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Coming Soon....

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 00:50:16 UTC

2008-02-25T01:15:06Z

I've been away... but for good reason... #1 - there hasn't been much to write about, and... #2 - i've been writing more on my history blog, which is my true passion... (http://ushistorysite.blogspot.com) But stay tuned...because with the phillies starting and the Eagles off-season starting, i will once again be contributing regularly. Here's a quick overview of what to expect...

I've been away... but for good reason...

#1 - there hasn't been much to write about, and...
#2 - i've been writing more on my history blog, which is my true passion... (http://ushistorysite.blogspot.com)

But stay tuned...because with the phillies starting and the Eagles off-season starting, i will once again be contributing regularly.

Here's a quick overview of what to expect in the coming weeks:

Phillies News:
The Ryan Howard Saga
What to expect from this year's Phillies
my visit to the National Constitution Center's "Baseball as America" exhibit
News from Florida

Eagles News:
Who are they hunting for on the free agent market?
Draft updates
The NFC East is Back!!!

but for now.. here are some links to some of my favorite blogs:

Eagles:
http://bleedinggreennation.com/
http://www.donovanmcnabb.com/
http://ronjaworski.com

Phillies:
http://pabaseball.blogspot.com/
http://philliesblog.blogspot.com/

Misc:
http://reclinergm.wordpress.com





The Big Easy... Eagles March on the Saints

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 07:05:53 UTC

2007-12-24T07:07:12Z

It was somewhere in the 2nd quarter, when my wife comes to me and says, "Why are you still watching them? They're out of the playoffs. It doesn't mean anything." To all my fellow die-hards, I apologize for my wife's naivete. For the rest of you that are asking the same questions, please learn the ways of the Eagles world... It was somewhere in the 2nd quarter, when my wife comes to me and says, "Why are you still watching them? They're out of the playoffs. It doesn't mean anything." To all my fellow die-hards, I apologize for my wife's naivete. For the rest of you that are asking the same questions, please learn the ways of the Eagles world (cited below), or turn in your green jersey. And honey, please pay attention. We're watching this game to build some positives for next season, not to mention to get revenge on the Saints for raining on our parade last year. We did get our revenge and have a lot of positives to bank on for next season. The most important being McNabb. If you're ready to give up on #5, then you'd better be prepared for a 4-12 season with Kolb at the helm. You'd better prepare for McNabb going to the pro-bowl in another uniform. And you'd better prepare for the chance that Kolb may not be effective. Me, I'm not willing to prepare for any of that. I'm preparing to have #5 healthy and running this ship like he's done so many times before. Today's game was another improvement and the most encouraging game since the Detroit drubbing in week 3. McNabb was accurate (24-35, 263 yards, 3 TDs) and poised in the pocket. And he was shifty and slippery in the pocket, all amidst a constant Saints' blitz. He showed us another glimpse of his healing knee with his scamper on the naked bootleg early in the first (we'll forgive him for the fumble). He was a confident field general in leading the Birds in a 98-yard touchdown drive. And most of all he won. Bottom line. Other's deserving recognition today were Joselio Hansen, who had several decent defensive plays. Broderick Bunkley for showing his speed and making several tackles downfield. Jason Avant for coming back off of injury and re-emerging as a possible threat in the future. Sheldon Brown for reminding us once again that we have a cornerback that can HIT, which is rare. And last, but certainly not least the play of Stewart Bradley. The two stops on the goal-line stand would be enough to warrant an applause for this rookie, making the most of his first full-time roll, but add to that a sack, and a diving interception and you've got a lot of people opening their eyes to a young exciting linebacking corp. We know Gaither can play. Chris Gocong is always all over the field, and add to that Bradley, who the coaching staff has always been high on, and we've got a full house of young, athletic backers who have a nose for the football. And a quick congratulations to Kevin Curtis and Brian Westbrook, both of whom eclipsed numerical milestones today for season statistics. Curtis has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the season while Westbrook eclipsed 2,000 all purpose yards, and is only 2 yards shy of breaking the Eagles all-time record in this category held by the Eagles' first X-Factor, Wilbert Montgomery. And finally, Happy Holidays to everyone. I know my Christmas will be a little brighter knowing what we can look forward to for 2008. [...]



