Eagles: September 2005 Archives

It Pays To Be A Member

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I spoke to the owners of Philly's Cheesesteaks and we are happy to announce that members of The Philadelphia Eagles Club of Hoboken are getting a discount - $1 off cheesesteaks!

This is how it works:

  • Come to the Eagles game at Dipper's on the weekend.
  • After the game find me (hint - I look like the guy in the picture in the upper right corner of the website).
  • Get the $1 off coupon from me.

It is that easy. The coupon will be good for 24 hours. No, you can't buy a cheesesteak from Philly's and bring it back to Dipper's, sorry. I had a cheesesteak after the game last weekend and it hit the spot.

Week 3 Pictures

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Here are the links for week 3 and week 2 pictures, given to me by Thom, the unofficial Philadelphia Eagles Club of Hoboken photographer (i.e. we pay him with free booze):

Week 3: http://flickr.com/photos/indieb0i/sets/1027001/
Week 2: http://flickr.com/photos/indieb0i/sets/1001259/

Thanks Thom!

Week 3: When Eagle Fans Attack

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Just when you thought it was safe to go to an Eagles bar, they strike!

Oh, what sweet, sweet justice it was yesterday! I'm sure if you were one of the smart ones who heeded my email and joined me at the bar early - you got to hear Chris, a Giant fan and Sunday's bartender (with Heather), yapping and ridiculing all the Eagle fans within earshot. Who was laughing after the game. Chris was a good sport about all the "Fly Eagle Fly" songs he had to endure.

Eagles vs Raiders wasn't a pretty game. Penalties, injuries and a near-upset wracked on every fan's last nerve. The largest crowd to date was at the bar yesterday - we may have broken a few Hoboken regulations on doing so - and we still had a line outside the bar. I'm very sorry to anyone who had to wait or was turned away.

Ok, now here are a few thoughts, observations and ramblings from me:

  • "Run! Run! Donovan!", I heard one fan yell next to me. The guy has a groin injury. Abdominal or a hernia. Donny isn't running anywhere, it is extremely tender in his groin. It's like someone kicking a guy in the nuts and saying "Ok now, run!" Not. Gonna. Happen. I'm frankly amazed at how tough Donovan has been over the years. Plays on a broken ankle, busted ribs, hurt thumb, etc. McNabb gets some serious props. The latest injury this week is a shin contusion (i.e. a really bad shin bruise). Anyone think a Week 6 Bye is really going to help us? I do.
  • Akers, Akers everywhere and not a kicker to kick. What can you say when a 3 time pro bowl kicker, and fan favorite, has a hamstring tear? Everyone say hello to Todd France, the new kicker we signed last week. I don't know what we were thinking not activating France for the game. That was stupid. I expect Akers will be out at least 4-6 weeks, but don't quote me on that. Don't buy into the "season ending injury" doom and gloom posters on the message boards. If that were true, Akers would be on IR.
  • Run Defense looked tremendous. Pass Defense looked poor. Dear Lord, can we ever have a year where our pass rush and our defense stopping capabilities are on the same level? Either way, we just have to see Kearse start to step it up a notch at Arrowhead next week.
  • Kerry Collins stats: 24 for 42, 345 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Bottle of Jack Daniels (post game). Stats are deceptive, I think the secondary did a much better job than these stats show.
  • The messageboards are filled with posts saying how "we owned the Raiders". We really dodged a bullet more than anything else. If it wasn't for Janikowski's 2 missed field goals (the 49 yarder I can understand, but to miss a 30-39 yard field goal is ridiculous for someone of his caliber. 6 points off the board right there and a huge morale deflating effect it would have had at the Linc. There is something to be said about momentum, penalties and the other team beating themselves.
  • The love-fest continues for Owens. 9 catches, 80 yards, 1 TD last game. Year to date, after 3 games: 21 catches, 335 yards, 3 TDs. Lets go back in time, to a more simple age, when our primary #1 receiver was: James Thrash. His stats in 2002? 52 catches, 635 yards, 6 TDs - FOR THE YEAR. Seriously, folks. Are you still saying we shouldn't pay Owens? We are the same people that ran Charles Barkley out of Philadelphia. For the love of Pete, can we just keep a superstar in our town?
  • Westbrook vs Jordan. Jordan rushed 16 times for 19 yards and 5 catches for 53 yards. Westbrook? 13 rushes, for 68 yards 1 TD. 6 catches for...listen up...140 YARDS and 1 TD. We are $12-13 million under the cap this year and we are hand wringing over paying Westbrook? We know that LaMont got a 5 year deal worth 27.5 million --including a $7 million signing bonus. He will receive $11 million in guaranteed money and $17.8 million over the first three years of the contract, including $15.7 million in bonuses. I'm not an accountant, but 7 million bonus, still leave the Eagles with another 5-6 million this year to play around with to either keep Owens happy or sign someone for a long term, like Michael Lewis (Mark Eckel, of the Trenton Times, reported on Sept 4th that the Eagles are in talks with him over this).
  • Talking about our corners, chew on this. We have Sheldon Brown (CB) until 2012. Lito Sheppard (CB) until 2011. Brian Dawkins (FS) until 2010. We have a crew that is locked in until 2010? 5 years of these great players shutting WRs down? That is exciting, to me. If we can just finish the last piece of the puzzle, that really can make fans breathe easier knowing that for the next 5 years, we pretty much will have a very good to great pass defense.
  • We really, really, really could have used Trotter in our first game. Hands down we should be 3-0 right now.
  • Just because the Eagles aren't on TV tonight, doesn't mean to not watch Monday Night Football. Chiefs, who we are playing next week, are fighting Denver in Mile High Stadium. We are going to really need our run defense to be ready for next week. Good news is that the Chiefs will have one less day of rest and preparation for us. Did you know that since the merger in 1970 (excluding post-merger entrants Baltimore, Houston, Jacksonville and Carolina), the Eagles and Chiefs have only played 4 times? I can only find the last 3 games, we won 23-10 at Arrowhead in 2001, lost 24-21 at the Vet in 1998 and lost in Arrowhead 24-17 in 1992.

