Elec­tion shock hits home for Jenk­ins, Matthews

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

For Mal­colm Jenk­ins and some of his Ea­gles team­mates, the re­sult was a lot like an epic up­set where no one gave the un­der­dog a chance. The poll­sters were to­tally wrong on this ... and they got paid any­way.

PHILADEL­PHIA » Ea­gles safety Mal­colm Jenk­ins voted for Hil­lary Clin­ton.

So did a lot of dis­be­liev­ing folks try­ing to ac­cept that Don­ald Trump is the Pres­i­dent-elect.

For Jenk­ins and some of his Ea­gles team­mates, the re­sult was a lot like an epic up­set where no one gave the un­der­dog a chance. The poll­sters were to­tally wrong on this ... and they got paid any­way.

“I think a lot of peo­ple were ob­vi­ously shocked,” Jenk­ins said. “But that’s pretty much it. Ev­ery­body is just kind of wait­ing to see what will hap­pen. Ob­vi­ously I think a lot of peo­ple thought it would turn out a dif­fer­ent way. But this is Amer­ica.”

Clin­ton back­ers had to be con­tent with win­ning the pop­u­lar vote, which is a notch above mean­ing­less in our sys­tem where the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion is de­cided by elec­toral votes — which Trump won, 279228.

“I think there’s a lot of con­cern,” Jenk­ins said. “You just look at all the things Trump has done over his en­tire cam­paign in this whole process. To now see him on the throne, in the seat, is nerve-wrack­ing for me.”

Jor­dan Matthews, like a host of peo­ple who didn’t stay up late wait­ing for a win­ner, woke up say­ing, “Re­ally? No way!”

It was quite an eye­open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the 24-year-old wide re­ceiver out of Van­der­bilt.

“Then I got to work and a cou­ple guys maybe talked about it,” Matthews said. “I was ex­tremely shocked. I think even if you looked at the last cou­ple speeches. Trump’s kind of nar­ra­tive was a lot of nos­tal­gia, talk­ing about things he ac­com­plished lead­ing up to it. But it was still, ‘if I don’t win, it’s rigged.’ So he was al­ready com­ing up with a (con­tin­gency) plan.

“But it’s not rigged now I guess. That’s kind of funny to me.”

The Ea­gles (4-4) need a win right now, not a de­bate over im­mi­gra­tion, for­eign pol­icy and the econ­omy. They’d bet­ter get over the elec­tion in a hurry be­cause the At­lanta Fal­cons (6-3), who roll into Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field Sun­day, have the fire­power to em­bar­rass teams. The Ea­gles don’t want to wake up Mon­day feel­ing like Hil­lary Clin­ton.

“I think be­ing a minority, I think the ma­jor­ity kind of stood out,” Jenk­ins said. “I know from a pop­u­lar vote Hil­lary won. I think there was a record set for the amount of peo­ple that came out and voted. Ob­vi­ously I voted the other way but it’s still one of those times where that’s what Amer­ica is all about. You get a chance to put your opin­ion out there with your vote. And you know, Amer­ica spoke.”

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