Why We (k)need Chase…

Posted: 03/02/2011 in Uncategorized

Am I the only one who is concerned about Chase’s knee? Probably not. Not just b/c he is my favorite player but for Utley to be sitting out – you know he is hurting. The guy plays balls to the wall, which is great to watch but also difficult to sustain, and the fact that he has missed significant time in three of the last four years is cause for concern. This is a guy who routinely loses 10 lbs each season because he plays so hard. More time to read my blog, but bad for the Phils. I’ve talked to my buddy Jay about the Phils moving Chase to the outfield where it might be easier on his body (and knees) but if this is the route the Phils want to take, I don’t see it happening until next year. Let’s also not forget that Placido Polanco was an all-star second baseman with the Tigers before the Phils turned him back into a third baseman.  So could they move Polanco to second and use Wilson Valdez or a Cody Ransom type at third? Sure, but Utley’s knee is something to keep an eye on, not just now, but throughout the season. Right now they say he’s progressing and he’s hitting. I’m not buying it. Three days ago he was hitting. That’s not the issue. The problem is running and fielding.  His bat and clutch playmaking are paramount to the Phils success if they want to compete for the World Series, and when Chase tries to play through injuries his numbers take a serious hit (not shockingly). They also need his bat and production to help fill the void left by Jayson Werth’s departure. I think he will be ready (maybe not opening day) and while I hope this isn’t an issue that will linger, I fear that it will.

Speaking of Werth, you don’t think he misses the Phils, do you? First day he reports to camp he complains about how the Phils could have kept him if “they played their cards right.” Earlier this week Werth said he hated the Phils. Werth is like the annoying girlfriend you break up with after dating for a year, only to find out a month later she’s psychotic and might try to light your car on fire in a fit of rage.

Sixers

The Sixers briefly got over .500 earlier this week for the first time in five years. If that doesn’t tell you how downtrodden this franchise has been, I don’t know what will. They are one of the youngest teams in the league and they are competing night in and night out. They are also getting regular mentions in this blog. A sure sign they’ve arrived.

Flyers

Word to the wise – don’t worry about the Flyers injuries. Every team goes through injuries and hockey is a brutally long and physical season. Players get hurt, they get stitches and they play with injuries you and I would retire from sports with. Don’t worry. Yet.

Dawgs 

I will say it again – the Dawgs are going to make the tourney, they will be a 20+ win team in the SEC. I think they get in and STILL run the table (no Gil, I’m not being medicated).

Eagles

The Eagles are 26 hours from a lockout. We’ll check back with them in April. I feel so horrible for those asshole “selfless” owners taking such a huge loss.

 In Other News:

  • Not to make light of the situation in the Middle East, with all of the uprisings, but I will. Am I the only one who feels like this is a camp cheer? I fully expect Jordan to stand up in protest,  point at Syria and proclaim, “We got the spirit yes we do, we got the spirit how bout you?”
  • Charlie Sheen – winning. My favorite moment of all the interviews I saw was when Sheen was asked by Pierce Morgan about his drug test, and he had to ask his publicist when the test was given. By the way, it was given the day before his interview. Yeah, he’s clean. It’s all about tiger blood and Adonis DNA.  
  • Has there ever been a better time for late night TV? With all due respect Johnny Carson (who was the best) I don’t think so. Between Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon late night is great. I’ll throw Jay Leno b/c he gets some good guests and my Mom likes his show.  I’m still not sure how anyone finds Craig Ferguson even remotely funny. Pretty cool that Fallon got his own ice cream flavor: http://www.accessatlanta.com/celebrities-tv/an-anniversary-for-jimmy-858710.html?cxntlid=thbz_hm
  • I got an email from an angry NY Knick fan about me leaving the big Carmelo trade out of my last blog. I really don’t care about the deal, but b/c I am a man of the people I’ll tell you I like the trade for the Knicks but it won’t matter until they can beat the Heat, the Magic and the Celtics (at least this year) in a seven game series.   
  • EC and D-Slivs this is for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4l0ZyKmeNE
  • Juan Samuel is the Phils third base coach and he’s in his 50s – can someone tell me where the hell my childhood has gone.
  • Speaking of childhood, Summa J and I went to celebrate my nephews 10th birthday with my family last weekend. I came away from the weekend with two things. My family (and this includes all of family, hi Pollack’s) are vitamins for my soul; It fills me hear the kids ask for Aunt Summer or to play soccer or ride in the car with Uncle Ross. Although we could only stay 24 hours, the trip was one of the best we’ve ever had.

