Eagles: October 2006 Archives

The Future Season

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This is what I wish I had to report if I had a time travelling machine...

Washington: Lots of Eagle drama on this rainy day. Boo-birds are out in full force. 1st quarter it looks like Clinton Portis is going to kill us, running for 2 TDs and 54 yards. But hold on. Eagles, down 14-3, start to claw back, starting with a bomb to Hank Baskett for a 61 yard TD catch (I think, it was hard to remember but it was nice he was in single coverage) to go into the half 14-10. McNabb and Westy take the lead in the 3rd, and the Eagles don't look back. Final score 14-31.

Eagles are 5-4 and play the Titans.

Tenn: Vince Young is coming along, winning against Houston and squeaking past Jacksonville. They are 4-5 and have a chip on their shoulder. That chip gets knocked the f-out by our bliztes. Vince gets sacked 5 times in the first half alone. Eagles dominate and cruise to a 24-10 victory, with McNabb racking up 300 yards again in the air. Now Eagles are 6-4.

Indy: The Colts are 9-1, after losing to the Pats on Nov 5th, but they beat Buffalo and Dallas. Philly comes to town and they are already ready to get into double digit wins. Petyon uses a great audible mix & run package to destroy us in the first half up 28-0. Its horrible. Eagle fans are booing and during halftime the analysts consider the game over. It could be called the "Game That Changed History" when the birds come out throwing, like they always do. A nice pass interference call on the first play sets up a 30 yard TD run by Westbrook. Next series has the colts out after 6 plays, and the Eagles score again - down 28-14. Peyton tries and aerial attack and gets intercepted by Dawkins who runs for a 39 yard return. Its 21-28 and the mid fourth quarter. Eagles stall a bit but do get 3 points with an Akers 47 yard field goal. 24-28. A fumble recovery on the kickoff and the Eagles feel that momentum change, but can't score again. They get 3. 27-28. Peyton isn't done and rolls down the field for his own 34 yard FG. They get to 27-31. Buckhalter comes up huge. You don't think there is gas in his tank until he rumbles a 43 yard bolt down up the middle, shedding two tackles and stiff arming the strong safety until he is run down by the free safety (he was fast, just not that fast). Eagles are on the 10, there are 46 second on the clock and the Colts are pumped. 1st play is a knocked down pass to LJ Smith. Second play is a Westbrook scamper for 4 yards, with even McNabb trying to block for him. Third play it is 6th and Goal. Buckhalter in. Buckhalter gets the ball, flips it back to McNabb, McNabb rolls out, fakes the pass to the end zone and barrels in for his own TD. The place goes BALLISTIC. Fans screaming and jumping up and down. Time expires off the clock after Akers boots the TD. Eagles are 7-4 and everyone in ESPN-land who wrote off the Eagles are preparing some crow pie.

Carolina: People are talking about an "emotional let down" if the Eagles can't get it together for Carolina. It is a Monday night game, and the hype is HUGE. Carolina has been playing great football the last few weeks beating Tampa, Rams and Washington - off their own bye week they are 7-4 now also. This could be the division decided right here. The game is actually a bore. McNabb and Co don't do very much the first half, scoring 3 points. Carolina scored 6. For all the hype before this game, it was BORING. We get a TD in the late 3rd quarter and hold on to win 10-6. McNabb throws for about 180 yards and 1 TD. Westbrook is held to 36 yards. A lot of 3 and outs on either side and a battle of field position. Oh, interestingly enough we catch, with Pakisatan's help, Osama Bin Laden this night, so a lot of people are happy about that.

Washington: We are 8-4. We go into Redskin country and its a bloodbath. Eagles get the lead early and never look back (which is helpful in stoppin Clinton Portis in being effective). McNabb throws for 400 yards and 5 TDs. Greg Lewis is the man today, with 175 yards and 3 TDs alone. Westbrook has a great day, 121 yards rushing, and 1 TD. Eagles are 9-4 and then comes the greatest game of the season:

New York Giants.

You heard it here first from your future time traveller. This game was awesome. First off, the Giants lost a few games game, but still doing good. Houston (loss), Chicago (loss), Jacksonvile (win), Tennessee (win), Dallas (win) and Carolina (loss). They are 8-5 and comping at the bit to beat the Birds. The game is mayhem. Eagles play a solid game, but the Giants are swarming them. McNabb is sacked 3 times in the 1st quarter. Eagles offense is sputtering. Eli, with thanks to good field positions on those sacks, manages 10 points in the first half. Eagles are blanked. Word has it that from the locker room, Andy Ried took a chair and threw it across the room in anger, which is very unlike him. He has a half-time pep talk out of a Notre Dame movie talking about character, fight the good fight and this is your entire season, blah, blah, blah. The Eagles repond with some good news and bad (sort of). I never like to see players get hurt, but Eli's leg bent very awkward on a sack by Trent Cole. Eli is taken off the field. Sorry Giants fans, he is done for the year. Eagles take advantage of this and win 14-10 in a hard-fought, smash mouth ending.

