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Archive: September, 2008

Defending Andy Reid, again

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 10:04 AM
It is a lonely, singular burden, that of being Andy Reid's defense attorney. But I soldier on. The subject today is replay challenges, and the fact that Reid didn't make any in a couple of big situations on Sunday night against the Bears. One was on a close touchdown pass to the Bears' Greg Olsen... Read more

Eagles Red Zone Redux

Monday, September 29, 2008, 10:55 AM
As we begin the ritual dismemberment of Andy Reid, I have start with a personal confession: I don't tend to criticize individual play calls very much. To me, it's just a waste of breath. There are so many things that we don't know about a given situation -- mostly, what the defense is showing -- that... Read more

Dealing with life without Westbrook

Sunday, September 28, 2008, 11:44 PM
CHICAGO - "The scoreboard is frozen," referee Walt Coleman announced to the crowd at Soldier Field. It was early in the fourth quarter of a football game that would not end, a night when the quarterbacks wore bulls-eyes and the running games were useless and nothing for either team really... Read more

Phils celebrate through the ages

Friday, September 26, 2008, 11:37 PM
1950: 1980: 1983: 1993: 2007: Next? Read more

Piniella hands one to Mets

Thursday, September 25, 2008, 10:57 PM
My night began with a post about how Cubs manager Lou Piniella was resting three of his biggest bats -- Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano -- in a game with huge implications for the Mets, Phillies and Brewers. And how it kind of mocked the notion of the integrity of the pennant race that... Read more

Piniella hates Phils, Brewers

Thursday, September 25, 2008, 7:14 PM
You know how, especially in baseball, they talk about the integrity of the game, and the importance of respecting other teams, and respecting the sport and the pennant race by giving a real effort. Well, take a gander at what Cubs manager Lou Piniella is doing tonight at Shea Stadium. Alfonso Soriano... Read more

Phils need to hurry

Thursday, September 25, 2008, 10:40 AM
Things are still fine for the Phillies. Really, they are. With a magic number of three for both the division title (over the Mets) and the wildcard (over the Brewers), they're going to get in. But if they don't get it buttoned down by Sunday, they have a problem -- that is, the identity of their... Read more

Why Reid and Banner matter

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 11:57 AM
Now in their 10th year together, Andy Reid and Joe Banner seem like a part of the furniture around here -- you know, the comfortable chair whose arm you occasionally smash down upon in frustration. It is familiar and comfortable and a little bit battered. You cannot remember what the room looked like... Read more

Happ on post-season roster?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 1:49 PM
I don't expect the Phillies to answer the question because they have no reason to answer it yet. But they do have the ability to add J.A. Happ to their post-season roster if they want to add him, and it would not require any subterfuge to do it. Back in the day, the only way you could add somebody... Read more

Red Zone Blues

Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 11:41 AM
Sifting through three weeks of stats has a meaningless quality to it, true enough. The number really don't begin to make any sense until midseason. One game can skew things beyond all reality. You engage in this practice at your own risk. That said, I dug the Eagles' red zone stats out ot the... 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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