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Archive: January, 2009

Flyers' Forsberg flirtation done

Friday, January 30, 2009, 9:38 AM
And so, it seems, the Flyers' annual flirtation with Peter Forsberg and his sore feet has ended. Thankfully. Forsberg says today that he won't be coming here to play this year, or anywhere on this continent. The key quote out of Sweden goes like this: "There won't be any NHL this season, that's... Read more

A legend's burden

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 4:59 PM
You first hear and you are shocked. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has a cancerous tumor on his spine, a recurrence of melanoma that has spread to other, undisclosed locations as well. You hear the news and you can’t concentrate on the interview you’re doing for another column. Jim... Read more

McNabb talks and talks and talks

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 11:02 AM
The news has undoubtedly reached Bob and Phil and Les and Domo by now. Friends and competitors, they are at the Super Bowl. They get up very early, like 6 am early, and get on a bus and go to interview one of the teams at their hotel, and then they get on another bus and go to interview the other team... Read more

Super Bowl tickets cheap

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 1:00 PM
When the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl, I needed to buy a Super Bowl ticket for someone. You know, me, long-time sportswriter in town, somebody who allegedly has a bunch of connections. Well, I was able to use those connections to get a ticket. It was being scalped by somebody within the league... Read more

Phils favored to win East

Friday, January 23, 2009, 1:29 PM
Odds and ends as we prepare for the crushing boredom of Super Bowl XLIII (I think): According to Vegas -- all-knowing, all-seeing Vegas -- the Phillies are the most likely team from the National League East to win the World Series. Their odds to repeat as champions are 17-2. That makes them the fourth... Read more

Blitz not enough

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 12:32 PM
Best as I can tell, the Eagles blitzed Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner 13 out of 30 pass plays. It was a ton of blitzing. Thirty percent blitzes is a bunch. The Eagles were just north of 43 percent. It was a lot, and I might even have missed a couple for all I know -- and this doesn't even include... Read more

The weapons debate

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:52 AM
So let me get this straight: the Eagles just played a season in which they set a franchise record for points scored but they don't have any weapons. And just so I understand: whenever Donovan McNabb plays a good game it's because he's great and whenever he comes up short it's because he has no help... Read more

The end

Sunday, January 18, 2009, 6:20 PM
A crushing loss. An impossible loss. Another NFC Championship Game, gone. The Eagles, torched early, came back. Down 24-6 at the half against the Arizona Cardinals, left seemingly for dead, they rallied and took a 25-24 lead with 10 minutes, 45 seconds left to play. Donovan McNabb threw for a million... Read more

To blitz or not to blitz...

Friday, January 16, 2009, 10:09 AM
We all know the Eagles' defense loves to blitz. We know it is part of defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's genetic code. We have seen it. We have seen the quarterbacks doubled-over as a result. But here's the question: Do you blitz Kurt Warner? Everybody knows the downside, about how a quarterback... Read more

Tose, Blondes and the Phoenix Eagles

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 8:50 AM
The news had broken in Arizona Republic, that the Eagles were moving to Phoenix, that owner Leonard Tose was taking the franchise to the desert. The call came from the office a few hours later -- "Just find the guy," they said, "the guy" meaning the person who was going to pay Tose... 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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