Tuesday, December 15, 2009
From my Page-A-Day calendar e-mail...
December 15, 1968
The urban legend of Philadelphia sports fans booing Santa Claus is born today at Franklin Field as disgusted Eagles fans rain snowballs down upon Old St. Nick during halftime of their team’s final home game of the year (a 24-17 loss to Minnesota, completing a 2-12 season). The win clinches the NFL Central crown for the eight-year-old Vikings franchise, but the loss doesn’t even help the Eagles gain the forthcoming No. 1 draft pick (O.J. Simpson); they’ll end up with Leroy Keyes of Purdue. Vastly unpopular coach Joe Kuharich will be fired by new owner Leonard Tose, but the Eagles won’t have a winning season again until 1978 under Dick Vermeil.
My friends over at The 700 Level have more on this history lesson today as well.