Posted on July 15th, 2007 at 7:18 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie
Bounty Bowl is the name for the 1989 Thanksgiving Day game between the Philaddelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys in which Eagles coach Buddy Ryan allegedly placed bounties on the heads of Cowboys kicker Luis Zendejas and quarterback/ future Hall-Of-Famer Troy Aikman. Apparently Zendejas had committed some sort of imagined act of betrayal by joining the Cowboys, and Buddy Ryan decided that vengeance might be appropriate. No, more than appropriate. Required.
That is, Buddy Ryan decided that he would hand a couple hundred bucks to the guy who went out of his way to hurt the two smallest/ most vulnerable players on the Cowboys. And it worked like a charm! LB Jesse Small knocked Zendejas out of the game with a concussion! Touch of class.
(Also, there’s a solid chance that none of this actually happened, but hey, these are our myths. I mean, why would men who made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year who are already specifically rewarded for acts of extreme violence above and beyond the ambient levels of violence on an NFL field go extra nuts for a couple hundred bucks? I say we chalk it up to peer pressure and move on!)
In evaluating potential names for this blog, I really wanted something that said “I respect the proud traditions of the Philadelphia Eagles and their famously loyal fan base; also, I could do with a little bloodlust/ glorification of violence.” The Buddy Ryan Eagles were the team that got me excited about the Birds for the first time. I turned 10 a couple months after Buddy was hired, so as I see it, I never really had a choice. OF COURSE I was going to be fired up about that team. That was the team that taught me that rooting for the defense could be more fun than rooting for the offense (especially if your defense was the best in the league and routinely beat the crizzap out of other teams). The Buddy Ryan teams never won anything of merit (sigh) but they DID intimidate the hell out of people. The current administration is obviously a bit more savvy/ competent than those teams (mostly the ownership, STUPID BRAMAN!), but they lack a certain oomph. Those old teams were just meaner. There. I said it. And I kind of miss that.
I really recommend the lovingly maintained Wikipedia entry linked above if you’d like to read more. For the record, the Eagles won said game 27-0. Go Birds.
Past that, yeah, I really dig on the Birds. This is my blog.