Eagles' "Big D" Defeats Dallas

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 03:57:00 UTC

2007-12-18T03:57:49Z

Friday afternoon before heading home for the weekend, someone at worked asked me what I thought the Eagles chances were at winning this weekend. I pondered for a few seconds, weighed the options and realistically and confidently said 3 in 10. The 3 out of 10 was based on the following facts. What I didn't expect was a nearly flawless... Friday afternoon before heading home for the weekend, someone at worked asked me what I thought the Eagles chances were at winning this weekend. I pondered for a few seconds, weighed the options and realistically and confidently said 3 in 10. The 3 out of 10 was based on the following facts.the Eagles have been unpredictable this year. They seem to play up for big games and play down for others.anything can happen in an NFC east game. -- I don't have to go through the history of this great division to tell you that every battle, regardless of the year between NFC east foes is a tough one. (this one was no exception)the Eagles still had something to play for - even as I write this our playoff hopes are still alive as the Bears are beating the Vikes 6-3 at halfWhat I didn't expect was a nearly flawless game by the Eagles defense. This squad continues to impress me. And although I can do without Quinten Mikell and his bonehead play to run the ball out of the endzone, there were, once again, some defensive players who stepped up their game to keep us in it.Omar Gaither - I think he's for real. I think his move to strong side linebacker was a good one. Sure he's not as physical as Trott was, nor is he as menacing, but man can this guy play. Lit0 Sheppard - Did a great job of keeping Terrell Owens in check. It's been a disappointing injury plagued season for Sheppard this year, but he came up big yesterday. Not only shutting down TO, but he had a key interception which set up a touchdown, a second pass deflection and 6 combined tackles. The "Bend Don't Break" Goal Line Defense - With the exception of points allowed, this defense has been mediocre at best this season. They hadn't been creating turnovers and they seemed to let up the big play at in opportune times. They have, however, been stellar inside the redzone, once again personifying that "bend don't break" attitude which has been their mantra in recent years. They once again proved their worth yesterday.And now to the offense.Let's start with McNabb. He once again showed signs of improvement. He moved well. His statistics were okay, but he didn't make any mistakes. His 28 yard scamper, on a still less than 100% knee, proved that he's getting back to his old self. Several times he avoided sacks and found room to either throw it away, or in one instance run out of bounds because his receivers weren't getting open. When will this organization give him someone to play with? Have they looked at tape from the 2004 season? Earth to Reid and Banner... we need a playmaker!And lastly, to Westbrook. I don't think I can say anything I haven't said already. ... Westbrook knows what he's doing. And since I've already sung his praise, time and time again, I'll allow someone who's new to the Philadelphia sports blogosphere, TheReclinerGM tell you how great Brian Westbrook, and explain "The Smartest, Most Unselfish Play, Ever"And as for Tony Romo, we all know how difficult it is to perform in front of our girlfriends, but he just takes it to a whole new level. Case in point. Remember last year, when Romo was dating Carrie Underwood, and she was was in the luxury box when we played the Cowboys. At that time, Romo had the worst performance of his career, and we beat Dallas handily. At least, it was the worst until Sunday. Romo tallied a 22.2 quarterback rating. And just for the record, I prefer Jessica. Update - Chicago 13, Minnesota 12. 3rd Quarter.Hopefully we will have something to play for next week. Beat New Orleans and everything is wide open. [...]



Meet Brian Westbrook

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 06:25:50 UTC

2007-12-04T06:30:33Z

Marty, this is Brian. Brian Marty. I'm still not convinced that Brian Westbrook has ever been formally introduced to Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg. I don't think they know how good he really is. Do they even know his number? If they do, then why don't they use him? Why does he not get the ball at the end of... Marty, this is Brian. Brian Marty. I'm still not convinced that Brian Westbrook has ever been formally introduced to Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg. I don't think they know how good he really is. Do they even know his number? If they do, then why don't they use him? Why does he not get the ball at the end of the game? Why does he only touch the ball 22 times? If he touches the ball 30 times yesterday, we win. Just in case Andy and Marty read my blog, I'm going to show them how good Brian Westbrook is. Yards Per Touch Among NFL Running Backs (2003-2006)1. Brian Westbrook 938 touches, 6.0 avg.2. Michael Pittman 725 touches, 5.6 avg.3. Tiki Barber 1,517 touches, 5.5 avg.4. Larry Johnson 989 touches, 5.3 avg. Yards Per Touch among all NFL players (2006)1. Brian Westbrook, 315 touches 6.0 avg.2. Frank Gore 340 touches, 5.8 avg.3. Ladainian Tomlinson, 386 touches, 5.8 avg. Last year, Westbrook was amongst the league leaders in 8 critical offensive categories... Brian Westbrook ranks #1 or #2 amongst all NFL running (2003-2006) in receiving yards, TDs and receptions. Yards1. Westbrook - 2,3502 Ladainian Tomlinson - 2,044 TDs1. Westbrook - 182 Tomlinson - 10 Receptions1. Tomlinson - 2602. Westbrook - 248 And what about Yards after the catch (YAC)? YAC (2004-2006)1. Westbrook - 17672. Tiki Barber - 15603. Ladainian Tomlinson - 15104. Steven Jackson - 13655. Steve Smith - 1319 Consider this also... Westbrook averages more yards per carry after the 21st carry then he does for his first 10. And his statistics this year, far outshine those of last year. Currently he has:216 carries for 994 yards (avg of 90.1 yards/game) and 7 TDs.69 receptions for 604 yards. (54.9 yards/game) and 4 TDsHe's currently averaging only 19.1 rushing attempts per game. And he's got only 1 fumble.So why didn't we use him at the end of the game? Here's what Andy had to say... "We were trying to win the football game the best way we could. We were trying to do what we needed to do to win the game at the time."I don't know why we even have press conferences with Reid. Does he ever say anything? Click here for more impressive Westbrook stats. He's quickly entrenching himself as one of the Eagles' All-Time Greats. They've done some pretty cool projections for season totals. It really is impressive.I'm baffled... we were playing on a cold, rainy day with our backup Quarterback at the helm. Our receivers are less than stellar and we have one of the best running backs in the game. Why then did we throw the ball 46 times and run it 25 times? [...]



