Eagles fans optimistic as new season kicks off, but wary after too many ‘broken hearts’

As the Eagles kicked off the 2021 season with new head coach Nick Sirianni and young quarterback Jalen Hurts, fans were optimistic…to a point.

At a tailgate block party in front of Evil Genius Beer Company in Fishtown, expectations were tempered. But many said they’re expecting Hurts to do well in his first season as an official starter, and they’re definitely looking for a better record than last year, when a Carson Wentz meltdown and rift with then-coach Doug Pederson left the Birds recording a sad 4-11-1.

Music was bumping at the outdoor party Sunday afternoon, which included a giant TV screen built in the street. Nate Goodwin, aka “DJ Nate G The Music Mixologist,” predicted at least seven Eagles wins, basing his prognostication on “too many changes” in the offseason.

Nate Godwin aka “DJ Nate G -The Music Mixologist” spins the music during an Eagles tailgate and block party outside of the Evil Genius Beer Company in Fishtown. (P. Kenneth Burns/WHYY)

“I want them to go further,” Goodwin said, but he knows what it means to be a Philly sports fan. “My heart has been broken too much by this team.”

As Goodwin was warming up his digital wheels of steel, others started to arrive.


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