Green Destiny: Why Eagles Fans Need to Study (Gasp) Pro Wrestling to Find Hope in the Circumstances They Now Find Themselves

Randall Cunningham. Green Destiny Pt. 1

“What if this storm ends, and I don’t see you as you are now ever again?” Snow Patrol, “The Lightning Strike Part 1”

Donovan McNabb and Randall Cunningham. Say those names outside of Philly, and to the wrong people inside of the city, and you will get chapter and verse of a treatise: We were not good enough to win a championship, so it is ok to let Randall and Donovan finish off their careers somewhere else. However, the truth is that they have become a coda for what the Eagles are unwilling to admit to:

Their own privilege, dipped in Kelly green.

It is true. The fans of the Philadelphia Eagles were spoiled rotten by what they had for

Donovan McNabb. Green Destiny Pt. 2

over 2 decades. A franchise whose entire existence prior to these 2 men consisted of one championship and a whole bunch of utterly abysmal seasons now had two great all-time quarterbacks…Hall-of-Fame talents of men…and got rid of both of them. In this way, they have hitched themselves to a marriage whose ugly divorce is still being felt 3000 miles and an ocean away.

Potential is an enchanting siren that promises you the world, and delivers on that promise just enough to keep you committed to it through good times and bad. Moreover, odd as it is, that marriage 3000 miles and an ocean away that I spoke of

earlier is also dipped in green. However, it ended far worse than this one will.

If I say the name Mitsuharu Misawa, chances are very high you would know nothing about him, with the exception that he is Japanese. He was not on TV in America. However, and this is completely factual, he was as close to perfection in his sport as anyone has ever been. He represented to an entire culture the best of the Japanese character: total commitment to the task at hand, stoicism in the face of all challenges no matter how great and the spirit of a warrior. What was his sport you might ask? Pro Wrestling. Now look I know what you’re thinking…Pro Wrestling isn’t a sport and here in America, you’d be right.

In Japan it was and still is and if you go on that assumption, Misawa was special; it would be foolish to argue that he was a legend of the first order.

Mitsuharu Misawa. The Ace of All Aces. No one has been better.

Everything you need to know about his greatness is right here in this video.

In fact, his legend came about at the felling of the previous one. Misawa, and his powers, where sharpened and honed by those of the man whom he replaced: Jumbo Tsuruta. Jumbo was schooled not in the dojos of Japan, where hard work and toughness were treated as sacrosanct. Instead, his finishing education after a highly decorated amateur career took place here in America…Texas to be specific. After that spectacular run, he returned to Japan and immediately continued right where he left off, and pioneered what might be the single greatest style of his sport that has ever existed. King’s Road or Oudou, as it has become known. This same style was perfected to its highest point by Mitsuharu Misawa.

Much like Cunningham and McNabb….one started a high standard, left while still on the level and the man behind him came and raised the standard.

Yet everyone tried, and tried, and tried to pass the torch to someone else, to move away from his role as the Ace of Aces while in All Japan and even when Misawa started his own promotion called Pro Wrestling NOAH. The one guy selected, after all of it, was a young man by the name of Jun Akiyama.

Yet, when it came time for Misawa to step to the back after a long and glorious career of service, Akiyama could not carry the weight and neither could Akiyama’s replacement

The Man Who Started This. Jumbo Tsuruta.

Naomichi Marufuji.
So there stood Misawa’s franchise and no one could live up to his standard.

Misawa tried once again to carry the mantle this past year; he is now dead.

By no means am I implying this is the fate that befalls the Eagles. However, I would caution all who think the Kolb ascendancy is a good idea to remember the fate of Akiyama. For when you trifle with Green Destiny, you do so with the knowledge she might just sentence you to a long and troubled wandering through the wilderness.

11 Responses to “Green Destiny: Why Eagles Fans Need to Study (Gasp) Pro Wrestling to Find Hope in the Circumstances They Now Find Themselves”

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  2. Jerold Wells Jr says:

    For when you trifle with Green Destiny, you do so with the knowledge she might just sentence you to a long and troubled wandering through the wilderness.

    That sentence sums up my thoughts about the Eagles broski. Good work Okori

  3. Okori says:

    thanx man. It was a labor of love. and I’m not even an eagles fan.

  4. Mizzo says:

    That’s what makes that sentence so impressive.

  5. HarveyDent says:

    Was down in DMV this weekend and wore my black Eagles #5 so of course I got the business from the Washington and Ravens fans down there but also the question of how in the world did the Eagles let him go? I told ‘em once I figured it out I’d let them know because this is going to take some time for me to get over. Probably this whole season.

  6. Okori says:

    @Mizzo: It’s funny how many freaky similarities there are between the Misawa era of All Japan\NOAH and the McNabb era of the Eagles. it’s scary. Everyone had gotten used to an insanely high standard, and believed that anyone could do it. The guy that the “office” wanted to keep the standard up couldn’t do it, the guy after him couldn’t do it, and now the whole thing is essentially starting from scratch.

  7. Ron Glover says:

    @HD, I was asked that same question when I was away at school in TN. around the time Reggie White signed with the Packers.

  8. Temple3 says:

    If McNabb performed as poorly in the post-season as Jaworski, he’d have been run out of town 10 years ago.

    Jaworski, Drew Bledsoe and Joe Flacco are locked in a Death Grip Competition for Worst Post-Season QB of all time.

    Okori: Kudos for uncovering the symmetry of life.

  9. Okori Wadsworth says:

    thanx T3. it started out as being the “Let me shoehorn pro wrestling on TSF” post that I sometimes try and get away with. But as I did more research it was freaky how many similiarites there really were. To be sure McNabb is not Misawa in terms of achievement. (And really that’s not a knock, because when you are undoubtedly the best of your entire decade, everyone else who even does good work can’t mean that standard. McNabb is doing Shawn Michaels-level stuff. A touch below immortality but still miles better than what everyone else was doing.) But just because a guy reaches that high level, that absurdly high level of excellence that even Michaels was on, it becomes difficult to imagine that anyone could even touch that. NOAH thought someone could, and they were so wrong it cost them their founder’s life. Will the eagles be that wrong?

    @Everyone: Please go and get some Mitsuharu Misawa in your life. It’s worth it.

  10. Sumo wrestling is my all time favorite. i always watch it a lot in Japanese channels.’,;

  11. real wrestling only exists on the olympics, the wrestling on WWE is quite scripted-”,

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