Must Win. Period.

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 17:36:23 UTC

2007-12-02T17:36:56Z

Enough with the QB controversy and Donovan's future here. Stop with the complaints about Andy's play calling. I don't want to hear any other suggestions about bringing in a football guru to be the GM. I'm also sick and tired of moral victories. We lost last week. It's not fun. Let's just go out and play football. We need to...

Enough with the QB controversy and Donovan's future here. Stop with the complaints about Andy's play calling. I don't want to hear any other suggestions about bringing in a football guru to be the GM. I'm also sick and tired of moral victories. We lost last week. It's not fun. Let's just go out and play football. We need to win.

The Eagles once again. have their backs against the wall. And the Seahawks are no slouch. They are a decent team at 7-4, playing in the midst of a rejuvenated passing attack. This game scares me.

Last weeks near victory against arguably the best team in NFL's recent past is enough to lead to a down week today. Couple that with the Eagles' inconsistency this year and I don't know what to expect.

But I'm here. And I'm ready.

Next weekend I'm flying to Atlanta specifically to see some friends I met at an Eagles' bar down there and watch the game at Rocky Mountain Pizza, arguably the best Eagles bar outside of the Delaware Valley. And I need that game to mean something. Because it would be a lot more fun.

Prediction: Birds win an ugly one. And I mean... ugly.




The Good the Bad and the Confusing

Mon, 26 Nov 2007 05:35:24 UTC

2007-11-26T05:36:49Z

This game was winnable. Even though we were expected to lose this game, it still hurts to lose.... especially when it was right there for us to win it. If we lost by 22, I'd sleep well. We didn't. The defense played their hearts out, the offense moved the ball and we were in a situation to win the... This game was winnable. Even though we were expected to lose this game, it still hurts to lose.... especially when it was right there for us to win it. If we lost by 22, I'd sleep well. We didn't. The defense played their hearts out, the offense moved the ball and we were in a situation to win the game... and we blew it. We gave this one away... literally handed them the ball. The Good: JR Reed played well. He had a few nice hits, and a few nice pass deflections. He's filled in nicely at safety. Now if he could only catch a punt. The cornerbacks pretty much shut down the outside. The Pats were forced to go to Welker in the slot more often, which didn't work out too well for the Eagles. But I'd rather he beat us than Moss. Greg Lewis: From out of the woodwork to prime-time. I would have cut Greg Lewis after week 2. He was obsolete on the offense for most of the first half of the season. He showed up tonight, just like he showed up in the super bowl, from out of nowhere, when the Pats least expect it.The Pass Protection: Brady seemed to have a lot of time to do what he needed to do. I can't remember any sacks, or many hurries. AJ Feeley's ability to let the receivers make the play. The Greg Lewis touchdown was one example, I think I remember one to Schobel, and another to Reggie Brown. McNabb sometimes won't allow the receivers to make the play and waits until they're open. Spreading the ball around: From the get-go you could tell that more Birds would be involved in the offense. This wasn't going to be the Brian Westbrook show. In all 8 different Eagles caught the ball. Added to the list of regulars were Greg Lewis (4 for 88, 2 TDs), Matt Schobel (1 for 18) and Reggie Brown with 5 receptions matches his total from the two previous weeks.The Defense: I'll say it again. They keep us in games. A few key stops against this titan offense. Dawkins was flying around JR Reed was flying around, we had some good pressure on Brady, and of course the aforementioned corners.The Bad: The first INT. When it happened I thought the game would get out of hand quickly. But our march down the field shut me up. The play called at the end of the game: We were in field goal range. I like the aggressiveness and this wouldn't be an issue without the pick... but c'mon... the game was there. The entire night was spent hunting and pecking, and we went away from it. The Confusing: Maybe it's not McNabb. The drive where we scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter was done with 10 straigh passing plays. That is the McNabb offense without McNabb, and not the McNabbless offense usually played without McNabb. Additionally, the pass to run ratio was 42 pass to 19 run. That's 55%-45% pass to run ratio. The real McNabbless offense usually has more run than pass. The Aftermath: I love and hate AJ Feeley all at the same time. He threw for 350+ yards but made some bonehead throws with those picks. I guess we can never be satisfied. What's the word on the street going to be tomorrow? Will they be calling for AJ to start next week? It should be interesting to say the least. How do the Eagles respond to this game. If anything it is a confidence booster. When I said there was only upside, I meant it. Sure they'll be heartbroken for losing this one, but the confidence has to be there. Let's beat Seattle and get back to .500. I'm not sure how many of you have looked at the wild-card standings, but even at 5-6, we're right there. There must be 5 other teams at 5-6. The NFC is interesting. PS - concerning the potential QB controversy. I do hope that nobody calls for Kolb. I [...]



