Eagles: November 2005 Archives

Eagles Fan Gets Busted

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Only a few weeks ago I wrote about how I would want my ashes spread on Lincoln Financial Field, and someone decided to steal my idea!

PHILADELPHIA Nov 29, 2005A man arrested for running onto the field during the Philadelphia Eagles' game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday told police he was spreading his late mother's ashes.

Christopher Noteboom, of Tempe, Ariz., ran onto the field holding a plastic bag, leaving a cloud of fine powder behind. 112905.jpg

As he reached the 30-yard line, he dropped to his knees, made the sign of the cross and lay down on his stomach. Security personnel reached him moments later and he offered no resistance as he was escorted from the field.

The 33-year-old Noteboom, a native of Doylestown, said his mother died of emphysema in January 2005, shortly before the Eagles' Super Bowl appearance.

"She never cared for any other team except the Eagles," Noteboom told WPVI-TV after he was released from custody Monday. "I know that the last handful of ashes I had are laying on the field, and will never be taken away. She'll always be part of Lincoln Financial Field and of the Eagles."

Noteboom, a bar owner in Arizona, was charged with defiant trespass. He has a hearing scheduled for Dec. 27.

"It's bizarre, but we have a zero tolerance for people who run on the field," Police Inspector William Colarulo said. "We especially have a zero tolerance for people who run onto the field and dump an unknown substance in a stadium full of people."

Eagles spokeswoman Bonnie Grant said the team has declined requests to spread ashes on the field.

If I had to do this, I wouldn't do it while a game was being played - i'd just get a job at the Linc doing some menial job, like janitoral services or working in the food court. First night on the job, walk down to the field, spread the ashes and then quit the next day. No fuss, and no lawsuit.

Of course, we won last weeks game - maybe we should do this every week to get another victory?

How Times Have Changed

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From Super Bowl contenders to playoff pretenders, our Eagles are having a terrible season. Why?

I think there is a fine line between our 4-6 record and being 6-4 right now. Here are what I see as the Eagles problems, and I don't know if this season it can be fixed:

1) Special Teams - I think I wrote about this weeks ago, and our special teams have been killing us most games. Against the Giants, the blocked punt is beyond terrible, how many times do you snap a ball low? Come on.

2) Derrick Burgess - think we miss him much? I do. Corey Simon - think we could have used fat boy now? Our defensive line just isn't getting pressure on the QBs like they used to. I think Mike Patterson is a bit green, and didn't live up to the pre-season hype. Kearse is just above average, and not the factor that he was hyped up to be. Losing Jerome McDougle certainly didn't help.

3) Don't blame this on TO, wrote Rich Hofmann in the Philadelphia Daily News: "You want to pin this on Terrell Owens, go ahead. But unless Jeremiah Trotter was searching for T.O. in the middle of traffic when Tiki Barber cut back for a 55-yard run that set up a Giants field goal, Owens had nothing to do with it. T.O. had nothing to do with the pass interference in the end zone that set up another score, on a play in which a referee's flag and hat joined Michael Lewis' jock in the laundry pile on the field. And unless Sheldon Brown was distracted by visions of Owens dancing in his head when Plaxico Burress ran by him for the final TD, well, you get the idea." Defense wins championships.

4) McNabb. I don't think the team lives and dies by one player, but having Koy or Mike at QB certainly is a different team versus having McNabb. I still like what I see from McMahon, but it may be until 2 games from now that the guy gets into a better rhythm with his center on how to snap the ball. But I still don't place too much blame on McMahon - he scored 17 points against a very good defense.

I said it before, I know we are a better team than 4-6, but unfortunately the door is nearly closed on us this season. I expect to win 5 of the next 6. I would like to end this season on a high note, with some wins, even if we miss the playoffs.

But football is a crazy sport. Who knows what will happen to Dallas and the Giants in the coming weeks?

56 Minutes Of Good Football

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Football is a funny game sometimes. And if by saying 'funny' I mean 'drives me insane' then you get what i'm saying.

It is hard to write a post where your team looks excellent for about, oh, 56 minutes. It is holding the other teams offensive challenges and doing a decent job on offense. In the 4th quarter, up 13 points and only 4 minutes left, the Gods of football would say that you have a pretty good chance to win. Heck, they even flashed a stat up on the screen "Eagles have won 36 consecutive games when leading by 10+ points in the 4th quarter - the longest streak in the NFL!"

Dallas, the bane of the Eagles existence, decided to add just another reason for Eagles fans to hate them after this Monday Night loss. What was poised to be a rejuvenated team, a phoenix rising from the ashes of the firey citadel of Rosenhaus & Owens, get a rude awakening to the current state of the NFC East:

You are no longer the big kids on the block.

