Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles 2010: Farce or Tragedy?

When the news flashed across the wires that Michael Vick was the new starting QB of the Philadelphia Eagles, I could only shake my head in disbelief. Just last week, I wrote:

“[Reid] is not going to wither under media and fan pressure to start Michael Vick. First, because he knows Michael Vick is not the long term answer at QB… More importantly, because admitting he made a mistake in anointing Kevin Kolb the future one game into the season would mean that Andy made a mistake in evaluating Kolb’s talent. For four years. … His concussion might force Kolb to sit versus the Lions but as soon as he’s healthy, Kevin Kolb will be back under center.”


This isn’t about being wrong. This is about being wrong about Reid as a coach. Despite all the complaints about Reid as a head coach (poor clock management, passing too much, lack of a running game, arrogance, etc.), the one positive trait that always stood out was his ability to remain calm and steer the ship towards his destination. We might not have always agreed on the course he chose, but we knew that he would never panic and overcorrect. After all, that’s the type of knee jerk behavior that gets other coaches around the league fired.

So what does Andy do? He throws everything out the window and makes a knee jerk reaction. What in the name of Rich Kotite is going on here?

Philadelphia Eagles

In Defense of Kevin Kolb

kevin kolb gets sacked(or Quick! Everyone Panic!  Kolb fails to win Super Bowl in week 1.)

There’s no getting around it: Kolb was absolutely dreadful on Sunday. 5 for 10 passing, 24 yards, 2 sacks, and a 56.3 rating. Not only were the stats bad, he looked jittery and confused in the pocket, something that we were told by Eagles brass would not happen with the quick decision making Kolb.

So is it time to call it a season, or even worse, start Michael Vick at QB? Of course not. While a QB controversy is good for websites, sports radio, and even something called newspapers, it’s not good for the Eagles. Furthermore, there is no quarterback controversy. Kevin Kolb is your starting QB.

NFL General

Sportscolumn’s 2010 NFL Mock Draft

With just hours to spare, the denizens of Eagles Fans Only have just finished the 2010 NFL Community Mock Draft.  Two full rounds of football insight (and possible throwing darts at the wall).   Here are the draft results with an emphasis on the Eagles’ picks.

Round 1

1(1) – St. Louis RamsSam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2(2) – Detroit LionsNdamukong Suh DT, Nebraska
3(3) – Tampa Bay BuccaneersGerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
4(4) – Washington RedskinsRussell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
5(5) – Kansas City Chiefs Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
6(6) – Seattle SeahawksTrent Williams, OT, OK
7(7) – Cleveland BrownsEric Berry, S, Tennessee
8(8) – Oakland RaidersDerrick Morgan, DE, G Tech
9(9) – Buffalo BillsJimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
10(10) – Jacksonville JaguarsJoe Haden, CB, Florida

Washington Redskins

A Donovan McNabb Primer for Redskins Fans

Dear Redskins fans,

We’re not that different you and I.  We’re football fans, we’re rivals, we both want to win the Super Bowl.  We’re basically neighbors who don’t like each other.   For the past 10 years, you’ve been looking at the car that’s been parked in my driveway, a high performance shiny model, getting up there in miles but mostly reliable and certainly better than anything you’ve had in your garage for the past decade, even as you buy car after car.  Yet, even though I don’t like you, I just sold you my car.  Curious, isn’t it?

From the outside, it’s easy to look at Donovan McNabb and think that Eagles fans (well, at least some of us) must be either crazy or stupid for happily offering to make a trip down I-95 and drop off McNabb’s stuff.  But, from the outside, you have no idea what you’re in for.   Here’s a dossier on what you can expect from the Donovan McNabb Experience and why.

Philadelphia Eagles

Can McNabb handle inevitable calls for Vick?

A couple of weeks ago, while we were broadcasting Poor Man’s PTI, RJ called in and informed me that the Eagles had just signed Michael Vick.  Like the rest of football America, I was shocked and dumbfounded.   Not because I had any objection to Michael Vick being back in the NFL but because I had no idea what the Eagles wanted Michael Vick on the team for.

