What Would Buddy Do?
Monday Eagles Hangover: Wow, so that actually happened
Posted on December 29th, 2008 at 12:35 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

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Yup.  Still here.  Just checked the Internet, and it appears that the Eagles did, in fact, make the playoffs.  Yesterday will be fondly remembered as pretty much the best day to be an Eagles fan since 2004.  Sure, there were some solid moments in 2006, but nothing so singularly glorious as what went down yesterday.

I dunno.  I’m still reeling.

What I’m chewing on this morning (besides bacon):

The last two minutes of the first half.  The end of the first half has been something of a bugaboo for the Birds over the course of this season.  I guess we should have known that this was truly a special day when — instead of having a field goal blocked and returned for a touchdown, as has been their style — the Eagles scored 17 points in the final 2:09 of the first half.  Wow.

Guys we couldn’t be happier for, Part 1.  Correll Buckhalter, you’ve hung in there for years and years, and yesterday, you were the guy.  We’ve always enjoyed rooting for Buck, and this was a great Buckhalter game — made plays when he had his chance, made sure he ran north and south, and did it with a big smile.  Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Guys we couldn’t be happier for, Part 2.  I take back everything I ever said about Dawkins being done (though that was mostly in August/ September).  I liked GCobb’s comments about Dawk: essentially that Dawk’s game yesterday will be featured prominently in his Hall of Fame resume.  Yup.  Keep talking.

Guys we couldn’t be happier for, Part 3.  Sheldon Brown, good for you.  We thought you might have fallen into a pick by accident by this point, but hey, we’re glad you got one before the season was over.

Discussions we’ll no longer entertain.  Don’t want to hear it about Tony Romo.  Nope.  Not a word.  Until he wins any sort of game that matters, we’re not allowed to call him the best quarterback in the division.  He’s the third-best quarterback in the division.  At best.  Sure, the sample size is small, but it sure looks like Tony Romo has failed in every playoff situation he’s faced.  I’ll look forward to his skewering in the national media.

What you saw if you were at the bar with me.  So when Michael Bush broke the long run for the Raiders, the noises I was making might be best described as “uninterested porn star simulating orgasm.”  I was one of about three people watching the Tampa game at that point (in a packed bar); I think folks were a little taken aback.

Other things mentioned at said bar.  “Is that the same Ryan Moats who just scored for Houston?”  Why yes!  I suppose it is!

Better late than never.  I guess we can’t call Chris Clemons a bust signing if he shows up and delivers in the biggest game of the year.

Things we’ve already talked ourselves into.  A wild-card team with a hot defense can actually reach and/ or win the Super Bowl.  Seems to be how it goes down these days.  We get to think that for at least the next six days.  And that’s a glorious thing.

Dunavin talked about his feelings.   You know what, Big Five, you get to crow a little bit after yesterday.  You earned it.  In re: the constant criticism he faces, McNabb gave us the following in his post-game presser:

“We’re human beings, you get tired of it, but you never let them see you sweat. And you never show that it bothers you because you kill them with kindness, and when you kill them with kindness and you go out and you do your job, people understand that it never really affects you.”

Let it out, big fella.  Let it all out.

The return of Shawn Andrews?  So he’s not on IR (still).  Might the Big Kid actually get a look in a playoff game?  Huh.

I remain baffled and giddy regarding yesterday.  Go Birds.

Comments so far:

Link Here | December 29, 2008,

AR press conference - Andrews is improving and last couple weeks he’s been phenomenal. AR wants to “keep that door open” for him to play in a couple weeks.

Comment by jeff


Link Here | December 31, 2008,

I watched most of this game in a bar packed with Birds fans in Atlantic City…awesome.

I was prepared to be satisfied with playing spoiler to Dallas’ playoff hopes, and was shocked when my new 2nd favorite teams came through and made this meaningful. Optimism was still not high, so I was shocked and delighted at the complete undressing of the cowboys. I don’t think I’ve EVER, with the possible exception of the 2004 NFC Championship game, enjoyed being an Eagles fan as much as I did on Sunday. Watching the Cowboys fans leave the bar in the 3rd quarter to chants of “hey hey hey goodbye!” was amazing.

Comment by BrianS


Link Here | December 31, 2008,

There weren’t a ton of Cowboys fans where I was (hip sports bar in the East Village, mostly NY fans — Giants, Jets — but small smatterings of out-of-town loyalists scattered throughout), but the most obvious one was wearing an Emmitt Smith jersey.

I effing hate Emmitt Smith. The first sighting of this dude occasioned a conversation between me and the missus about how I wasn’t going to try to start an argument with him.

Of course I was making a scene of myself at the bar throughout the first half, and shortly after halftime the guy in the Emmitt Smith shirt comes over to congratulate me. I’m slightly ashamed that I couldn’t be more gracious, but I had to drop a “Hey, lot of ball left” on him. GIGGLE GIGGLE GIGGLE.

I blame the Emmitt Smith shirt.

Comment by The Bounty |


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