“They’re going home, tell them good night,” Jackson began. “Tu-tu-lou, bye bye, birds are chirping.”
DUDE, THE SEASON IS NOT OVER! Everyone seems so down. Eagles win two, Cowboys get crushed by Colts, Eagles make playoffs, go to NFC Championship Game. Simple.*
Another one after the jump.
*Alternate take: The Eagles are going to lose again because they didn’t use Bradley Cooper.23 Comments
But it doesn’t look good: We all know this weekend’s Eagles game is a must-win, because losing would put a nail in the coffin of their season and also be super embarrassing. But the Dallas/Indianapolis matchup is just as important (maybe more so) in determining the Eagles’ immediate fate. FiveThirtyEight, as always, has done the math on this.
If the Eagles win, Dallas’ chances to make the playoffs drop only down to 77.8%, while the Eagles’ chances leap up to 48.9% — actually not too shabby. But the biggest break the Eagles could get (obviously) would be for Dallas to lose to the Colts. With a Dallas loss, the Eagles’ playoff chances go from 39.5% to 57.8%. With a Cowboys win, they drop to 23.5%. And if Dallas beats the Colts or the Eagles lose to the Redskins, the Cowboys’ playoff chances hop up to an almost identical percentage in the 93% range.
And finally, in totally (hopefully) unrealistic odds, if the Redskins beat the Eagles, the Birds’ playoff chances dip down to 7.8%, which might as well be a five-win season for some.7 Comments
There are many reasons why the Eagles should easily take care of the Redskins on Saturday. So many, in fact, that many ‘Skins fans are already resigned to their fate. We discussed the mood in the D.C. sports landscape with Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington, and the short version is that it’s not a happy place right now. The long version comes courtesy of the Washington Post.
In a blog post describing the different ways ‘Skins fans are voicing their displeasure with the team and its ownership — from Christmas decorations to the classic paper bag — Dan Steinberg tells us about the “Washington Wake” planned at Lou’s City Bar, staffed and owned by Redskins fans. It’s been a rough year:
When general manager Joe Capone and director of operations John Groth saw Saturday’s Eagles-Redskins game on the schedule, they figured they should try something different.
“We thought it was a good way to — I wouldn’t say celebrate the season — but look back in disgust, I suppose,” said Groth, another Redskins season ticket holder. “I hope the Eagles don’t score very much and that we win. But hope is running out.”
The bar is encouraging Redskins fans to wear black attire to Saturday’s event. Every Eagles touchdown will yield free “Im-peach Snyder” shots, which will be Fuzzy Navels. If the Eagles win, the bar won’t show the Redskins-Cowboys finale, out of respect for the fallen. Groth said he doesn’t think that would impact business much, because hardly any Redskins fans are showing up anyhow.
I’d laugh at this, but really it’s just pretty sad. The state of that once proud (and currently proud, but for weird reasons) franchise is in shambles, and plenty of good, hardworking fans are left with no choice but to celebrate how terrible everything is. Actually, I lied. I am laughing pretty hard.13 Comments
That is a headline I never thought I’d write.
MMQB’s Emily Kaplan today wrote a lengthy and fascinating piece about Danny Watkins, his failed NFL career and passion for spraying water on dancing orange and sometimes blue things. It paints a different, if not expected, picture of Watkins: that he couldn’t care less about football or money and really just wanted to fight fires, by golly. There’s something quite commendable about that, and I suggest that you read the whole piece. But, we’re interested in the Eagles bits (and self-aggrandizing) here, and there’s more than a hint of pissedoffedness from then-offensive line coach Howard Mudd:
Mudd remembers word spreading through the Eagles’ facility sometime during the second half of that nightmare 2012 season. This was Mudd’s 45th year in professional football, as a player and a coach. “Never have I heard something so ridiculous,” he says. “Not in my entire NFL career.”
Mudd thinks back to the local news footage, a mystery that, publicly, has never been solved. In August, Philadelphia sports blog Crossing Broad published photos that allegedly depict Watkins fighting a fire. The Philadelphia Fire Department looked into claims Watkins violated code; PFD Executive Chief Clifford Gilliam says the case is closed, no action will be taken against Watkins.
