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Eagles: It’s the coach. He brought together an extremely heralded group of stars and they’ve started 1-4. Whether they are partly to blame (they are) or not, there’s no denying that the Eagles have talent on par with the best teams in the league. Unfortunately, the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts.
For too many years now, Reid has made the same dumb mistakes and shown an unfathomable failure to correct or learn from them. Unlike Charlie Manuel, who admittedly didn’t know how to pull off a double switch when he got here but has since learned, Reid is like Pavlov’s dog… only if Pavlov’s dog tried to eat the bell and didn’t make the connection between ringing and food. The same stimulus – over and over again – is not producing the intended response (I’m talking about the two minute drill here, folks). The dog quickly figured out that when the bell rang, it was time to eat. Reid, on the other hand, has watched the clock tick down for years and still doesn’t recognize that he’s out of plays when it hits zero, even though he salivates the whole time. Fire him. Please.
Rollins: If the Phillies can lock up Rollins for three years with a fourth-year option (their option), then I’d do it. But signing an aging shortstop to a five-year deal when this team is already over the hill and cascading down the other side… well, that’s just stupid.
I’m tough on J-Roll™, but he’s had a tremendous career here and should be given nothing other than the longest standing ovation in team history when he returns. Still, there’s a time to say goodbye. I think now is that time.
October sadness: The image of Ryan Howard scooting around Whole Foods on a Rascal on a day where most of us expected him to be preparing for an NLCS game is going to go down as one of the most haunting and telling pictures in the fabric of Philly sports. The season began with so much promise (and payroll!) but ended with Howard slumped on the first base line and shopping for organic groceries on an old persons motorized cart. Sickening.
Crossing Broads: KHL ice girls!
Crossing Bros: Girls love Giroux despite the gaping whole between his teeth. JVR, on the other hand, has boyish good looks and beastly skills. Tomato-tohockey player. Guess I’ll go Roo.
Flyers goal song: Many of you have told me that you don’t like the Union’s DOOP song being played at Flyers games. Last year, some of the players (I believe, Briere) requested the song be used at The Well. The Flyers asked the Union and were given permission to use it, which they did beginning in the playoffs.
I like it. I say have all local teams use it. Let the Phillies use it once every three games when they hit a home run and the Eagles play it once a month when they score a touchdown. Synergy! Since you all like those horrible abortion mashups of Phillies, Flyers, and Eagles logos on t-shirts, I see no reason why this wouldn’t work. DOOP.
Today’s Drinker’s challenge: Guess the total number of offensive yards gained for the Eagles on Sunday. Closest wins a $50 gift card to Amazon (our prize from CBS Philly’s Blog Awards, as promised).
Enter after the jump.