It's OK. Let it out.
After the Eagles won their first Super Bowl on Sunday night, tears are being shed by men everywhere. Not just by sportswriter Ray Didinger, who got a bad case of the sniffles early Monday morning on Eagles Postgame Live. But everyday guys — dads, grandfathers, fathers who lost their fathers — getting gooey over a win they've been waiting for all their lives.
We're here to tell you, though: Real sports fans cry. And it's not just a new phenomenon.
Philly fans Kevin Farnham and Bryan McKernan, who were in Minneapolis on Sunday for the game, remember crying in 1980 when the Eagles lost to the Raiders.
Still, we seem to be seeing a little more of it, a little harder, since Sunday night.
But we hear you.
The sports world hears you.
Heck, even losers cry.
Eagles fans streaming out of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium were noticeably misty-eyed, with adult men hugging each other and sobbing with abandon.
Fans were nervously biting their nails through the end of the game, and Eric Wyatt said he didn't feel better until the fourth quarter strip-sack that nearly sealed the deal.
"That's when I cried," said Wyatt, of Philadelphia's Queen Village section.
After the game, once the confetti had rained and the MVP award had been granted, it finally started to sink in: His Eagles were champions.
At the end of the game, tears still in his eyes, Wyatt said: "I feel like I'm on a cloud."
The Eagles just won their first Super Bowl.
Feel free to join in, but do grab a tissue.