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Old Birds: Donovan McNabb Gets Own Radio Show, Brian Westbook is Experiencing Memory Loss

Kyle Scott - March 16, 2013

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Some members of the greatest Eagles team ever are in the news today… no, I’m not talking about Freddie Mitchell’s potential jail time or Terrell Owens’ latest attempt at taking his own life. I’m talking about the quarterback and the running back.

First up, Five.

Donovan McNabb will co-host a drive-time radio show on the newish NBC Sports Radio with fellow former NFL quarterback Mark Malone. The show will air from 3-7 p.m. on weekdays and will be available in up to 249 markets, apparently not including Philadelphia (according to the NBC Sports website, only NSR updates are available in Philly, on 1490 WBCB). 

McNabb, who doesn’t even know all the rules to football, will be talking about other sports, too:

"NBC has given me a platform to continue to expand in broadcasting," McNabb told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. "And with radio, you don't want to be stuck just talking NFL. We'll talk baseball, basketball, the Olympics, current events. We're also fans."

Working a four-hour radio show will arguably be harder than doing many TV studio shows, where analysts often just need to offer up a few soundbites on prearranged topics. But McNabb doesn't seem worried: "It's part of getting into the business. Not everything is going to be easy, or a cakewalk. But I don't shy away from work — I played the quarterback position."

 

The news for Brian Westbrook isn’t so good.

Speaking at a concussion symposiaum at Villanova yesterday, the Villanova great said that he’s already experiencing memory loss:

Only 33, Brian Westbrook already suffers from short-term memory loss. He can't remember names, recall facts or retain new material moments after he's told them. Westbrook can trace his health problems to at least a pair of concussions suffered during a shortened nine-year career.

Westbrook, former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau, five-time MLS All-Star Taylor Twellman, former NFL linebacker Jim Nelson, former Green Bay Packers VP Andrew Brandt and other head safety advocates took part in a panel discussion of the "Concussion Conundrum" Friday at Villanova University. The program was part of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium.

 

Someday, Chris Pronger will be on panels like this one, and that kind of sucks.

H/T to Josh

“The Eagles are probably being used, but that’s OK”

Kyle Scott - January 10, 2013

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Dan Graziano, writing for ESPN.com:

Look, I could be wrong here. Brian Kelly could end up leaving Notre Dame and becoming the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and I'll feel like an idiot. Would absolutely not be the first time. But from here, what this looks like is an attempt by Kelly to get a sweeter deal in South Bend. Kind of a transparent attempt, actually. And if it is, good for him. That's how the world works, after all. That's how you get raises. Make 'em think somebody else wants you. 

Would this mean the Eagles are being used as a pawn in this game? It would, yes. But there's no harm in that. It's not as though the Eagles are putting off other interviews while they wait for Kelly to come back from vacation. They're still talking to Lovie Smith today and proceeding with the methodical process of trying to find their next head coach. They are not, as we discussed Wednesday, behind any kind of reasonable timetable here and they're determined to find the right guy. 

 

Well, that's one way of looking at it.

Brian Kelly May Use the Eagles to Get a Raise

Kyle Scott - January 10, 2013

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The Eagles are probably getting used again.

According to numerous reports that surfaced last night, the Eagles interviewed Brian Kelly on Tuesday, a day after his Notre Dame squad was rolled by Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, and continue to have interest in the 51-year-old coach, who is said to now be out of the country. But a Tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel hints at the likely reason for Kelly’s interest

Bingo.

Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman are like that girl you call when you want to make your ex jealous and get her to take you back. 

Hello there, you. I’ve been waiting for you to call. [Growl]

Hey, um, Sue… remember that crush you used to have on me and how you would sit at my desk like a fucking lunatic stalker and show me pictures of those scarves you knitted for wayward cats? I miss that. Can we fuck so my ex will suddenly find me hot again?

That’s what college coaches across the land are doing to the Eagles. They’re calling Sue.

Chip Kelly got himself a substantial raise (courtesy of Oregon alum and booster, and Nike co-founder, Phil Knight) after he turned down the Eagles and Browns. [Bill O’Brien has denied that he received a $1.3 million raise when he decided to return to Penn State.] Now it seems that the other Kelly, this of the Brian variety, may get himself an extra mil, or 10, just for batting his eyes at the increasingly pathetic Lurie and Roseman, the Kate and Leo of the NFL, who have, for the time being, cinched themselves to the top of the sinking ship, but eventually may wind up clinging to a bobbing door, at which time Lurie will slowly let go of Roseman as he fades into the deep, dark sea of shamed Eagles execs.

Anyway, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk agrees with that macabre thinking:

From Chip Kelly to Bill O’Brien to Jim Mora to, perhaps now, Brian Kelly, the script is becoming clear.  Flirt with the NFL, rattle your current employer, and sit back and wait for the concessions to come.

In Brian Kelly’s case, there has been zero discretion.  Within minutes, multiple reporters knew that he’d met with the Eagles.  From FOX’s Jay Glazer to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com to possibly even others who I’m forgetting or don’t particularly feel like mentioning because, yeah, I’m that guy sometimes.  (Or more often than that.)

And so it’s no surprise that Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated writes that “[a] Notre Dame source tells me that the expected result of Kelly’s NFL flirtation is a raise and an extension.”

Of course it is.  It’s the expected result because it was and is the intended result.

