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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Decisions, Decisions About the Losers Parade
WIP's Anthony Gargano has been championing the idea of a late-spring parade to laugh in the face of Philly's defeats. To sarcastically salute past indignities. To just plain have a little fun. If we can't have a victory parade, why not a victimry one?

When Early Word wrote about this, the response was strong, but quite divided. Some, like Helmetman, declared, "Count me in!" Others preferred terms like "idiotic," especially at a time when the Flyers might be making a playoff run. (Half of the votes in a poll leaned this way.) Still others called for more positive pageantry, showing support and encouragement, or patting ourselves on the back for our love and loyalty.

(A few even cheap-shotted Gargano, apparently confusing this idea with ex-cohost Steve Martarano's call for a Boston Tea Party-type protest. WIP's Glen Macnow cleared that up: Gargano began talking this up back when Macnow was cohost.)

Clearly, you can't please everybody. But why shouldn't some positivity and "Let's Go, Flyers" be included? For example, take the name. Calling it the Losers Parade sounds as if fans are losers, giving the national media a new opening to mock our passionate partisanship.

We could embrace that challenge, or adopt another option: Like the Bummers Parade. The Time for a Title Parade. Or the Party-On Anyway Parade. Let's take a poll. Pull down the menu and click on your favorite name. If you come up with a better idea, email Early Word.
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Further, why not have all sorts of sections, representing different points of view? The You Gotta Believe Brigade could follow the Rotten Trades Troop. The Cheer-Us-Up Cheerleaders could escort the Affront to Our Front Offices Float. In other words, anybody with a message as a true Philly fan might pitch an idea and join in. The more the merrier. A truer snapshot. A heartier party.

The AP photos, by the way, are from an ignominious 1998 Eagles-Redskins game here.



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