When the Eagles announced the trade of cornerback Eric Rowe last week, coach Doug Pederson said the team wanted to give Rowe a chance to play. The obvious implication was that it sure wouldn't happen here for the converted safety taken in the second round of the draft two years ago.
When Carson Wentz fractured two ribs against Tampa Bay on a hit by a third-string linebacker trying to make the roster, the right side of the Eagles offensive line was being held down quite literally, it turned out by rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
When owner Jeffrey Lurie decided to "take back" his team and fire Chip Kelly with one game remaining in the 2015 season, he also opted to take the Eagles back to a time when the power within the organization was better balanced between the coaching staff and the player personnel department.
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Unless the Eagles reacquire either Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez - circumstances that seem considerably unlikely at the moment - not a single pass will be attempted for the Eagles this season by a quarterback who was on the roster the previous year.
Ryan Howard's final August with the Phillies was a good one. Maybe it wasn't up there with his summer months of old, when he could piston the ball through the steamy air seemingly at will, but it wasn't bad at all. He hit .314 with six home runs and 15 runs batted in during 16 games.
When you consider the way our national anthem has become the sporting equivalent of a station identification over the years - a ubiquitous piece of business to be scheduled, performed and forgotten - the real surprise isn't that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick would think something positive or negative during its playing, but that he would be thinking anything at all.
When Howie Roseman emerged from his year in solitary, he could have come blinking back into the light in either of two ways - as a cautious general manager looking for stability in an unstable profession or as a once-burned gambler no longer afraid of fire.
For the sake of this discussion, let's remove all the emotion and smokescreen and denials and apologies from what is almost certainly about to happen with Eagles tackle Lane Johnson and simply pretend instead that he tore a muscle at practice the other day and will miss 10 weeks of the regular season. Any muscle. Pick one.
When the Phillies failed to move veteran starter Jeremy Hellickson at the non-waiver trade deadline, some otherwise rational people suggested that was a mistake, whatever the deal might have been, because Hellickson's presence blocked the way for the overdue promotion of Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley.
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The NFL draft is no time for irony, but if it were Howie Roseman used it to perfection when he took Joe Walker with the Eagles eighth and final pick, the 251st of 253 draft selections, on a middle linebacker - from Oregon.
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Approaching baseball's non-waiver trade deadline from the high road occupied by contenders is a lot different than climbing up to it from below. The better teams have good seasons in the balance, seasons that could be improved with the right additions, but those organizations are already winners and their general managers are comfortable in their office chairs.
By the time Doug Pederson finally had enough of the first day of contact at training camp, a nearly three-hour session in which pads cracked sharply through the swampy air, even the hundreds of selected season-ticket holders and invited guests had drifted from the sideline to the comfort of their air-conditioned cars.
Bob Ford is an award-winning sports columnist for the Inquirer. He is a four-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year, as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His work has been cited numerous times by Associated Press Sports Editors judges, and he won an Eclipse Award for outstanding coverage of horse racing. Prior to becoming a columnist at the Inquirer, Ford was the 76ers beat writer for six seasons and then a general assignment feature writer with a specialty in Olympic sports. In 1995, he was designated a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. Ford has written sports in the Philadelphia area since 1981, when he served as the Phillies beat writer and later as a general sports columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times.