Few fanbases are less forgiving than Philadelphia sports fans. They’ll roast their own players for poor performances, and they’ll absolutely lose their minds over bad calls.
It’s a time-honored Philadelphia tradition that borders on being a character trait.
During Sunday’s game between the Eagles and Lions, NFL fans were treated to a close-up shot of an Eagles fan completely losing his cool over a call. If you can read lips, you can see that this guy was upset. Really upset.
— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) September 22, 2019
Well, astonishingly, that fan has been identified as … uh … the dean of admissions at the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania.
That angry Eagles fan is the smiling, mild-mannered Eric J. Furda from Penn’s admissions page. Again, the screaming man from above is in charge of admissions at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, which is kind of awesome and gloriously Philly at the same time.
Furda, to his credit, had some fun with the video and tweeted his reaction to the viral moment.
Bottom line is that calls were missed that were basic and also in place for player safety! Not sure what the refs were looking at today!
— Eric J. Furda (@DeanFurda) September 22, 2019
After further review of the play I will take the 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct But I will not lose my passion for Philadelphia and Penn sports! Thanks for all the interview requests but we have a game on Thursday to get ready for which I will watch at home!
— Eric J. Furda (@DeanFurda) September 23, 2019
And hey, for all those aspiring Penn Quakers out there: Be sure to play up your Eagles fandom on those admissions essays.