Groundhog Day – The Joe Banner Story…

Posted: 02/23/2011 in Uncategorized

Outside of signing the Taliban to play offensive line, I can never foresee a situation where I’m not pulling for the Eagles. That being said between turning your o-line coach into your defensive coordinator – yes, Andy you are smarter than everyone b/c no ONE has ever made such a bold move – and the smugness of Joe Banner telling fans there’s not much difference between the Steelers and Eagles (yes, the state of PA can bost six Super Bowl titles, sadly all of those come from the western side of the state) I need an Iggles break. I love the Birds and I will still read tirelessly about them signing CFL all-stars as a way to “bring in more fastballs” on defense but as long as Big Red is the coach, we will follow the same road we’ve gone down for the last 12 seasons.  This means no Super Bowl, no parades down Broad and Pattison and for the Eagles front office apparently that’s good enough.  Make your money, make the playoffs and everyone wins, right? That’s the Eagles way. I love em’ and yet each year they drive me crazy. I know the Eagles aren’t the only owners to operate that way – but for an organization who preaches the gold standard, i’d say ours is more like copper or magnesium standard.

Speaking of owners, there will be football next season, but if the owners and players don’t care enough to prevent a lockout right now – why should I? I’m squarely in the corner of the players in this labor battle. The owners want to add two more games to the NFL season and take an additional billion dollars in revenue from the league? Oh yeah, NFL contracts aren’t guaranteed and no player pension has been established? Athletes are overpaid, but if anyone earns their $$ it’s football players. The average life expectancy of football players is between 51-55 and owners want to add two more games to each season and take a greater share of the pot? The more I learn about the politics of sports – the harder it is to stay a fan.

Phils

Great to have the Phillies back. It really is. I don’t care if Jimmy Rollins predicted 100+ victories either. On paper this team should be that good. Will they? Only time will tell. Again, I want to see what happens with the bullpen, who will bat fifth and how healthy our infield will be this year. Those are the three MAJOR concerns I have. Speaking of bullpen, I’m starting to think Antonio Bastardo is never going to be healthy. By the way, you don’t think Jayson Werth has sellers remorse or anything? First day of Nationals camp and all he can do is talk about the Phils and how they could have kept him and Cliff Lee.

Flyers 

I hope all of you are following this Flyers team. This is as complete a team as I remember us ever having. They can beat teams in so many different ways and they’ve gotten great goaltending by rookie Sergei Bobrovsky and veteran Bobby Boucher. If this team can stay healthy, great things can happen.

Dawgs

The hoop Dawgs are 18-8 and 7-5 in the conference. I still firmly believe this team will make the tournament, but we’ll need to win a few rounds of in the SEC tourney. Dawgs will run the table.

 In Other News:

  • I was attempting to explain how starters are selected for the NBA All-Star game to my beautiful wife and somehow she walked away thinking that she could vote on who starts each game for the 76ers. Not sure teaching is in my near future.
  • I really miss my friend Jon Barkan who at 39 years old was taken way before his time. When someone passes, it’s customary to say only nice things about them out of respect, but Jon’s passing was definitely the world’s loss. It’s been more than three years and the other night I just kept thinking about how much I have missed him. Jon’s laugh was infectious, his ribbing was relentless and his heart was as big as his smile. His zest for life was unmatched and he is missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. After three years I’m still not ready to take his number out of my phone.
  • A bad meal at Fox Brothers is better than a great meal at 92% of eateries around the country. It is that damn good.
  • Gas face goes to Fulton County for being such pricks and shutting down the aspiring food street vendors on N. Highland. Property crime in the ATL is 55% higher than the national average and we are spending resources busting food vendors who operate out of a cart? Really? Not to worry ATL foodies, the King of Pops was absolved of such horrendous crimes.
  • Electronics are really the ultimate hypocrisy. Whenever you get a new iPod or any new electronic toy, ever notice how hard it is to open the package? It’s like this is the newest innovation technology, packaged by cavemans. You have to be McGyver just to open this stuff.
  • Gadhafi is an evil man – but he makes his press conferences entertaining. This loon is straight out of Saturday Night Live.
  • Was watching an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher and he said NFL is run how the Democrats want to run the country and baseball is run how the Republicans want to run the country. Basically, parity rules in the NFL and only the rich get richer in baseball. Hey Bill, newsflash – the San Francisco Giants won the World Series last year and when the Phils won it in 2008, they were number 13 in total salary. Weak argument.  
  • It’s good to see my favorite all-time Sixer Dr. J still has the moves. Check this out with Javale McGee’s mom during the dunk contest on Saturday: http://twitpic.com/41pe74/full

Optimism, it’s what’s for dinner…

Posted: 02/17/2011 in Uncategorized

With the temperatures routinely hitting the 60s and 70s over the last week, and the days getting noticeably longer, goodness and majesty are certainly in the air — and I am here with open arms.

