Archive: January, 2009
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comFor the first time since the end of August, there was no "10 observations" post on Moving the Chains this Monday morning.
And yesterday, for the first time since the end of August, there was no football.
There were NBA games on TV. And I hear there was an NHL All-Star Game, although I have been unable to confirm. But, no football.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comThat's what at least one writer thinks.
Allen Wilson of The Buffalo News wrote a column last week (that we somehow missed here at MTC) in which he said Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is too good for Philadelphia, and he wishes the Birds would get rid of him.
The Philadelphia Eagles said Monday that quarterback Donovan McNabb will return next season. He has two years left on his contract, so they have no reason to get rid of him. But I wish they would. Philadelphia doesn’t deserve him. Since arriving in the NFL in 1999, McNabb has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. But I don’t know of any professional athlete who is less appreciated in the city he plays for.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comIn an interview this week with ESPN 950's Jody Mac and Harry Mayes, NFL Network's Jamie Dukes had some advice for Eagles fans who boo Donovan McNabb or think he is the problem.
"Understand how hard it is to find a quality quarterback in this league," Dukes said. "Those who are booing, they have a problem with 5. And I can pull 10 teams up right now that would give an arm for that kid and so that’s why to me it’s silly, and to me it goes to -- Do these people really understand this game? Or are they just casual fans who know nothing about football?”
To Dukes' credit, he did not stereotype all Eagles fans. He clarified that he was referring only to the ones who boo McNabb and want him out of town.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comWith only one game to play, the NFL draft order is pretty much set, except for the final two spots for the Cardinals and Steelers.
Here's a list of the order, with the Eagles picking 21st and 28th.
Earlier this week, Eagletarian rounded up some mock drafts to get some names floating around in our heads.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comI've become pretty limited in my interests these days. There is sports. And there is TV.
So when the two worlds mix, I cannot resist.
Which brings us to Michael Irvin's new idea. Irvin, an obvious fan favorite among Eagles fans, is launching a show in which 12 people will get a chance to compete for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys' training camp roster.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comIn previous posts and during our live chats, many of you have sounded off on Troy Aikman, saying he's unfairly critical of the Eagles during broadcasts.
While I disagree with those sentiments and think Aikman is critical of the Eagles when they deserve it and praises them when they're playing well (Week 17 game vs. Cowboys), you'll be happy to know that he doesn't treat his former team any differently.
Aikman has had some interesting things to say about both Terrell Owens and Tony Romo this week.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
After reading endless predictions by experts last week that called for an Eagles' Super Bowl appearance, philly.com intern Andrew Holland is back to bring you links from around the Web about the most recent playoff disappointment.
And for more Eagles news, be sure to check out philly.com's Eagles section with the best local coverage from The Inquirer and Daily News.
CBSsports.com's Pete Prisco gives the Eagles a B- for the performance against the Cardinals:
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comLakers guard Kobe Bryant was pulling for the Eagles last week, but after the loss, he had some thoughts about how the Birds could improve their red-zone production.
Basically, get him on the field.
"I'd be a wide receiver," Bryant said. "I'd be a bad [expletive] too. No more red-zone issues. Over the top, I'm [Randy] Mossing it."