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Archive: December, 2008

Shanahan, Reid very different

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 10:48 AM
The news came as a shock: the Denver Broncos fired Mike Shanahan. The initial reaction: if Shanahan could get it in the back, could Andy Reid? Short answer: sure. Quick surmise: probably not. Reason: look at the record. Shanahan is a dictatorial type, which can wear out an organization. Reid is... Read more

Eagles draft 22nd, 28th (maybe)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 9:50 AM
The NFL has published the preliminary order for the 2009 draft. The Eagles have two picks, their own (No. 22) and that of the Carolina Panthers (No. 28). What they had hoped might be a great bonanza when they made the deal with the Panthers has instead turned into a yawn -- and it could get worse. The... Read more

Vikes have 20,000 tickets for sale

Monday, December 29, 2008, 2:37 PM
The Vikings have put out the word: They need you! Well, maybe not you, but they need warm bodies to fill the Metrodome. The team has announced that it has 20,000 tickets available for Sunday afternoon's playoff game against the Eagles. That's right -- 20,000. “We appreciate our loyal fans and... Read more

McNabb's motivation

Monday, December 29, 2008, 2:03 PM
It is a dynamic as old as sports, the circling of the wagons (or, in the modern day, the circling of the Escalades). A pro team comes back from a rough patch and declares that everybody was against them all along, that nobody believed but the people in the dressing room. You have heard it a million times... Read more

Eagles finally soar

Sunday, December 28, 2008, 7:10 PM
Two decades ago -- 20 years ago, just about to the week -- the Eagles played the Dallas Cowboys on the final day of the 1988 season. They needed this incredible bank shot to win the NFC East and make the playoffs for the first time since 1981 -- a win at Dallas and a loss by the Giants against the Jets... Read more

Eagles lacking star power

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 9:24 AM
Criticizing the play-calling is this city's guilty pleasure, like watching "Cheaters" or "Blind Date." But even on days like last Sunday, when it seems as if Roger Lodge is calling the plays in the second half, that isn't the Eagles' real problem. That would be personnel. That... Read more

Sixteen straight passes?

Monday, December 22, 2008, 1:25 AM
You may have heard that I generally don't think this play-calling business, this Andy Reid penchant for throwing the ball, is that big a deal. Truth is, I like a pass-first offense. I think it's more productive. When Reid talks about "situational running," I don't laugh like a lot of people... Read more

Disaster strikes Eagles

Sunday, December 21, 2008, 7:19 PM
Disaster does not begin to describe this. When have the Eagles ever come up so inept in a big spot? And when has it ever been so agonizingly close? The Eagles' season effectively ended with Reggie Brown catching a pass that was less than a foot from the goal line as time expired. It would have tied... Read more

Cowboys' loss ramifications

Sunday, December 21, 2008, 9:33 AM
For the Cowboys and their fans, their Saturday night loss to the Baltimore was devastating. For the Eagles and their fans, it was not quite the reverse. It was a fine evening's entertainment, yes, but it doesn't change the reality: that the Eagles still need to win out to stay ahead of the Cowboys and... Read more

Without Brand, begin Operation Sammy

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 3:50 PM
The news might seem like a thunderbolt to the Sixers, that Elton Brand will be missing for a month with a fracture and a torn labrum in his shoulder. They just changed coaches and now they're going to have to spend an extended period of time essentially marking time until Brand returns and Tony DiLeo... 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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