Speaking of optimism – don’t know if I’ve ever lead with the Sixers…so why break a good thing. The Flyers are sitting in first place in the Atlantic with the second best record in the league. I love the deal for Kris Versteeg – who tortured us during last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. Versteeg is a guy with lots of skill and he is not affraid to mix it up. He give Peter Laviolette tremendous flexibility on his four lines and he’s a proven playoff performer. He’s signed through 2012, and oh yeah he’s just 24. With a big win over Tampa (finally) and Florida – the Fly guys will be in Carolina on Friday, where the Canes will retire Rod Brind’Amour’s number. Kind of cool that the Flyers, as a tribute to the former Flyer, will all warm-up in Brind’Amour’s familiar #17 jersey.  From what I read, Brindy had a way with the ladies — and one look at the guy will tell you he must have one helluva personality, or something else to offer the ladies (insert joke here).

Phils

Who is not ready for spring training? I cannot wait for baseball the Phils season to start. I’m less worried about who will play in RF and more concerned with who is going to hit fifth behind Ryan Howard. Today I was wondering if we might bat Chase fifth and Polanco third. Should be interesting. I’m also more than worried about our pen. Brad Lidge is an every other year pitcher and unfortunately he is due for a down year. I’m not sure Madson has the stuff between the ears that he needs to be a dominant closer, should Lidge falter. Maybe one of the young guys (Stutes, De Fratus or Matthieson) will emerge. Keep an eye on both of these situations.

Sixers

The Sixers continue to play much better basketball. We pummel the Hawks on the road, beat the Spurs at home (best record in basketball), destroy the T-Wolves (who suck) and beat the Rockets on the road. One game under .500 at the NBA break and hot on the heels of the Knicks for the the 6th playoff spot – I’ll gladly take it. This is a team that many figured would lose 50+ games this season. It’s time to jump back on board folks.

Eagles

I don’t care that Michael Vick was going to be on Oprah, and I care even less that he canceled the taping of the show. Feels good to get that out of my system.

In Other News:

  • Being forced to watch Jersey Shore…losing brain cells…please. send, help ~ quickly.
  • Lately I have felt an umatched wave of support from my friends in a variety of different areas. Just an overwhelming sense of kindness from a number of people. In case they are reading this, i just want to say thanks. It will NEVER go unnoticed.
  • There are few people in this world as impatient in traffic as I am. I literally feel like a dog stuck in a cage.
  • I’ve been an on and off again wrestling fan for most of my life. But when the Rock came back to wrestling last Monday night as the special host of Wrestlemania — I jumped around our house like the (INSERT PHILLY/UGA) Sports team just won a championship, and yes Summa J and I are going to Mania’
  • I haven’t been this excited for the NBA dunk contest, since the days of Jordan and Nique. Cannot wait to watch Blake Griffin – he’s that damn good.
  • I cannot even tell you what just happened on Jersey Shore – I’m now officially dumber and in need of a mental cleansing
  • 85% of the time Summer has answers that I don’t – and it pains me to admit that; however the 15% of the time that I know something she doesn’t — she seems SO impressed. I’m pretty sure this is the key to our relationship. Either that or letting her think admitting she’s right 85% of the time.
  • If you missed the Grammy performance of Cee-Lo go youtube it ASAP; however if you missed the performance of Lady Gaga – thank your lucky stars.
  • My old car insurance agent called me and wants to see if she can beat my current insurance policy. I feel like saying, why don’t you call Geico, talk to an agent and whoever gives me the lowest price can call me back. Kind of like a last man standing match. I guess it does all come back to wrestling.

Green Bay we are Not…

Posted: 02/10/2011 in Uncategorized

First off, thank you for the love from Stanman, EC, Wayna J, C-dog and Micah on the return to the nerd network of blogging. It’s good to be back.

As an Eagles fan you really have to take your hat off to the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. They are everything a team should be and similar to the Eagles in the following ways:

  • They have a young team
  • They pass a lot
  • They wear green

 Think that sums it up. This team (the Packers) BARELY (and I mean barely) got into the playoffs. They go on the road for three straight games and win three different ways. They intercept the Eagles in the endzone as time was winding down. They bludgeoned the Falcons in the GA Dome, where the home team was nearly unbeatable, and they beat the Bears in the snow in Chicago. Then the Packers go to the Super Bowl and beat Pittsburgh with very little help from their running game. Essentially laughing in the face of all the experts who say “you can’t win in the NFL without a running game.”  It wasn’t enough just to do this, but to do it with two of your best players getting hurt early in the game (Charles Woodson and Donald Driver) was admirable. To think they did this with 16 players on injured reserve – including 6 starters, that’s completely mind-boggling and awesome. Pretty cool that the town of Green Bay (the smallest of professional sports) owns the team. Ironically in Philly, the football team thinks they own the city. The Packers are a model franchise and I tip my cheesteakhead to you Green Bay.

Sixers

The Sixers continue to play exciting and inspired basketball. I know the words exciting and inspired have been oxymoronic with Sixer basketball for the last 10 years, but you gotta salute the fantastic job Doug Collins has done with this team. Seven guys who are 22 or younger on the Sixers. They are young and exciting and one of the elder-statesman, Elton “Phillymax” Brand has been the best player on the team this season. If you boys keep it up you might make it exciting to watch the NBA again. Well, either you or Blake Griffin.