No Expectations: There is Only Upside

Sat, 24 Nov 2007 16:10:37 UTC

2007-11-24T16:11:21Z

If you're like me then you're probably hard pressed to find ways the Eagles can even compete against the Pats this Sunday. The Patriots team is the most dominating sports team I've seen in a long, long time. I can't remember any team (outside of Central Bucks West Football, circa 1990) that dominated their opponents as often and as... If you're like me then you're probably hard pressed to find ways the Eagles can even compete against the Pats this Sunday. The Patriots team is the most dominating sports team I've seen in a long, long time. I can't remember any team (outside of Central Bucks West Football, circa 1990) that dominated their opponents as often and as convincingly as this team. In looking at their scores and the statistics that Tom Brady puts up every week, this quite possibly could be the best football team of all time. Having that sad, this game brings only upside for the Eagles. Why? Because we're expected to lose by three touchdowns. I've been in this situation a few times myself. I played high school football for a team that didn't win many games. When you have only 33 kids on the team it's tough to win. In high school I played receiver and cornerback. I was 5'11" and 155 lbs. Our center weighed 160. Go figure. Needless to say, teams ran the ball against us constantly, and with no big men it was tough to win. Not to mention very tough to find time to throw the ball, let alone run it. I'm getting off track, but my point is when we prepared to play teams like CB West , I went in there with the attitude that we had nothing to lose. The Eagles should go in with the same attitude. Here are their options: Lose by 10-20: If they lose by 3 touchdowns and are trounced by the Patriots, then there is no love lost. We're 22 point underdogs and the Patriots have trounced everybody. This isn't to say they're going in there with the attitude of losing, but let's face it. The odds are against us. Lose by 6-10: Sure it could happen. If we lose by a little bit and put up a fight, then we can use that momentum to host Seattle the Giants at home, which are two must wins. Win: If we win it makes the season. Winning will wash away all of terrible football we've seen this year, assuming we take that win and snowball it to the playoffs. I think we'll lose this game. For the first time in years I don't have confidence that we can win this game. I don't remember having this feeling for a long time. I don't like this feeling and it will take some getting used to again, but I'm thankful that this is the first time in a long time where I don't see a possible victory. I know last week I talked about any given Sunday... and I'm still on board for that, but we'll need a lot of help. So... what can we do to win. First we'll need 4 turnovers. And considering that Tom Brady has only thrown 4 picks to his 38 touchdown, the chances of this are almost zero. On top of that we'll need to control the clock to keep the Pats off the field. I"m confident that without McNabb we will run the McNabbless offense which features Brian Westbrook, but I'm not confident in our ability to stick with it if we find ourselves down early. I do have confidence in AJ Feeley not to lose the game for us. Just be a game manager and let #36 head west to the frontier. And lastly, despite how poorly this team has played all season, we are only about 3 plays away from being 7-3. (see muffed punts in Greenbay and penalty before punting to Bears) The Lions lost on Thursday, which bodes well for our chances in the wild card. We need to go 4-2 the rest of the way to have a shot. As I see it, we need to find a way to beat the Giants or the Cowboys. Our other foes are beatable (Seattle, New Orleans and Buffalo). None of the games will be easy. I'm just hoping for some positiveness out of Sunday's game to springboard us vs. Seattle. Remem[...]



A Win is a Win: McNabbless Offense Comes Through

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 04:30:09 UTC

2007-11-19T04:32:06Z

Before the game I was asked the question; Would you still be satisfied if they win 10-9? My answer; Absolutely, a win is a win. Today's game definitely falls under the category of "a win is a win". I was fortunate enough to have seen this game in person. I was also lucky enough to watch it from a Club... Before the game I was asked the question; Would you still be satisfied if they win 10-9? My answer; Absolutely, a win is a win. Today's game definitely falls under the category of "a win is a win". I was fortunate enough to have seen this game in person. I was also lucky enough to watch it from a Club Suite. Which is nice, though had I dressed for it I would have preferred to be down on the field with "those that bleed green". On a side note I did do a little tailgating in FDR park with some friends before the game so I had a little time with the green bleeders. And now that we did get a less than stellar performance from this continuously unpredictable team and eek out a win, I'd like to reflect on some observations. #1 - Brian Westbrook always comes to play. Westbrook once again proved his importance and his durability by carrying a career high 32 times for a career high 148 yards. Hard to believe 148 is a career high, but it is. Westbrook is the cog. The way he goes, the team goes. #2 - I like the Eagles offense without McNabb This isn't to say we can't play the sans-McNabb offense with McNabb at the helm. The McNabbless offense is a run first, pass second offense. The McNabbless offense relies on Westbrook (see #1). The McNabbless offense moved the ball today behind an impressive offensive line. The McNabbless offense got us 5 straight wins last year with Garcia. I'm more comfortable with the McNabbless offense play calling. The two longest drives of the day happened in the 4th quarter when we had drives of 10 and 11 plays. The former went 77 yards, resulted in a TD and ate up 5:24 of the clock. The latter, ate up 6:21 and ended on downs with 19 seconds left. I like that offense. Let's play with that offense. Perhaps Marty and Andy will learn from the Garcia run last year and the second half today and run the McNabbless offense, even when we're not McNabbless. Nah, who are we kidding...that won't happen. I'm not sure if anybody noticed, but Westbrook only had 1 reception for 0 yards. It was that shovel pass inside the 5. I'm not sure how they plays into things, but it's definitely mentionable. #3 - The Defense Continues to Confuse Me How can this defense be so good, with so little turnovers? Where's the excitement? Where are the big plays? But I have to hand it to them, they continue to keep it close. They pitched a shutout today. And that goal line stand was fun. Sheldon Brown continues to impress me. He had 3 pass deflections and 3 solo tackles today. Chris Gocong had 6 tackles, 7 if you count special teams and Takeo Spikes had 6. Other than that, it was pretty much a team effort. (but we won't mention that this was against a rookie QB on an 0-10 team...remember, a win is a win.) What's kind of scary, is there are a lot of similarities between last year's run and they way this year is turning out... keep that in mind, and I'll write about later this week...it's kind of weird. To give you a hint, it involves being McNabbless and playing against the NFL's best team. #4 - The Special Teams I think I just threw up in my mouth, thinking about the special teams. I digress. Here are the stats from today's game. http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/29350/PHI_Gamebook.pdf Notable inactives for today's game: Kearse, Kolb and Tony Hunt. Apparently Kearse was hurt but could have played. Kolb is the 3rd QB, plain and simple. And I'm not sure why we don't use Tony Hunt. PS - my walk home from the subway was much more pleasing then the one after the Bears'[...]