Hats off to Dallas, because they won with a fairly incredible comeback. Much like the Redskins/Dallas MNF football game on Sept 20th, the visitor team was just close enough to rally for a win.

What does it mean for Eagles country? First off, we need Dallas to continue to do well, in the regular season, and win the NFC East. Yep, I just wrote that. I know most of you want to see the entire Dallas team die in a plane crash, but hear me out.

Right now at 4-5, with 7 games left, I just don't see the birds winning 7 in a row. Here would be my non-baised prediction on the upcoming games, if McNabb's newest groin injury doesn't sideline him:
Nov 20 - at NY Giants - loss.
Nov 27 - vs. Green Bay - win.
Dec 5 - vs. Seattle - loss.
Dec 11 - vs. NY Giants - win.
Dec 18 - at St. Louis - win.
Dec 24 - at Arizona - win.
Jan 1 - vs. Washington - win.

I think we are going to win 5 of the next 7 and end up 9-7 now.

I think the Giants can go 2-5 absolutely lose the following games:
Seattle, Dallas, Philly, KC, Washington

Here is the kicker. Lets say we sweep the Giants & my other predictions hold true. They go 1-6, which, if you look at who they are playing, is entirely possible.

We end up 10-6.

Now how about those pesky Redskins? With 7 games left, they are playing so haphazard it will be hard to predict what they will do in any game. San Diego, Dallas & Philly could be losses. Oakland, St. Louis and Arizona are probable wins, but who knows? Hope they beat Giants. If the Redskins win 4 of the next 7, they end up 9-6.

What's my point? Losing to Dallas certainly hurts, not only from a personal hatred standpoint, but also from a playoff picture. If the Eagles can put this loss behind them and win at least 5 of the next 7, along with the Redskins and Giants having troubles, we aren't doomed yet.

A longshot? Yes. Probable? No. Possible? Absolutely.

The Tired T.O. Arguement

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"Fly Eagles Fly, on the road to victoryyyyyyyyy!", sang two patrons off key at the bar. "Hey Eeeeeagles fan? How about T.O.?", they mocked.

The two patrons were bar regulars, one wearing a Yankee cap, and the other shorter and unshaven. Both were obviously drinking all day. I was fiddling with the lights, trying to darken the bar, before my shift started at the bar on Saturday night. It reminded me like schoolchildren at Richboro Elementary playground in 3rd grade. I felt my blood boil a bit and I was more than happy to set the record straight, like I have been doing all week.

"Hey, I think most Eagles fans were fooled by the act from last year.", I began, "We thought that San Fran was a unique case and he got a fair deal with us. It wasn't until Rosenhaus showed up that Owens turned into an asshole."

The drunken Yankee fan, with bleary eyes said, "You all loved him, saying he was the key to a Super Bowl! Now you homers are saying how you don't need him anymore! I hate you Philly fans!"

"I said it before, I think he is the most talented wide receiver in the NFL. I loved him as a player, and hoped he was just in a bad situation in San Francisco. The Eagles did get to 4 NFC Championships and 1 Super Bowl without him. We were just wrong about the guy, he proved he has the maturity of a twelve year old. What can I say?", I stated.

"Philly fans are so two-faced! What do you think of McNabb? Great or good?", he grunted.

"I think he is good, but not great. He isn't Marino or Young quality yet. He has two key problems: One is time management, and second is his 'touch' when passing. Over his career, McNabb has always used timeouts at the wrong time in a game or can't run the 2-minute offense effectively. As for his touch, I think he has a rifle for an arm, but never learned a consistent touch on the ball, either overthrowing or underthrowing passes.", I analyzed.

"Dude, you should have your own TV show!", the other scruffy drunk guy exclaimed.

"Hey, I may be an Eagles fan, but i'm not a homer. I know what is wrong with my team. Plus lets talk about some New York issues.", I started my offensive on them.

"First, before you start with your gay-T.O. tirade on me. Let's talk about a player on the YANKEES named A-Rod? Remember him?"

"Yea? So?", said the one with the Yankees cap.

"Hmmmmm. Let's go back to oh...I don't know...when he was going to sign with Boston...", I started.

The Yankee fan shifted uncomfortably and rolled his eyes.

"Why yes...that was a good week of trash talking I heard from New York fans about how much A-Rod sucked. How he wasn't going to help Boston. How overrated he was. Then look what happens when New York signs him, hmmmm? Everyone is running down Madison Avenue and sprinkling rose petals to welcome their new hero to the team. So don't talk to me about two faced fans. You know that you Yankee fans are just as bad when you lose a player."

"I didn't bash A-Rod!", he sputtered.

"Whatever, maybe YOU didn't. But you know you had fans doing it.", I said.

"Well...", he sheepishly agreed nodding his head.