Flyers

Speaking of exciting the Flyers continue to play great hockey. This team is so fun to watch, and if they can stay healthy they are going to be tough to beat come playoff time. Man, I can’t wait. I really hope they don’t make a trade at the deadline and take a chance of ruining the chemistry on this team. I’ve heard that hockey chemistry is the most underrated factor in a teams’ success.

Phils

Pitchers and catchers report next week. I can almost smell the fresh-cut grass, the crack of the bat and the pop of the mitts. Bring it Phils!

 Dawgs

Dawgs finished a strong recruiting class with signing JUCO transfer John Jenkins. This announcement went under the radar to some, but he could have the biggest impact of anyone we signed in this class. He’s a Junior, so his body is more college ready than some of the other more highly recruited prospects. I also love that he will be wearing #6. Something about a 330lb man-beast wearing number 6 as a Defensive Tackle is just awesome. Just so you know, the hoop Dawgs will take us to the dance this spring – and they will win two rounds. Book it.

 In Other News

  • If you want to get an idea of what sports used to be like before there were 141 different ESPN channels, the internet, etc – you can get a good idea by following Blake Griffin (LA Clippers) and Kevin Durant (OKC Thunder). These guys are two of the best players in the NBA, yet because they aren’t the Lakers, Celts, Heat or Magic you don’t get to see them much on TV. This is how sports used to be kids. It was a treat to see your teams on TV and that’s how I feel about watching these two NBA stars now.
  • I feel like for certain holidays where you are limited with card options, it is my duty as a consumer to help other consumers out. How do I do this? I laugh loudly at Target/CVS/Walgreens when I see a good card. It’s hard to find a good one and if I can conduct my public service to alert people where they are, than my work is done.
  • Read something about figs and how they act as an aphrodisiac. The article goes on to talk about their health benefits, lauding the fact that they are high in fiber. Somehow, I’m not clear on the connection between high-fiber foods and aphrodisiacs, but someone will fall for this I’m sure.
  • Wouldn’t the world be even more amazing if no one felt the need to brag about themselves, rather they spent all that time/brain power complementing others – kind of like playing it forward.
  • This is the best song I’ve heard this year. I love everything about this song and video. Fitz and the Tantrums, “Money Grabber”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb6cBKE3WzQ
  • Just heard that Jerry Sloan is stepping down as Jazz coach after the season. To me, he was the most underrated NBA coach of my generation, so far.
  • Sad news from Athens last week with the passing of UGA VIII. Poor guy was just nine months old. Read a piece today from a vet that says the Seiler family (the sole owner/breeder of the schools dogs) needs to break up the bloodline because of these recent health issues. Hope Seiler is listening.
  • Summa J and I have our first wedding coming up as “Mr & Mrs Jacobs.”  We have been feverishly practicing our dance move so that we can show up the bride and groom. And yes, we are available for your wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or family throwdown.
  • I think the Super Bowl halftime show and commercials were a tremendous letdown.  Any halftime show that requires two cameo’s in an attempt to save it is in trouble. The Budweiser Dog Sitting commercial was by far the best though. Loved it.

10 Days Till Pitchers and Catchers Report…

Posted: 02/03/2011 in Uncategorized

Damn it feels good to be back writing again. It’s been a minute since I last checked in, but when I start feeling like I have to write, rather wanting to write, that’s when I stop. Either that or I simply have no time to write. Regardless, I look forward to being back among the blog-nerds. But I’m comin’ out swinging.

First thing is the embarrassment the Philadelphia Eagles have become. Please understand this is no personal attack on Juan Castillo. He’s a very good offensive line coach, well respected and a kind man from what I can tell. And G-d knows the world needs more kindness in this world. However, you don’t make your offensive line coach your new defensive coordinator – especially when he hasn’t coached defense in the pros. EVER. I’m not saying he’s young and inexperienced. No, no. Read my lips – HE HAS NOT COACHED ON THE DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL EVER in the pros. In fact his last stint on defense was in 1989 at a small D3 school & of course he played in college and in the USFL as a linebacker. Hell he hasn’t even been a coordinator in the pros or in college. To give you some perspective, this would be the equivalent of asking your plumber to become your home-schooled teacher for your kids. He might be an excellent teacher, but would you want to try him out on your child? This is a classic, I’m-smarter-than-you-are move by Big Red. Maybe he will prove to be a genius with this move – and maybe we’ll win a Superbowl because of this move. I will be the first one to say I was wrong. But I fully expect to hear Big Red say at the conclusion of next year, “hmm-hmm (gurgle-cough, cough)…”The guys played their hearts out today, they left everything on that field, but we came up a bit short, and I’ve got to do a better job there.” Alas, another season of unmet expectations. Just prepare yourselves now, kids.

