It took place nearly 50 years ago, but every Christmas Eagles fans are forced to relive the moment when fill-in Santa Claus Frank Olivo was pelted by what one observer called a "tsunami of snowballs" during halftime of the December 1968 game at Franklin Field.
Olivo, who died in 2015 after battling heart disease and other ailments, described the moment on ESPN in 2011: "You hear it. I said, 'Well, you know, I understand what's going on here. They're not booing me. They're not just booing Santa Claus; they're booing everything.' "
On Christmas, the Raiders are coming to Philadelphia to play the Eagles on Monday Night Football, so the Eagles' social media team decided to have a little fun with the long-perpetuated stereotype and allow Santa and the snowball that hit him to bury the hatchet over a cup of coffee at Philadelphia's famed Melrose Diner.
"It wasn't even you they were upset at. It was the team," the snowball (voiced by Eagles fan Bradley Cooper) tells a resentful Santa Claus, who isn't exactly buying it.
"Oh, it was the team. Yeah, that makes sense," Santa shoots back. "Get mad at the team, hit the guy in the bright red suit. Sure."
"Our production team has been discussing it this week," Monday Night Football executive producer Jay Rothman told Bill Penn's Dan Levy. "With an Eagles home game on Christmas night, the timing is just too perfect, so we plan to highlight this at some point during the game."
It won't be the first time ESPN has poked fun at Eagles fans for throwing snowballs at Santa. Last year, the network promoted its basketball coverage on Christmas Day with a fake 30 for 30 short about Philadelphia's mistreatment of St. Nick, which featured former Inquirer reporter Sal Paolantonio and Temple alum Kevin Negandhi.
In a 2013 piece, Legendary Daily News sports columnist Stan Hochman went off on the infamous legend that has tarred Eagles fans for more than a generation:
Hochman spoke with Olivo prior to his death, who outlined exactly what went down that snowy day: