Sunday, May 22, 2011

Plaxico Burress would be a perfect fit for the Eagles

Plaxico Burress to the Eagles is too good to be true (

Sure, the guy is coming off a jail sentence of one year and eight months for illegal possession of a handgun.

And, yeah, he's not a Mensa. I mean, the guy almost blew his you-know-what off when the gun he stuffed into his pants went off, shooting him in the thigh in a night club in November of 2008.

All of that said Burress is - or at least was - a very good football player. The way the NFL is you don't want a Rhodes Scholar as your go-to guy in the red zone.

Burress' craziness and his height (6-5) are just what the Eagles need. Michael Vick could lob jump balls to him all afternoon. It's too good to be true.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lombardi says tape of Kolb "very disappointing at times"

It was Mike Lombardi, from the NFL Network, not the late great Lombardi, offering an assessment of Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb on a radio station.

And, all bluntlessness aside, Lombardi told it the way he saw it. The Birds would have gone 7-9 last year had Kolb been the fulltime starter.

Lombardi could see it in the tape. The Eagles and their minions are going to have to do a lot of fluffing as they prepare to shop Kolb, who lost the starting job to Michael Vick (the backup throughout the 2010 offseason,  around the NFL.


Citizens Bank No. 2 on PeTA's Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks List

Citizens Bank Park is a great place to watch a ball game.
And a great place to eat while watching the game according to PeTA (
Try the Southwest Black Bean Burger.

Vick, receivers work in South Jersey

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick shook a little of the rust off throwing to receivers Thursday at a players only workout in South Jersey. Channel 6 captured the first of what could be several low impact sessions for the players while the NFL owners' lockout rages on. Check it out:
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Three decades later, the dream lives

Thirty years ago this week the Delaware County Daily Times turned the newspaper business upside down with a bold, at times irreverent and oft-criticized makeover emphasizing hard news and sports.
The format changed from broad sheet to tabloid.

The price dropped from 35 cents to a dime.

Sports cast stepping up to the challenge including the Justin Bieber knockoff (lower right).
All of it was promoted in an advertising package starting with "The Dime Times."

It was a pleasure to be part of that major and exciting overhaul all but forgotten in the digital age.

Hey, if I thought I'd live to be 30 I'd have taken better care of myself.

Amid lockout uncertainties, Reid much more comfortable approaching free agency than 2011 season

Andy Reid feels a lot better about the Eagles' plan to attack free agency than he does about blending together all of his new players and coaches staff for the 2011 season.

And that's another reminder of the widening gulf between his coaching duties and his authority as executive vice president of football operations.

General manager Howie Roseman, through team president Joe Banner, is in charge of free agency according to a source. Reid, still playing the good soldier, says on this video ( the free agency plan is both his and Roseman's and that he likes it. But again, what was he going to say?

It's hard not to feel compassion for Reid, the preparation freak who in this lockout era is relagated to the ultimate day-to-day challenge of getting a young team together without coaching the players and without his new coaching staff getting used to their charges.

The pressure on Reid to produce has never been greater.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Clock is ticking on Kolb

We know Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb is going to get traded.

Finally there is another confirmation of the conversation Andy Reid had with Kolb after the 2010 season ended with the player backing up Michael Vick.

As reported here, Reid told Kolb thanks for taking the demotion like a pro and that the Eagles would try to accomodate him with a trade.

It also was pretty telling that Reid texted Kolb Friday during the window in which the NLF owners' lockout had been lifted (the lockout is back on). Vick and the many of the rest of the essential Eagles were in the Philly area to get back to work Monday.
According to

Peter King of reports Kevin Kolb doesn't want to be in Philadelphia; he wants to have a chance to get a starting job somewhere else, and Reid has promised to try to make a deal if it benefits the Eagles. He already has an offer of a first-round pick in the 2012 draft from an unknown team.

The window for the 2011 league year opened and closed quickly last week; players like Kolb, who want to be traded, and free agents who want to hit the market have to wait for the league year to open before moving. That could happen this week if the Eighth Circuit forces the NFL to open doors and end the lockout.

Asked how he stands with Kolb right now, Reid said: "We stand with Kevin in an Eagles uniform. We love Kevin. He's one of the great team guys we've had here. We had an idea who was interested in him entering the draft, and now we'll have to go back and look at it when they tell us we can make moves.''