Good day, co-residents of one of the worst sports cities in America, where we wake up every day perusing websites, television, radio and newspapers reading about how awful things are!
“Hope.” It is one of the most relevant words in the English language and here, in Philadelphia, we search every day for it, much like the farmer who tries to find his wife’s needle in the horse manure. Today’s column is about that hope, about analyzing which of the four major sports team brings us the most hope for a future championship – or at least SOME kind of success.
I will break this down analytically based on the following factors: strength of ownership, strength of management, strength of coaching, and finally, strength of talent. And I will rank the teams in order as they accumulate points in my head. Read more »
Ahead of a Week 5 showdown with Drew Brees and the Saints, Tim and Josh explore what it would take for the Eagles to successfully salvage their season. They also offer up their respective takes on Sunday’s showdown at the Linc, with Josh looking for his first correct prediction of the season.
Speaking after practice Thursday afternoon, Jason Peters told reporters that he is “going to play” this Sunday against the Saints.
Peters said he isn’t concerned about potentially re-injuring, saying, “I am who I am.”
Peters returned to practice after missing Tuesday and Wednesday because of a quad injury.
Chip Kelly said that his starting left tackle would “try to do some things” in practice Thursday, and Peters had his pads and a helmet on as the players warmed up.
Kelly also said that Lane Johnson would participate in practice for a second straight day. Johnson, who suffered an MCL sprain and an ankle injury in the Eagles’ Week 4 loss to Washington, said Tuesday he will play against the Saints on Sunday. Read more »
Chip Kelly said Wednesday that one contingency plan, in case Jason Peters is unable to play Sunday, is to place starting right tackle Lane Johnson at left tackle in Peters’ stead.
Johnson (knee, ankle) has maintained that he plans to play against the Saints, though he took in practice from the sidelines alongside Peters (quad) for the second straight day.
Along with Johnson and Peters, Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), Kiko Alonso (knee), and Brandon Bair (groin) were also without helmets and pads Wednesday. Allen Barbre was back practicing after being held out Tuesday, and Byron Maxwell (quad) was seen warming up, but without a helmet. Read more »
The Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in a quagmire of an NFL season with two directions: With several wins in a row they hey can re-establish their pre-season status as one of the better teams in the NFC, or they could go down the drain faster than a dropped Advil in the sink.
(Think about it, have you dropped an aspirin and saved it from sliding down the black hole?)
As I look out unto the football landscape, I see more bad things going on with the Eagles from this point than good. The bad deals mostly with the quarterback Sam Bradford. There are two schools of thought with Bradford. One, he is a quarterback still on the mend, both physically and mentally. Coming off of two ACL surgeries, Bradford is said to need more time to find his groove playing the most trying position in the NFL. The other theory, the one I believe most, is that Bradford has lost his edge as a professional player, that battled by injuries and inconsistencies in his pro career, he no longer possesses the requite competitive instinct needed to succeed at the championship level. Read more »
In the fourth episode of Press Coverage, Tim and Josh pose the question: Who’s the top dog in the uneven NFC East? They also look ahead to the Eagles’ Week 4 showdown with Washington and give us some predictions.
These days, professional sports teams are focused on much more than the product on the field. Over the past 10 years, they’ve become content producers and companies where social media and mobile technologies have become crucial.
On Monday night, representatives from Philly’s four major pro sports teams sat down for a panel discussion about how the teams use technology and shared thoughts about the future of tech in their businesses. Moderated by ESPN and Sports Illustrated columnist Andrew Brandt, it was a collaboration of the newly merged Philly New Technology Meetup and Mobile Monday.
Michael Harris, director of marketing and special projects for the Philadelphia Phillies said the team’s digital spend is around 40 percent to 50 percent — a major change from just a few years ago. Read more »
Bensalem Police are looking for a man who they say sold counterfeit Eagles tickets to Sunday’s home opener against the Cowboys.
The buyer, from New Jersey, said he read an ad on Craigslist for a pair of tickets to the Eagles game for $600. He traveled to Parx, the casino and racetrack in Bensalem, to meet with the seller on the Wednesday before the game, September 16th. Read more »