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In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if not more, suspect they’ll be viewing the Eagles’ burial late Sunday afternoon. Of course, those projections of a week ago turned out to have the same accuracy as Thursday’s miscalculated snow forecast:
Disgusting loss pic.twitter.com/rFLGQy408k
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) November 12, 2018
Sports, like the weather, are hard to predict, and I think this brings us to the point the most optimistic of Eagles fans are currently clinging to: anything is possible. While the “any given Sunday” point is a flimsy straw to grasp at, the matchups, momentum, and intangibles of this game sure make it seem like it is the only straw to grasp.
Is there any hope at all for the Eagles this Sunday? Let’s get into it.
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The end of the beginning
Nearly six years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles dismissed the best coach in franchise history.
Even with the benefit of hindsight, it wasn’t a controversial decision. The Eagles were stuck in neutral, and it was time to part ways with Andy Reid. Past time, even.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie hired Reid in 1999 to heal a team whose wings had been clipped after a series of subpar seasons. Reid arrived from Green Bay, where he had worked as quarterbacks coach under Mike Holmgren. Legend has it that Reid impressed Lurie in his interview when he expounded at length on the importance of the long snapper. The dissertation demonstrated a passion for football and an attention to detail to which Eagles fans would grow accustomed over the next 14 seasons.
At the time, it was a bit of a curious hire. Philly Mag’s Dan McQuade compiled a number of reactions to the Reid decision in a 2017 article, and he included this analytical gem from the inimitable Bill Lyon, whose writing skills are eclipsed only by his deep understanding of the psyche of the Philly fan:
The fans and the fan-inflamers wanted someone with experience, someone proven. Give us Parcells, they moaned. Give us Seifert or give us Shanahan. And if not them, then give us Chris Palmer or Brian Billick or Gary Kubiak. We want a who’s who and you give us a who’s he.
The vocal elements of the fan base and the legion of talking heads who presume to speak for them on television and radio are very good at pinpointing what was or what’s now. It’s much more challenging to identify what’s next. Though it may have seemed unconventional at the time, selecting Reid was an inspired decision that would pay almost immediate dividends.
Reid was a Bill Walsh disciple, and he would bring his version of the West Coast offense to Philadelphia. Reid imported an obscure quarterback named Doug Pederson from Green Bay to run the unit until his prized draft pick, Donovan McNabb, was ready to assume the reins. Once McNabb entered the lineup, the Eagles took flight.
Beginning with the 2001 regular season, the Birds booked four straight trips to the NFC Championship game. In 2008-09, they returned for a fifth time. Only once, in January 2005, were the Eagles able to lay claim to the Halas Trophy and punch their ticket to the Super Bowl.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” to borrow from Charles Dickens. The Eagles were finally relevant again. They were the class of the NFC East, and they were among the league’s elite. But they were never the best.
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In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if
Black Friday is just about a week away, and if you’re like me, you could probably use some extra spending money to take advantage of all the hot deals that will soon be out there. Good news. There will be plenty of betting opportunities to find some winners this weekend. It’s Week 11 in the NFL and the race for the playoffs is revving up. Every Top 25 college football team is in action. There’s
“Sorry for being late, we have this thing called football to do.”
Doug Pederson opened his Friday press conference by stating the obvious.
Less obvious is the health status of Tim Jernigan, which he described as “day-to-day.” Pederson said he’s “still optimistic” that the defensive tackle will play on Sunday. Cornerback Sidney Jones is more likely to get the green light along with right tackle Lane Johnson. Jones was a full participant in Thursday’s practice while Johnson was limited.
- Jernigan still has not been activated to the 53-man roster, so they would have to make a corresponding move if he’s cleared (putting Ronald Darby on injured reserve with the torn ACL)
- Jernigan is mixing in with the 1st team, each day is increasing his reps and will get a few more on Friday
- Richard Rodgers is “in that Timmy conversation,” has done well this week and they’ll see where he’s at before heading to New Orleans
- expects to see more snaps and more production with Golden Tate this week, they were able to coach him off of last week’s film and get him up to speed on some of the tempo code words they use
- Doug compared Sidney Jones’ injury situation to that of Eric Fisher in Kansas City, early injuries are tough when guys are just starting out their NFL careers
- Superdome is a loud place – they tried to go inside the NovaCare bubble this week and crank the noise to emulate at least something resembling Sunday’s road atmosphere
That’s about it, kind of a “meh” press conference. Full injury report in a few hours.
You’ve seen the stuff floating around out there. Carmelo Anthony is no longer part of the Houston Rockets’ plans. The Sixers have an open roster spot. Elton Brand is reportedly kicking the tires on bringing him in.
Melo is at the tail end of a Hall of Fame career. He’s averaged 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists over the course of 16 NBA seasons. He’s a ten-time All-Star, NCAA champion, and three-time USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
He’s just not a great fit for the Sixers.
