There is no shortage of unforgettable moments in Philadelphia sports. Recently there has been a comedy web series called Birds Court that has taken a funny look at those moments both past and present.
In their most recent episode, comedy star Nick Swardson joined Jimmy Walsh in taking Santa (Jason Rennebu) to court for years of PTSSD (Post Traumatic Santa Stress Disorder). He was a big part of the episode, lamenting of his one wish for Christmas was to get a Philadelphia Birds (Eagles) jacket and instead gets a Dallas Cowboys jacket made by Chalk Line.
“He was hands-down the funniest on set,” Walsh said. “Anyone on set said they never laughed so hard.”
Swardson is buddies with the Walsh twins and regularly watch football games together, even though Swardson is a fan of the Minnesota Vikings.
Swardson was sold on the show and the various stories from the court and jail of old Veterans Stadium, including personal stories from the Jimmy Walsh and his brother Billy — who is the executive producer and plays a minor role as one of the stadium cops.
The story of Eagles fans throwing snowballs (some of them with batteries inside) at Santa Claus is one of the most hallowed tales in Philadelphia sports history. You know it’s a special story when a variation of it is told by former Philly mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell.
“It was the last game of the year. It was right before Christmas. It was in Franklin Field, our old stadium. The Eagles had won two games that year so the fans were just pissed off in general,” Randell told Politico.com. “And then the regular Santa Claus that they were going to use for this half-time show got sick. So they went into the stands to find guys in Santa Claus suits and see if they’d volunteer. And the only guy they found was this scrawny-looking, dirty-suit guy.
“He was the worst-looking Santa Claus I ever saw,” he said. “They put him up on the sled, I guess they must have paid him something, and carted him around. And everyone, myself included, threw snowballs at Santa.”
The brilliant minds behind Birds Courts have many more hilarious stories coming up. In fact, Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie is actually a future target. Probably because the New Jersey governor is a Cowboys fan and said that Eagles fans “are the worst in America”. Which of course prompted CNN anchor Jake Tapper to tweet “I’d throw a snowball at him for saying that, but only if he were dressed as Santa Claus”.
“You [mess] with us,” Billy Walsh said, “we’re gonna come at you.”
Other future episodes involve the return of Hitchbot and the poor Phillies fan that got hit with a Taser. Their second episode involving former Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s fictional gay twin brother who coaches a dance crew got a lot more popular upon Kelly’s firing.
“That episode got a lot more popular after the firing,” Walsh said, “4,000 Facebook likes.”