, and we’re not in the market for more. PhilaTude is about sharing the love and the pride we have for our team with others, even if they may sometimes not want to hear it. For instance, if the Eagles beat the Giants—which is possibly my most favorite thing— it is not okay for the said Philadephia fan to pour a half pitcher of stale beer over the losing team’s fan’s head, and to then do a victory dance on the grimy table. It’s just not cool and it’s most certainly not PhilaTude.  A real fan, a respectable fan, and one with PhilaTude cheers for the Eagles and celebrates appropriately. Allow at least a few hours to pass before you point out to your Giants fan friend that while Eli Manning may be adorable (though I have to say that I’m more of a Peyton Manning girl myself), he’s overrated.

PhilaTude is a mighty power and should be wielded wisely. Good luck.

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