    That is all for this week. Great to see a full house at Dipper's. Next week the game is at 4:15pm & it is an away game - I fully expect the bar will be very packed next week, so get to the bar early if you want a seat.

    -$10 for a Bucket of 5 domestic beers (choose from Bud, Bud Lt, Miller, Coors Lt)
    -$3 domestic drafts / $3.50 imported drafts ($1 off regular price)
    -$8 Pitchers of Coors Lt and Bud Lt
    -$5.50 for a basket of wings ($1 off regular price)
    -$12 Dipper's BBQ Rib Special ($2 off regular price) - a delicious half rack of ribs with a tasty bbq sauce.

    On a side note, i'm talking with the owners of Philly's Cheesesteaks right now to get a special coupon for everyone in The Philadelphia Eagles Club of Hoboken - $1 off cheesesteaks! More details to follow, more than likely club members who attend Dipper's bar for the game, will get a $1 off coupon or voucher after the game. I had a cheesesteak after yesterday's game. So tasty.

2005 Week 2: Eagles vs 49ers


Week 2 and things are much more calm in Eagles Country. We got another nice crowd to Dipper's Bar on Sunday afternoon, watching the Eagles humiliate the 49ers on national TV. 091905a.JPG

My few thoughts on the game:

1) I know everyone is going to look at the stats and say how great Donovan did - I agree, he was tremendous. What worried me was that on a few closeups of him - how tired he looked. Maybe it's just me. Plus there was one time he scrambled to the sideline, and you could tell, by the way he ran, how his chest was hurting still. He just had this "stiff upper chest" run thing going.

2) I find it funny how when we win - everything is just lovey-dovey with McNabb and Owens. I still say that there is some tension there, despite the media clips of them laughing on the sidelines. But this is what makes a person a professional - go out and play the game.

3) What's up with Akers? I was saying before the regular season that he deserves a raise and he has to go embarass me like this. Maybe we can see if Simoneau wants to kick FGs now.

4) Once again - everyone who questioned the front office on jettisoning Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent can eat some more crow. Our secondary is outstanding, kudos to Andy Reid for picking such great talent.

