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Placating Commenters with an Eagles-49ers Preview

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via (@Dolphin_ShowFan)

We wrote about the Phillies today because there were some interesting Phillies things to write about. Of course, some – commenters Talk About More Eagles and Real, specifically – wonder why we’re not PREVIEWING the Eagles-49ers game, because PREVIEWING games is something we usually do around here.

Kyle seriously nobody gives a shit about the Phillies,but yet you and your lapdog Jim litter your site with 3 posts when we have the Eagles vs 49ers game approaching.

I asked which fascinating aspect of the game they’d like to discuss. The response:

I’ll bite.

1) While we are just parroting WIP, why not the 49ers second half point spread this year matched up against Chip Kelly and how well he adjusts.

2) The fact that Vegas odds have the eagles losing by what? 5.5 for a 3-0 team playing a 1-2 team that just imploded and has yet to win at home.

3) Or what about the Eagles offensive line and who we go to if anyone gets injured. What is Ertz or Coopers chance of playing on the line if 1-2 people go down?

I don’t know, just spit balling here. But then again, this isn’t my full time job

Might as well get a post out of this.

Yeah, none of those things sound interesting. They are even remotely close to our typical subject matter. And they’re all nonsensical sports talk radio fodder. Alas:

1) It’s a sample size of three games, and it’s really not worth some in-depth discussion.

2) The 49ers are coming off three-straight 11+-win seasons, they’ve been in the Conference Championship or Super Bowl each of the last three seasons, and they’re home. 5.5 points, to a team that has trailed by 10 points in each of its first three games, sounds just about right. If anything, that’s an Eagles line, to me. Vegas doesn’t think the Eagles will lose by 5.5, they think that’s the mid-point for where bets will fall.

3) I don’t know. Who gives a fuck? What are the chances that Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews all catch Ebola between now and Sunday? What if a duck wearing flannel and cutoff jeans flies out of Connor Barwin’s ass? The offensive line question is a hypothetical that can best by summed up by saying: The Eagles have a lot of injuries on their offensive line and that’s not good.

Anything else anyone wants us to PREVIEW? We’ll answer in the comments.

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If You Are Donovan McNabb, Would You Consider Donovan McNabb an Elite Quarterback? Yes or No? And Why?

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Donovan McNabb love to ask person question. It him favorite thing to do on Twitter.

He also loves to passive aggressively put down Nick Foles every chances he gets, likely because Foles is already more beloved in Philly than McNabb ever was, save for maybe a three-month span during the 2004 season. And it’s from that three-month span that we get this comparison, courtesy of (@picsmixed) and Bleeding Green Nation, that pits Foles’ first 14 career starts to McNabb’s 14 starts during the 2004 regular season, which was arguably the best stretch of Eagles football ever. They are, by all measures, virtually identical*, and yet McNabb, Hall-of-Famer wannabe, still finds it necessary to criticize Foles.

*Of course, those Midnight Green jerseys aren’t, because Midnight Green is an impossible and stupid color.

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Video: South Park Completely Decimates Redskins Name

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone took aim at Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins in South Park‘s premier last night, and it was excellent.

Without giving much away, the plot: The kids have an idea for a start-up company that does absolutely nothing, which they name the Redskins, much to the chagrin of Snyder, who can’t do anything about it because he’s lost the trademark for the name.

In 22 minutes, Parker and Stone managed to make fun of the start-up world, the Redskins, the NFL, Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones, Apple, and even Isis. The show also produced these excellent visuals (and a potential t-shirt?):

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Jerry Jones

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Redskins New Logo

A few video excerpts after the jumpContinue reading

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This Is the Best Chip Kelly Article Ever Written

pic via (@coach_frost)

pic via (@coach_frost)

It’s no surprise that Philly.com’s first truly web-first article (that I can think of) is written by a Harvard grad who works for a bioscience association.

What’s surprising is that it’s about Chip Kelly.

Mark Saltveit, who wrote online about the Oregon Ducks and the book The Tao of Chip Kelly (and, let’s face it, created a one-man cottage industry around Chip), wrote this utterly fascinating piece about Kelly for Philly.com today. It’s fully formatted for the web and looks great. It reads well, too. Saltveit had no access to Kelly (or, really, anyone close to him), but over the years he’s done a ton of research on Kelly, his life, and coaching philosophy, and it shows.

