What Would Buddy Do?
And sometimes I go to random NFL games because I live in C@L
Posted on August 31st, 2007 at 12:09 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

the view from my extremely cushy box

Whilst most of my blogging efforts here on BountyBowl will be squarely focused on the goings-on surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles, the truth is that I don’t live in Philadelphia. Not even close. Thanks to the electric internets, you can actually follow the team pretty thoroughly from afar. But if you want to go see live action, you need to settle for the local (non-Eagle) teams.

Thus do I attend a couple C@L Nerdbird (Seattle Seahawks) games each season. I caught their final preseason game last night, against the Raiders. Not too too much to report, but I do have a couple quick hits:

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Google Groups: You’ve been invited to Eagles Bloggers
Posted on August 30th, 2007 at 5:39 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

2007 Washington Redskins Preview: because they’re the NFC East team I find the least disagreeable
Posted on August 30th, 2007 at 1:10 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

is that the flash?In a relatively charming turn of events, a loose confederation of Eagles bloggers sent me a mail this morning inviting me to write a preseason preview of the Washington Redskins. The general idea is that each blogger covers a major NFC rival of the Birds and we all post links to the other blogs/ previews.

Sounds like a plan.

Turns out that they managed to gather previews for a bunch of other teams (the Giants, Cowboys, Bears, Niners, and Saints) but no one had gotten around to dealing with the Redskins (or the Nerdbirds, but that’s understandable — no one cares about C@L — go east-coast media bias!). I can see why no one wanted to do the Skins; of the three other NFC East teams, I definitely hate the Redskins the least. (In case you were wondering, I hate the Giants the most, but that’s only because I’ve recently gotten over a residual Cowboys hatred that was directly tied to Emmitt Smith taking off his helmet to celebrate garbage TDs in the fourth quarter against overmatched opponents behind the best offensive line of the 90s.)

Check out the other previews:

Dallas Cowboys at Iggles Blog
New York Giants at Eagle Scout Blog
Chicago Bears at Fortress of Pillows
New Orleans Saints at Bleeding Green Nation
San Francisco 49ers at Depressed Fan

Despite my relatively modulated hatred of the Redskins, I still dislike them enough to assemble a snarky preview on short notice. Note — this column contains no predictions. I’m no good at predicting the future. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions about the Skins; here we go:

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nice blog
Posted on August 29th, 2007 at 1:48 am by Derek

Big Red in the face (savor the irony)
Posted on August 27th, 2007 at 11:09 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

This is actually pretty badI hadn’t yet chimed in on the Britt Reid thing, but nobody in Birdsland can be happy about this.  I’m thinking this is all actually bad (I mean, not bad like the defense the other night, but not good) and will impact the performance of the team this year. The interesting part about all this is that it does involve a fair amount of irony; not to shamelessly recycle, but I wrote the paragraph below (on my other blog) after the news broke last January, and the argument holds:

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Eagles defense falls down, gets shoved
Posted on August 27th, 2007 at 8:00 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Tough to get too excited about Considine at this pointNot a very impressive showing from the Eagles last night. We’ll skip commentary on the offense, which was just generally sloppy (too many penalties, too many drops), but doesn’t inspire any sort of panic on this end. (They’ll be fine — Westbrook was out there for literally one play, though I hope someone is giving Reggie Brown some grief for the drops.)

We shall not skip commentary on the atrociously terrible play of the defense. Yikes! They were awful. They were a step slow getting to the quarterback all night, and did a pretty bad job of tackling people. I have no idea how Roethlisberger threw for those 247 yards in the first half since he barely ever threw the ball more than 8 yards in the air. It was just dumpoff and then 30-yard run. Yuck. I thought three players were especially suspect:

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You have a new personal message ( Eagles Forum )
Posted on August 26th, 2007 at 11:57 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Put a bounty on Mike Florio
Posted on August 23rd, 2007 at 10:24 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Despite the fact that Profootballtalk.com is one of our favorite NFL sites — at least in so part due to its delightful penchant for rumormongering — we’re going to need to put a bounty on PFT editor Mike Florio.

Seriously, we typically enjoy the ridiculous tabloid speculation coming out of PFT (it’s like Drudge Report for the NFL), but we don’t like it when we think he’s picking on our favorite team. In two postings since the Trotter release, he’s tried to invent imaginary scandals based on (a) alleged insider info from the locker room or (b) his own fantastical creativity:

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Tell Shawn Andrews to bring a hankie
Posted on August 22nd, 2007 at 10:20 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

needs and/ or feelingsAll sorts of emotional farewells and tearful goodbyes at the Novacare Complex attended Jeremiah Trotter’s last day at work yesterday. I didn’t get the e-mail about the Farewell Drinks, but I do feel like I got all sorts of needs and/ or feelings from the football TV show yesterday.

This was definitely a heckuva PR stunt. They let Trotter give a farewell address (with Dawk and Spikes standing by, no less!) and Andy Reid shared all manner of wistful memories about Trotter’s legacy with the team. And despite most of the vets expressing complete shock at the move, Trot played along and said he agreed with it (!):

“I agree with his decision, too,” Trotter said. “Obviously, I want to be here, but he’s making a decision that he feels is best for the team. That’s what this league is about; the turnover ratio is big every year. They’re always bringing in someone to try to better the team. Who knows what the future holds, but . . . now it’s my time. I understand why he did it - I know he didn’t want to do it - and that means a lot to me.”

Asked whether he thought Reid should rethink the decision, Trotter said:

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The Axeman Leaveth
Posted on August 21st, 2007 at 12:57 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Trot will most definitely be missedMan, that is some cold sh*t.

I’ll admit to being fairly shocked that the Eagles cut Trotter. I thought there was a chance he might lose his starting job, but cutting the guy whose return and resurgence in 2004 pushed the defense into the Super Bowl? The guy who so famously feuded and then made up with Coach Reid after the dark interregnum of Trotter’s Redskin years (ah, the wistful memories of the green #54 shirts with “Trotter” transformed into “Traitor”)?

Certainly very few of the local blathermonkeys saw this coming, with the possible exception of G. Cobb, who posted a very curious comment on his blog a week and change ago. Semi-hilariously, a number of blathermonkeys decided that Monday would be “Guess the roster/ doesn’t look like there are many hard choices for Andy Reid to make” day (see link below). Only Delaware Online seemed to be on the case at all, noting Trot’s absence from practice.

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