What Would Buddy Do?
Eagles cleverly secure worst draft pick among 8-8 teams
Posted on December 31st, 2007 at 3:04 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

nfldraft.jpgThanks to their opponents’ collective .563 winning percentage (highest among NFL clubs!), the Birds slip behind the Cardinals, Vikings, and Texans (each of whom, like the Birds, finished 8-8) in the 2008 NFL draft order, and will pick 19th in the first round.

Pretty lame, though it could be worse — at least the Birds didn’t win 10 games and miss the playoffs like the Browns.

2008 NFL Draft Order [NFL.com]

Andy Reid admits that he was happy McNabb had to learn lessons (on the rest of the team’s time?)
Posted on December 31st, 2007 at 2:46 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie


Very out-of-character slip from Andy Reid in his Monday press conference. In responding to a question about Donovan McNabb’s evolving mobility over the course of the season, he admitted that (a) he knew that McNabb was significantly less than full speed when the season kicked off and (b) he was semi-happy to have McNabb struggle in order to become a better player in the long run. Huh? Really?

According to Big Red,

“I think it was a great experience for him to have all mobility taken away early. Where, in his mind, he had to become an in-pocket passer. He didn’t have 100 percent of his capacity to run. For somebody in his ninth year to have a chance to be even better than he was is a great thing. Now he’s getting the mobility back and he’s becoming an even better thrower than he was before-and I think he was pretty good before.”

So it was good for him to be limited (even if it meant that the team suffered) so that he could become a better player? Did the rest of the team agree with that? (Read the rest of this story.)

Take that, sad b*stards from the cursed city of Buffalo: the Birds are 8-8!
Posted on December 31st, 2007 at 2:21 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

look at those young fellas on the defense
I know we’re supposed to pretend that this final win is bittersweet (since the Eagles aren’t going to the playoffs and will finish last in the NFC East), but whatever. It was still a real football game with real NFL players, and thanks to the cruelty of player contracts in the NFL, guys will play hard (with the possible exception of guys who’ve signed contracts in the past 18 months) even if the playoffs aren’t on the line.

And I certainly enjoyed it. This is my favorite TV show, and it brings me much delight when the good guys win. My quick hits from the game today: (Read the rest of this story.)

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Posted on December 30th, 2007 at 6:42 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

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Posted on December 29th, 2007 at 6:04 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Perfect Patriots Season? Watch it on NFL.com/Live
Posted on December 29th, 2007 at 1:17 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

NFL Week 17 - Final Regular Season Weekend
Posted on December 28th, 2007 at 8:24 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

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Posted on December 28th, 2007 at 2:35 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

eli-manning.jpgSavor the next 24 hours, all ye Giants fans in my life!

For a limited time only, I shall be rooting for the Giants to actually win an NFL football game. Not “win in order to improve the Birds’ playoff chances,” not “win but sustain major injuries to key offensive and defensive players,” just win.

Such is my deep spiritual ennui with the New England Patriot blathermonkey hype machine. Enough with the perfect season nonsense. I don’t mean to be a hater, but there are still a bunch of games to play, and I’d prefer to talk about the actual playoffs and not how the Pats stack up against the ‘85 Bears. If they lose now, we can just have the playoffs without the endless Pats hype. (Read the rest of this story.)

The best NFL news of the week
Posted on December 28th, 2007 at 2:17 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

good on ya Mike Florio
The most exciting news in the NFL this week doesn’t actually have to do with football, but rather my consumption thereof. The oft-maligned-and-full-of-crap-but-still-essential-despite-it-all Profootballtalk.com has finally upgraded their site.

And by “upgrade” I mean “added all the features that every version of freeing blogging and content management software has offered for years.” While we could complain that this is about three years late, but instead we’ll focus on why it’s acutally pretty awesome: (Read the rest of this story.)

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