“There’s not a lot of places like Philadelphia, where you can get people that are as close, as passionate, and are willing to say whatever the hell they want right to your face,” McGlinchey said. “So it’s one of those things it taught me who I was. It’s where my roots are. It’s ingrained in my family, the way that we were raised. The competitiveness, the passion I have for this sport, and the loyalty that Eagles fans have for their team and the rest of their sports teams in Philadelphia, makes you, for the ones you’re playing for, have that much loyalty, too.”
In the book and the 1971 film, Mike sends himself through the Television Chocolate machine simply due to his television fanaticism. In the novel, when his parents lament the loss of his ability to attend school or engage in society, he asserts his retained ability to watch television, whereupon his father finally blames the television set for Mike's behavior and attitude, and swears to " throw it out the window " once they get home, much to Mike's rage. This can be used in the theatrical versions if a director chooses to show the parents of the "rotten" children realizing the errors in raising them, but recent real-world studies reveal it just makes a child's fury worse. Mike's demise was also supposed to come before Miranda Piker 's as well.