Flyers

I am loving this Flyers team this year. Crazy props need to go out to GM Paul Holmgren for putting together this squad. When you lose in the Stanley Cup finals like we did, it’s not easy to find the right mix, but I think we have it. Our defense is revamped, our goalies consistently have kept us in and won games, and we can throw four lines at other teams. That’s absurd. We have the best record in the league and we have tremendous toughness. I also think this team fits so well into Peter Laviolette’s system. That’s huge. Right players, right system. Here’s to hoping we stay healthy and continue the strong play. It doesn’t matter too much how we play now, as much as it does in April, May and hopefully June.

Sixers

As this story goes to press, the Philadelphia 76ers are the current 6th seed despite being 3 games under .500. That’s actually a pretty hilarious feet. I’ve been super-impressed with Doug Collins and truth be told this team should have at least six more wins. I still think Evan Turner is going to turn it around, but not until we do something with Iggy. I think Iggy is an excellent complimentary player, but he’s not a guy who is going to single-handedly win many games for you, or hit those big shots at the end of regulation. Evan Turner’s career began slowly at OSU and I think you are seeing flashes for the kind of player he will be. I think he will put up similar numbers to Iggy, only I feel he could develop into more of a clutch player.

Dawgs

This time of the year (and in the fall) I always find it humorous that myself and many of my UGA buddies get so wrapped up in recruiting wars and the decisions that 17 year old kids make in terms of where they plan to go to school. The Dawgs had a fantastic recruiting class, according to the experts and the fans, but recruiting is only half the battle. But Dawgs fans have been through this before. If you can’t coach the kids up, does it matter how well you recruit. Some of these guys will contribute right away. I know that Summer has become an Isaiah Crowell fan simply b/c of the cute Bulldog puppy he held up during his announcement yesterday (see photo). 

In Other News:

  • Why is that no matter how cold and ugly it gets, the words “pitchers and catchers report in 10 days” bring a feeling of eternal warmth, delight and everything is well in the world again.
  • There is simply no better lyrical band on the planet than my favorite band The Counting Crows. Argue all you want, but you will be wrong. There are new layers of meanings I get from their lyrics every single time I hear their songs.
  • I’m very much a dog person, but in my office we have a couple of cats; they are the only cats I really like, but I have no idea how to play with them. I treat them like they are dogs, and give up on them when they don’t want to play fetch or chase me around the office.
  • We recently got Droid 2’s switching over to Verizon – and our lives have not been the same. I cannot believe how much better the Droid is for me, than the iPhone 4 was. I was the guy who returned his iPhone b/c I hated it but the Droid was the best addition to my life since I added Summa J.
  • Summa J has a new cupcake business. She makes some unbelievably creative and ornate cupcakes. Hit me up if you want to see her work or if you want her to create a cupcake just for you/your loved one. We are working on things and hopefully will have some news regarding this soon!
  • If you ever get the chance to see the Blueman Group – do it! Swear you will not regret it.
  • I’m surprised the Packers are favored in the Superbowl. I’d bet a lot of money (if I had it) on the Steelers. I just think their defense is nasty and their offense is clutch. Not pretty, but they make plays when they need to and their no substitute for experience. I also think Tomlin is a better coach than McCarthy.

Wanna Know What I Want You to Know…

Posted: 11/09/2010 in Uncategorized

After a long hiatus from the blogosphere, I’m back but not quite where you left me. When you last left your (self-professed) favorite blogger, I was predicting a Phillies NLCS win over the Giants, talking Eagles QB controversy, sick about the Dawgs, educating you about the next big Flyers star, Bob,  and fearful of a pathetic Sixers squad. Hmm, not much has changed there.

The real reason I decided to write was due to a conversation I had with my buddy this AM. I’ll refer to him as Shlomo because, 1 – I always wanted a friend named Shlomoe, and 2 – to protect his anonymity. Shlomo and I regularly have great conversations and today’s exchange turned towards the world of blogs. Here’s the funny thing about blogs – they are very much in the same vein as twitter and facebook. It used to be cool to have a blog, now everyone and their mama has one. It’s about four years beyond being novel or creative. Think about blogs. Basically, I ONLY write about the information I want to share with you. Is this really a representation of me? G-d I hope not, but it’s fun to sit here and try to come up with shit to write and then wonder:

  • Did that sound witty?
  • Was that thought-provoking?
  • Did I punctuate everything correctly?
  • Will anyone read this? 