Any Given Sunday... X Can Happen

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 02:51:40 UTC

2007-11-15T02:56:53Z

Okay, the Eagles are still relevant. We're right in the mix. We've one a division game against a worthy opponent. We're still breathing and we control our own destiny. We must keep winning. We've still yet to piece together two wins in a row, but it will happen, I promise. There is however, some good news on the horizon... #1... Okay, the Eagles are still relevant. We're right in the mix. We've one a division game against a worthy opponent. We're still breathing and we control our own destiny. We must keep winning. We've still yet to piece together two wins in a row, but it will happen, I promise. There is however, some good news on the horizon... #1 - I've said it time and time again... Andy Reid's record in November and December speaks for itself. Will the Eagles make another late season run against all odds??? God I hope so... #2 - We have 4 games against NFC foes who are ahead of us in the wild card standings. Namely, Seahawks, Giants, Cowboys and the Saints. We can make up a lot of games by winning more than we lose here... #3 - We play the Dolphins this week But before moving on to anything, let's take a closer look at #3... the Dolphins. I don't know about you, but an 0-9 team kind of scares me. And it seems like this team is floundering a little closer to a win each week. They were 50 seconds from a win in Buffalo last week. They lost 13-10 on a last minute field goal. And consider all the games they've lost by 3 points. Week 1: 16-13 to WashingtonWeek 3: 31-28 to NY JetsWeek 5: 22-19 to HoustonWeek 8: 13-10 to NY Giants That's four games they've lost by a combined 12 points. They've almost won 4 times... and I'm sure they're hungry. That said, you can't take this team lightly. Remember the "any given Sunday" philosophy and the so called parody of the NFL. This is a team must put away early, that is if these Eagles team is capable of that. I'm scared that if we let the Dolphins hang around, they'll beat us. I'm urging the Eagles to come out firing and harpoon the Dolphins in the first half. Show some urgency early and make this a no-doubt-about-it victory. We can't let this one get away. PS - speaking of letting one get away.. or not letting one get away... Did anyone notice Brian Dawkins on the kickoff team on Sunday, late in the 4th quarter? Below is the story from Philly.com... this is another reason why Philadelphia loves Brian Dawkins... X-Man inspireth (from Philly.com) Apparently, after the Eagles' score with just over 2 minutes to play gave them an eight-point lead, veteran safety Brian Dawkins insisted on taking the field on kickoff coverage to help ensure no game-altering runback. Dawkins, a 12-year veteran and collector of X-Men comic books, was a special-teams dynamo as a young player. However, he now is 34. Yesterday was his second start after missing five games with a neck stinger. "The 'X-Man' was out there, running down there on kickoffs," marveled cornerback Sheldon Brown. "When you have Dawkins running out there on kickoffs, it jacks everybody up!" * X did Happen... Here's a video discussing Brian Dawkins playing special teams...http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/multimedia/11241046.html [...]



Faith

Sun, 11 Nov 2007 18:08:04 UTC

2007-11-11T18:08:34Z

Faith is defined as.... 1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability. 2. belief that is not based on proof: 3. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure to appear would be breaking faith. All of these definitions apply to my faith in the Eagles. I'm a realist and...

Faith is defined as....

1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability.
2. belief that is not based on proof:
3. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure to appear would be breaking faith.

All of these definitions apply to my faith in the Eagles. I'm a realist and I know we'll get worse before getting better. I know McNabb might be on his way out. And all in all, right now, we're not a good football team. But I have faith. I've seen worse teams, I've endured worse seasons.

So i'm here today watching the Eagles. Rooting like a 10 year old, and cursing like a sailor. As in definitioin #3; "failure to appear would be breaking faith".

And until the last day... even when it gets ugly...

I will not be breaking faith.

Go Eagles.!




