Dear Eagles: Please Trade Sam Bradford Already

(Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

(Photo | Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford officially came back to the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of days back when he faced the music of a prying media on the subject of his two-week holdout. And it was a painful comeback.

Bradford came off as a man resigned to the fact that he is not long for the team, saying he’d have to be “pretty naïve” to think he was in the long-range plans of the Eagles, now that they have drafted Carson Wentz.

In other words, Bradford is going to attempt to play this season as a lame duck quarterback, a man who must preserve himself from injury through a long NFL season in order to have another team interested in his services at the end of this year. That should engender a lot of confidence in him from this cryptic fan base, which will notice every yard Bradford does not put his body on the line for out of fear that he’ll get clocked. Read more »

The Eagles Need to Give Sam Bradford What He Wants

Photos | USA Today Sports

Photos | USA Today Sports

The Sam Bradford Issue hangs over the Philadelphia Eagles like a turkey buzzard. As much as the Eagles try to ignore it, it squawks and flies from tree to tree, peering down at the Nova Care center, waiting for a dead carcass.

The dead man walking is Bradford himself, the self-deposed quarterback who is living somewhere in Oklahoma, hoping the Eagles do the right thing and somehow trade him to the Denver BroncosRead more »

Big Q BBQ in Levittown Roasts Sam Bradford with Brilliant Sandwich

Sandwich (photo | Big Q BBQ), Bradford (photo | Jeff Fusco)

Sandwich (photo | Big Q BBQ), Bradford (photo | Jeff Fusco)

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has been acting kind of like an attention-starved child who just got a new baby brother ever since the team acquired the second overall pick in last week’s NFL Draft. Now, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has become Philly’s beacon of hope, and Bradford wants out.

Big Q BBQ in Levittown is cooking up an ode to what observers predict will be Bradford’s fairly imminent departure: the Sam Bradford sandwich. Chef Drew Abbruzzese chose each ingredient as commentary on Bradford’s trade demands and subpar play. Read more »

The Eagles Screwed Sam Bradford

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Sam Bradford is a crybaby.

Sam Bradford is a weakling who is afraid of competition.

Sam Bradford doesn’t have the resume to dare pull off a holdout.

Sam Bradford is absolutely right.

Ignore the first three sentences of this column and focus on sentence number four. Sam Bradford was done a dirty deed by the Philadelphia Eagles and his only alternative is to demand a trade somewhere, anywhere else.

Now I’m not blaming the Eagles for making two savvy moves to move up in the NFL draft, to get to number two, to take North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. It was something they had to do to get a franchise quarterback into their system, a kid who could play the position for the next 10 years. But when they did that, they should have also been fostering a trade at the same time for Bradford, who then became a total lame duck.  Read more »

WATCH: Eagles Fans Already Booing QB Carson Wentz

The Eagles selected Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft last night, and Birds 24/7 has exhaustive analysis. (We even sent Josh Panuil to Bismark, North Dakota!)

But how did Wentz’s first trip to Philadelphia as a member of the Eagles go? Well …

The scene: Wentz arrives at PHL Airport earlier this afternoon. A pack of reporters was there to greet him, including CBS 3 Sports Director Don Bell, who broadcast the above video live on Facebook. Also in attendance were a few Eagles fans, who immediately went up to the 23-year-old Eagles QB of the future and asked him for an autograph.

Then things got, um, silly. Read more »

Eagles Schedule Crystal Ball: How The Birds Can Make the 2016 Playoffs

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The purpose of this column is to find a way for the Philadelphia Eagles to win their division and get into the NFL playoffs.

It is a daunting task, this being the team’s first year under new head coach Doug Pederson and facing a just-released schedule that if not directly from hell, originates just down the street from the fiery inferno.

The entire success of the 2016 Eagles depends on a couple of trouble spots: the second game of the season at the Chicago Bears, and a treacherous spot of three games in a row later in the season against Seattle, Green Bay and Cincinnati. It is those spots that will determine whether the Eagles finish 8-8 or even 9-7. Both records might be enough to win a lousy NFC East. (And I don’t want to hear from Dallas fans about how the Cowboys are the team to beat this year because they have Tony Romo back. If the Cowboys were that good, they might have won one game without Romo last year). Truth is, everybody in the NFC East is pretty much the same, and it may take a tie-breaker to determine the winner between several teams with mediocre records.

Of course, the only true way to determine the final record is to examine the schedule game by game. I’m not breaking any new ground here, since every Eagle fan has done this at their cubicle.

So without further ado:  Read more »

Missanelli: The Flyers — Yes, the Flyers — Are Philly’s Best Franchise Right Now

The Flyers celebrate after winning against the Washington Capitals Wednesday, 2-1.

The Flyers celebrate after winning 2-1 against the Washington Capitals Wednesday. | AP Photo/Matt Slocum

It was a bleak sports decade, the 1970s in Philadelphia, until the Philadelphia Flyers won two Stanley Cups.

The Flyers’ Cups were a kickstart to what would turn out to be a golden winning era in Philly. From there, the Phillies, with a maturing lot from their farm system, became contenders, culminating in a 1980 World Championship. The Eagles, under Dick Vermeil, went to a Super Bowl. The Sixers were in a hunt every year until finally pushing through in 1983.

What does that have to do with today? Perhaps, as Yogi would have said, it’s déjà vu all over again.

I’m on the record saying that in the year 2020, all four of Philadelphia’s major sports teams will be contenders. But the Flyers may be way ahead of schedule. Read more »

FBI: This Guy in an Eagles Hat Robbed 3 Center City Banks

Eagles hat - alleged bank robber

Stills released by the FBI of a man accused of robbing three Center City banks in the last year.

Yesterday, the Philadelphia field office of the FBI released images of a man it says robbed three Center City banks within the last year. The man is alleged to have robbed the Beneficial Bank at 16th and Chestnut on July 27th, the Republic Bank at 16th and Walnut on October 7th and the Firstrust Bank at 16th and Market on March 18th.

But what really drew my attention is, of course, the alleged robber’s outfit: Shorts, hoodie, Eagles hat. The official uniform of random Philadelphians! The FBI says he fled on foot from each robbery. Read more »

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