At least those are the four thoughts that usually enter my busy, little mind. As I sit here contributing to the “patheticism” that social networking has become (I just found some belly button lint, and now I’m going to tweet about it), the truth is anyone who readily updates facebook, twitter or writes a blog is SCREAMING to be noticed (present company included). This is the raw truth. I think that’s why I took a blogcation (feel free to use that word I just made up – see how creative I am).  I wanted to simply “exist” again and not feel compelled to write about everything I experienced. I was kind of over myself.  When people used to experience some type of emotion, life changing event or simply wanted to express themselves – what did they do before the era of social networking? I think we ”Just Did It” (maybe Nike should sponsor my blog) and that was real, and it was raw. Now when we experience something we want the world to know about it, and I wonder if that cheapens our ability to genuinely feel that very emotion we used to naturally be able to feel.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hold any ill will for those who live in the social networking worlds. Hell, I’m one of you us. But I also refuse to let any of this consume me. 

 Here’s What I Want You to Know:

  • The Eagles are a fun team to watch. I know some of you hate Michael Vick and my opinion of him remains the same (he deserves another chance, but he won’t ever be one of my favorite players). That being said, the way this team is playing is exciting as hell. They remind me of the Randall Cunningham led Eagles, minus the dominant defense. So many weapons on offense and they are a very fun team to watch. They have a very young swagger to them and I hope that the fans continue to support them, which I believe they will. I don’t see Superbowl in their future, but I do like the direction they are heading in. Heck, even my Mom, commented what a big Asante Samuel fan she is. Totally know what she’s getting for Channuka.
  • I think the Dawgs will play tough this weekend against the number 1 team in the country, but Cam Newton will eventually win out. Expect a high-scoring game since Auburn doesn’t play defense.
  • Speaking of Cam Newton – I’m not buying all of the garbage spewed by UF about him cheating while in school there. Apparently “sources” are already retracting their story. Good ol’ responsible journalism.
  • The Social Network – a very interesting look into the character of Mark Zuckerberg, but I don’t understand all the hype. Summa J and I both agree it was good, but worthy of all that hype? We weren’t feeling it
  • If I was a dog and my new iPhone was a dog, I’d say we are very much in the butt-sniffing stage right now. Some days I’m amazed and others, I’m simply amazed I don’t throw it out the window.
  • Have you heard the new Michael Jackson song, “Breaking News.” I’m in the Jackson’s corner that I’m not 100% sure that’s MJ’s voice: http://breakingnews.michaeljackson.com/
  • I believe one key of happiness is surrounding yourself with people who are better than you are. And by better, I mean better. This is something I do exceptionally well.
  • I was asked to be in a wedding recently (which is very cool) and was told I would be wearing Ivory shoes (which is even cooler).
  • Please tell me everyone saw the footage from Andy Reid from the Punt, Pass and Kick competition in 1971. Holy shit, he was like a real life Shrek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4gNFL2upZE
  • The other day I explained to Summa J the importance of keeping your car in the garage during the winter. It’s official, I have become my father.
  • Was Donovan a product of Andy Reid’s system or was Reid’s record a product of Donovan’s skills? My opinion is that Donovan worked in Andy’s system but it’s incredible to watch what is happening with #5 down in DC.  I’m starting to think maybe this front office knows more than I give them credit for and that trade is looking like a stroke of genious given the way Nate Allen has played (yes you called it Bennie Cohen – what up Cobi).

Is Two Always Better than One?

Posted: 10/12/2010 in Uncategorized

Initially I thought having a Phils playoff game and an Eagles game on simultaneously would be my sports utopia. What a perfect scenario!  However after experiencing the dual emotional rollercoaster of each game, wearing out my “last” button on my remote and annoying those around me (sounds like just another Sunday night) the truth is, it was hard to enjoy this sports cornucopia. The Phillies were my priority, but my favorite sport is football, so it became quite the internal struggle. Halftime of the Eagles game brought a nice respite for the remote but as both games started to wind down, the stress amped up. Don’t get me wrong – there are for worse problems to have, and I’m thankful the Phils are still playing and the Eagles are desirable enough to play on national TV. We made it through with two victories and it “just don’t get no better than that.”

After finishing off the Reds in convincing fashion the Phils now set their sights on the San Francisco Giants. Are the Giants the one team in the NL I feared? Yup, but after watching the Phils shut out the NL’s best offense in 2 of 3 games I am feeling pretty good about our chances. Funny, it sounds like a lot of people are not only cheering for the Giants, but also picking them to knock us off. I don’t really care about who people pick. I like being the underdog, but I also like the pressure that comes with being the favorite. We are a two-time NL Champs so the Phils have all on the pressure on their shoulders. My theory has always been that in a seven game series, the better team will end up winning four games, and in my heart I firmly believe the Phils will win this series. The Giants will be tougher than the Reds, they match up well with our big three and their bullpen overall is better. Our advantage is the strength of our line-up, our speed, defense and the mental side of having been there. Don’t discount the “having been there”/experience aspect. Ask the Reds about what happened in Game 2 when their four run lead dissipated thanks to a complete mental meltdown and their sphincter’s tightening.

