Gollee Aunt Bee! Have you heard the exciting news about T.J. Houshmandzadeh going on a Philly radio station and saying he'd like to sign with the Eagles when/if he becomes a free agent Feb. 27th?
Of course, as you're reading this, T.J. might very well be on a radio station in Baltimore or Boston or Atlanta or Seattle telling the folks there how much he'd like to be a Raven/Patriot/Falcon/Seahawk, but don't let that get in the way of your jubiliation.
The sports radio appearance by a pending free agent is a hardy perennial, blossoming to the delight of the credulous each February. Your Eagletarian can't recall the last time such a campaign actually ended with the campaigning player signing here. Not that it wouldn't be just lovely to add T.J. Houshmandzadeh, for everybody except the person who has to sew names on the backs of jerseys. Primarily, though, the Eagles need to sort out and bolster their offensive line, find a blocking tight end, and add a really good running back to the stable. Then if they can swing a difference-making wideout, that'd be good, too. Houshmanzadeh would be a nice addition. He would not be Larry Fitzgerald, because only one guy is.
Assuming reports are true that the Bengals don't plan to use the franchise tag, Houshmandzadeh's agent , Kennard McGuire, will look for the most guaranteed money he can get. That will be the deal Houshmandzadeh signs.
It could be with the Eagles. Probably won't be, if history is any guide. But it could be.
In the meantime, your Eagletarian is late to the party with this excellent Iggles Blog analysis of a much bigger and sillier talk radio dustup, over something Donovan McNabb said last Friday to Howard Eskin. At least, it was a talk radio dustup, until someone writing for an actual newspaper couldn't resist chiming in with a predictable "me, too," as the blog notes.
Bountybowl makes the excellent point today that McNabb is no longer being covered as an athlete, that he has become our Britney Spears. (With, so far, thankfully, less detailed scrutiny as to whether he's wearing undies.)