Fans file petition to ban Cris Collinsworth from calling Eagles games

- If you were watching the Eagles Super Bowl victory on Sunday night you may have felt one way or another about the two men who were calling the game.

On Monday, some Eagles players, and their fans reacted to the job done by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long decided to watch a rerun of Sunday’s game on NFL Network Monday night. After explaining that it was “way less nerve-racking” and “way more entertaining” to watch when you know how it ends.

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Not long into his viewing experience, Long tweeted his thoughts on the job done by Cris Collinsworth, especially on the Eagles final touchdown play to Zach Ertz.

“Ertz takes 17 steps and Collinsworth says he thinks they have to overturn it,” Long wrote.

In the play Long was referring to, tight end Zach Ertz caught the ball over the middle and took at least three steps before lunging for the endzone, being hit by a Patriots defender, and holding the ball over the goal line causing it to pop loose when it hit the ground.

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The play, like all scoring plays, was reviewed by NFL officials and later confirmed as a touchdown. Several minutes after the review, Collinsworth had maintained his opinion that it was not a catch. Even Al Michaels chimed in during the review saying, “If I had to guess, I’d say it gets overturned.

Long later followed up that tweet saying “He (Collinsworth) also thought it’s my job to run with Tom Brady w QB wheel route on a reverse pass.”

In this tweet Long was referring to a trick play that saw Tom Brady on the receiving end of a pass, that fell incomplete after hitting him in the hands. Brady was able to break free and uncovered near the sideline with the help of a double reverse, but could not complete the play.

As for the Philadelphia Eagles fans, they too expressed their displeasure with Collinsworth in the form of an online petition asking that the commentator never call another Eagles game again.

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The petition labels Collinsworth as “biased and horrible” insinuating that Collinsworth’s work on Sunday favored the Patriots.

The petition also added that his performance, “brought back recent memories of the horrible job Pete Morelli and his officiating crew did against the Panthers earlier in the year,” a performance that also caused fans to create a similar petition.

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