5) As happy as I am with our passing game, Westbrook keeps disappointing me. He isn't consistent enough as a rusher to make me happy. Yes, he breaks out a big run like once every four or five carries. I think he is right for our system, but if we ever encounter a team where we just have to throw our rushing attack at them - we will be in big trouble.

6) Eagles don't have a rushing game, we are really a team that airs the ball out to multiple receivers. If McNabb is off, or we face an aggressive secondary (Pats in Super Bowl, Falcons last week), along with a strong front four - we are in trouble. I think defenses are wising up to our achilles heel.

Listen up for NEXT WEEK!!!!!

We play Oakland next week at 1pm. Next week is the Hoboken Arts and Music festival. Bars are very, very busy that day and the police heavily enforce the occupancy laws of all bars. Dipper's has a capacity of 66. Dipper's opens at noon on Sundays. I'd get to the bar early to make sure you can get inside. Dipper's will have a bouncer that day and once we hit 66 - a line will start. I don't want to see anyone upset when they stroll to the bar 10 minutes before kick off and they are shut out.

Specials (in case you forgot):
-$10 for a Bucket of 5 domestic beers (choose from Bud, Bud Lt, Miller, Coors Lt)
-$3 domestic drafts / $3.50 imported drafts ($1 off regular price)
-$8 Pitchers of Coors Lt and Bud Lt
-$5.50 for a basket of wings ($1 off regular price)
-$12 Dipper's BBQ Rib Special ($2 off regular price & just added in Week 2) - a delicious half rack of ribs with a tasty bbq sauce.

Great to see everyone this week, here are some pictures after the jump...

2005 Week 1: Eagles vs Falcons


Another opening game, another opening loss. How many times is that now?

Do you think we missed Trotter? I do.091305a.jpg

Do you think that early hit on McNabb to his chest upset his performance? I do.

Do you think that the offensive line did a poor job? I do.

Do you think Westbrook or Owens aren't going to be chirping about getting paid more money this week? I do.

But, it was still a very exciting game. Plus, it was great to kick off a new year with the Eagles club. Tonight we had about 70 people packed into the bar and the energy was palpable.

The waitress Liz, pulled me aside later and said, "Even with the crowd people - they were so polite to me when I had to get past them. They were great."

Week 1 is over, and we have the Niners next week at home. Should be a great game, and I would be amazed if the Eagles weren't fired up to win this one.

I'll hand it to the Falcons, they played a great defensive game and deserved to win. Vick proved how incredibly dangerous he is - I turned to my friends and said he should have just been a running back. Unbelievable quickness.

More pictures from the bar after you click...

Eagles Questions & My semi-rant

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A lot of people have been asking me questions and I figured that I can try to answer a few of them.

Q: The Yard near the PATH says they are "The Philadelphia Eagles Bar of Hoboken" - what gives? Which bar do I go to?

A: We are The Philadelphia Eagles Club of Hoboken. I came up with the idea in mid-August 2004, and didn't even know The Yard was doing a bar promotion. We aren't associated with The Yard. The club isn't set to any bar. 2004 we were at The Brownstone. 2005 we are at Dipper's Bar. Dipper's is located at 616 Washington Street, if you want to come join us.

The Yard is located at 72 Hudson Street. They have a website: www.hobokeneagles.com. I wish them the best of luck - Michelle, one of the bartenders there, is a good friend of mine. I think there are enough fans for all of us.

Q: How many people show up to Dipper's each week?

A: Last year the attendance (at The Brownstone) would rise and fall depending on these factors:

  • Nationally televised games, like Monday or Sunday Night Football kept Eagle fans at home.
  • Eagle home games would hurt our attendance - people would go to the games or to the tailgate.
  • The colder it got, less people showed up - the Brownstone was a bit off the beaten path, i'm hoping a more central location encourages more people to show up on a consistent basis.

Q: How soon before the game should I get to the bar for a seat?

