What Would Buddy Do?
Shameless PFT linkbait
Posted on July 23rd, 2008 at 9:26 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

As I believe the young people are fond of saying, “Double-You-Tee-Eff.” 

“Eagles call Packers about Favre”?  Seriously, PFT?

Apart from PFT linkbait, what could this story possibly mean?  Andy wanted to say hi to his best friend Brett Favre?  It just doesn’t make very much sense.

Then I clicked the actual source at the Sporting News, and the headline was slightly but importantly different: “Report: Packers call Eagles about Favre.”

Not exactly the same thing. 

I guess Florio needed more pageviews from the Delaware Valley.


How to spend your summer vacation: rooting for divisional rivals to get arrested, cause discord
Posted on June 23rd, 2008 at 5:59 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

bradshaw.jpgThings have been a little quiet on this end for the past week or so. Expect that to continue as we slowly approach the Long, Dark Teatime of the NFL Offseason. Not much going on right now for the Birds, and when we say not much, we don’t mean “not much” in a week-before-the-draft sort of way. This is the “not much” of the NFL-happenings-will-be-limited-to-mid-round-draft-pick-signings-and-occasional-arrests variety. Ain’t nothin’ doin’ in Birds land.

Still, the absence of actual news doesn’t mean we need to put away our Haterade for the next month. Oh no! There’s plenty to root for over the next month, specifically the ongoing mishaps, malfeasance and general discord of the Birds’ divisional opponents! While the goody-two-shoes Eagles don’t seem up to much this time of year (NOTE: said goody-two-shoes distinction does not apply to families of coaching staff), the G-Men and Cowboys seem happy to oblige will all sorts of pre-camp argy-bargy and nonsense.

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This last caller stole PFT’s thunder
Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 8:04 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Um, Florio, I believe that this was my cockamamie draft/ trade rumor?

Send over one of those Sprint phones and we’ll call it even.

Joe Banner in midst of grand Jedi Mind Trick, exorcism of Jimmy Effing Johnson
Posted on April 21st, 2008 at 6:55 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Traditionally, I react to Mike Florio’s anti-Eagles rumormongering with a knowing-but-disappointed sigh and a mild clucking of the tongue: I’m sure posting about the Birds earns him extra page views at this point, and who am I to deny a man his livelihood! Sure, some of the rumors are especially silly (especially the more outlandish ones involving Dunavin), but at least we know enough at this point not to overreact.

That said, I think last week was the first time that I actually got excited about an allegedly anti-Eagles rumor on PFT. In a discussion of the “new” draft-day trade chart (note: if you’re reading this, I assume you’re aware of both the “old” and the proposed “new” draft-day trade charts…umm, right?), Florio quoted a “league source” as saying that this so-called “new” chart was just a scheme by the Eagles to screw over the other teams:

A league source tells us that, in his opinion and based on discussions with most of the other NFL teams, the proposal is the direct result of the Philadelphia Eagles to make it easier to trade up from the No. 19 overall spot in the 2008 draft.

“The whole thing sounds like an elaborate ruse,” the source said.

A ruse, do you say? A cunning attempt to deceive the other teams? Really? From Joe Banner? (Read the rest of this story.)

Spuds and Florio exchange flame posts, to meet at jungle gym at 3 pm Monday to “settle all family business”
Posted on March 2nd, 2008 at 7:19 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

b*tch b*tch b*tchDespite the recent addition of the RSS feeds, I still caught myself pounding refresh on PFT this weekend (on my machine, as I was leaving for the airport, on the phone, etc.).  Lots going on, and PFT is the site of the moment for all the latest NFL scuttlebutt. 

Still, you gotta love Mike Florio taking a moment out from posting relevant free-agency news to put together a charming little flame post at Eagles’ house blathermonkey Dave Spadaro’s expense.

We could argue all day about who flamed who first, but why don’t we just agree that we’re both behaving like 19-year-old college hoops fans on an ESPN.com messageboard and move on?  (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.)

PFT takes a moment to make up some sh*t about McNabb, Birds
Posted on November 21st, 2007 at 8:18 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

This is me shaking my head, yet again, at the oft-Bountied efforts of ProFootballTalk.com:

POSTED 3:44 p.m. EST; UPDATED 3:50 p.m. EST, November 21, 2007


Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb didn’t practice on Wednesday, due to ankle and thumb injuries. But if he can’t play, on Sunday night or beyond, we’re told that the rest of the team isn’t troubled.

Maybe it’s a reflection of the subtle message that the team sent in April when quarterback Kevin Kolb was the team’s first draft pick in 2007.

Or maybe the players don’t care because they realize that they can be competitive without or without him.

Either way, the nonchalance in the locker room regarding McNabb’s potential absence for one or more weeks is real. And it kept the team from panicking a week ago when McNabb exited what looked to be a potential lost cause against the Dolphins.

A couple things here:
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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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That’s mos def a KILLSHOT
Posted on September 27th, 2007 at 4:45 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Whilst we endeavour to discuss the Birds exclusively, we do have a special spot in our football hearts for the KILLSHOT, the play by which a defender ends a game by purposely injuring a quarterback.

The video that PFT posted of the Vince Wilfork hit on J.P. Losman is pretty damning. We hate to point fingers, but this sure looked like a KILLSHOT.

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Put a bounty on Mike Florio
Posted on August 23rd, 2007 at 10:24 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Despite the fact that Profootballtalk.com is one of our favorite NFL sites — at least in so part due to its delightful penchant for rumormongering — we’re going to need to put a bounty on PFT editor Mike Florio.

Seriously, we typically enjoy the ridiculous tabloid speculation coming out of PFT (it’s like Drudge Report for the NFL), but we don’t like it when we think he’s picking on our favorite team. In two postings since the Trotter release, he’s tried to invent imaginary scandals based on (a) alleged insider info from the locker room or (b) his own fantastical creativity:

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