Booing is justified

Enough, national media. Please stop bashing the Eagles' fan base for occasionally booing or criticizing Donovan McNabb.

Last I checked, the Eagles are still without a title since 1960. Last I checked, the goal remains to win the Lombardi, not simply make playoff or NFC championship game appearances. When you fall short of your goals, there is going to be some negativity mixed in with the cheers. . . .

Donovan is still greeted by standing ovations each time his name is announced at the Linc. His many accomplishments are praised throughout the city by the fans and the local media. We fans realize that he is the best QB in franchise history. We fans realize that this off-season that there is no better option in free agency, via trade, on the current Eagles' roster, or in the draft than McNabb.

But when the team continues to fall short of bringing a title to this football-crazed city, there is going to be some anger, some negativity directed at the team and its star QB. It's deserved because every season since 1960 has ended in disappointment.

- www.bleedeaglesgreen.com/

Card in the box

A-Dub presented everyone with the Jack in the Box in the NFC championship.

In case you missed it, [the Arizona Cardinals'] Adrian Wilson broke out the celebration after Wilson's sack and forced fumble on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. It was, as you would expect, Wilson popping out and up – just like a jack in the box.

"It was just something me and Karlos [Dansby] thought of," Wilson said. "I made a play and got to do it. It was rather fun."

Wilson's explanation on the Big Red Rage radio show was a little more in-depth - it was a little from celebrations from the Vikings' Jared Allen, a little of an homage to Wilson's famous YouTube clip from college of him leaping 66 inches.

Celebrations aren't done, I wouldn't expect. Defensive end Antonio Smith is hoping to have one ready if he should make a big play in the Super Bowl. "I have been trying to come up with something new to give to people but it hasn't popped in my head yet," Smith said. "Guaranteed, I will have something by the Super Bowl."

- www.azcardinals.com/blog

The Fitzgerald factor

If there is one area where the Steelers will have for sure their work cut out for them next Sunday, it will be the task of covering superstar wideout Larry Fitzgerald. All that Fitzgerald did last Sunday vs. the Eagles was haul in three TDs, all in the first half. He's a monster reason the Cards are in the big game, and he has been making plays like Randy Moss all throughout the playoffs.

"When all else fails, you can throw it up to No. 11," [Steelers nose tackle] Casey Hampton said. "It's going to be tough stopping him. When that ball goes in the air, even if there are two or three guys on him, it doesn't matter. He jumps so high, it's hard to get as high as him and get him down."

- www.steelersgab.com

The gamble on Eaton

The story of Adam Eaton will be one of missed potential and horrible failure, but that's the wrong reading. Two off-seasons ago, Pat Gillick handed Eaton a contract of $24.15 million over three years to pitch for the Phillies. At the time, Eaton was coming off a bad season - 5.12 ERA with a 7-4 record in 13 injury-plagued starts for the Rangers. Prior to that, he was serviceable, keeping his ERA comfortably in the mid-4s. Looking at those numbers, you'd say he might deserve an $8M-per-season paycheck.

But no, he didn't. He was at his best at Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Shea Stadium, Safeco Field, McAfee Coliseum, the Metrodome - annually the most pitcher-friendly parks in baseball.

Eaton never deserved his huge contract. . . . It's sad so much promise was placed on a man who, really, never showed that he could deliver at all. Even before reaching Philadelphia.

- www.philliesnation.com/