Unfortunately, everyone except the three folks who are searching for the next Eagles coach realize that.  Which means that, eventually, they may have to bite the bullet and call Jon Gruden.

 

Well said, Florio.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! disagrees:

You could argue this is a classic power play to use NFL interest – real or rumored – into a lucrative contract extension. Notre Dame is the king of those sucker jobs, having once handed Charlie Weis a ten-year deal just because gossip spread that an NFL team might want to talk to him at the end of the season.

The thing is that Kelly was already going to get paid. He was already in the perfect position. He restored Notre Dame, bringing joy to one of the wealthiest alumni bases in major college football. He'd earned his raise.

No, the interest in the NFL is real. It's always been real, the ultimate spot for an upwardly mobile coach.

 

We shall see.

CSN Airing Brian Dawkins Special on Sunday

Kyle Scott - October 5, 2012

Since none of you could seem to get enough of the Brian Dawkins coverage last week – and because NBC (understandably) and the Eagles didn’t exactly go out of their way to show his retirement ceremony to people other than the 66,000 at the game – we’ll recommend that you tune into CSN’s Brian Dawkins special on Sunday night at 10:30 p.m.

Neil Hartman did his Hangin’ With routine, spending two days with Dawkins, capturing what sounds like some cool footage: 

– private BBQ with Dawk’s family and close friends

– private dinner with teammates

– full day on Sunday, including grand marshal of NASCAR race in Dover, DE and all Eagles activities

– Dawkins day after thoughts and reaction

 

Yeah, I’ll watch that.

Watch All of the Brian Dawkins Ceremonies

Kyle Scott - October 1, 2012

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Because the Eagles stubbornly refuse to make a majority of their videos embeddable, and because they specifically block this website from embedding those that are able to be shared, here’s a roundup of the Brian Dawkins ceremonies. Video idiocy aside, this is the best fan relations sort of thing the Eagles have ever done under Jeffrey Lurie. Phillies like, if you will.

Watch the videos after the jump.

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This Story About Brian Dawkins and Gary Papa Will Likely Make You Cry

Kyle Scott - September 28, 2012

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Action News sports producer Mark Meany wins the day with this story about Brian Dawkins.

In 2009, after the Eagles beat the Giants to advance to the NFC Championship game, Dawkins was scheduled to do an interview with Gary Papa, who was just months away from losing a long, difficult battle with cancer.

Papa couldn’t make the long walk beneath Giants Stadium to the Eagles locker room, so Meany went to grab Dawkins. He explained to Dawkins that Papa couldn't make the walk and was on the other side of the stadium. But Dawkins, too, was hurting, limping from a hard-fought game and season. It looked like the interview wasn't going to happen.

We’ll let Meany pick up the story:

A quick discussion ensued between myself, Dawkins and Eagles media relations manager Ryan Nissan. It was quickly determined that Dawkins was too hurt to make the walk. We would have to cancel the interview. That is, until I said one simple thing to Dawkins, "Gary's in bad shape, he's having a really rough day."

Dawkins looked me in the eye and said, "Let's go."

The walk down the hallway through the bowels of Giants Stadium took forever. Dawkins was limping and silent the entire way. We finally got to Gary, who was sitting down and still gathering his strength. Dawkins walked up to Gary and helped him out of the chair.

Then the two embraced.

Both men, two of the toughest I've ever met, began to sob in each other's arms. It went on for what seemed like forever. I then noticed that through the entire embrace, Dawkins was whispering in Gary's ear. I'm not sure that whispering can be described as intense, but that's what this was.

Dawkins was giving Gary a pep talk, a pregame speech before a tough game. It was vintage Dawkins.

 

Yeah, that’s a lump in your throat. Go read the whole story.

The Eagles Will Give Out This Brian Dawkins-Weapon X Poster on Sunday

Kyle Scott - September 28, 2012

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The Eagles announced this morning that they will be giving out a Brian Dawkins-Weapon X poster to all fans in attendance at the Eagles-Giants game on Sunday.

[In case you hadn't heard, Dawkins will have his number retired and be honored on-field.]

The print is drawn by Marvel artist Jorge Molina. A press release from the Eagles said it wouldn't be unveiled until 5 p.m. today, but Twitterererererer (@greghahn8) dug up an image of what seems to be the poster, which is being sponsored by AAA.

Of course, this comes after one local scriptual, Daily Times Phillies beat writer Dennis Deitch – who often has nothing better to do than rip me to his 1,114 followers – was hell bent on ruining the big unveiling with this series of inaccurate Tweets. Because he was “tired of CSN and ESPN sucking dick.” Go:

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Celebrate Brian Dawkins This Week

Kyle Scott - September 25, 2012

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Huge night on Sunday night, as the Eagles will honor Brian Dawkins before their game against the Giants. 

Prepare yourselves for an onslaught of Dawk coverage and discussion this week. Friday will be “Brian Dawkins Day” on 97.5 The Fanatic. And some of our partners, Philly Phaithful and Sports Vault, are getting in on the fun too:

Use the code cb10 to take 10% off the very popular Weapon X t-shirt. As always, Philly Phaithful gear is printed on high-quality American Apparel products. Get one, or 20, here.

Need some swag to go along with your t-shirt? Sure ya do! Then check out Sports Vault and their exclusive Brian Dawkins autographed memorabilia.

Do it. Support Dawk. Support our sponsors. Support the site!