Posted on: December 18, 2008 1:49 am
Edited on: December 19, 2008 6:09 pm

Whoa Emmitt Smith and others who are you judging?

It amazes me that all I see every single day on ESPN is how Philly fans give Donovan McNabb no respect and Donovan himself said "They don't understand what they have until it is gone".  I will be honest I have gotten on Donovan at times but everyone deserves criticism AT TIMES.  Yet they act like New York fans never criticized Eli.  Give me a break.  Regardless of what people here in Philly say everyone should or at least I can say I know Donovan is the best quarterback in Eagles franchise history.  Tony Kornheiser mentioned this on MNF with Ron Jaworski right next to him.  Jaws is arguably the second best QB in franchise history and what happened to him?  He had a great career the Eagles drafted Randall Cunningham and he eventually was replaced.  That is the nature of the game especially when Donovan is a player who has been hurt almost every year of his career.  It is nothing personal but Donovan should realize when his career ends whether that is this year or years from now the team will still play when he is gone.  As a result the Eagles will need someone to step in, is that Kevin Kolb?  That is to be determined but one thing we do know is Donovan won't play forever especially with his injury history.  I really do hope that he finishes his career here and wins a championship (although at this point unless that happens this year it seems unlikely) but if he does not want to play here then fine move on. 

Still the main issue I wanted to address was how all these sports reporters seem to mention about Philly fans to Donovan is "they booed you on draft day"  and then they follow it up with since draft day Philly fans have never appreciated you.  Are you serious?  Emmitt Smith asked this question and all I could think was who are you to speak for Philadelphia.  Didn't you play for the hated Dallas Cowboys, really who is this man? 

Anyway if all that is not frustrating enough since 10 idiot Philadelphia fans booed McNabb's selection all anyone ever mentions is how Philly gives him no love.....are you kidding me?  The only thing I didn't like was about Donovan on draft day was that a close friend was a huge Syracuse fan and was obsessed with Mcnabb.  Other than that I was excited to see what he could do, Doug Pederson was our starting QB when Donovan came into the league.  He followed Rodney Peete, Ty Detmer, Bobby Hoying and the like; do these analysts really think we miss the days when we had these guys?  Now we have DONOVAN MCNABB.  Everyone here loves him, but understand he has constantly devastated this city.  Sorry but 4 NFC championships and no Super Bowls leaves a scar.  We didn't know what it was like to be Buffalo Bills fans.  Look at what the Phils did this year in their second recent playoff trip.  See the love and support those players will get for the rest of their lives regardless of what they do in the future (sure looks better than the Eagles future at the moment).  All the injuries, yes they put doubt into our minds too.  In the end though all we want is for Donovan to have his final great years here in Philly, make an Elway like redemption play like his 100 million dollar contract pays him.  If he never wins a championship here I hope he remembers it was him who was tired at the end of the Super Bowl.  The fans sure were not tired, we were up all night thinking about how close we really were.   One thing is for sure, regardless of all that happened this season and the drama between McNabb and the organization one thing seems to stick out.  Ever since the benching the team has a completely different feel.  Finally it seems like players are having fun playing again.  Brian Westbrook is a healthy beast again.  Donovan is making sharp throws we have not seen in years let alone this year.  If somehow they can surge at the end and make it into the postseason this could be a special year.  They have gutted out a schedule with the toughest teams in the NFL in their division.  If the final game of the regular season has TO again returning to Philly, and playing for a playoff spot it may be the best game of the season.  Hopefully it will not be Donovan's last game as an Eagle.       
Posted on: December 7, 2008 11:31 am
Edited on: December 9, 2008 11:31 pm

Eagles Giants thoughts before the game

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This is a response to a post in the forums, but really it goes to all Giants fans who feel they are underappreciated.

How can you say they are underrated now.....everyone has them ranked as the top team in football.  Yes, I remember watching the Sunday night game a year ago as they destroyed the Eagles O-line and thinking.....WTF is this a Super Bowl Defense or are we (the eagles) just this pathetic?.... This is ridiculous.....at the time that was sarcastic and I thought Winston Justice was a disgrace to the Eagles talent selection, but that statement of calling them a "Super Bowl caliber D" even with the "perfect pats" turned out to be true. 

More than anything they prove defense and a strong power running game can lead to championships....but can they win through the air?  I still have huge doubts, other than a ridiculous Eli Manning broken tackle off the head mirac-u-catch by David isheevenontheteamanymore Tyree, but other than that Eli hasn't proven he is Dan Marino. 

Don't forget Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl too with the Ravens D and Jamal Lewis

If anything they show how football games are won where no one really pays attention.  On the offensive side Jacobs, Plax, and Eli will get all the credit when really their jobs are made much easier by the beasts they have in the trenches.  I really wish Spagnola had stayed with the Eagles and Jim Johnson went off to be the head coach somewhere else, but Spags has proven in NY that he is a great defensive coach and he will probably end up with a head coaching gig somewhere sometime soon.

Anyway the truth is the Giants showed last year that the NFL is a week to week league.  They put it all together and no one can call what they did last year a fluke, but they definitely had luck on their side.  It is just as possible that this year another team no one is focusing on all that much can get on a roll at the end and make a run at the Super Bowl.  The Giants and Steelers recently have proven that it is just about getting in the tournament.   The Giants are smart enough to know that even if they dominate through the end of this year and roll to 15-1 if they somehow blow it in the playoffs no one is going to care about what they did all year.

However I have a feeling there is a second hickup hidden in their schedule before things are said and done for the G-Men.  Hopefully that hickup (should) be this week against the Eagles.  With all these Plax and Pierce distractions if the Eagles can't at least make things competitive it will really show how pathetic they have been since losing TO.  But if Andy and the rest of the staff want to breath some type of hope into a city that has already written them off as awful like Philly fans here typically do then they need to find a way to win this game. 

Likewise if somehow the Eagles do win im sure everyone here in Philly will jump right back on the bandwagon and say they are going to the Super Bowl in Tampa.  The reality is they will 7-5-1 and back in the playoff picture with a shot to make things interesting.    Otherwise, if they do lose as expected we could be seeing the end of the McNabb era, and possibly the Andy Reid era if Kolb is a failure.

Considering the NFL makes no sense, sitting at 0-3 in the NFC east the Birds first division win would come against the defending champs, that is the NFL's style.

Personally I like their chances, but of course I do I always do because of my bias as a die hard Eagles fan.  After all I have liked the Eagles in their last few matchups against the G-men all of which were followed by an L.  I really am praying that when they play Dallas on 12/28 it has playoff implications and not just pride on the line. 

Remember though Philly even if they lose, the Phils won the world series, and the Mets choked yet again.  There is my 2 cents, I don't really care if anyone actually reads the whole thing.  And as always screw the boys in blue, win or lose 


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