The first thing you should know about Maybe Next Year is that you don’t have to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan to enjoy this movie. While it is a movie about the Eagles fanbase and their journey during that magical 2017 Super Bowl run, it’s a film that all fans can enjoy. Well, unless you’re a Cowboys, Giants or Washington Football fan.
But Maybe Next Year is a movie for all sports fans. For any sports fan that’s been lifted by a victory. For any sports fan that’s ever had their heart broken by their favorite team. For any sports fan that’s stayed loyal to their team through some trying times that would be enough for most to leave. For any sports fan that’s been lucky enough to achieve the milestone for a franchise — winning a championship.
But, more often than not, that moment doesn’t come. And all you’re left with is the disappointment and the “what could’ve beens” with a long offseason ahead.
Maybe Next Year.
It’s a title that’s perfect for any sports fan. It’s something we all tell ourselves after another disappointing season, whether we were defeated in the big game or whether we finished in last place where there really shouldn’t be any optimism. But there is, because sports is about believing in something that’s far greater than you and completely out of your control.
This is something that Eagles fans know well. After all, since the NFL merger, the Eagles had never won a Super Bowl. That’s more than 50 years without reaching the peak of sports accomplishment. And it wasn’t just the fact that they hadn’t won a championship in more than five decades, it was how they lost. Coming so close to winning a world championship with two Super Bowl appearances and losing both times.
As someone that’s watched her team play in and lose a Super Bowl — and the pain of just being a Chciago Bears fan — I can tell you it’s the worst feeling in the world.
In Maybe Next Year, we follow four Eagles fans from the start of the 2017 season to Carson Wentz’s injury, where all hope seemed lost, to their miraculous playoff run with Nick Foles that culminated in the Eagles’ first Super Bowl championship.
It’s very easy to relate to these fans, I did on several occasions. Their love and passion for their team is undeniable, and it’s nothing new for sports fans. When it comes to recapturing the Eagles’ 2017 championship season, there was no better way to do that than through the fans.
I wouldn’t as far to say I was rooting for the Eagles (while knowing how things ultimately panned out), but I was rooting for the fans to finally get that moment that I’ve been waiting for over the last 19 years.
Maybe Next Year spotlighted the highs and lows of sports fandom. The heartbreak that comes with losses, and the triumph that comes with victory. But it also showed the dedication of sports fans. How despite the lows — and there are a lot of lows for sports fans — they never walk away. They keep coming back, they keep rooting for their team while hoping that maybe — one day — next year will be different than all the rest.