What Would Buddy Do?
Soviet Central Media agrees: this was lame, we’re right to be bummed
Posted on October 6th, 2008 at 1:47 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Yikes: you know it’s a bad loss when even Soviet Central Media is beating up on the Birds! 

Typically head apparatchik Dave Spadaro is measured in his criticisms of the team, even after a tough loss, focusing on those things that cannot be factually disputed (stats about red-zone offense, red-zone defense, etc.).  But I was a bit taken aback when I heard Spuds start to lose his temper a bit and exclaim on PE.com that the Eagles’ problems were about manning up and ”having the balls to win.”

(I don’t think he meant footballs.)   

A close runner-up: “It makes me want to poke my eyes with my pens.”

(I think he did mean pens.)

Attaguy, Dave.  If your job is to reflect the voice/ passion of the fans, well, those comments about sum it up.  And given the most recent volley of horrible Westbrook news (fractured ribs), um, some frustration feels appropriate.

No word yet on whether the Birds’ malaise is responsible for today’s round of casualties in the global economic collapse

(Birds lose, Westbrook hurt again, the global economic collapse continues, and Sarah Palin is a couple heartbeats away from being the Supreme Leader Of The Known Universe.  The sun may be shining, but it suddenly feels very dark outside.)   

“I can’t honestly tell you if that was good or not good.”
Posted on May 29th, 2008 at 11:07 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

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We will tip our cap(s) to the staff at PhiladelphiaEagles.com for managing to generate a consistent stream of print and video content, even in these darkest/ slowest days of the NFL offseason.  (Yes yes, we’re just full of compliments when we’re not busy copy editing the site.)  Certainly this is no small challenge, especially when, well, nothing is really happening. 

Inasmuch as they typically do a great job explaining and sumamrizing the day’s activities during practices and camps, sometimes even the intrepid Dave Spadaro is at a loss to decipher the specifics of the Eagles’ elaborate rehearsals.      

See: a clip from their May 27 report, in which Spadaro attempts to narrate a wide receiver drill.  In Dave’s defense, he’s got no audio to work with and he’s filming from 40 yards away.  Still, it’s pretty amusing to hear him admit, in re: a DeSean Jackson route, ”I can’t honestly tell you if that was good or not good.”

Note to PE.com: please disregard above snarkiness and keep said content coming.  We don’t understand it either, but that doesn’t mean we won’t watch. 

Flattery, obsequiousness among Booker’s strengths
Posted on May 19th, 2008 at 3:50 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

I’m going to try not to make a habit of copy-editing the Birds’ official site, but there was a line in Bob Kent’s piece today on Lorenzo Booker that was just too good to pass up.

In re: how Booker will fit into the Eagles offense, Kent writes,

Coaches believe Booker, a third-round pick of the Dolphins in the 2007, can step in immediately and compliment [emphasis added] Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook. Like Westbrook, Booker figures to line up all over the formation and be a threat in both the run game and the pass game.

“The offense and the team is exciting itself, but being able to work with a guy like Brian is priceless. That was one of the things that excited me, just being able to see his style of play and the success that he’s had in this offense,” Booker said. “You can’t help but be excited because that’s what you do. You know that you’re not coming into a situation hoping they use you right, hoping they understand what your strengths are.”

(Read the rest of this story.)

They doth protest too much
Posted on May 5th, 2008 at 10:41 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

just hanging and stretching pretty standard really

You’ve got to hand it to the Birds for the PR efforts on the Lito thing. At the same time that the local papers are covering it from all angles like an affair of state (”I like they way they surround a story”), Eagles management are playing it straight, assuring us that Lito IS A PART OF THIS FOOTBALL TEAM.

Of course, let it never be said that the Birds are not responsive to the needs of their customers! Note well that there are no fewer than four (4) photos of Asante Samuel and Lito Sheppard together (three with just the two of them, the other with Dawkins third-wheeling it in the corner of the frame) in the Mini-Camp album on the Eagles site. Never mind that neither appears with Sheldon Brown in any of the photos, or really with any other player at all except for Dawkins. Nope. Nothing to see here, folks.

Check out the photo gallery.

Also, and I don’t mean to nitpick, but could we go a little lighter on the “Sheppard flashed (first sentence) his trademark smile (fourth paragraph)”?

Come on, guys. That’s just sloppy.

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.)

Even Central Ministry of Information and Education wants Dunavin to keep quiet this offseason
Posted on January 17th, 2008 at 3:55 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Spuds at the podiumI guess I’m not the only one who wants to be sure that Donovan McNabb keeps his blog posts/ invitations to hullaballoo(s) to a minimum this offseason — even Official Corporate PR Blathermonkey Dave Spadaro is begging for calm and quiet.

In a rather fluffy and otherwise fresh-content-free post on the Birds site yesterday, Spuds had the following to say in re: Dunavin:

Having a great mental off-season is just as important as having a great physical off-season for McNabb. My advice to him — not that he’s asking — is to lay low and work hard and enjoy the injury-free months. We’ve already seen, as evidenced by his most recent blog entry, that every word McNabb utters is going to be front-page news. McNabb should just enjoy the tranquility and the good health and have himself a drama-free off-season.
(Read the rest of this story.)

Pro Bowl props via the splash page
Posted on December 19th, 2007 at 11:33 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

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More real-time goodness from the PhiladelphiaEagles.com staff with a Pro-Bowl-themed splash page honoring Shawn Andrews and Brian Westbrook.

Good stuff — nice to see Dave Spadaro’s boys on the web staff working hard for their 43K/ year.

Link:
PhiladelphiaEagles.com

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.)

Dave Spadaro begs Eagles fans not to boo
Posted on September 21st, 2007 at 2:18 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Adorable piece from Dave Spadaro on the Birds site yesterday. Under the auspices of encouraging fans to support the team through their 0-2 adversity and suggesting that the fans bear some responsibility for helping the Eagles to win footabll games, Spadaro all but begs us not to boo the team on the afternoon of its 75th anniversary celebration.

Of course, Spadaro isn’t crazy. He’s a good soldier, so he knows he has to acknowledge the proclivities of the fanbase:

When the Eagles are introduced to begin the game, let them know that you are behind each and every one of them, and that you need a win just as much as they need a win. We’re all in this together, remember. The players, coaches and entire Eagles organization wants to win every week just as much as you. You don’t agree with every move the team makes and that’s fine.

(Read the rest of this story.)

Local blathermonkey mounts high horse, disses Dave Spadaro
Posted on September 3rd, 2007 at 12:11 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

kind of an awkward photoAs if on cue, Philly Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan saddles his high horse and uses his Sunday sports column as an opportunity to throw rocks at Dave Spadaro and the entire Eagles media operation.

I love it when a plan comes together.

It’s not that Phil Sheridan doesn’t get it. He does. His column demonstrates he at least understands some of the rationale for the Eagles in-house media operation (even as he’s whinging about it):

(Read the rest of this story.)



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