In which I defend Darren Howard’s honor (sort of) and make a bunch of random predictions of my own.
The story of the film so far: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Oh my heavens! I think we might need an intervention here. I’d like all the Iggles Blog readers to note that Derek just said that he’s only been to two Eagles games! (I mean, there are legitimate reasons for this, but still.) I bet more than a few of the fans of Iggles Blog have season tickets. This is your hint to send Derek an e-mail and invite him to a game. Think of all the joy (and charts, and graphs, and lengthy defenses of Donovan McNabb) he’s brought you over the years — don’t you think you owe it to him to bring him to a game?
At the very least, the Birds organization should comp you as some sort of blogger outreach program. (NOTE WELL anyone from Birds HQ who might be reading this: I would also like to come to more games! Right here! The Bounty!)
Cheers to the SAWX for their big comeback last night. Though I can’t help but note that there really isn’t a good answer in re: which city the Phils face in the World Series — it’s essentially the two cities respsonsible for the Worst Eagles Experiences of the last decade (being, of course, the 2002 NFC Championship/ Final Game at the Vet and Super Bowl XXXIX). Depending on your inclination with these things, it’s either a win-win or a lose-lose. I’d like to suggest some sort of Flyers-esque “Vengeance Now” value prop for the local marketing efforts, but I think the Phils are a little too PG for that.
On to the football, first with some comments on your replies to my questions.
WHOA. Damn skippy you need to be careful what you’re saying in re: Darren Howard! It certainly isn’t outside the realm of possibility, but man, that’s quite a bit to suggest. I mean, I obviously love an elaborate conspiracy theory as much as the next fellow, but the Occam’s Razor answer seems a bit more plausible; can’t we just assume he signed a big contract, loafed around and then finally got in shape when he was worried about his job? I mean, that’s what I would have done….
But while we’re on the topic, were there ever rumblings when Dunavin showed up for work a couple years as Bulky Donovan? Or was he just lifting too much? I mean, McNabb is obviously a guy who’s going to need to be careful about the waistline once he’s done playing; maybe he’s just big-boned? Also — and you’ll love this one — I’m sure you read the section in Pro Football Prospectus about how remarkably healthy the Cowboys have been over recent years…don’t tell me it didn’t lead you to wonder if there was a little something-something added to the salad bar at Valley Ranch.
Thus concludes the Unfounded Accusations portion of today’s post.
Also, you should really be more careful about what you say about David Akers. You know he’s sitting on his couch right now sporting his fashionably rimless spectacles, catching up on Mad Men, and hitting F5 on Iggles Blog. At the rate you’re going, you’ll never get another interview out of those Reebok people.
And now for your questions of me.
1. Favorite / least favorite Eagles and why? No cheating by picking old-timers, I’m talking current roster.
This is actually a pretty easy question. It’s Sheldon Brown by about two touchdowns. My reasons: (a) I’ve always had a fondness for big-hitting DBs, and he’s been the biggest-hitting DB for the past three seasons (with apologies to Dawk; the days of the Dawkplex are past); (b) he actually speaks honestly and intelligently to the press, and doesn’t appear to be completely full of sh*t — it’s like he skipped media training; (c) he plays every week. That counts for a lot. So yeah, I’m a big fan. I’m actually staring at a framed copy of the SI cover photo of him drilling Reggie Bush (”Cardboard Box“) right now.
2. Fill in the blanks: “The Phillies winning the World Series would feel like __________. The Eagles winning the Super Bowl would feel like __________.”
You know, this is a really hard question to answer without sounding like a complete pervert, so apologies in advance for my answer (which draws upon the amount of time I spend on airplanes): “The Phillies winning the World Series would feel like getting a surprise upgrade to first class for a seventeen-hour flight to Australia. The Eagles winning the Super Bowl would feel like getting a surprise upgrade to my own private jet for a seventeen-hour flight to Australia, only we’re not going to Australia, we’re going to a special island in the South Pacific where cheesesteaks grow on trees, clothing has been outlawed, and I am about to be named emperor.” (Too much?)
3. You’re really not going to ask about Tony Hunt?
Okay, so tell me about Tony Hunt. I just assume he’ll end up in Minnesota, right? You can just ask him, right? I assume he’s spending his time off chilling at your place? He’s playing XBox right now?
4. Over the past 10 months, the Eagles have been linked by rumor to approximately two dozen players not currently on their roster. Of the guys who actually changed teams — yes, we all wanted Larry Fitzgerald — who are you most annoyed about not getting? (NOTA is an acceptable answer if you show your work.)
Let me get the obvious and popular answers out the way first: the answer isn’t going to be a wideout, so we can cross off Randy Moss and Roy Williams. My answer might have been different six months ago, but that was before young Master DeSean was dropped at our doorstep. The Moss thing was especially tempting, more so than Roy Williams. I’m just not as completely obsessed by this position as your average Birds fan. I mean, I guess I could say Jared Allen because, well, he’s Jared Allen and it remains relatively difficult to find dominant defensive ends. But I don’t know if that was actually ever in play. (The Skins can have Jason Taylor, though.)
I actually would have been pretty psyched if the Birds could have nabbed Jeremy Shockey. There. I said it. He’s better than L.J., and would have played like a complete psychopath against the Giants. But my actual answer — and admittedly, this is very fresh — is Tony Gonzalez. DOOOOOOOOOOOD. That’s pretty much exactly what the Birds need. A red-zone beast who’d be reinvigorated on a new team? Plus he’s a veteran guy who’s a non-idiot and seems like he has the personality and temperament to handle the Illadelph? Also, he comes with a lovely commitment partner.
Also it’s worth noting that I really like the guy they did get: Asante Samuel. This is just the beginning of the Asante Samuel era in Philly. This guy definitely counts as a playmaker, and he’s not going anywhere. Seriously. He’ll be a “real Eagle” soon enough.
5. I cheated on your bonus question, but now I’m kind of interested in hearing your answer to it. I’m rubber, you’re glue …
First off, I know I thought that the Eagles would lose to the Nerdbirds before the season began, but I herby update my opinion on this topic. Seattle has to be the most disappointing team in the NFL right now. The Eagles had better win that game. Of course, none of us care about that because, well, no one cares about the Left Coast teams (nor should they — West Coast teams are, as well know, soft). Let me throw a couple random ones out there:
a. Shawn Andrews doesn’t play another game for the Eagles this year, and spends the off-season musing about retirement.
b. Dallas misses the playoffs. Wade Phillips is fired shortly thereafter. Jason Garrett is named the head coach. Wow. That was awesome to type.
c. Washington makes the playoffs. I can’t believe I’m typing that, but playing solid defense and running the ball can get you pretty far in the NFL. And for the life of me I’m not going to say nice things about the Giants.
d. Brian Westbrook never really gets healthy and rushes for fewer than 900 yards on the season (he’s at 194 after six games, so I’m saying he doesn’t break 70 yards/ game over the remaining ten).
e. Finally, at long last: Donovan McNabb starts 16 games, and, GASP, is welcomed back as the Eagles presumptive starter for 2009!
What say we to that?