Mudd knows what he saw on the news… or maybe he had just heard about it so many times he convinced himself that he saw it. Now, he thinks back and sighs. “It wasn’t like it was a national emergency, like the fire department summoned anyone with experience to help,” Mudd says. “For whatever reason, he was just motivated to be there and not with us.”
I imagine that for offensive line coaches named Mudd, few things in life except, maybe, the death of a child* come between them and football. FOOTBALL! So the exchanges between Mudd and Watkins – which included Watkins calling him “Captain” – must have been delicious.
*And even then it’s like: “Ehhhh… can we hold off on the funeral until Monday?”
There’s also this:
When Watkins received an invitation to Radio City Music Hall for the draft, he was going to turn it down. He’d put on a pair of sweatpants and sit on his couch in West Kelowna, maybe have a few friends over. Plans changed when he found out he could visit with the New York Fire Department and tour Ground Zero. So he and some old firefighting pals flew east for draft day.
“I think we were more excited for the draft than he was,” says Schnitzler. “He was excited for the fire-related stuff.”
Like I said, this is all very commendable– pursuing one’s passion instead of seeking fame and fortune. The antithesis of a professional athlete. Of course, Watkins is still a guy, and he wasn’t above sending pics of his very own fire hose to a local news personality during his time with the Eagles…17 Comments
In week 11 of the 2002 NFL season, Donovan McNabb went 20-for-25 for 255 yards and four touchdowns on a broken ankle in a game that will forever live in Five lore. Following that, the Eagles finished the season with Koy Detmer and A.J. Feeley under center (who went a combined 5-1) and eventually went to the NFC Championship game (with a healthy McNabb in the playoffs). But that all could have gone very differently if Troy Aikman wasn’t on vacation.
According to Aikman — retelling a story he’s told before, but making it no less insane — Andy Reid called and asked him to come out of retirement and quarterback the Eagles after McNabb went down:
“[Reid] said, ‘Hey, did you hear what happened.’ I said, ‘Yeah, we did a game break.’ He said, ‘Well I want to talk to you about coming to Philadelphia.’ I said, ‘Andy, we’re in the middle of a broadcast. It’s halftime right now.’ He said, ‘I know, I’m watching the game.’ So I said, ‘OK, I’ll call you after the game.’”
Ultimately, Aikman decided it was best to enjoy the California whether and avoid flying across the country to prepare for a game.
“I got back to Santa Barbara and this was around November or whenever it was, and I woke up and I’m thinking, ‘I can either enjoy the next couple of days in Santa Barbara, California, it’s about 65, 70 degrees, or I’m going to be on a plane flying to Philadelphia and probably going to be playing on Monday night against the 49ers,’” Aikman said.
Turning down the offer allowed many Eagles and Cowboys fans to never have to face the strange emotions that would have come with Aikman wearing Eagles green (especially in Week 13 at the Vet). So really, he saved us all, and we were fine with Koy… and then A.J.13 Comments
It can be argued that the Cowboys/Colts matchup in Week 16 is even more important for Eagles fans than the Eagles/Redskins one. But for the players, their minds are 100% focused on the Redskins game, and one last chance to show-up former Eagle DeSean Jaccson. But LeSean McCoy thought: Why wait for the game?
As Redskins reporter Dianna Marie Russini told us last week, DeSean’s tenure with the Redskins this year has been classic DeSean: throwing teammates under the bus, complaining in private, complaining in public, generally being the worst. There’s especially been strain between DeSean and whomever his QB may be — mostly RG3. So when Shady decided to poke some light fun at DeSean and his reputation, it looked like it was a “no harm no foul” deal. The addition of “RG3 would agree haha” in the caption is a nice touch, but I really don’t think RG3 (or any ‘Skins fan) is laughing. It’s also a nice touch to deliberately spell “jackpot” the correct way.
As a side note: This is the kind of stuff the internet is good for. You got your analysis and your reporting and all of that stuff, but it’s also great that stuff like this — not exactly “news” per se, but a message directly from player-to-fan — can be put out there for fans and whomever else to enjoy. Or …
Don’t look now, NFL Network News Desk, but you’re ruining it.14 Comments