May 8 2013
The NFL season is fast approaching and every season, as of late, there is a behind the (Twitter) scenes argument between fans of the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles as to which fans are the rightful and original owners of the term “#Birdgang.”
I’ve decided to take this opportunity to write this very easy to read article, containing small words and pictures, so even Eagles fans can understand their mistake.
On October 25th, 2009 Darnell Dockett refers to his team, the Arizona Cardinals, as “Bird Gang,” following a win against the New York Giants.
Eagles quarterback Mike Vick didn’t make mention of the term “#Birdgang” until December 27, 2011. Lesser known Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney did however start consistently using the term
September 26, 2010, almost a full year after Dockett, multiple Cardinals players, Cardinals fans and local radio stations were using it.
Since 2009 when the Arizona began using the term, The Cardinals have beaten the Eagles on three occasions. Once in the NFC Championship in 2009 to keep the Eagles out of the Super Bowl, again in 2011, in Philly, successfully destroying any hope of the Eagles landing themselves a playoff spot. And most recently in 2012, in Arizona, giving the Eagles their first loss of the season.
It turns out that in the all-time series, The Cardinals are beating the Eagles 57-54-5
The wrongful use of the term “#Birdgang” doesn’t just apply to the Philadelphia Eagles. Players and fans of the Falcons, Ravens, St. Louis Cardinals, Louisville Cardinals and any other team with a bird mascot have also misused the nickname. I cannot find anything documented of any professional team using the term prior to Darnell Dockett on October 26, 2009. If you can please email us at ArizonaBirdgang@gmail.com.
Until some proof emerges that your team began using it first, just realize, every time you use the term “Birdgang,” you aren’t imaginative enough to come up with your own nickname. Maybe you Eagles fans could try “The Dirty Birds” or “America’s Team.”