By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Could you imagine an Eagles Super Bowl parade?

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Well, with the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks coming to Lincoln Financial Field to face the 9-3 and NFC East leading Eagles on Sunday, fans are starting to dream. The entire city of Philadelphia is functioning with an extra bounce in their step this week, thanks to the Birds’ blowout win over the hated Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

“If this team ever does win a Super Bowl, and God I hope I live to see it, it would be the biggest celebration in the history of sports,” Pro Football Hall Of Fame writer Ray Didinger proclaimed Friday on the 94WIP Afternoon Show.

Didinger, who has immense experience covering and analyzing the National Football League, says the way the Eagles impact their city is unprecedented.

“I really do think it’s in a greater way, and to a greater degree, than any city of comparable size in America,” Didinger said, when asked how the Eagles affect the mood of Philadelphia. “I think you have to take Green Bay sort of out of the equation, because Green Bay is a situation unique on to itself, but for a major city—which is clearly a major city with four major sports teams—the hold that the Eagles have on this city—and I don’t even want to just say the fan base, but I’m going to say the entire populous—is, I truly believe, unique.”

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“And I’ve traveled—in the 44 years I’ve covered the NFL, I’ve been to every city over and over again and I’ve seen them through good times and I’ve seen them through bad times,” Didinger continued. “Look, every place gets happy when their team wins, but not like this.”

Didinger had one more thought, a thought that is starting to become more and more like a possibility as this season progresses.

“And you know what, after yesterday, it’s not impossible to dream that maybe it’s [a Super Bowl victory] not as far away as we thought.”


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