This post is usually meant to serve as a Monday recap for the Eagles. Today, we'll lump the Eagles despair in with the Phillies heartache, and commiserate together. Or I'll commiserate and you read and comment. Something like that.
The Eagles had a chance to end the weekend on a high note. Instead, they dropped a very large ducer into our already soiled sheets.
When Kevin Kolb and Shady McCoy botched a hand-off and fumbled the ball near the goal line (which Mike McGlynn took the blame for), The Eagles had a 16-7 lead. From that point on they were outscored 30-3. 30-3.
We can sit here and harp on Ellis Hobbs' failure to cover Kenny Britt, Andy Reid's failue to find him help, or a number of other reasons why that game went awry. But why put ourselves through the misery? That fact remains, Kenny Britt and Juan Uribe ruined your weekend.
When you woke up on Saturday, did you say to yourself, "oh my God, I fully expect my mental health to be defiled by the second cousin of the late Jose Uribe and a guy who got into a bar fight on Thursday night at Nashville club?"
You probably didn't. You probably didn't.
But that's what happened.
I'm not sure there are adjectives to describe what was done to Philly sports fans this weekend, other than those that evoke images of horrible, unspeakable crimes. You can run tell 'dat.
The Phillies were expected to win the series, and ultimately, the World Series. They had arguably the most complete team of this four-year run and finished the season with the best record in Major League Baseball. The Giants, on the other hand, had a lineup put together from a scrap heap. Other than Game 3, the Phillies were in position to win every game of this series. They failed to move baserunners over, they failed to get big hits, they misplayed balls in the field, and Ryan Howard watched a called strike three go right down the middle of the plate to end the season.
Good lord, it hurts more when you write it out like that.
The Phillies' collapse is on par with the Eagles' loss to Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship game in 2003. There was no way either team could come up short. Yet, when it was all said and done, an up-start team that was able to shut down Philadelphia's offense down won the game.
The Eagles, 2010 edition, had a 3rd quarter lead against a good team, on the road. They were without their "starting" quarterback and DeSean Jackson. To lose the game is painful enough, to be completely demoralized going into a bye week, well, that's another story.
So here we sit, Monday morning, trying to gather our thoughts. What is there to even look forward to? Doug Collins said doctor's treatments are helping with his symptoms from a June concussion. That's cool, right?
The Flyers won this weekend!
The Sixers start their season on Wednesday
Against the Miami Heat.
Yeah, it doesn't get any better, sports fans.