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Published: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:39:03 GMT


Stop the data stream for once and enjoy the games
When sports fans started referring to players as "pieces," things were never quite the same. It has something to do with fans taking a more sophisticated view of the teams they follow. Everyone thinks he or she can do a better job than Ruben Amaro Jr. or Howie Roseman or Paul Holmgren or other general managers. In some cases, everyone may be right. In most cases, probably not.

Major issues arise in opener
Maybe Chip Kelly really is a football visionary. He managed to make an NFL preseason game pretty darn interesting. The Kelly era began in Philadelphia on Friday night with an intrigue-filled exhibition against the New England Patriots - the franchise Kelly is trying to emulate. After months of speculation, the curtain was pulled back on what Kelly has been building in the relative secrecy afforded by the NovaCare Complex.

Eagles' QB battle just beginning
The joke is on anyone who thought the preseason opener represented the finish line in the Eagles' quarterback derby. As Chip Kelly made clear Thursday, Michael Vick and Nick Foles are really much closer to the starting line. That may not please the players, and it may annoy the heck out of the fans and the media, but it is actually consistent with what Kelly has been saying.

Eagles never really dealt with Riley Cooper problem
The Eagles' plan for handling the Riley Cooper situation became clear Tuesday. There is no plan. There never was. The team acted quickly to fine Cooper for his videotaped racist threat, then ducked low and hoped it would all blow over.

Cheaters still prosper in baseball
This planned show of force by Major League Baseball is quickly devolving into farce. If Alex Rodriguez plays baseball Monday night in Chicago, within hours of being suspended for 50 or 150 or 214 games, commissioner Bud Selig's attempted display of strength will serve only to remind everyone how weak MLB has been throughout the steroid era.

Eagles didn't go far enough in disciplining Riley Cooper
It is going to get worse, probably much worse, for Riley Cooper and the Eagles before it gets any better.

Eagles quarterback derby continues
The last Eagles franchise quarterback worthy of the title ran out of the old familiar tunnel into a strange new world.

Is big extension for Utley the right move for Phillies?
There are two ways to look at the Phillies' extending Chase Utley's contract for another three years, which appears more likely all the time.

Michael Vick trying to hold off wave of Eagles youth
Somehow, when no one was looking, Michael Vick became an elder statesman on this Eagles team. Eight players have been in the organization longer, but as a quarterback, Vick is more visible than most. He has outlasted Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb and Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg. He finds himself, at age 33, trying to hold off another wave of challengers for his job while learning a very different offensive system run by a very different head coach.

Chip Kelly's Eagles start a saner, safer camp
Chip Kelly's first training camp as head coach of the Eagles is going to be very different from his predecessors', and the move from Lehigh to the NovaCare Complex is the least of it.