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The Media is Literally Lining Up to Cover Today’s Press Conference at the NovaCare Complex

Kyle Scott - December 31, 2012

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No word on why the Eagles moved Jeffrey Lurie’s press conference* back to 1 p.m. But perhaps it’s because of the crush of media descending upon the NovaCare Complex for Andy Reid’s memorial service. Or because the Eagles were unprepared. Or because it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Whatever.

Check out some of these Tweets from Eagles scriptuals and other local media folks about the line to get in, after the jump.

*Andy Reid, who met with employees and players this morning, will not be made available to the media. Howie Roseman will meet with reporters after Lurie.

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Andy Reid’s Job Is On The Line This Year, But Is It Really?

Ryan Gillon - August 30, 2012

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Andy Reid is signed on to be the Eagles coach through 2013, but if there is anything that came out of Jeff Lurie's State of the Team Address today, it's that Andy Reid isn't a lock to be the Head Coach of the Eagles in 2013.

Simply, Lurie implied that it all depends on how his 2012 shakes out.

When asked by reporters about Andy Reid's status, Lurie made it clear that nothing is guaranteed after this upcoming season, even in light of the tragic events in Reid's personal life.

"This is a business, and you're there to win and win big… so all the emphasis will be on Andy Reid the coach," Lurie said.

Everyone knew the question was coming, and Lurie needed a stern response in light of the comments Reid's agent Bob LaMonte made three weeks ago.

Via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Lurie "has stated again and again, any time that I’ve been with him, that was as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Andy Reid would be his coach," LaMonte said. "And I’d say the proof of the pie is in the pudding. He’s been here 14 years.”

“This man has earned the right to decide what he wants to do, and he may well decide he doesn’t want to coach and Jeffrey may decide he doesn’t want to hire him, but I can just tell you Jeffrey Lurie has told me on any occasion I’ve ever been with him, as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy will be his coach," LaMonte said once again. "Now, if you know something else, tell me, because I should probably know."

 

Agents… 

Lurie continued by saying that last year's 8-8 record was unacceptable and if the same result happened this season, Reid would be dismissed. Reporters continued to prod and Lurie admitted that there are always exceptions, but "you just have to make the best decisions you can after the season," but that "it'll be very clear."

Whether you believe Lurie or not is up to you. I think he's partially full of shit because I'm a firm believer that if Reid was going to get fired, it was going to be at the end of last season. Why? Because as Lurie said, there are always exceptions.

If Mike Vick goes down for a few weeks at any point in the season and Nick Foles is behind center? That's an exception. If there is any injury to a big name player at any point in the season, that's an exception. There are always exceptions.

Lurie had to say what he did, partially because of what Reid's agent foolishly said, but I do think he would have said something along those lines anyway. He had to follow up on his comments at the end of last season.

It comes down to this; Lurie will only fire Reid if he truly wants to, or if this season is a complete disaster. I don't think that Lurie wants to fire Andy Reid, and I don't think he will at the end of this season.

Hopefully, we won't have to find out.

Reader Emails: “G-Line” Sucks

Kyle Scott - November 3, 2011

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There are certain trivial matters that, as hockey fans, we must constantly address.

For instance, cap space– we love cap space… or lack thereof. Not even hardcore NFL fans — a sport where the cap plays an even bigger role — spend as much time talking about the salary ceiling as hockey fans.

We love the power play, too. How does the power play look? Are they struggling on the power play? Jagr really impacts the power play. Power play. Power. Play. 

Power.

Play.

We love it. Or hate it. It’s always one or the other.

Perhaps most notable of all, however, is our fascination with lines. Other than baseball, a sport with a very specific and defined ordering of the troops, hockey is only sport in which there is a clear, distinct grouping of players. Sure, there are starters in football and basketball, but nonstop substitutions keep those groupings in constant flux. Not hockey, though. While the sport has more on-field(ice) turnover than any other, players are consistently grouped with the same peers: their linemates.

One fortunate (or unfortunate) offshoot of our fascination with lines is the feeling that we need to give the best ones names. For the Flyers, there was the LCB Line, the Crazy Eights, and the Legion of Doom, to name a few. Last year, there was the short-lived Costa Rica Line, which can perhaps now be called the not gon… not gon… not gonna work here anymore line. It was named for the All-Star break trip taken by Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Ville Leino. Ironically, every member of the line that got its name from a three-day boozefest has been either traded or let go because – allegedly – they partied too much.

So now we have a void to fill. Ladies and gentlemen, ESPN’s John Buccigross:

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Flyers Beat the Predators in Front of All Their Dads

Kyle Scott - February 3, 2011

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Womp womp.

CRL (Carts, Richie, Leino – Costa Rica Line when up front on the power play- credit Stevie Why) dominated the ice tonight, as Carts notched an early goal before Leino added two third period goals to seal the deal.

Stevie Why has the story and the highlights are after the jump. But before we get there, Jim Jackson really wanted Keith Jones to use the telestrator:

I really need to get out of my basement more.

Hop it.

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Flyers Blow Lead, Come up an Inch Short

Kyle Scott - December 9, 2010

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Like Jeff Carter on a Saturday night…

If you missed last night's Flyers game, consider yourself lucky.

The Flyers led 4-1 with 12 minutes remaining in the game.  The Sharks then scored three goals in the span of four and a half mintues to tie it at four, thanks to several penalties taken by the Flyers.

The score remained that way throughout the rest of regulation.  In overtime, with seconds remaining, Mike Richards fired a wrist shot at the net that slipped through Antero Niittymaki's pads. But it was literally an inch away from the goal line as the clock went to zero.  The Flyers lost in the ensuing shootout and, more bothersome, BOB is beginning to look very average.  Uh oh.

Full highlights after the jump and Stevie Why's recap at Philly Sports Daily.

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