What Would Buddy Do?
They say you’re a homeschooled jungle freak who’s a less hot version of me
Posted on September 4th, 2008 at 12:21 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

So I guess “being b*tchy to each other” is one of the new ideas (along with 17 brand-new “blogs”) that got green lit at Philly.com HQ at the August editorial meeting.  This is the second day that they’ve run the faux e-mail exchange thing, and it sure looks like they’re not afraid to get a little Mean Girls in it:

From: Sheridan, Phil
To: Ford, Bob; Gonzalez, John
Subject: DeSean and DeShameless

Full disclosure on hugging. I have not hugged an athlete or coach, but I have been hugged. It was 1988 and the Eagles had just clinched the NFC East title in Dallas. When the door to the locker room opened to the media, I stepped in and was immediately in the clutches of Al Roberts, who was Buddy Ryan’s special-teams coach. I don’t believe we’d been building up to anything. I think I was just the next person in Al’s path.

I see Eskin as a kind of human barometer. If he’s targeted DeSean Jackson as his new, bestest locker-room buddy, that means he thinks Jackson is going to be a star here. And that probably comes directly on the Andy Reid batphone. So we all learn a little something while battling our gag reflex.

A few things here:

1. Someone needs to have an intervention with Bob Ford.  The fake e-mails plus yet another I-hate-my-job-my-readers-and-everything-about-my-life column today are really a cry for help.  Seriously.

2. I can see them not digging on Eskin.  I mean, he does make like 8x their salaries and has the ear of the coach.  Fairnuff. 

3. Isn’t the fake e-mail thing a little done?  Also, leave the snarkiness to the pros, boys.  And by “pros” I mean anonymous jackii on the Interwebs.     

Canseco - Sikahema undercard proposal
Posted on May 29th, 2008 at 11:07 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

justice must be done
Holy shiznit!  Did I ever learn a lot about Winston Justice yesterday!

Between this and this and this and this (and that last one is actually a compendium of OTHER Justice articles), I can feel very comfrotable knowing that (a) young Winston isn’t thrilled that he stunk against the Giants last year, (b) that we don’t actually know if said game means that he can’t play the Blind Side in the NFL, and that (c) Hugh Douglas thinks he’s a wuss.

As to points (a) and (b), well, I’m certainly hopeful that Winston gets another shot to prove himself this year, and that he performs well.  He was an expensive draft pick; that’s not one the team can afford to get wrong.  Given the respective ages of the Birds’ starting tackles, we certainly should expect that Justice will be needed for at least a few games this season. 

As to point (c), well, I have a modest proposal: (Read the rest of this story.)

Comparative Sports-Talk Radio Studies
Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 5:46 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

ExitI spent the better part of the first round of the draft in the car driving down to the Illadelph from New York.  As fate would have it, pick #19 coincided with a dark zone on the AM radio spectrum.  That is, I was just about to lose The Fan and ESPN 1050 out of New York and I wasn’t quite picking up WIP and ESPN 950 out of Philly.  We’ll estimate my position at that point to be circa Exit 8A.

Anyhoo, I got word of the Birds’ trade at #19 from the New York media (Mike and the Mad Dog, to be precise). They thought it was an amazing deal for the Birds — total steal with the three picks (including the number one next year) for the 19. I tended to agree (though I had hoped some larger scheme was in the works all along, hopefully involving blue chip WRs coming to Philadelphia).

A few minutes later we switched over to the Philly stations and, predictably, the natives were aghast: (Read the rest of this story.)

Spadaro throws 3 INTS in web site roster gaffe
Posted on September 2nd, 2007 at 12:22 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

the PR departmentSome high comedy (and low-level controversy) in the past 48 hours surrounding the Eagles’ final roster cuts, which were officially announced Saturday afternoon but which had been unofficially (and, it turns out, incorrectly) posted to the Eagles mobile site (which doesn’t work on my Motorola Q’s browser, I might add) Friday afternoon. WIP and the Eagles blogs caught on pretty quickly, posted the cuts, and bam (!) — the Birds have a mini PR crisis.

While GM Tom Heckert said that the screwups (5 players on the premature list were actually incorrect) with the web site weren’t such a big deal, but that didn’t stop Eagles Insider/ Minister of Information and Education Dave Spadaro from falling on his sword:

“I fully accept responsibility for the situation,” Spadaro said. “We screwed up. It’s not an accurate list. We don’t know the [real] list. We were not in contact with anybody, other than ourselves.”

(Read the rest of this story.)

WIP isn’t paying Hugh Douglas to stop sending text messages and sign this kid’s football
Posted on August 20th, 2007 at 11:18 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

attaguy hugh

Tough to decide if the Eagles meant to post this photo of Hugh Douglas on their site. It’s certainly not the sort of beatific low-angle shot they favor for the photos of the chairty events. Subtle dig at WIP? Or just funny photo that some intern absentmidedly slapped on the site?

(If only such conspiracies existed!)

Link:
Eagles Carnival Photos [PhiladelphiaEagles.com]

A face (and suit) made for radio
Posted on July 26th, 2007 at 8:17 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

What with the time differential here on the Left Coast and my passion for Philly sports-talk radio, I start a lot of days listening to the Cuz (Anthony Gargano) on WIP. I’ve enjoyed Gargano for a couple years now (ever since Missanelli left he’s been #1 on my WIP depth chart). That said, I found this video of Anthony on the Redlasso from about a month ago on NBC 10, and, um, well, it wasn’t exactly electrifying.

Not to be overly critical, but dude, maybe next time you’re going to be on TV you might consider scribbling some talking points on a napkin? Or at least not wearing your First Communion suit?

Video below, courtesy of Redlasso: