Players and coaches will answer a lot of questions this week regarding Sunday most likely being Andy Reid’s last game. It’s starting to sink in that Andy won’t be here next year. It hasn’t felt real up until now. He has been here 13 years. Most coaches don’t spend half that time as a head coach. Just think about it for a second Andy was hired in 1999, if your kid was born that year you are most likely making a decision about what high school he/she should attend now. Think about what you were doing 13 years ago. I had just gotten my drivers license but my parents still weren’t comfortable with me driving on my own.
In 1999, the year Andy made his head coaching debut, the Denver Broncos were the defending Super Bowl champs and the St. Louis Rams were about to show us they were the “Greatest Show On Turf”. Before that season nobody knew who Kurt Warner was. The cost of a Super Bowl ad in 1999 was $1.6 million compared to the $3.8 million corporations will pay for a 30 second ad in 2013.
In other sports Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France for the first time before going on to win seven more. Brandi Chastain kicked the game winning penalty kick to win the World Cup for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. She dropped to her knees and ripped off her jersey in celebration.
In 1999 the top grossing films were Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, The Sixth Sense, Toy Story 2, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and The Matrix. The Blair Witch Project was also made in 1999.
Here is some songs Andy and the players were probably listening to on their iPods, wait I mean walk man because iPods weren’t invent until 2001. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears, Angel Of Mine – Monica, No Scrubs – TLC, Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin, If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez, Bills, Bills, Bills – Destiny’s Child, Wild Wild West – Will Smith featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee, Genie In A Bottle – Christina Aguilera, Heartbreaker – Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z. I mean those were the popular song that year I doubt Ike Reese, Trott and Dawkins were listening to Genie In A Bottle pre game to get hype. By the way Justin Bieber turned five in 1999.
We’ve had some great years with Andy. I think if we are honest some of the best Eagles season ever were under Andy. But the point is its been a long time and its time to change. We don’t know what will be in store next for the Eagles but its definitely time to try something new.