You’re talking about signing a 34-year-old isolation scorer and putting him on the second unit of a motion offense team. You certainly don’t need a starter, not with Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid running the show. You’d be asking a guy who has taken about 18 shots per game over the course of his career to play second fiddle on a unit that would likely look something like this:
- Markelle Fultz
- Landry Shamet
- Carmelo Anthony
- Mike Muscala
- Amir Johnson
Plus, you’ve got first round draft pick Zhaire Smith coming back eventually, and Furkan Korkmaz has actually given you some nice minutes in the last couple of games. You want Carmelo just taking the ball on the wing and shooting contested 20 footers?
The Flyers got plenty of shots that hit the net area last night. All five struck the post.
Philly mustered 29 total shots on goal, but all of them were stopped by Keith Kinkaid (no relation to Kevin) or hit the iron. Meanwhile, the Devils scored three times and took home a 3-0 win. Joey Anderson, Kyle Palmieri, and Blake Coleman all scored goals for New Jersey in a winning effort.
Even worse news: Brian Elliott got hurt on the Palmieri goal.
The Devils' second goal and Brian Elliott's injury. pic.twitter.com/UqhlKr0M5G
— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 16, 2018
And right now, the Flyers are… wait for it …mediocre with a 9-9-1 record! How fun!
They’ll host Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon at 1 PM.
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Feels like it was ten weeks ago that the first Bryce Harper report came out, but now we’ve got a USA Today article from Bob Nightengale featuring quotes from John Middleton about how he wants to approach a really important free agency period.
“We’re going into this expecting to spend money,’’ Middleton told USA TODAY Sports. “And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.’’
Middleton laughed, then said without smiling: “We just prefer not to be completely stupid.”
But, oh, how they will be spending.
Yes, he is talking about you, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
“It’s exciting to contemplate what we may be able to do this off-season,’’ Middleton said. “We know the free agent class this year is really, really good.’’
Could they spend in excess of $700 million to land the two biggest fish in the free-agent sea?
“I don’t know who you’re referring to,’’ Middleton said, with a laugh. “But we will be spending.’’
Please spend stupid amounts of money, because this is a major market team that should be spending like the Dodgers and Yankees and Red Sox. Let’s get some fucking jam in Citizens Bank Park.
Middleton says he wants to win. He celebrates like a madman in Jeffrey Lurie’s luxury box. So let’s go fucking win. Sign Harper, Machado, Keuchel, and Corbin. Send Carlos Santana wherever and move Rhys Hoskins back to first base.
Result = World Series
In the aftermath of the Jimmy Butler trade, I was listening to the Ringer NBA Show, one of the twenty-seven podcasts I’m subscribed to (sad, I know), when an interesting hypothetical popped up: what if Sixers’ GM Elton Brand decides it’s time to go all-in? I’m not talking a marginal move like trading for Kyle Korver or waiting until December 15th – the day the trade restriction is lifted on free agents who signed in the summer of 2018 – for guys like Trevor Ariza, Ersan Ilyasova, and Marco Belinelli to become available. For the record, I’m not advocating for the latter two. Ariza would be interesting, but depending on outgoing salary, the $15 million salary is a bit much.
Despite Kyle’s incessant request for me to put together a post on the Sixers acquiring Carmelo Anthony, it’s worth noting that he should be officially hitting waivers soon per Woj:
For now, Anthony will remain on the Rockets roster, but will not rejoin the team, sources said. Anthony’s wisest course of action could be exercising patience and allowing changes in league rosters – through trades, injuries, team needs — to create more playing options for him. https://t.co/L5aC5Ueah0
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2018
In the case of Melo, you’d be getting a guy who’s well past his prime, hasn’t settled into a catch-and-shoot role with his last two teams, and sounds like a guy who still believes he’s a top-15 talent in the league. Guys like Tracy McGrady and Chauncey Billups have detailed how hard it can be to face that reality, but players like Vince Carter, Jason Kidd, and Shawn Marion have extended their careers – the latter two having won an NBA title – simply by coming to that realization and embracing it.
This brings me back to the focus at hand. If Elton Brand and the Sixers’ collaborative front office crew see this next 2-3 year window as the prime moment to strike, they need to go all-in. The looming threat is obviously the Golden State Warriors, but if Houston’s precipitous fall from grace has shown us anything, it’s that losing a few key role players can lead a team to bottom out in a way that once seemed inconceivable. With Draymond Green prepared to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2019-20 season and, more importantly, Kevin Durant set to explore free agency following the 2018-19 season, tensions are running high after a verbal spat between Draymond and Durant. Klay Thompson is also set to be a free agent following this season, but he’s reiterated his intent to re-sign with Golden state on numerous occasions. What once appeared to be a well-oiled machine devoid of ego has been plummeted into a dark void of NBA cynicism. Continue Reading
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Take the over.
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