6 Reasons Why I Dislike A Cowboys Fans

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 12:21:07 UTC

2007-11-10T12:43:55Z

Last weeks disheartening loss to the Dallas Cowboys was bad enough. Our defense let us down. Our offense never got up. McNabb played terribly. The secondary had no clue. And so on and so forth. By the end of the second quarter the outcome was inevitable. In a nutshell, we looked awful, and the game marked the true beginning of... Last weeks disheartening loss to the Dallas Cowboys was bad enough. Our defense let us down. Our offense never got up. McNabb played terribly. The secondary had no clue. And so on and so forth. By the end of the second quarter the outcome was inevitable. In a nutshell, we looked awful, and the game marked the true beginning of the end. But the Nationally Televised embarrassment is not enough for some Cowboy's fans. One fan in particular had decided to take it to the next level and for no apparent reason, attack and berate me and my contribution to the Eagles nation, by adding immature comments to last week's blog entry, "6 Reasons Why The Eagles will beat the Cowboys" Let me preface this by saying, I'm not paid to write this blog. I have a full time job in a totally different industry. I take no offense to what he's saying because he doesn't know me, nor do I know him. I'll admit that I'm an optimist. Especially as it concerns my blog entries. The reason for this is because it's more fun to write that way. I know that the 6 reasons of why the Birds could beat the Cowboys posted last week was a fantasy. This is because i'm a fan... i have faith, and i need something to hold on to. I know the Cowboys are a better team. I know the Eagles are going to get worse before they get better. Outside of this Eagles' micro-cosm I'm a realist, but I still have a legience to the green and silver and I have to have some faith in order to watch the games every Sunday. So with all this said, please allow me to re-post the offensive comment left on this blog by a Cowboys fan from Glassboro, NJ (I have his IP address) The comment was removed by PennLive staff. He wasn't man enough to leave his email address. Because I'm sure he knew HE would catch heat. Here you go: IP Address: 71.226.201.232 Name: phillybluntx Email Address: URL: Comments: 6 Reasons Why Kevin Katz is Clueless about Football. "#1. Kevin Katz isn't that good at anything he has ever wrote about the NFL. #2. Kevin Katz's demand for the spotlight. You can't help but think that he's a little upset at the lack of respect he's gets. Maybe he's matured, maybe he's changed and just wants to write something that makes sense, or maybe he's about to boil over. I can't say that I blame him, with every other sports columnist in the area getting better reviews then him. "Does blogging count ? #3. It's an 8pm column in Philadelphia. I know he's mommy tucks him in by 9, so he'll have to rush to get this column in by deadline. But I'm sure the Eagles' faithful will be all liquored up and ready to give good ole Kevvy an earful to get him going. That one always backfires Kev, you know, provoking the enemy. Not a smart thing to do, especially against the #1 team in the division. #4. This is a good, he thinks because 1 defensive player is back and that the Cowboys are 6 -1 & Eagles 3 - 4 and the fact that Dawkins name will be announced last, (LMAO) will provide so much "intensity" it will win the game for the Eagles. #5. He thinks 1 play in a game last season has anything to do with this game. 1 defensive stop usually can't win 1 game, let alone provide some kind of magical spark that makes you unbeatable. #6. This one is just sick, he thinks that the team, the stadium and the whole City will rally around a pill poppin heroin addict dope heads father, who raised him to be such a loser in the first place, just like him[...]



6 Reasons Why the Eagles will Beat the Cowboys

Mon, 05 Nov 2007 00:23:05 UTC

2007-11-05T01:07:38Z

#1. The Cowboys aren't that good -- this is a team that nearly lost to the Bills and needed some luck and some last second heroics to do it. This is the same team that has trailed at halftime in their last 3 games. And the combined record of all their oppenenst thus far is 25-32. They played both 0-8... #1. The Cowboys aren't that good -- this is a team that nearly lost to the Bills and needed some luck and some last second heroics to do it. This is the same team that has trailed at halftime in their last 3 games. And the combined record of all their oppenenst thus far is 25-32. They played both 0-8 teams in the Dolphins and the Rams... their schedule has not had many tests. #2. TO's Demand of the Spotlight-- There is no doubt that the big story this week has been the Colts and the Pats. With Owens' demand of the spotlight, you can't help but think that he's a little upset at the lack of press he's getting this week. And though it's Sunday night and nothing has happened yet... I think the pot is still boiling. Maybe he's matured. Maybe he's changed and just wants to win. Or maybe he's about to boil over. All it's going to take is a couple of 3 and outs with zero receptions... and the blame will come. I'm predicting a TO-Romo confrontation. Wouldn't that be pretty? #3. It's an 8pm Game in Philadelphia -- I don't know what time th parking lots opened, but I'm sure the Eagles' faithful will be all liquored up and ready to give an earful to TO, Romo and company. Philadelphia is a tough place to play at any time, for any team. But this is the Cowboys, on a Sunday night on National TV in a must win situation. Enough said. #4. The Eagles play up for these games -- Dawkins is back. We're playing the Cowboys!!! They're playing just another team. They're 6-1 and we're 3-4. Who's hungrier? Who needs this game more? Who has to play with a do or die attitude? I have no doubt the intensity on the defense will be high from the get-go. They'll undoubtedly announce the defense, leaving Dawkins for last. That should be enough.... right? And as long as we keep it close, or hold the lead, the fans will be there until the end. (side note: Dawkins will proabably be brought back slowly, but his presence alone will hype up the D.. .and Quintin Mikell has been excellent in his stead.) #5. Christmas 2006 - In my opinion, this was the game that was the true beginning of the Eagles' run last season. It was the defensive stop on the goal line that sealed the deal. Wouldn't it be nice to go on another second half run, and have another unexpected victory over the Cowboys as the springboard to success? I can feel it... and the 3 point spread tells me that the bookies are feeling it too. #6. Football Gods-- sometimes there are thing that happen to certain people and certain athletes, where you think there is no way they concentrate on the game at hand to be at their best. And then they do. (see Brett Favre, after his father's passing, et. al.) Tonight, that person is Andy Reid. The "one" mentality will kick in and this team, this stadium and this city will rally around Andy Reid. He just might call the game of the year.... and voila... the football gods will be smiling with another job well done. And finally, a 7th reason, added by my friend Rob, an Eagles Faithul from Atlanta.... We're going to ram Tony Romo's head into the turf, a la Kelly Holcomb last week. PS- Because both of these teams are so unpredictable there is no way to make an accurate prediction of this game. But in my true heart of hearts, taking away my biased of bleeding green and taking into consideration all of the factors listed above... I think this game is ours. [...]



