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Excitement and hope seem to surround the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. Many NFL analysts, and even Las Vegas oddsmakers, have ranked them among the top five-to-ten teams that may reach the Super Bowl this season. Andy Reid and company began this offseason by getting back to the basics that once defined Reid’s Eagles tenure. They began with in-house signings to lock up the core of the Eagles players for many seasons to come. A bit of bad news for the Eagles this offseason was the unfortunate injury of one of the best OTs from 2011, LT Jason Peters. He will be replaced by OT Demetress Bell, a solid OL that replaced Peters when he departed the Buffalo Bills for the Eagles. They also strengthened the defense’s coaching staff with the hire of, well-known and respected, Todd Bowles as secondary coach. Then the Eagles went out and, by all accounts, had an outstanding 2012 draft which may produce three news starters to this defense that began to find their groove late last season. Some impressive front-office moves include promoting player-friendly Howie Roseman to GM over hard-nosed Joe Banner. While this move may not show dividends immediately, it bodes very well for the future of this franchise. With all this excitement surrounding the 2012 Eagles, what is an Eagles fan to do? Let the 2011 season guide you to stay humble; because offseason buzz does not always translate to hoisting that ever-elusive Lombardi Trophy at season’s end. Here is more on the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. Continue reading
Once again, yesterday started off much the same as most Sundays during the NFL season do: mixed with nervous optimism and excitement all at once. We chose to hang out at Buffalo Wild Wings to take in the action. We knew there would be a good mix of Skins fans, Eagles fans, Cowboys fans. But also mixed in the crowd were Giants, Niners, Ravens, and Steelers fans. The NFL was well represented and it was GREAT. We love connecting and meeting new fans to share commonality and argue differences. It was FANtastic! What more could I ask for, wings, libation and football being the backdrop to a crowded sports bar. I kept a close eye on the Skins/Eagles, as well as the Giants/Bills game, but the game that intrigued me the most was the Lions/Niners contest. This was a great back and forth between the two surprise teams. Of course we know the outcome by now: the Niners edged the Lions, giving the Detroit team their first loss of the season. But after the game is what everyone can’t stop talking about: one coach going after the other because of a handshake and a pat on the back? C’mon Man (yeah, I stole that). But seriously, are you kidding me. Here’s my take on it. One coach was vexed by the loss and the manner in which his team lost and the winning coach was HYPED that his team pull out a win in such a competitive game. That’s it, case closed. You got to learn how to stay out your feelings in the NFL, Win or Lose! I was also happy to see the Bucs rebound from last week’s loss to take out the Saints. But the most bizarre thing about the game was the coach got injured? I saw Sean Payton getting carried off the field like he was playing. I heard of being a player’s coach, but I think he took it a bit too far. Anyway, we wish Coach Payton a speedy recovery. Regarding the Cowboys/Pats game, I think the photographic evidence says it all.
Note to Jason Garrett: If you are going to have Tony ROmo as your QB, you might as well let him be who he is. If you don’t trust him, get him off the field. Mr. Garrett, you should be ashamed of yourself calling a shuffle pass on 3rd down with over two minutes left in the game. YOU ARE PLAYING AGAINST TOM FREAKIN BRADY!
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We all heard about the death of iconic NFL owner: Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. It’s only fitting that as HUGE fans of the NFL that we show respect for a man who left a huge mark on the game. While we personally did not agree with many of his decisions (and we weren’t the only ones), we certainly love the fact that Al Davis was brazen enough to walk to the beat of his own drum. As African-Americans, it’s also great to see what he contributed to the game in terms of diversity. Here’s to you Al Davis for bringing mystique and BOLDNESS to the NFL, along with that vertical passing game. This quote of Al Davis really sums up his belief in the vertical passing game: “When we came out of the huddle, we didn’t want first downs and move the chains. We wanted touchdowns-the quick strike. We were going to take what we wanted and that was Raider’s Football” Raiders Football was Al Davis. R.I.P. Continue reading
HE SAID She Said FOOTBALL Week 3
Week 3 is THE week for HE SAID She Said FOOTBALL! The only thing…our game (Redskins vs Cowboys) is Monday night! As a result, we stayed in and ordered pizza. There were 2 great games on Fox that we got to watch (along with Stattracker for the HSSS Fantasy Football League).
1pm: An anticipated show down of our division rivals: The Eagles vs The Giants. I fully expected the GMEN to lose, but hoped they would win. Well WIN they did! As banged up as the Giants are, they came to play, especially that Victor Cruz! He had some BIG TIME plays yesterday that made the Eagles Defense look as overrated as I thought they would be. HA! Cruz danced all through the end zone. A great replacement for Manningham. On another note, I do not think Michael Vick was ready to play. He looked off all day and now to add another injury-his hand is broken. Andy Reid should have prepped Kafka all week to ensure he was ready…for that terrible performance, Andy Reid could have gotten Vince Young’s impersonator to come in and play…. Continue reading