A reader from Limerick, describing himself as "a former Eagles fan," writes by e-mail:
is it just me or do the Eagles post game press conferences resemble those of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld? They are all so righteous in their belief that their way is the right way, they ignore the obvious: bad game plans, ignoring the need to change strategy and course, the way they have cowered the press (they respond to legitimate hard ball questions in such a way as to suggest that dissent is impermissible), etc.
We're nothing if not game here. So I went digging through White House transcripts, videos of Andy Reid's press conferences. Found a few things:
Sunday's media conference after the Eagles loss to Jacksonville.
Q: Andy, when you say you'll do what you need to do, what DO you need to do?
A: You don't have to worry about it. I'll take care of it. I'm gonna take care of it.
White House press conference with President Bush, March 13, 2003:
Q: Do you believe the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead of alive?
A: ... He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore. And if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it.
You get the picture. Now it's quiz time. Find out if you guessed right by clicking "continue reading."
Match the quote with the speaker:
A: "If you look at the general overall situation, they're doing remarkably well."
B: "If we choose to ignore their advice and God forbid, have an incident down the road...then everybody in this room would come back and say, 'How could you have ignored that information from all of the experts?' You now have in hand, in quotes, a sampling of highly respected people whose advice we sought before implementing this program."
C: "We will see. I am not going to prophesize to you. I am not that good. I am going to tell you that we are going to work as hard as we can and do the best we can."
D: "I'm not going to comment on hypothetical questions."
E: "They're dancing in the end zone. They just hadn't scored the touchdown. You know, there's a lot of time left."
1. Eagles Coach Andy Reid
2. U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
3. Eagles President Joe Banner
4. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney
5. U.S. President George W. Bush
A - 4 Dick Cheney on the overall situation in Iraq. source
B - 3 Joe Banner on allowing outside hoagies into the stadium, post 9/11. source.
C - 1 Andy Reid on whether the 2005-6 Eagles were better than the team that went to the Super Bowl. source.
D - 2 Donald Rumsfeld on reports of death squads killing Sunnis in Iraq. source.
E - 5 President Bush on the mid-term elections. source.