What Would Buddy Do?
What happens when teams stop kicking to Devin Hester (and the Birds can’t score touchdowns)
Posted on October 31st, 2007 at 11:45 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

to whom are we pointing here

Congrats to David Akers, your NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October!

While not quite as dubious as leading the minor leagues in home runs, we can safely say that this award is a mixed blessing (at best) for Akers and the Birds. I’m cool with the kicker getting his props if he’s hitting a bunch of clutch kicks to win games (like the Bironas guy in Tennessee), but, um, Akers actually missed a couple kicks this month and the only reason he had to kick so often was that the Birds couldn’t get into the endzone.

The stats are even more damning: the longest kick Akers made in October was 37 yards, and the average length of his made field goals was 27.1 yards.

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Posted on October 31st, 2007 at 6:02 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Supporters excited for derby against Cowboys; also, “Dallas Sucks”
Posted on October 30th, 2007 at 11:32 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

I kept it PG with the graphicIn addition to a multimedia Trent Cole lovefest in the papers this morning (well deserved, good for Trent Cole), more than one blathermonkey stepped up to remind us all that (a) Dallas is coming to town this week and (b) it is right and just to hate on them.

Personally, I thought it was the most insightful thing Phil Sheridan has written in a while, if only because he was trying to channel the anger/ hatred/ bloodlust toward the other team, and not just the one we’re supposed to be rooting for. I’d say that they’re using their powers for good rather than evil, but I’m not exactly sure that’s correct. Anyhoo, way to pitch in, boys.

I especially liked the quotes from Sav Rocca, in which he demonstrated his familiarity with the Dallas rivalry, translated into non-American English:

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Posted on October 29th, 2007 at 10:34 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Sign Up for the New NFL.com Fantasy Game!
Posted on October 29th, 2007 at 8:17 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Andy Reid can have thirds tonight (since he’s looking so dangerously undernourished)
Posted on October 28th, 2007 at 4:08 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

andy reid is about three brad childdresses

Good guys win today (complete with a heartfelt manhug for Andy Reid and Brad Childress), improving this week’s storyline from “Cowboys and Birds headed in opposite directions as T.O. comes to town” to “Eagles can play their way back into contention with win over Dallas.” I’ll take that.

What I saw from my stool at the bar:

1. You can’t complain about the WRs not making plays this week. The blathermonkeys were mean to the WRs (”Birds’ receivers aren’t good enough“) this week, and the WRs played well — we can only hope in response to this criticism!  Screw you, Phil Sheridan!  You won’t have Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis to kick around anymore!  They actually have the Curtis catch up on nfl.comget it while it lasts!

2. I’m sick of rationalizing Trent Cole’s success by saying that he’s just a pass rusher. He’s on a very short list of playmakers on the Eagles defense, and he seems to be the most emotional/ intense guy out there (which is important since there’s no more Trotter or Dawkins). There should be more Trent Cole shirts in the stands.  I’ll show my appreciation by adding his name to my tag cloud.  Yup, the tag cloud.  That’s how we roll here in Web 2.0.

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PFT runs elusive double reverse to invent McNabb rumors
Posted on October 26th, 2007 at 9:47 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

the guy we hate to love and love to hateThis time I’m just skipping the caveats about how much I like ProFootballTalk and just proceeding directly to the part where I accuse Mike Florio of, in the words of our British cousins across the pond, talking absolute rubbish.

Florio posted earlier this week that the Birds’ or-gan-eye-zay-shun’s silence regarding Donovan McNabb’s future with the team — in contrast to its very vocal support for Andy Reid — is a possible indication that Dunavin’s future with the Eagles is limited. Note that the comments from Reid, Joe Banner, and Jeff Lurie all came in response to the highly publicized legal troubles of Reid’s kids and the wild speculation amongst the Philly blathertariat (radio shows, newspaper headlines, freakin’ editorials) that Reid would quit during the bye week.

To summarize, then, McNabb must be on his way out because no one has publicly defended his future with the team.

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NFL Fantasy Report - Week 8
Posted on October 25th, 2007 at 7:36 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

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Blathering with the blathermonkeys: 2-4 means it’s time for Kolb?
Posted on October 23rd, 2007 at 10:50 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

riff away boysIn the considered opinions of professional sportswriters Bob Ford and Phil Sheridan, the Eagles’ season is essentially over at 2-4 and the only question left to ask is which week would be most appropriate to introduce Kevin Kolb as a starter.

Whilst they attempt to slip a couple caveats into their analysis (Sheridan is more willing to say the season is completely over than Ford), both embrace an apocalyptic viewpoint in re: the state of the Birds and their prospects for success this season. Never mind that the Eagles were ranked in the top half of the NFL in the FootballOutsiders DVOA rankings or that they recovered from a 5-6 record to win the division last year! The team has lost a couple close games, and the experts insist that the coach and QB must go!

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