Eagles vs. The Numbers

Sat, 27 Oct 2007 18:51:30 UTC

2007-10-27T18:52:31Z

Is starting off 2-4 any different than going 2-4 in the middle of the season? Couldn't we look at this dismal start as simply a hiccup in the grand scheme of 16 games? Isn't a loss in the beginning of the season the same as a loss at the end? After all, it's the games in December that really count,... Is starting off 2-4 any different than going 2-4 in the middle of the season? Couldn't we look at this dismal start as simply a hiccup in the grand scheme of 16 games? Isn't a loss in the beginning of the season the same as a loss at the end? After all, it's the games in December that really count, right? Fortunately, most of this is true. Each win and loss counts the same regardless of when it was tallied. Fortunately for us, making the playoffs from a 2-4 start is not impossible. It's difficult, yes. It has been done. And fortunately for us the Eagles record under Andy Reid, aka "Mr. December" in games during our 12th month, are much better than the other 11. First, consider Andy Reid's record in December. Since 1999 under the Andy Reid regime, the Eagles are 22-10 in December. This includes one playoff win over Tampa Bay in 2000, and a horrid 1-3 showing in 2005. He even managed to get a December win in his inaugural 5-11 season. Additionally, Reid and the Eagles have a 48-27 mark (including playoffs) in games in November and later. Are we just slow starters? In 2003, the Eagles overcame an 0-2 start and a host of injuries to post 12-wins. The Eagles thrived without McNabb to capture home field advantage in the playoffs. (thanks to the defense and AJ Feeley) Last year we overcame a 5-6 mark to win the last 5, win the NFC East and make another run in the playoffs. (thanks defense and Jeff Garcia) So if there is a team that can overcome this 2-4 start.. it is this team. I'm not suggesting we pray for a McNabb injury and go with this trend, but believe it or not numbers are showing that McNabb is improving and a truly believe as an optimist and as a realist that this team can make the rest of the season worthwhile. Again, as a fan, I have to believe that. Here are three numbers to note: 16, 3, 0 16 -- Since 1961 (considered by many to be the beginning of the modern era of football), only 16 teams that started 2-4 have made the playoffs. 3 -- Exactly 3 of these teams have made it to the conference championship. 0 -- And, the zero... you guessed it... none of them have made the superbowl. These numbers are daunting, yes... and although I said I'd be disappointed if the Eagles didn't make a run at the superbowl, now I'd be happy with a wild card birth. The task is not impossible. 16 teams since 1961 have done it. Merrill Reese, in his weekly musings about the team he so obviously loves believes we'll have to 8-2 the remainder of the season to have a shot at the playoffs. Again, difficult. But not impossible. And if we do make the playoffs... this regime has never lost an opening round playoff game. So let's get there. The NFC is weak enough and the bizarro 2007 season is still unfolding... let's take this thing one game at a time. So our goal is to win in Minnesota and go from there.So if you're the praying type please pray. If you're superstitious... please find a superstition, if you have the ability to fix games, I'll take a cheap one. But this is a must win. If we're to go 8-2 the rest of the way, we'll have to choose our losses wisel...preferably New England, and anybody but Dallas. PS - The Eagles have been favored in every game this year. We are once again favored over the Vikes by a measly 1 point. Heck, I'll take a 1 point victory. [...]



Who's to Blame?

