The Philadelphia Eagles were visited by the city’s Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey in 2012, who told them that the more they lose, the higher the city’s crime rate rises, according to Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
“He basically said crime rates jump up significantly when we lose,” Kendricks said. “He told us that, and I was like, ‘Damn, if that’s a real statistic, we better start winning.”‘
The linebacker was adamant that the way the Eagles play changes how the city operates. “The vibe, people’s moods, everything,” he said. “There is even more crime when we lose…Look it up, it’s a fact.”
In order to check up on what Kendricks said, the magazine’s Birds 24/7 section got statistics about the number of arrests on the days that the Eagles played 1 p.m. games dating back to the 2011 season, which included 24 total games (11 wins, 13 losses).
The sample revealed that while there isn’t a big difference when it comes to serious crimes, the number of disorderly conduct arrests nearly tripled on days the Eagles were defeated, with 19 disorderly conduct arrests after wins versus 64 arrests after losses.
Twenty-five of those 64 arrests on the day of a loss came during the team’s two home losses to the division rival New York Giants.
Turns out Ramsey and Kendricks may have had a point.
And having Michael Vick as a quarterback doesn’t help either.