My favorite excerpt:

Kelly also visited Washington State coach Mike Leach – known for helping develop the “Air Raid” spread offense – for a couple of days down in Key West. On the Andy Staples podcast, Leach said that Kelly tracked him down at the famous bar Captain Tony’s, celebrated by Jimmy Buffett in the song “Last Mango in Paris,” and they ran into NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Of course they did. But even with the renowned racer in the mix, the focus stayed on football.

As a Jimmy Buffett and Eagles fan, that paragraph was sort of like porn for me. I could take or leave the Dale Earnhardt Jr. part.

Saltveit (SALT! SALT! SALT!) is fairly biased towards Kelly, but you come away from it feeling justified in your belief that he’s a genuinely good – if not quirky – dude who loves football and is a meticulous planner, such as when:

Chip and his friends ran with the bulls? They walked the course the night before, and – I kid you not – studied film of previous runnings to prepare.

Figures.

It will take you 20-30-minutes to read this thing, so plan accordingly. I suggest sitting back with a nice cold one tonight and reading on your couch or preferred seating object.

Kudos to Philly.com for putting something together that was actually formatted for the modern web.

Go read.

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Chris Baker Cares More About Not Getting Fined than Winning Games

This is a grown man sport. Play till the whistle #swaggytime #httr #CTWADUP #860 It's Football Baby #LEGAL #AREYOUREADYFORSOMEFOOTBALL

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The hit above was mistake number one. Mistake number two was thinking that when Stephen A. Smith agrees with you it means you’re right:

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It means the opposite. Sure, the league has ruled that your hit was “legal” and you think you should play until the whistle — so now we’re all in agreement with the league’s decisions? — because Foles could have totally tackled the guy who made the fake interception. Except of course that he couldn’t, because look where interceptor Bashaud Breeland is in your own Instagram image:

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Additionally, maybe one of your coaches could sit you and DeSean down and explain that you lost the game. That’s the most important takeaway here. As you said yourself:

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According to that logic, Chris, the favor was with the Eagles since you guys fell. Are you getting any of this?

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Over the Past Ten Years, the Eagles are the Only Team Worse at Home

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Or better on the road, if you’d rather look at it that way.

Over at r/Eagles, one redditor put together an Excel spreadsheet showing all NFL teams’ home and away records over the past ten years, and found out that the Eagles are the only NFL team whose win percentage is better on the road. Interestingly, no NFC East team really has a big home field advantage, as the Eagles are right below the Giants who are in turn right below the Redskins. The Cowboys fare a little better, with a +4.4% win percentage differential at home. So at first glance, it looks like the Linc isn’t exactly a conducive environment to a home win. But maybe we should look at it another way.

What if the Eagles are just, over time, consistent. Their away win percentage is only 0.9% better than their home percentage, and the records (44-36, 45-34-1) are nearly identical. But then again, consistency doesn’t usually translate to long stretches of home losses. Also, the Eagles home win percentage over this stretch was 55% — nowhere near the top of course, but I think we’d all rather be 55% at home and 57% on the road vs. 33.8% at home and 28% away like the Raiders. And the Arizona Cardinals, who have the second best differential, have a lower overall win percentage than the Eagles by a eleven and a half percentage points. The Linc might not be a harrowing place for opposing teams to visit, but I’ll take it.

h/t reader Kate

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Love This Guy Double Pumping the Birds at the Birds Game

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Nice spot by our friends over at Phans of Philly, who located this guy in the gigapixel photo, throwing the double B’s probably at DeSean Jaccson. Tony here may be sitting in 118, but don’t be fooled by his polo shirt and shiny watch, he’s an upper-decker at heart, motherfucker.

I seriously might spend all day trying to find ridiculous people and Erin Andrews in this thing. And somehow, it’ll be profitable for me. God bless the USA, Lee Greenwood.

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Find Yourself or Someone Else in This Giant Quadmegagigaligapixel Photo from the Eagles-Redskins Game

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Love these.

You can try to find yourself in this MASSIVE gigapixel (that’s, like, 100 pixels!) photo from the Eagles-Redskins game. That’s me, sitting next to our NRG ticket giveaway winner (@Rcallaway16) and in front of the family Peters. See if you can guess which is which.

Find yourself… or just creep on hot chicks. [Link is slow loading.]

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