CBS Philly – Six tackles, two sacks, and one Bud Light for Connor Barwin.
A fan handed the Philadelphia Eagles linebacker a beer as he walked off the field at Gillette Stadium following his team’s 35-28 upset win over the New England Patriots. Surprisingly, the beer came from a Pats fan, not an Eagles fan.
“I go out to the field and warm up by myself early and some Patriots fans — that these stadiums now have access where they’re right up on the field’and they were kind of messing with me,” Barwin told the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show on Monday. “Talking about how I wasn’t going to get any sacks, we weren’t going to win, blah, blah, blah. And I just said make sure you have a beer ready for me after we win. And sure enough, we won and they had a Bud Light ready for me so I grabbed it on my way out.”
I want to be mad at these Patriots fans. I had a huge draftcrush on Connor Barwin when he came out of Cincinnati in 2009. A linebacker converted from tight end who I thought could be our next Mike Vrabel before Rob Ninkovich became our next Mike Vrabel. But the Pats went with Patrick Chung and Darius Butler (ugh) instead. Anyway, I want to be mad at these guys because playing the Patriots is motivation enough without dangling the carrot of a free beer out in front of an opponent like that. If someone offered me a free beer every time I do good radio I’d be fricking Howard Stern.
That said, I can’t be mad at them because I have to admit, making good on that promise even in the face of a nut-punching loss like the one to the Eagles is pretty cool. The crowd at Gillette might be spoiled, tough to please, too quiet when the team is on defense, too noisy when they have the ball and too quick to head for the exits when they fall behind, but at least they don’t welsh on bets. A Lannister always pays his debts.
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