The only time I’ve been confident in an NFC Championship game was when the Eagles took on the Atlanta Falcons.  There was no way that Michael Vick, even with his considerable athletic skills, could read and react to the defense that Jim Johnson was going to throw at him.  Rarely am I that correct on anything.

The problem with Vick then is the problem with Vick now — he’s just not a very good quarterback.

General Sports

August 13 2009 episode of Poor Man’s PTI

We discuss Rick Pitino, the Eagles signing Mike Vick and unrequited rivalries. You can download this week’s podcast directly (running time 90 mins) or subscribe to the feed. If you use iTunes, just click here and then click subscribe and iTunes will take care of the rest. This week’s topics include:

  • Even Turtle thinks Tom Brady sucks balls
  • Rick Pitino’s loose morals
  • Unrequited rivalries
  • Eagles sign Vick
  • Bronson Arroyo is insane

Trivia Question of the week: Tom Glavine had 682 games in career without ever coming out of the bullpen. Who holds the record for most starts before his first career relief appearance.

Philadelphia Phillies

Losing My Religion

It ain’t easy being a Philly fan these days. I’m a 5 for 5 guy (Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, Flyers, FC Cheesesteaks) but lately, it’s getting harder and harder to root for all the Philadelphia pro teams.

The Flyers continue to tease but disappoint. The Sixers trot out the albatross that is Samuel Dalembert and expect us to keep paying attention. The Eagles have the most arrogant management group in the area, a maddening head coach, and a quarterback that gags harder the bigger the game.

Meanwhile, the Phillies, fresh off a World Series Championship and looking like a sure bet to meet the Red Sox or Yankees in the Fall Classic, have fans that are killing each other in parking lots.

General Sports

March 12 2009 episode of Poor Man’s PTI

Ryan and Vin run through this week’s top news stories. You can download this week’s podcast directly (running time 90 mins) or subscribe to the feed.

If you use iTunes, just click here and then click subscribe and iTunes will take care of the rest.

This week’s topics include:

  • Travis Henry and his 9 kids with 9 women
  • TO in Buffalo
  • World Baseball Classic
  • Eagles fire employee for facebook criticism
  • guess the state
  • Legalized sports gambling in Delaware?
General Sports

March 5 2009 episode of Poor Man’s PTI

Vin and special guest, RJ (don’t call him Dan LeBatard!), run through this week’s top news stories.You can download this week’s podcast directly (running time 90 mins) or subscribe to the feed.

If you use iTunes, just click here and then click subscribe and iTunes will take care of the rest.

This week’s topics include:

  • What little we know about the hockey deadline
  • More on the NBA’s business operations
  • Brian Dawkins
  • The TO fiasco Part 2? Or is it Part 3 now?
  • The missing NFL boaters
  • Phil Simms sucks
  • guess the state
  • Other NFL free agency talk
Philadelphia Eagles

Reid and McNabb: More fool’s gold for Philly fans


It was week 12 of the 2008 NFL season and the unthinkable happened: Donovan McNabb was benched for the second half. Kevin Kolb stepped in and promptly screwed the pooch some more. That poor pooch had a rough couple of weeks as he’d already been screwed repeatedly by McNabb in previous quarters. Every Eagles fan and reporter thought, “wow, this is the end of the McNabb era.”

Not so fast. While I sat around and wished for the Eagles to lose their remaining games to hasten a regime change (I even came up with a clever term for it: f’ing the kennel), the Cardinals came to town and promptly laid down for the Eagles, starting a run that will go down in Eagles history: finishing 4-1, knocking the Cowboys out to sneak into the playoffs as a 6 seed; beating the Giants twice, once in the NFC Divisional round to make the NFC Championship game.

Riding high on emotion and momentum, the Eagles were a 4 point favorites on the road against the Cardinals and did what they do best: choke.