For Philadelphia fans, the most nerve-racking 10-minute waiting period of any professional sports draft ended with a figurative hot knife to the belly.
After months of anticipation coupled with downright obsession that the Eagles would land Marcus Mariota and everything would be right for the world, the Tennessee Titans took Mariota with the No. 2 pick in the draft. And if that weren’t enough, minutes later, the Titans general manager popped out of his war room to say that they were not trading him ANYWHERE. Ouch.
Does it really matter that the Eagles tried hard to get Mariota? Perhaps reports are true that the Birds offered two starting defensive players and three draft picks in an attempt to move into the No. 2 drafting spot. Chip Kelly can never admit that because if he does, he tells the quarterback who now must start for him this year, Sam Bradford, that he wasn’t adequate enough. Bradford’s a big enough boy to understand what was going on this whole time, but still.
I’ve said that if the Eagles didn’t acquire Marcus Mariota, it would haunt this city’s fan base forever. So let the haunting begin. Read more »
Earlier this month, a man fell on the El tracks at 15th Street. A man in an Eagles jacket jumped down to save him. It seemed that settled it: All Eagles fans are good and would never do anything bad at all, ever.
But now we have another piece of evidence. Philadelphia Police are looking for a man who pilfered a laptop in Center City Philadelphia. Only this man was wearing an Eagles hat. Dun dun dun.
Now what do we believe? Read more »
The Wall Street Journal has a fun story today tracking the grammar of NFL fans, or at least fans who comment on team websites. And guess what: Eagles fans have some of the best grammar in the league!
For the story, the WSJ used the automated proofreader Grammarly to check 150 comments on the official websites of all 32 NFL teams. The Eagles ranked 3rd-best in grammar among the teams, behind only the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. Philly fans averaged just 5.2 grammar mistakes per 100 words. (The Packers were at 5.1; the Lions had just 4.2 mistakes per 100.) In a ranking that will no doubt enthuse Philadelphia fans, fans of Washington’s football team were the worst with 16.5 mistakes per 100 words. Saints fans were second-worst at just 12.2 errors per 100. Washington fans stand alone in their lack of grammar skills. Read more »
Tim Tebow can’t play.
Within the wide range of opinion on the Eagles’ acquisition of a quarterback who, after two years of absence from the National Football League, is now suddenly on a roster, that is the fact that stands out to me more than anything. Tebow had played in the NFL for a bit. He caught lightning in a bottle, not unlike a lot of athletes who have played in the league. And then, like a burned-out meteor, he fizzled.
Since that flash-dance season in Denver, he has failed with two other NFL organizations and has been judged by every other team in the league to be unworthy to play at the highest level. The last time I saw Tebow, he couldn’t throw a football the way it needs to be thrown for success in the NFL. In fact, it looks painful when he throws it, like a small child trying to hurl a can of paint. There are some athletes who are successful in college, who just don’t have the skill set to play quarterback in the NFL. There is a list of quarterbacks, who, like Tebow, won the Heisman Trophy in college but couldn’t get a sniff of life in the NFL.
Miles Austin signed a one-year deal with the Eagles late last month. The wide receiver, who will be 31 next year, spent last year with the Cleveland Browns. But before that, he was with the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons.
Yes, the Cowboys, the most hated of all franchises for an Eagles fan.
Admittedly, we thought this was a joke when we first saw it:
— Philly Sports Live (@PhillySportLive) April 20, 2015
But it’s not a joke: The folks at Philly Pretzel Factory really did bake a fresh batch of “Tebowing” pretzels this morning, celebrating the news that quarterback Tim Tebow is signing with the Eagles.
My husband and I were just leaving the Union game in Chester last night when I got a text from our son: “We got Tebow boys.”
“Jake just sent me a text he meant to send to his Fantasy Football team,” I told Doug, laughing as I showed him my phone.
A few minutes later, Doug got a text — from his cousin Shelly, who lives in Denver and has Broncos season tickets. “Whaddya think of your new quarterback?” she wanted to know.
Doug didn’t laugh as he showed me his phone.
“What the hell … ” Read more »
At first glance, this looks like it might be the most Donovan McNabb-ish tweet ever.
Could this be the end of Aaron Hernandez NFL career? Your thoughts?
— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) June 26, 2013
Hernandez, if you don’t know, is the former Patriots tight end who this week was convicted of killing a former friend and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The questions of his future — not to mention NFL career — have been pretty definitively resolved.
Only: Take a second glance at the tweet.
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