Think we aren’t taking this series seriously? Check out this photo from today’s Philly Inquirer of the big 3 and a “comfortable” Joe Blanton. Good thing we won’t need him. Oh, wait, he’s our game 4 starter? Perfect. Go get em’ Joey!

By the way, as dominant as Doc Halladay’s pitching performance was in Game 1 (and it was as good as I’ve seen since I watched Cub rookie Kerry Wood strike out 20) – Cole Hamels complete game shutout in Game 3 was nearly as impressive.

Eagles

Was VERY happy for Kevin Kolb on Sunday night. Unfortunately (for him) much of the city’s attention was on the Phils, but it was good for him to reclaim some of his mojo against a bad 49ers squad. No shock that Big Red is going back to Vick as soon as he is healthy, but I’ll be curious to see what happens when we play the Falcons next week. I’m sure there’s nothing more that Vick would like then to beat his old squad in his new temporary home. Losing Jason Peters could be huge on the O-line too. Not that he’s lived up to the hype when we traded for him, but he’s so much better than King Dunlap or anyone else we could use out there. I think there’s a chance they will move Herremans to left tackle and move someone else to left guard. After all, left tackle is only the most important position on the o-line, protecting either one of the aforementioned QBs.

In closing, Shady McCoy is all that and then some. This guy can cut on a dime and he’s tough as hell (playing with a broken rib). He can catch and run, and his pass blocking has even gotten better. What a great draft pick he’s turning out to be.  I know we all miss Brian Westbrook the person, but you don’t hear anyone clamoring for him on-the-field now. Shady is it!

Dawgs

I experienced the best Dawgs game of the season live and in person with Wayna J, Flipper and Dre last Saturday. The can of whoop ass we opened up on Tennessee was a nice way to exact some revenge on a team that wears that ugly prison jumpsuit orange color.  Of course being a Georgia fan and making any reference to another team’s criminal-related activities is hypocrisy at it’s worst. So rather than talk about yet another UGA player who was arrested today, let’s focus on what’s important. Football. Despite trouble in the secondary and in the run game, Georgia played a strong game. The biggest difference I noticed was the energy level. This team seemed to have it. Whether that was due to the early score, the belief that they have a weapon no one can stop (AJ Green), the continued maturation of Aaron Murray or greater familiarity with the new 3-4. Maybe it was a combination of all of those things or maybe Tennessee just sucks. Whatever it was, it was a great game day experience even though it was a 12:20 game.

In Other News:

  • Special THANK YOU to everyone who reads, comments and cares about this blog. The comments on here, facebook, email, in conversation are great and I appreciate every single one of them and every one of you. I write b/c I care about this stuff and I enjoy putting my opinions out there – but just wanted to return the love and say thank you.
  • I miss my dad. Although it’s been 8.5 years since he passed away a day doesn’t go by without me thinking of him, which is a way for me to keep him in my life. Obviously time has worked as a blessing and a curse. A blessing because my life has moved on, but a curse for that very same reason. I’ve missed my dad more lately because I’m at a point of my life where I could talk to him like a man, rather than just his “little man.”  The relationship I had with my father is probably the most challenging I’ve ever had with anyone in my life. While it was always filled with unconditional love – I felt there was always a struggle for us to really understand each other. As I get older I have more of those “a-ha” moments where I begin to understand a bit more of the why my father was the way he was. And in my mind, if he was still here I believe he would better understand who I am. This is something I think about all the time. He was as good a provider as I could ever ask for. In fact he was many things to many people. If I can provide half of that to my family, I’ll be thrilled. Sometimes I wish I was more like him and sometimes I’m grateful to know I’m not like him. There were also things about our relationship that I wish were much different. Through time I’ve learned this is as great a gift as any he could have given me in relation to how I hope to raise my own children one day.
  • To the ATL residents – if you haven’t been to Farm Burger, you might be missing out on the best burger in Atlanta. And the fried okra and sweet potato fries ain’t bad either.
  • Why do people complain about it “only being Monday,” or “how they can’t wait for Friday” then they wonder how the year has flown by. Really?
  • Summa J and I are watching the Chilean mine rescue – at it’s the most amazing TV we’ve seen in quite a long time. Can you imagine being trapped in the dark for 69 days underground with only the light from your helmet? This is truly an amazing story happening before our eyes. Consider me IN for the movie and the soon-to-be books that will be written. I wonder why they are bringing the healthiest miner up first. An amazing story nonetheless.
  • They are filming a movie 2 blocks away from our house. The movie stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White – both of whom Summa J and I saw on the set. We now feel obligated to go see this movie, which I will probably fall asleep in.
  • When I saw Top Gun, I wanted to be a fighter pilot; When I saw the Pat Tillman Story, I wanted to be Pat Tillman. Can’t impress upon you what a great documentary this was.
  • Summa J and I decided that Halloween has jumped the shark this year, but haunted houses and pumpkin patches never go out of style.
  • Oh wow – they lifted the deep shore drilling ban just in time for the elections; This is great news if you think the response to the BP spill in the Gulf was swift, effective and efficient. Awesome!
  • Next time you decide to feed either your face or your loved one’s faces with MACdonalds, you might want to think about this story first: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20101012/bs_yblog_upshot/mcdonalds-happy-meal-resists-decomposition-for-six-months

Playoffs? We’re talking about Playoffs? Playoffs?

