For euphoric fans at Eagles’ first open practice, no more ‘Wait until next year’

August 6, 2018

Eagles fan Veronica Ortiz of Philadelphia leads an Eagles cheer wearing an Underdog mask before heading into Lincoln Financial Field for the open Eagles practice on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

By Staff

The Eagles’ first open practice of the 2018 season was still two hours away, and 25-year-old Veronica Ortiz of North Philadelphia already had worked herself into a quasi-religious frenzy as the heat of a 95-degree Sunday afternoon rose from the steamy parking lots outside Lincoln Financial Field.

As her tailgate group of 16 friends and relatives put down their beer and sandwiches — briefly — to cheer her on, Ortiz sang a full-throated “Fly Eagles Fly” and danced in her Underdog mask just like any dyed-in-the-wool, bleeding-green Birds fan.

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