Bidding farewell, and thanks

The departure of Brian Dawkins was one of the author's more memorable moments covering the Eagles. (Michael S. Wirtz/Staff file photo)

My phone rang at about 7 p.m. on a Friday evening in late February 2009.

On the line was a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle, David White. Hours earlier, he reported that Brian Dawkins and the Denver Broncos had agreed to terms on a new contract.

It seemed strange for a San Francisco reporter to be breaking news that mostly involved the Broncos and Eagles, but White, who couldn’t have been nicer, explained to me that he had a rock-solid source. He said he had been receiving angry e-mails from Eagles fans, who were in disbelief that the franchise was letting one of its all-time greats get away.

There have been plenty of memorable moments during the last four years, but that night when I left my then-girlfriend (now-wife) waiting in a Center City restaurant for over an hour while I tracked down the Dawkins reports really stands out.

When I first started back in 2008, in my introductory post, I tried to lay out exactly what this blog would be about. But the truth is, I really had no clue. And that was part of the fun.

I guess that’s a long way of getting to the point here: This will be my final post on MTC.

The Eagles have been a lot of things over the last four years, but boring is not one of them.

There was the final Sunday of the regular season back in 2008 when the Bucs, a 12.5-point favorite, somehow fell to the Raiders to keep the Eagles’ playoff hopes alive.

Easter Sunday, when the Birds dealt Donovan McNabb within their division to the Redskins and moved on to the Kevin Kolb era.

Andy Reid surprising everyone by first signing Michael Vick and then handing him the starting job over Kolb a year later.

And of course, last summer’s spending spree.

There are countless others that have made this job such a blast.

Bill Walsh is known to have said that no football coach should stay in the same place for more than 10 years.

I don’t know what the proper expiration date is for a blogger, but it’s been a great run. I want to thank everyone who has read, commented, e-mailed, Tweeted, etc. You let me know when I was off-base and when I had stumbled upon something worthwhile.

I also have to thank my great colleagues at I was an avid reader of the site before I started working here, and that will continue now that I’m moving on.

So, keep in touch, get ready for training camp, and remember: Never call a run-pass option down by the goal line.