Merry Christmas! Its Dallas. Ho ho ho. Terrell Owens hosts the Eagles and Romo gives a gift of 0 TDs in the first half. McNabb and company play great, maybe they have some extra pickle juice from 2003. Westbrook has a great day, rushing for 108 yards, catching for 71 and 2 TDs. Buckhalter also is impressive for 76 yards. McNabb is good enough, 256 yards, 1 TD (Westy) and 1 interception return for a TD. Final score 17-7.

Atlanta comes up for the New Year and the Eagles play 8 in the box, forcing Vick to throw and making sure he has no room to run. Falcons have a miserable 7-8 record at this point and are already out of playoff contention. It is a cold, snowy day at the Linc. Hank Baskett and Reggie Brown get 2 TDs each. Westbrook is contained for only 71 yards on 15 carries. We get a scare when McNabb gets a late 2nd quarter hit that he looks like he got his hand stepped on. He appears to be ok, but they put in Garcia just in case. Eagles cruise to a win and finish the season 12-4, winning the NFC East.

Unfortunately the Bears win the conference with a perfect season (16-0).

Why I Don't Cry For Yankee Fans

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I was going to write this on Karen's blog, but I figured i'd just post it here for all to see:

As a long suffering fan of another team, The Philadelphia Eagles, I feel your pain for being villified as a fan.

Two very different teams, with two very different reasons for hating, but we still have to bear the burden of rooting for the team we love.

I won't get into a Philadelphia rant here about how a few bad apples make the 99% of the normal fans look like idiots, I will get into a semi-rant about why, I hate the Yankees and don't cry for their fans.

First, I don't hate the Yankee fans. I think your passion is great.

Second, I have no hatred towards the organization itself, I think Steinbrenner is simply doing everything in his power to make your team contenders.

I don't like the baseball system, and no salary cap. Yes, we can go into the adage "You can't buy championships". Once again, it was proven this year by the Yankees.

Yes, we have had seen certain teams rise to win Championships (Marlins, Diamondbacks) - but how many can keep that together with the current system? When a small-market team raises a great player from their farm system, they can never keep those players due to the big payday lure of larger-market teams, like the Yankees.

How can you blame the Marlins for having "cheap" owners? Do you really compare the earning potentional of small market teams to the Yankees? Do you think that in a city like Miami, which has a population of about 1 million people that can even generate the same revenue as New York City? We are talking about millions and millions of fans and the money that they pay to watch their favorite team.

No, I know, it isn't your fault. I know you are going to say "We didn't make the rules!"

But you know why I like football better? Because of the salary cap. My Eagles have done a fantastic job of finding good talent (ok, lets not talk about TO), diamonds in the rough, and cobbling together a couple of "A" players surrounded by a decent amount of "B" players.

I think the same would make baseball a great sport of, instead of one or two powerhouse All-Star teams, you were to spread that talent out amongst the other teams.

Really you have a two tier system in baseball right now. You have certain teams that most years will field a good competitive team that will be in a *position* to make it to the post season.

Again, is that the fault of the Yankees, their fans, or the players?

No.

I think its an extremely poor arguement to use the tired "But when the Yankees come to town ticket sales go up!"

Of course the sales go up. The Yankees basically have an all-star team. From top to bottom, they have an incredible amount of talent. Of course people want to see that, much like people in the world want to see Team USA basketball get knocked off by another country. Much like we savored beating the Soviet Union hockey team in 1980.

It's a classic case of trying to beat the bullies.

Look, I feel for you as a fan, but most Yankee fans don't see the big picture of baseball. To them they just point at dollar signs and attendance when the rest of us simply want a fair system, much like the NFL.

The system works great for the NFL. Players get paid, owners get money, fans get to see bottom barrel teams rise to the top (Bengals, anyone?). If a organization plays their cards right you can find your team in the mix of a playoff race every year, barring major injuries or player squabbles (Eagles). Or you can also be an NFL team that keeps trying to buy championships and failing (Redskins, Raiders).

I'm a Phillies fan. It's been 26 years since we had a championship, so I can't say we are "long suffering". I certainly can't say it's the fault of anyone but the organization for our woes. Fortunately in the last 4 years I do like the direction our team is headed, and being able to identify young talent (Utley, Rollins, Howard) and shedding expensive players of questionable team value to salary ratio (Abreu, Thome).

I have heard the responses plenty of times from my other Yankee fans. The say the same things "It isn't our fault" or "Baseball is making money, why change it?"

Again, not looking at the "big picture" of why fans like myself hate the Yankees. They simply represent everything that is wrong with baseball, from those fans who are continually disappointed with their own teams. One way, in our minds, to fix that would simply be spreading the talent out by creating a salary cap. Seems like it would be fair to everyone, to get the good players on multiple teams, rather than just a few "haves" and many, many "have-nots".

Case in point: Where do you think Zito will be playing next year? My guess is in pinstripes.

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