It was another gut-wrenching afternoon of Eagle football, made worse when I saw an advertisement for an upcoming movie about a romance with a die-hard Eagle’s fan. The film features Bradley Cooper and at first glance, it was like I’d been sacked by the entire Cowboy defensive line. My book comes out in January and this film comes out now.
The Eagles are a train wreck. This might be the most unproductive group of talented players on record. And then to see this film trailer—someone else used the Eagles in a novel about relationships. I was reeling.
And yet, there I was, more concerned about how this team could eke out a victory.
But after the Dallas punt return I knew.
I kept the game on to the bitter end, watching our rookie QB get hammered at the goal line with less than a minute to go. The ball fell free and Dallas scooped it for one last kick to the gut.
Although Chuck Morgan, the protagonist in My Year as a Clown, is a die-hard Eagle fan, football is only a small aspect of my book. This movie is serendipitous. I guess one could ask why it’s taken this long for the passion of the Philadelphia sports fan to become literary inspiration. The Eagle’s struggle is Shakespearean.
I haven’t seen this movie or read the book, but I will. For me Chuck’s football obsession is about loyalty. A guy who can stick by a team in tough times is a guy who can tough out a difficult patch in a relationship, unfortunately for Chuck, his wife was a fair-weather fan.