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