Archive: December, 2008
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comA season-ticket holder sent me an e-mail he received from Jeffrey Lurie, Christina Lurie and Joe Banner today. Thought I'd share it:
Dear Eagles fans,
During the holiday season, we'd like to say thank you and let you know how fortunate the entire Eagles organization feels to have such loyal and supportive fans.
We never forget that our season ticket holders are the ones who make the games at Lincoln Financial Field special. We know our players, coaches and the entire front office appreciate how you make it tough for our opponents to play here. We also know this weekend's game, as always, against the Cowboys will be another great example of what home field advantage really means.
Thanks again for being the best fans in the NFL. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday.
Joe BannerTV schedule
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comPolice seized a 9-millimeter handgun, a rifle, ammunition and pants Plaxico Burress was wearing the night he shot himself from his New Jersey home, several media outlets are reporting.
One detail that is conflicting depending on the report is which weapon was loaded. The New York Post and Newsday report that the rifle was loaded. The New York Daily News, meanwhile, reports that the handgun was loaded.
Burress allegedly shot himself in the thigh with an unlicensed gun on Nov. 29 at a Manhattan nightclub. He has since been suspended by the Giants for the remainder of this season.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
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ESPN.com has the Eagles ranked 15th in its power rankings:
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comHere's a team-by-team look at where we stand in the NFC going into the final week of the regular season. We'll cover the AFC later today. These scenarios do not include ties, which I thought would only confuse matters. Four teams have clinched: the Giants, Falcons, Panthers and Cardinals. Two spots are up for grabs.
New York Giants (12-3) - With their OT win over the Panthers last week, the Giants clinched a first-round bye and home-field throughout the NFC playoffs. New York was 7-1 at home this season, its only loss coming in Week 14 against the Eagles. The Giants play at the Vikings Sunday and then won't take the field again until Jan. 10 when they host a divisional playoff game.
Carolina Panthers (11-4) - The Panthers have clinched a playoff spot, but not the division. Carolina could either be the No. 2 seed or the No. 5 seed, depending on what happens this weekend. If the Panthers win OR the Falcons lose, Carolina takes the NFC South and gets the No. 2 seed, which means a first-round bye. If the Panthers lose to the Saints and the Falcons beat the Rams, Carolina will be the No. 5 seed, meaning a road playoff game in the first round.
Atlanta Falcons (10-5) - As I just stated, the Falcons need a win over the Rams and a Panthers loss to the Saints to win the NFC South and get a first-round bye. A Panthers win OR a Falcons loss means Atlanta will be the top wild-card team and play a road playoff game as the No. 5 seed, most likely at Arizona.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comIn a bizarre game (aren't they all this time of year?), the Bears somehow escaped with a 20-17 overtime victory tonight against the Packers.
What does it mean for the Eagles? Their slim playoff hopes just got a little slimmer. Three things, instead of two, have to happen next weekend for them to get in: a victory over the Cowboys; a Bucs loss to the Raiders; and either a Vikings loss to the Giants OR a Bears loss to the Texans.
The Bears can get in two different ways. The first is simple. A Chicago win and a Minnesota loss gives the Bears the division. The other way is a Bears win combined with losses from BOTH the Bucs and Cowboys would give Chicago a wild-card berth.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comIf the Cowboys lose to the Eagles this weekend and miss the playoffs, will Wade Phillips return as head coach?
Is he gone regardless?
Those are the questions being tossed around in the Dallas papers this Monday afternoon. If you believe the words coming out of Jerry Jones' mouth, Phillips will be back.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comMy 10 observations from the Eagles' 10-3 loss to the Redskins this evening:
1. At 3:34 p.m., I received a text from my buddy C-Nast. Lifelong Eagles fan, who is now living in Baltimore. The message read: yeah buddy. sorry jgarcia. Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia had just been picked off by San Diego's Antoine Cason, who returned it 59 yards for a touchdown, giving the Chargers a 41-24 lead. Going into this weekend, we all knew the scenario. Win out and hope for one loss from either the Bucs or Falcons in the final two weeks. It was setting up to be a perfect football weekend. The Cowboys turned the lights off on Texas Stadium with a 33-24 loss to the Ravens, and the Bucs came up short against the Chargers. Everything was set up perfectly. All the Eagles had to do was win their final two games, and they were in. This season, which has seen the benching of Donovan McNabb, missed chances against the Cowboys and Bears and a tie to the pathetic Bengals, could actually be headed in a positive direction.
2. At 3:52 p.m., I finally responded to C-Nast: please don't blow this haha. Because even with everything set up perfectly, this was still the Eagles, and that is still the mindset. Regardless of how well things are set up, disaster is just around the corner. Things never end well. When you think they're going to, it's just the Football Gods messing with your mind. For 25 years, this mentality was true for following all of the Philadelphia teams. But then the Phillies won the World Series. And we started asking questions like Will this change how we view sports in this city? And the answer is no, not until pitchers and catchers report at least.
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.comHere's what Donovan McNabb said after the Eagles' 10-3 loss to the Redskins. Again, not exact quotes, but paraphrasing so I could get the post up quick:
Why did they get off to such a slow start?
Donovan says it’s not being able to convert on third down like they were successful with in previous games. It wasn’t just a slow start. If you don’t convert on third down and continue drives, that stalls you and you find yourself on the sideleine waiting for that next opportunity. Early on they couldn’t convert, which cost them more plays and a chance to get into a rhythm. And then they stalled again later. You can’t win games that way. You give the other team too many opportunities to score points and today they capitalized on them.
How important was field position?
Donovan says that’s really not an issue. They’ve had long drives before and have come up with big plays. Today it was just off. It was something offensively that hasn’t happened in awhile. All they can do is look at the mistakes and come out next week and play well.
Why did so many little things go wrong?