After news emerged of three of four playoff teams facing blackouts this weekend, we received a text message from the Eagles: “FYI. We sold out in Philly.”
But that doesn’t mean the Eagles have no problems as they prepare to host the Saints. Apart from clearing the stadium of any of the stuff that can be mashed into a ball and thrown at Sean Payton, Drew Brees, and/or Santa Claus, the authorities are concerned about Eagles fans mashing the faces of Saints fans with fists.
Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that undercover officers will attend the game in Saints gear, as a deterrent to those who may be inclined to create mayhem. Last month, a Lions fan wearing a Barry Sanders jersey was beaten up by Eagles fans after a game the home team won.
The use of undercover officers has increased in recent years, with teams like the Seahawks and 49ers regularly alerting fans to the possibility that fans in the road team’s colors may be carrying guns and badges. On one hand, it’s good that the NFL and local law enforcement have taken these steps.
On the other hand, it’s a shame that they have to do it.