Phall Phancy

Tennyson famously wrote that, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” But as summer draws to a close now that Labor Day is behind us, what do we think about? The answer is two things: Baseball playoffs and the start of the NFL season. As a lifelong fan of…

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Face of the Franchise

The other evening, I sat down to watch the Eagles play the Redskins in DC on MNF. Now, the Eagles this season have been by-and-large better than the identity-less .500-ish team I thought they were going to be and at 6-3, they’ve been a pleasant surprise. So when they took the field I thought they…

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Didn’t I Say This Was Absurd About A Month Ago?

Yes, the Eagles neverending quarterback drama (see Donovan?  It wasn’t you…) continues to draaaaaaag on.    But I have to say, I did find this pretty amusing. I personally believe Reid should adopt the old schoolyard approved policy of “make-it-take-it”.  If one QB wins a game, he should get to start the next game.  If…

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Red October

As a boy, I started paying attention to sports when I was about 7 years old – and of course I rooted for “my family’s” teams, the Phillies and the Eagles.  The Phillies that year ended up in last place, losing 97 games.   The Philadelphia Eagles went 2-11-1 and the two games they won,…

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Into The Absurd

Sticking to his guns like he holds onto 2nd half timeouts, Eagles head coach Andy Reid went back on his post-McNabb-trade assertion that Kevin Kolb was the team’s starting QB yesterday – replacing him with Michael Vick. I know there’s some sort of “starter shouldn’t lose his job because of injury” mantra in sports circles,…

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Into The Unknown

Tonight begins the new NFL season.  That’s something I’m usually pretty excited for, but this year there’s something sort of missing.  Every year for the last decade at this time, I’d be looking at the Philadelphia Eagles and deciding whether Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and Brian Dawkins could win the division, win the NFC, or…

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New Eras?

There was an interesting bit of news on Sunday even after the Easter candy had been snacked on and all the earthquakes and aftershocks had done their rattling – and it was a pretty seismic shift if you’re at all interested in the NFC East.  Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins.…

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Third Time’s A Cha— oh, wait.

One thing that was odd about being on the road for three weeks and being very busy and distracted while we were in Virginia was that the end of the NFL season came and went without a chance to opine on it here. When I left, the Eagles had beaten the Giants to take control…

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Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and…

The City of Brotherly Love.  This week, the Philadelphia Eagles organization announced that they’d extended head coach Andy Reid’s contract three more years (which would take him through the 2013 seasons).  If Big Red makes it through that, he will have coached the Eagles for 15 straight seasons.  A remarkable achievement really – only 12…

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West Coast Offensive

There’s a point in a football game when you sense that it’s over.  And after staking the home-team Chargers to a 14-point lead, the Eagles were looking to get back in the game after a very good drive that had them 1st and goal from the 1 yard line.  Yep – 3 feet away.  Naturally,…

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