Misspelled Eagles hashtag trends nationally on Twitter

#FlyEagelsFly [sic] has been around for years.

NFL: NFC Divisional Playoff-Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
danya

Several Eagles fans using Twitter during the Saints playoff game on Sunday found themselves surprised to be tweeting with a misspelled hashtag.

By halftime during the NFC divisional round matchup between Philadelphia and New Orleans, #FlyEagelsFly was trending nationally.

Screenshot 2019-01-13 at 6.02.06 PM

Nationwide interest of this level in the Eagles might be new, but the tag is not.

It’s been around since at least 2011, the earliest use Billy Penn could find. The creator is a stoner in “construction” who stopped tweeting five years ago and lived in California. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

What was happening right then? We can tell because professional sports records are meticulously kept: The Eagles had likely just scored their first TD in a game against the Dallas Cowboys that they’d go on to lose by one point.

Only 11 uses of the hashtag show up during that first year, but it exploded along with use of Twitter itself and has become commonly used, albeit inadvertently.

Thanks for reading all the way

Seems you’re the kind of person who really digs in. Want more? Get an update direct to your inbox each morning, with everything you need to stay on top of Philly news.

Billy Penn runs on reader support

Like the story above, everything we publish is powered by people like you. If our work helps you learn about and enjoy Philadelphia, we’d love to count you as a member.

What’s the good word?

Our quick morning newsletter packed with info and events exists thanks to your support. Know someone who might enjoy it?

Send them an invite to subscribe now.

Spread the love

Billy Penn members like you are the reason our newsroom keeps going. Know someone who might want to support our work? Send them a note — they just might join the local journalism fight.