You don't normally associate negative emotions with Philadelphia sports.
In the City of Brotherly Love, they believe in affection, even when the circumstances don't warrant it. Criticism knows no place in Philadelphian hearts and bars.
So perhaps it was odd to the management of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles that one of their stadium operations workers, Dan Leone, seemed a little upset when the Eagles allowed defensive back Brian Dawkins to sign for the depressingly hapless Denver Broncos.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mr. Leone posted this on his Facebook page: "Dan is ******* devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver...Dam Eagles are Retarded."
He received a response by telephone from the Eagles: "We've decided to let Dan go to Denver, too. Or to Miami, or Pittsburgh."
Yes, I paraphrase. And yes, Leone was fired. There was no agent to soften the blow or get him a deal to man the west gate with another team.
"I shouldn't have put it up there," Leone confessed to the Inquirer. "I was ticked off, and I let my emotions go, but I didn't offend any one person or target a specific individual."
He apologized "20 million times." But the Eagles merely showed him their talons.
Oh, why is it so hard to forgive humanity's foibles when