"As for overrated teams, you cannot sit here and mock my birds and think that the Giants aren't overrated. Defensively - doing a great job, my hats are off to them. Offensively? Hell, no. Manning is doing just enough to keep his team winning, but he is still a work in progress. Reminds me of Ben Rothlisberger last year, who had a very good Steelers defense, but was passing for 225 yards and 1 or 2 TDs to win games. His run offense was the real gem last year, much like the Tiki Barber show this year. Manning is showing flashes of brillance, but he is also making some huge green mistakes. San Francisco, Arizona, Redskins. Take the score out of the game and look at Manning's stats. Terrible.", I vented.

"Yea, I guess you are right. One last question. If you could have T.O. back would you take him?", one asked.

"Tough call. I think no one can hold a candle to his talent, and we have a bunch of rookie WRs that are untested, which doesn't make me confident. But, I think his distraction is too much. So I would say, no.", I conceded.

I guess we will see tonight what the Birds can do.

My Take On T.O.

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Nothing is final, but it does appear that the Owens era is over for the Eagles.

I feel many things about this situation. Resentment. Anger. Relief.

I resent the idea that once again a Philadelphia sports team loses a star player. We can talk about "Owens the man". But i'm talking about "Owens the athlete". No one can deny his talent. Everytime he had the ball & had open field you knew something was going to happen. He was exciting to watch, and so exciting that I bought his jersey last year.

Slowly my appreciation of him dwindled. I thought the situation with the 49ers was just a situation of bad blood between an employer and an employee. Owens was upset at his old "company", bad words were said and that would be over once he changed jobs. Some people called it - telling me he was a locker room cancer. I personally thought he was put in a bad light by the media and would come around now that he was on a team that wanted him. I was wrong. I hate being wrong.

Owens started to say the wrong things and started to act like his old self, after the Super Bowl and once Drew Rosenhaus entered the picture. Contracts are interesting things. Look at Freddie Mitchell. The Eagles signed that first round draft pick for a decent clip of money and he didn't pan out. Do the Eagles get some money back? No. Ok, now look at Owens. We paid him a decent clip of money, and he did pan out. Does that mean he gets a raise? No.

I'm relieved that part of this soap opera is over. I'd like to finally read some news that talks about the Eagles and not Terrell. I'd like to read about players thoughts about the upcoming game and not about locker room chemistry.

As for the Owens apology, I just don't buy it. That was a well crafted letter by his PR people to do some damage control on the situation. They know that he needs to come out looking repentant, and write a letter making it seem that he was sorry for his actions. Where was that letter before he got suspended? I will guarantee that if he read the same letter, he would be still wearing an Eagles uniform. But reading such a letter is just a simple way of making sure that T.O. plays football again. There are teams, that aren't doing well, but have money to spend that a playmaker like Terrell can make them from a pretender into a contender - like Miami or New Orleans. It also is possible that Falcons will take a shot at Owens, also, I heard that he is friendly with the Wide Receiver coach there.

And so ends another chapter in the Philadelphia sports team & another star leaving our beloved city.

At 4-4, I think it would be foolish to just count the Eagles out of anything. The NFC East is crowded with talented teams. It will be a dogfight to see who wins the East and who wins the wildcard. A good first step is beating Dallas on Monday Night Football. Just one game at a time and let the chips fall as they may.

Week 9: Scalped!

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Here we are. 4-4.

Redskins beat us. The Redskins. Are you fucking kidding me?

4th and 4. McNabb throws into the arms of the Redskins secondary. Seriously, what the fuck?

I'm not a doom and gloom kind of fan. My brother always was. Years I would try and sit on the Eagles bandwagon and say things would get better. This year? Wow. I don't know what to say.

Our offensive line looks beyond horrible. McNabb barely has any protection. He can't get any plays off including the dump pass to Westbrook.

Eagles defense, once maligned for its rush defense, is now looking terrible against the pass. Can we stop 3rd and 5 anymore?

Welcome to being a Philadelphia fan, I suppose. On paper, our team, before the season began, looked good. Now, at 4-4, and with our performance tonight, I have strong suspicions that we are going to have a hard time making the playoffs. I still believe in my prediction (before the season started) that the Eagles were going 10-6.

I know they aren't playing great, but I still believe. I believe that we are a better team and I believe that we will come around. It is easy for Philly fans, the Negadelphians, those fans that are always negative about the Eagles to pipe up and say that we aren't going to make the playoffs. I don't agree with that. I think the birds are a world class organization and will find a way to win.

But I guess that is the difference between a bandwagon fan and a real Eagles fan. The bandwagon fan sits at home and watches the game. The real fan wears the Eagles colors and supports his team in thick and thin. Which kind of fan are you?

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