What Would Buddy Do?
Gone Weddin’
Posted on August 2nd, 2008 at 9:13 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Aight.  Sorry to have gone dark for a couple days, but today’s the big day, and it’s been busy.  I’m out for about a week but should be back in the game just ahead of the first preseason game. 

In the meantime, may Brian Westbrook get a generous new contract, may Shawn Andrews show up to camp, and may no one else get hurt. 

Go Birds.

Shout-Out: Friend of Bounty repruhzents in the Paper Of Record
Posted on July 29th, 2008 at 10:43 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Mad props to longtime friend of BountyBowl Will Bardenwerper, who published his first-ever sports story for the The New York Times in this morning’s edition, writing about the Army’s decision to cancel Caleb Campbell’s pro football career and bring him back to West Point as an assistant coach for the Army football squad. 

While this isn’t Will’s first effort for the Times, it is his first story as a reporter.  He’s interning for the summer at the Times ahead of grad school.  I’m terribly pleased to see that his first effort was in the sports section — just like a real live blathermonkey! 

Off the record, Will told me he wanted to join a Philly paper for the summer, but apparently he lacked the Wild Speculation and Lowest-Common-Denominator Pandering skills required to succeed there. 

Nice work, Will.  Not bad for a Redskins fan.   

Humor me during site-redesign week
Posted on May 21st, 2008 at 6:36 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

I know, a more clever person would be able to dummy up some ideas for their site redesign without actually implementing those changes in a production environment.

Sadly, I’m not that person.

I’m going to play with this for the next couple days, bear with me, you might see some horrifying things on these pages. I’ll do my best to make a decision soon.

We could call this a beta, but that would be disingenuous. Mostly I’ll just hack around until I’ve decided I’m done.

Comments are welcome, though they may not be heeded. No accounting for taste, as it were.

Back like a big bowl of Cuban Roast Pork
Posted on April 21st, 2008 at 11:23 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

slow cooked this fellow for a solid 6 hours
And we’re back. Again.

It is with great joyous fanfare that I officially declare the end of the BountyBowl offseason! It’s Draft Week, and it’s time to rejoin our blathering brethren on the great InterWebs!

What have I been up to this past month? Oh, the usual. Slow-cooking pork (see above, and it was tasty). Getting sunburned for no good reason. Earning Continental OnePass miles. Rooting on the other Philly teams. Looking for an opportunity to spit on David Stern and Clay Bennett. Pretty standard, really. Couldn’t really get excited about NFL-related blogging, if only because so very little has been going on (sort of). Still, with the schedule last week, the Mike Patterson plea, the ongoing Lito Sheppard stuff, and the draft this weekend, well, it’s time to turn this action back on. (Read the rest of this story.)

Overheard in our apartment
Posted on March 27th, 2008 at 2:08 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

It’s 11:30 at night, I’m flipping around on the TV and settle on Sportscenter, which is showing cool Darren McFadden footage.  Then, looking up from a magazine on the other end of the couch in the most interested and friendly of tones:

“Oh, is the draft this weekend?”


“When is it?”

“Like a month.”


[Beat.  Eyes return to magazine.]

“Whatever, I had to sit through the season premier of The Hills earlier.”

(Just think of how much worse it would be if I still had NFL Network.  I’mjustsayinizall.)

A bit of administrivia before free agency and my impending cross-country move
Posted on February 22nd, 2008 at 6:40 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

leaving all this
I suppose a more intrepid reporter may have posted a Gone Fishin sign on the site a couple weeks back. Sorry about that — we’ve been dark with no explanation since the day after the most recent unpleasantness in my long and storied career as an Eagles (that would be the day after the effing Giants won the effing Super Bowl).

But now we’re back. Ever so briefly. At least long enough for a quick update on the content plan for the site (as well as some other big changes for me). Here we go:

Why We’ve Been Dark, Part 1: the obvious answer here is that it’s the only three weeks of non-activity in the NFL calendar: the Pro Bowl is useless, teams are limited in the moves they can make, there’s no draft yet, even the media schedule backs off a bit. So it’s a good time to take a break. And by “take a break” I mean “try to spend my free time consuming non-football media/ see the precious light of day on Sundays.”  Still, I’ve been good about the del.icio.us (those are the links over there on the right).  So I’m not completely absent.

Why We’ve Been Dark, Part 2: my actual big news is that I’m moving back to the East Coast one week from today. The movers come Tuesday, my car gets scooped up Friday, and then I have a one-way ticket to the East Coast on the redeye Friday night. As you might imagine, it’s been a busy couple weeks with many many moving parts. The personal life triage has forced me to prioritize “getting my sh*t together ahead of the cross-country move” over “chasing down Eagles non-stories like imaginary Lito Sheppard trades and Dunavin rumors.” It’s a cruel world sometimes.  Still, I shall miss my current home (would you look at that view above?) — Seattle’s been very very good to me.  Sigh. 
(Read the rest of this story.)

The web staff was working overtime last night
Posted on December 17th, 2007 at 1:02 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

look at that fellow up there
Looks like somebody from PhiladelphiaEagles.com was working late last night!

Careful readers may have noticed a fresh image of Donovan McNabb celebrating the Reggie Brown TD inserted into the page-top header. Hmmm.

Note that Dunavin made a big point of saying that he was not trying to mock a certain former teammate with this celebration, but was instead “thanking the Man upstairs.”

Got it.

(Also, nice work from the web site staff sucking up to Dunavin.)

Bottle Rocket
Posted on December 10th, 2007 at 5:43 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

I try not to be

“One morning, over at Elizabeth’s beach house, she asked me if I’d rather go water-skiing or lay out. And I realized that not only did I not want to answer THAT question, but I never wanted to answer another water-sports question, or see any of these people again for the rest of my life.”

Yeah, that about sums up where I am with the Birds right now: not only do I not want to talk about losing the Giants ahead of the inevitable humiliation at the hands of the Cowboys this Sunday, but I don’t really want to talk about the Eagles or professional football at all.

I’m not just frustrated as a fan. That I’ve been before. Now I’m bored as well. I’m not even interested in getting cheesed off about it today. Today they can suck and I don’t really care.

(Read the rest of this story.)

A 17-text-message affair
Posted on November 30th, 2007 at 7:20 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Landed from the UK about two hours ago. The mobile phone doesn’t work overseas, and I hadn’t checked messages.

I had 17 text messages waiting for me. Every single one of them was from Sunday night.

I think that says a lot in a lot of different dimensions. For now I’ll try not to focus on the part where people only get in touch with me when the Eagles are playing well and say that the game must have been one entertaining TV show.

Like when you pee at a restaurant and return to find that your food has arrived
Posted on November 25th, 2007 at 3:55 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

No Birds game for me tonight. Like many folks this Sunday, I’ll be 35,000 feet in the sky in an aluminum tube for the entirety of the football game. But insead of heading home to C@L (I’ve been in Philly for the past week), I’m actually headed in the other direction, and will land tomorrow morning in London very confused/ bleary-eyed and eager to check an Eagles score.

I assume that I will find said score tremendously disappointing.

Still, crazier things have happened, and as Sheldon Brown reminded us earlier this week, football is a violent game, and things can happen. We shall see. Essentially, I’m looking for a compelling reason to hand Yahoo $25 to watch the replay of the game on my puter (this is how I watched the Redskins game earlier this year; service only available outside North America!). My current plan: if they cover, I watch; if they don’t, I might wait to check it out on the DVR upon my return to the Left Coast on Friday.

Now I head to my gate and a likely airplane nap, in which visions of a surprise Eagles upset will dance in my head.

Go Birds.

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