Fords believe in the Eagles, live or on TV

     Despite most professional sports facing obstacles to finish their seasons, the NFL plans to start its regular season the second week of September, the same time as in years past. The NFL season brings a certain energy within Haverford’s walls. 

     The Philadelphia Eagles open their regular season against Washington on September 13, beginning the journey that most students hope will end with a Lombardi Trophy.

     During the fall, many students revolve their lives around the Eagles. In fact, some will even do homework at certain times to avoid conflict with game time. 

     Fifth Former Jack Masse has a strict schedule.

     “I always grind out my homework for the weekend on Fridays and Saturdays so I am able to watch the Eagles smack around the rest of the NFL on Sunday,” Masse said. “I keep that up the entire fall.”

“I love the team’s chances this year.”

Jake adler ’22

     Despite the disappointing Wild Card loss in last year’s playoffs, students remain optimistic in the team’s chances this year. 

     Due to beneficial roster changes, Fifth Former Jake Adler is a firm believer.

     “I love the team’s chances this year,” Adler said. “The new additions at the wide receiver really help the squad. The receiver corp prevented the team from making it deep into the playoffs.”

     Despite the lack of fans in Lincoln Financial Field this year, students remain excited for the season to start. In fact, some prefer tuning into games through other platforms. 

     “Honestly, I love just watching the games on TV with my friends. I don’t have to worry about the weather, transportation, or price of tickets. I do love going to games once in a while, but nothing beats sitting on the couch with my friends,” Adler said.

     A hobby for some, a career for others, fantasy football will also return. Students spend countless hours preparing a starting lineup for the week. Students talk about strategy all day in the hallways, community spaces, and classrooms. Despite the inability to congregate this year, students do not plan to stop competing. 

     “Pandemic or not, I will still be spending numerous hours a week checking and editing my lineup,” Masse said. “It’s really something I love doing with my friends every year. It’s an interest we all share.”

Author: Jake LaRocca '22

Sports editor Jake LaRocca has written for The Index since 2018. His articles "Water Polo led by junior Olympians" earned a Silver Key from the 2020 Philadelphia-Area Scholastic Writing competition.