A: This can be tricky. Dipper's has about 20 seats at the bar and about 20 seats at the indoor tables, and 16 seats outside (and plenty of standing room). I'd just say get there at least 1 hour before the game. I remember last year people were showing up 90 minutes before the game to get a seat at the bar. The bar handles large crowd on Festival Days, and there is no reason why it can't handle a large football crowd, either.

Q: Will all the TVs be tuned into the Eagles games? And Sound?

A: Yep. Dipper's has 8 TVs in all corners of the bar, and nearly everwhere you sit you will be able to watch the game. The sound has been connected into the stereo speakers so everyone can hear the play-by-play.

Q: Are you guys going to go to any games?

A: I'd love to do it, if we can get some kind of ticket package to Giants stadium or The Linc.

Q: What about other Philly sports teams - are you planning on expanding the club to those sports?

A: I'm thinking about that. My other favorite team are The Flyers. I certainly could talk to Dipper to see if he can get other Philadelphia sport packages if there is interest.

Q: Did you see how fat Corey Simon was last night? Why would we just lift the tag and get nothing for him?!

A: Wow. Just...wow. I have his freaking jersey and I feel bad. We saved 6 million on not re-signing Simon. Plus we found out that DT Mike Patterson is looking like an unbelievable pick at #31. Word on the street is that he could be a top ten rookie this year. We get someone who plays just as well as Corey Simon at a fraction of the cost. That is some great scouting and some great work by the front office. Plus, even with Simon lost, we will get a compensation 3rd or 4th round pick for losing him in the 2006 draft.

Q: What do you think the Eagles record will be this season?

A: I'll go on record saying they will be 11-5. If it wasn't for the whole TO and Westbrook drama, i'd nudge them to 13-3. Also my score depends upon the key players (McNabb, Owens, Westy) staying healthy the whole season.

Q: Why do the Eagles treat their players so badly?

A: I think the Eagles pay, what they consider "Fair Market Value" to a player. The player feels they are owed more, because of skill and contribution to the team over the years. Lets look at some players we "lost":

  • Barber: To Chiefs - solid guy, i'd like him back
  • Staley: To Steelers - everyone loved him but the front office made the right call here, what has Duce done?
  • Trotter: To Redskins - we offered nearly the same package and he still spurned us for Redskins. Lasted a year and came back.
  • Douglas: To Jags - same as Trotter. We gave him a good deal, and he still turned us down to "get paid". He should have never left.
  • Bobby Taylor: To Seahawks - four year 11.3 million contract that lasts 1 year. I bet there are a whole bunch of fans saying Bobby who?
  • Troy Vincent: To Bills - Someone tell me you really want him back?
  • Buckhalter: We offered him a 1 year deal because the FO thought he was fragile. Turns out that they were right.
  • Westbrook? I think they gave him a fair deal, but are thinking that Moats can easily replace him.
  • T.O.? Hands down i'd wait this season see how he does and restructure his contract next year. He is a prima donna, we can all agree, but he is also one of the best WRs in football. To lose Owens would be like the day we drafted Mike Mamula over Warren Sapp. A big mistake!
  • Akers - we are $12 million under the cap, pay him!
  • M. Lewis - are you kidding me? Please lock this guy up! We have the money.

    If you were able to lock up Westbrook, T.O., Akers and Lewis for good deals I think we would easily have one of the premier teams for the next 4 years. I don't understand how the Eagles can be $12 million under the cap and not spend it when it only behooves the organization to have a good team without all this controversey. I want to buy a Westbrook jersey, for example, and i'm waiting to see if they sign him or not. That is revenue that the team is losing. You have to spend money (on players) to make money (from the fans).

    Q: Why doesn't Westbrook just shut up and play?

    A: Actually i'm on his side. He is an injury away from selling pretzels outside The Linc. Westbrook's original contract gives him a $423,000 bonus and $648k his first year. Year 2, he made $303k, and year 3 he made $383k with bonuses of $3,000 each! Compare that to Freddie Mitchell, who got 8 million over the life of his contract and is a huge bust. Who do you think really needs to be paid? If, God forbid, something happened to Westbrook, all of his efforts and contributions in the last 3 years equals, what - 2 or 3 million?

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