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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
The National Football Conference-Eastern Division (NFC East) will wrap up our Sunday in the Skybox team by team 2012 Preview. This division (composed of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins) is the division WE love the most! For our newer readers, I am a Redskins fan and D is a Cowboys fan. While we are often a house divided when it comes to football games on Sunday, we certainly both weren’t jumping up and down about our division foes, the NY Giants winning yet another Superbowl. Still-we must give credit where credit is due. The Giants went on an amazing run in 2011. Congrats to them and their fans. We highlight the Giants, their special 2011 run, and all they have in store for 2012 as our last team by team 2012 Preview. As of late, the Giants have been the most successful (Superbowls 2 in 4 years) of the division. However, overall the team with the most Lombardi Trophies is the Dallas Cowboys (that was tough to type!).
Bad Blood in this Division: The bad blood in this division is what makes it one of the most exciting in the NFL. None of the teams like or respect each other. Fans of the respective teams will not give any love on the talents of players on the other teams. Redskins fans hate Tony Romo, Cowboys fans hate Michael Vick. And the rivalries in this division are not a joke! Especially not to us. As a Cowboys fan, it seems as if every other team in the entire division claims us as a rival. Because of tradition, the city in which I live, and my lady–I hate the Washington Redskins. I consider the Cowboys vs Redskins rivalries the most significant. However nowadays, fans of other teams and around the league see this rivalry as a dying one. With the Mike Vick era and the Donovan McNabb era that preceded, the Eagles vs Cowboys rivalries have turned into true battles. The Giants have crushed the very real playoff hopes of Cowboys fans and Eagles fans plenty of times. Every year is a nail biter. Continue reading
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I would like to thank Jeanita and Daryle for allowing me to do this guest post for them. They run a great blog with a unique perspective, from a Dallas man and a Redskin girl, with He Said She Said football. It makes for some great laughs but also some real sports facts. I encourage you all to keep reading!
Anyway, I’m here to talk about my lowly, lowly Eagles. After a loss to the New England Patriots—38-20—we are all but out of the playoff picture. After picking up so many offseason acquisitions I think we forgot about the most important thing. What thing was that? Team chemistry. Continue reading
Yesterday was a GLORIOUS day! You should know by now that He Said She Said FOOTBALL are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to our NFL teams. It was only fitting that we be apart of the excitement to see our favorite teams live and in living color. It turned out to be a great day for football, but it was also great for tailgating, and seeing football enthusiasts like ourselves, enjoy a mild sunny day watching their favorite teams battle it out. Fans from everywhere were there to take in this game. We even met a mother and daughter who traveled from Virginia Beach . It was a graduation gift for the daughter, her wish was to see her favorite team (the Cowboys) play in person. We also had the good fortune to witness this rivalry in the most regal way possible: in the SKYBOX at FedEx Field. There is no other way to watch a professional football game. Now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t watch a game any other way. The accommodations were awesome: all you can eat buffet, in-seat wait service, plush leather seats with climate control. And the view was amazing!! It was the best football watching experience that I ever had.
I believe I had the same hopes as most Redskins fans yesterday: “Please don’t let us get blown out at FedEx Field to these BUM Cowgirls!” With that goal in mind, and excellent seats as an incentive, I suited up in my Burgundy and Gold best and trekked up to FedEx Field. Of course it would have been awesome to be on the winning side of a 27-24 victory in overtime. Anytime a fan pays money for a sporting event, they are expecting to be entertained. It doesn’t get much more entertaining than a divisional showdown that goes into OT. FedEx Field holds 91,000 fans. Yesterday I would say the crowd was 50/50 (way too many Dallas fans!). What that meant was 45,500 people were yelling on every play-regardless of what happened. It was THE MOST FUN I’ve ever had at a football game! Trust–I’ve been to many (including this rivalry game in DC and in TX). This was the best one so far. 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