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Archive: September, 2009

Phils NL East champs

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 10:19 PM
The chase began with a great and glorious hangover. It ended with Brad Lidge getting the final out. There is no time to explain what happened in between. There is only a celebration. It seemed that it was always going to be this way, always going to be about this mix of emotions. And so it has been... Read more

Phillies on fumes

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 1:10 PM
As the Phillies limp home, just the facts here. There are 30 teams in the major leagues. On those 30 teams, there are 43 players who have played in at least 150 games so far this season. The typical team has one, maybe two. The Phillies have six: Ryan Howard (155), Pedro Feliz (153), Jayson Werth... Read more

Randall Cunningham, the original Wildcat

Friday, September 25, 2009, 10:20 AM
In January of 2003, the Eagles and Falcons played a playoff game. It was Donovan McNabb vs. Michael Vick. It really doesn't seem like that long ago. In September of 1986, Eagles coach Buddy Ryan installed Randall Cunningham as his third-down specialist. It was an abomination in many ways -- not the... Read more

Monday at 1:30: Live Eagles chat

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 6:57 PM
Join Rich Hofmann for a live Eagles chat Monday at 1:30. Read more


Sunday, September 20, 2009, 4:24 PM
The conclusion might be this after Saints 48, Eagles 22 at Lincoln Financial Field: That the future offers some promise. That the problem is the present. Because on the day of Kevin Kolb's first start as the Eagles' quarterback, he did things that no one predicted. I thought he would be functional... Read more

DeSean, Kolb and the speed gun

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 1:14 PM
The question to DeSean Jackson on Wednesday afternoon was simple enough: compare the balls thrown by Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb. The answer was as you might expect. "It's a little different," Jackson said. "Donovan has a lot of velocity on his football. Kolb throws a great ball,... Read more

Andrews: "BIG RED...I love you man"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 2:45 PM
The melancholy tone of the posts on Shawn Andrews' Twitter account has been building for days, even since he was unable to practice with a back injury. It has built, sadly, to this day -- the day when Andrews was placed on injured reserve by the Eagles, ending his season and maybe his career with the... Read more

The end for Andrews?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 10:49 AM
Nothing is certain when it comes to ballplayers and bad backs. Nothing is certain, either, with a football franchise that throws emotional haymakers on the hour, it seems. But you really have to wonder if this is it for Shawn Andrews. The news that the Eagles have placed Andrews on injured reserve... Read more

Eagles' euphoria tempered by McNabb injury

Sunday, September 13, 2009, 4:18 PM
If you can be euphoric while holding your breath, that is what the Eagles are here in Charlotte. They arrived for the 2009 season as if shot out of a cannon, and then they were forced to endure the sight of their quarterback, Donovan McNabb, being knocked out of the game with a broken rib. His status... Read more

Waiting for the other shoe (Feeley) to drop

Thursday, September 3, 2009, 4:56 PM
Now that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that Michael Vick will become a real, live member of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 of the regular season, the next question rises quickly: What about AJ Feeley? You can argue this a hundred different ways -- OK, maybe three different ways... Read more
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at Reach Rich at

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