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Archive: November, 2008

Get Elton the ball

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 9:12 AM
Maybe I'm missing something, but this Sixers thing seems pretty simple: Get Elton the ball. Admittedly, eight games is a pretty limited sample size, but so far, when Elton Brand gets his shots, the Sixers win. It's really pretty plain. On Wednesday night in Toronto, he took 21 shots, scored 25 points... Read more

Eagles? Playoffs? Some scenarios

Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 11:30 AM
Because I had nothing better to do, I spent a half-hour doing the win/loss thing with the Eagles and other potential NFC wildcard rivals. Begin with today's contenders: The 6-3 teams are Tampa Bay, Washington and Atlanta. The 5-4 teams are Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas and the Eagles. Either Chicago... Read more

Tiki's good guess

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 9:05 AM
On NBC the other night, Tiki Barber's cohorts were lauding him because Barber apparently predicted in the studio that Andy Reid would call running plays on third-and-3 and fourth-and-1 near the end of the Eagles' loss to the Giants. You might have heard that the plays failed. By definition, that makes... Read more

Red Lining

Monday, November 10, 2008, 12:40 PM
And, on Monday morning, the NFL attempted to close the can of worms that was opened on Sunday night. You remember the play -- the Giants' Eli Manning was penalized for an illegal forward pass. Upon looking at the replay, referee Terry McAulay reversed the call, saying that Manning was not over the line... Read more

Familiarity breeds doom for Birds

Monday, November 10, 2008, 10:43 AM
See, here's the thing about the Eagles. Everybody is fixated on what they weren't able to do on third and fourth downs at the end of the game, but the big number is 219: the number of rushing yards the Eagles allowed against the Giants on Monday, against Brandon Jacobs and the fellas, a monstrous number... Read more

Challenges doom Birds

Sunday, November 9, 2008, 11:53 PM
Challenges. Who would have believed it could have come down to replay challenges? On a night of high drama against the New York Giants, a night when the Eagles’ defense got pushed around the field as if it were on wheels, a night when the Eagles deserved to have been blown out, who ever could... Read more

Da key vs. Giants? Maybe DeSean

Sunday, November 9, 2008, 1:28 PM
I've been talking about this all week, the need for the Eagles to throw the ball downfield. What Seattle did last week to start the game was crazy -- blitzing, tight coverage, the defense crowded in the box. It was a situation crying for some throws downfield, throws that never came. Now, this Sunday... Read more

The post-parade malaise

Friday, November 7, 2008, 8:44 AM
The parade was a week ago today but it seems like a month. Since then, I've flown back and forth to Seattle, which really does seem like the end of the earth when you're in an airplane. I've tried to get re-engaged with the Eagles and, sitting there in Qwest Field last Sunday, largely failed. Some... Read more

Phillies: Pitching is Job 1

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 10:14 AM
As my friend Dave Murphy continues to improve his tan at the General Managers' Meetings in Cali -- provided you can get a tan by sitting beneath a chandelier in an opulent hotel lobby for 6 or 7 hours a day -- it seems to me that the signals Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is sending out make sense. That... Read more

Eagles need to get it downfield

Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 9:40 AM
"Nine in the box," Stewart Bradley was saying, sitting there on the set of "Daily News Live." He was talking about the Seahawks' occasional defensive strategy last Sunday. Seven defenders in the imaginary box that you can draw near the line of scrimmage is normal. Eight in the box... Read more
About this blog
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 hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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