Thu, 25 Oct 2007 04:40:44 UTC

2007-10-25T04:41:32Z

It's not everyday that a 2-4 has this much to talk about. I'm sure most 2-4 teams at this point in the season have already written off the season and/or expected to be 2-4. But the fact is we are 2-4 and somebody is to blame. You can't be a 2-4 team with nobody taking the heat. The word on... It's not everyday that a 2-4 has this much to talk about. I'm sure most 2-4 teams at this point in the season have already written off the season and/or expected to be 2-4. But the fact is we are 2-4 and somebody is to blame. You can't be a 2-4 team with nobody taking the heat. The word on the street has the blame in several places: McNabb - He's not finding open receivers, he's hesitant on his not-yet-100% leg, and he's not a leader in the locker room. Wide Receivers - there is no true #1 on the team. There are no playmakers. They're not getting open. They are not stretching the field. Andy Reid (1) - His ability to adjust during games is lacking. He's stubborn. He believes too much in the system. His play calling is suspect. They want him to run the ball more to open up the pass. Use Westbrook more. Andy Reid (2) - His draft picks stink. He hasn't gotten the talent around McNabb to allow #5 to be all he can be (see Wide Receivers above). The Defense - Let me preface this by saying the guys that call up the radio station and blame the defense are absolute morons. The defense has been the lone bright spot for the entire season. They had a breakdown on Sunday for 2 minutes. The Bears executed a 1 in 100 drive. So stop blaming the defense. The way I see it, the blame can not be put on anybody or anything in particular. In fact, the whole blame thing is kind of cyclical. Consider this. Game 1 - Loss to Pack, 13-16. We lost game 1 because of Andy Reid's negligence to have a backup plan to Jeremy Bloom. He thought Greg Lewis and JR Reed were the answer. They weren't. You can also blame somebody for not informing Reed and Lewis that they don't have to catch the ball. Another coaching blunder. On might argue that knowing the rules is the responsibility of the player, but I'm one to believe that you put a guy out there as a coach, then you are responsible for making sure he knows his job out there. Offense didn't click, defense played well. Game 1 Blame.... Coaches. And the way I see it, we were 1 play away from winning this one. Game 2 - This one is tricky. It's a 20-12 loss to the Redskins. The birds were 0-4 in scoring TDs in the redzone, but managed 4 field goals. McNabb was 28/46 for 240 yards 0 TDs, 0 INTs. The numbers don't jump out as the blame, but 0-4 in the redzone does. The defense held Betts and Portis to 83 yards on 23 carries, and only allowed 20 points. Considering this was McNabb's second game back from injury, you can't blame him. Although he was noticeably inaccurate. Blame goes to OFFENSE and McNabb for not scoring in the redzone. (but were the correct plays called?) Game 3 - 56-21 over Detroit. Win. No blame. Isn't that how it always is. If we would have pulled out a win this week vs. the Bears, we'd be having totally different discussions about how the Birds are on the upswing and although we didn't score, McNabb looked okay.. because he did... but that didn't happen. Game 4 - 16-3 loss to the Giants. This one was ugly. William Thomas was out and Winston Justice was in. Justice was manhandled by Human Urine, allowing 5 sacks. McNabb was sacked 12 times total. The Eagles had 15 penalties. Without Westbrook the Birds could only muster a measly 3 points. Reid didn't adjust to compensate their weakness at left tackle, and the offense didn't move the ball at all. Buckhalter recorded 100+ yards whil[...]



This One Hurts

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 05:03:53 UTC

2007-10-22T05:04:42Z

The defense was stellar for 58 minutes. The offense played well for about 6 minutes in the 4th quarter. It's one of those, feel-sorry-for-yourself-do-the-dishes-tomorrow type of losses. The kind where you just need a good woman to understand your pain and just sympathize with you. She doesn't have to anything for you, just understand why you're giving her one word...

(image) The defense was stellar for 58 minutes. The offense played well for about 6 minutes in the 4th quarter.

It's one of those, feel-sorry-for-yourself-do-the-dishes-tomorrow type of losses. The kind where you just need a good woman to understand your pain and just sympathize with you. She doesn't have to anything for you, just understand why you're giving her one word answers to open ended questions. Lucky for me. I have that woman.

I was at the game. Which mad this loss that much harder to take. Thanks to my cousin Chad and his group of season-ticket-holding 1993 Bensalem graduate friends. And they know how to do it right. They had a newly acquired RV, they grilled chicken, hotdogs and burgers, had two coolers of beer and their own Eagles NFL Licensed version of corn-hole. For those that aren't familiar with this tailgating ritual, you probably don't have friends from the midwest. In Atlanta we had friends who went to Ohio State and introduced us to the game. It has many different names, but essentially it's a hole and some beanbags. You get the idea from there. So thanks to Chad and his pals for the invite and a good time... that is until the final 2 minutes.

This one hurts. This one more than the first one. More than the loss to the Giants. This is one where you can really start to see the beginning of the end. Four hours later I'm a little more level headed, but I'm still bitter. I'll have to sleep on it to really see the big picture. From the perspective of a regular chap sitting in section 209, with I-95 whizzing behind, with the rest of the world still going about their lives, I watched a boring game. I watched a game without much excitement. I watched us trade field goals with the the deflated defending NFC Champions. I watched our defense play well, only to totally fall apart when we needed them most... and i'm pissed. 97 yards in 11 plays, with 1:26 left on the clock and no timeouts. What happened?

The picture personifies this Eagles season. The Eagles just don't seem themselves... there's something a little different about them. Everything is a little out of focus.

Something has to be done. This season is slowly slipping away.