Since 1776, Philadelphia has existed in the shadows of New York City and Washington D.C. Counted out and overlooked, Philadelphians turned to football as a way to let out their frustrations. After 58 years of coming up short, a Super Bowl title has become Philly’s holy grail. What started out as the most promising year in decades, the 2017 season quickly unraveled with the season ending injury of their MVP quarterback. With the deck stacked against them, an “underdog” city bands together and puts their faith in an unlikely backup.
From throwing snowballs at Santa Claus to having a jail in their stadium, this fanbase has earned their title of“worst in the NFL.”Maybe Next Year peels back the veil and offers an intimate look at the lives of four very different and very dedicated Eagles fans, unified by their commitment to family, unwavering passion, and the common dream of becoming Super Bowl Champions. Eagles fans paint their own portrait of what brotherly love truly means in the best comeback sports story in years.
Like most kids who grow up in Pennsylvania, I was raised watching Eagles games with my family every Sunday. It was a tradition just like anything else. I remember everything from the Yuengling on my father’s breath to the touchdown dances my mom would do when we scored. Trips to the stadium as a kid with my dad were like being allowed to sit at the bar. I heard things and saw things that no child should ever see. I was hooked.
The passion for the Eagles grew inside me over the years so when I was looking for my next project, I knew there was no better place to go. I set out to explore fandom with objectivity and to provide an honest, reflective inside-out view of the most stigmatized fanbase in the country. While thats where I started, I quickly fell into capturing something much more. The journey of an underdog team lead by a back-up quarterback, counted out by every sports analyst, conquering the improbable and changing Philadelphia sports history forever.
MAYBE NEXT YEAR is a love letter to my favorite place on earth and an ode to everyone who waited their entire lives to be called champions. There was something in the air that year and I was drawn to it the same way I was drawn to the Vet as a kid. I hope this film means as much to the city and its people as they do to me
- Kyle Thrash, Director of MAYBE NEXT YEAR