Friday, December 19, 2014

Celek's big day; Week 9 thoughts

A press release from the Eagles popped in my inbox yesterday with a revision on Brent Celek's big game against the Seahawks. Initially, like everyone else, I wrote that Celek had the best regular-season game ever for an Eagles tight end with six catches for 131 yards. However... Brent Celek was incorrectly given credit for having the highest single-game yardage total by an Eagles tight end in a regular season game. That distinction belongs to Pete Retzlaff, who was converted to tight end during the 1962 season when a rash of broken arms plagued the Eagles tight end position. Retzlaff, who also played fullback and wide receiver during his career, has the top six single-game performances by an Eagles tight end, including a 204-yard effort vs. the Redskins in 1965 … Therefore, Celek’s 131-yard performance on Sunday at Seattle was the best by an Eagles tight end in the regular season since November 28, 1965, when Retzlaff gained 148 yards at St. Louis. So there you have it. If you're wondering how reporters get these little nuggets of information, they're almost always delivered by the team (in my experience). During a game, announcements like the one for Celek's big day will be made periodically, and reporters who find the information valuable can scribble it down for their articles. Sometimes the information isn't valuable at all ("David Akers became the first left-footed kicker under 6-feet tall to have four field goals in a Week 9 game against an NFC West opponent") and therefore does not get noted. As for Celek, both Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View reported yesterday that Andy Reid still wants L.J. Smith as his starter. Other week 10 thoughts: Thank goodness today is election day. Not because I'm some politics-crazed lunatic, but because we don't have to watch anymore election-based farces on football pre-game shows. ESPN alone has run one of these each week for the last month it seems, and each is equally horrible. There was Mike Ditka and other analysts debating for each NFC East team a few weeks ago, and a Keyshawn Johnson-Cris Carter ticket this week. Even ESPN.com's home page right now says "Left(wich) bias." We can finally move past these... One more politics note. Chris Berman interviewed both candidates during halftime of last night's game. Remember those YouTube videos of Berman behind the scenes that popped up last year but then were removed? That's all I could think of while I watched. Somebody please tell me they know what I'm talking about it here... In Weeks 4 and 5, the Redskins absolutely beat up the Cowboys and Eagles respectively with a physical rushing attack. But yesterday, it was Washington that took the beating. The Steelers sacked Jason Campbell seven times and forced him into his first interception. Portis was limited to 51 yards on 13 carries... The Giants lead the NFC East at 7-1 with the Redskins second at 6-3. The Eagles follow at 5-3, and then of course, the Cowboys at 5-4. On Thursday, I'll take a look at the remaining schedules for all NFC East teams... Brady Quinn has been named the starter in Cleveland, and we'll all get a chance to watch him right away. This is the first week of Thursday night games, with the Browns taking on the Broncos on NFL Network... Saved by zeeeeeero... Every year, there's a college prospect that grabs the attention of Eagles fans. I have a hunch that player this year might be Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree. If you watched the Red Raiders beat No. 1 Texas last Saturday night, you know Crabtree. He's 6-foot-3, 214 pounds and a dynamic playmaker. I'm no scouting expert, but I just took a look at some Web sites that have Crabtree listed as one of the top receivers on the board... Joey Porter leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks, and John Abraham is tied for fourth with 10. Is this 2008 or 2001? In the first half against the Falcons, the Raiders had minus-2 yards on 13 plays. After three quarters, the Falcons had 26 first downs. Oakland had one. Yikes. Check out this article for more of those ridiculous numbers. Coming Wednesday: Weekly Eagles links.

Celek's big day; Week 9 thoughts

A press release from the Eagles popped in my inbox yesterday with a revision on Brent Celek's big game against the Seahawks. Initially, like everyone else, I wrote that Celek had the best regular-season game ever for an Eagles tight end with six catches for 131 yards. However...

Brent Celek was incorrectly given credit for having the highest single-game yardage total by an Eagles tight end in a regular season game. That distinction belongs to Pete Retzlaff, who was converted to tight end during the 1962 season when a rash of broken arms plagued the Eagles tight end position. Retzlaff, who also played fullback and wide receiver during his career, has the top six single-game performances by an Eagles tight end, including a 204-yard effort vs. the Redskins in 1965 … Therefore, Celek’s 131-yard performance on Sunday at Seattle was the best by an Eagles tight end in the regular season since November 28, 1965, when Retzlaff gained 148 yards at St. Louis.

So there you have it. If you're wondering how reporters get these little nuggets of information, they're almost always delivered by the team (in my experience). During a game, announcements like the one for Celek's big day will be made periodically, and reporters who find the information valuable can scribble it down for their articles. Sometimes the information isn't valuable at all ("David Akers became the first left-footed kicker under 6-feet tall to have four field goals in a Week 9 game against an NFC West opponent") and therefore does not get noted. As for Celek, both Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View reported yesterday that Andy Reid still wants L.J. Smith as his starter.

Other week 10 thoughts:

Thank goodness today is election day. Not because I'm some politics-crazed lunatic, but because we don't have to watch anymore election-based farces on football pre-game shows. ESPN alone has run one of these each week for the last month it seems, and each is equally horrible. There was Mike Ditka and other analysts debating for each NFC East team a few weeks ago, and a Keyshawn Johnson-Cris Carter ticket this week. Even ESPN.com's home page right now says "Left(wich) bias." We can finally move past these...

One more politics note. Chris Berman interviewed both candidates during halftime of last night's game. Remember those YouTube videos of Berman behind the scenes that popped up last year but then were removed? That's all I could think of while I watched. Somebody please tell me they know what I'm talking about it here...

In Weeks 4 and 5, the Redskins absolutely beat up the Cowboys and Eagles respectively with a physical rushing attack. But yesterday, it was Washington that took the beating. The Steelers sacked Jason Campbell seven times and forced him into his first interception. Portis was limited to 51 yards on 13 carries...

The Giants lead the NFC East at 7-1 with the Redskins second at 6-3. The Eagles follow at 5-3, and then of course, the Cowboys at 5-4. On Thursday, I'll take a look at the remaining schedules for all NFC East teams...

Brady Quinn has been named the starter in Cleveland, and we'll all get a chance to watch him right away. This is the first week of Thursday night games, with the Browns taking on the Broncos on NFL Network...

Saved by zeeeeeero...

Every year, there's a college prospect that grabs the attention of Eagles fans. I have a hunch that player this year might be Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree. If you watched the Red Raiders beat No. 1 Texas last Saturday night, you know Crabtree. He's 6-foot-3, 214 pounds and a dynamic playmaker. I'm no scouting expert, but I just took a look at some Web sites that have Crabtree listed as one of the top receivers on the board...

Joey Porter leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks, and John Abraham is tied for fourth with 10. Is this 2008 or 2001?

In the first half against the Falcons, the Raiders had minus-2 yards on 13 plays. After three quarters, the Falcons had 26 first downs. Oakland had one. Yikes. Check out this article for more of those ridiculous numbers.

Coming Wednesday: Weekly Eagles links.

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