Posted: 10/05/2010 in Uncategorized

After four straight NL East titles – I have three thoughts. One, this might be the greatest period of baseball in Phillies history, and how fortunate am I to be living, breathing, screaming (often to the concern of my wife, my dog and those within a 15 mile radius) and loving every minute of it. Second thought, how the hell did the Braves do this 14 straight times in the 90s and early part of the decade? My third thought, win or lose, this is the best Phillies team I’ve ever seen.

I like our chances as much as any team I’ve ever cheered for. That being said, every sports fan out there knows that oxygen depleting feeling when your team goes belly-up after sky high expectations. I’m cautiously optimistic. On paper, I see the best three man rotation in baseball, backed by a team that committed just 83 errors (an absurdly low number), a set-up man and closer who both seem to have found their 08′ form and a line-up that boasts bigger bats than Captain Caveman. We have the experience of having been there, which is a huge intangible. Our two glaring weaknesses as I see them: middle relief and sometimes our focus wanes. Over the course of 162-game series it’s perfectly normal for a teams’ concentration to come and go. For an experienced, older team working on their own legacy – this is simply unacceptable. Do you hear me Jayson Werth? I love and hate you often during the same game.

Bottom line,  while I’m enjoying the hell out of this amazing run, another world title would cement this team’s legacy. The Reds are a very good, young team making their first appearance in the playoffs in 15 years, but we should be good enough to defeat them. 

Welcome to the playoffs, Doc Halladay!

Eagles

The Eagles loss last weekend to Washington was atrocious. Not because we lost to Donovan McNabb, who still looks odd in the gold and maroon of the Washington Redskins. Personally I thought #5 was going to play much better. He showed a few reasons why the Philly fans grew tired of him. Missing open receivers, throwing 100 mph heaters on running back screens, running out of bounds when you are trying to run the clock out, but he got the W, which is something Don did a bunch for us. I loved the standing ovation the Philly fans gave McNabb before the game, essentially urinating in the face of all the pundits who want to tell you about how we cheer opposing players injuries and how we boo’d Santa Claus (let me know if you ever want the real story behind that).  While I appreciate what Don did for us and never wanted to trade him, I’m not sure this team would have be much better with him right know. Anyone notice McNabb threw and INT to Nate Allen, the guy we drafted with the pick we received from Washington in the McNabb deal.

My concerns with the Birds? Jesus, where to start. The fact that Kevin Kolb evolked memories of Bubby Brister, the defense couldn’t stop anyone when they absolutely needed a stop, Big Red had another gaffe (though I put that on the refs) and our Special Teams were not very special.  Keep in mind the Birds ALWAYS start slow but we’ve lost to the only decent teams we’ve played this year (GB and Wash).  I expect the offense to be better and I hope the defense will get better.  I will reserve judgement on Kolb until he has a full week to prepare but if he doesn’t throw a ball over 20 yards against SF this Sunday night – it could be ugly.

I need to address the Michael Vick issue. From the moment they signed Vick, my stance has been consistent. What he did was reprehensible. I didn’t really like him as a player, I wished the Eagles didn’t sign him but after paying the stiffest penalty in history for dog fighting, I believed Vick deserved a second chance. I simply don’t believe in a case like Vick’s you can send someone to jail with the hope he comes out rehabilitated and not give him a chance to work and continue to re-acclimate himself into society.  I know some Philly fans are starting to warm to Vick and others remain firmly entrenched in their hatred towards him. I understand both positions and mine remains the same.  I didn’t think Kolb should have been replaced with Vick but after watching the last four weeks, I can’t argue with what appears to be the right move. If Vick is the starting QB and he gives the Eagles the best chance to win games, does that mean I am cheering for him? I suppose so. Even if  you don’t outwardly cheer for him while he’s in the game, if the Eagles win Vick deserves some of the credit. If the Eagles win a game on Sunday and Vick is the QB and you are happy they won, didn’t you cheer for Vick (albeit in an indirect way).  I’m as big a dog lover as anyone but I also believe in second chances in certain situations. Again, if Vick didn’t play football and he was an accountant, I would feel the same way (I probably just wouldn’t cheer for him, unless he got me a big, fat return).  

I think Bill Simmons poignantly said this about Vick last week:

If Vick didn’t pay a reasonable price for his sins, it would be one thing. But he torched his career, blew a lucrative contract, went bankrupt, spent 19 months in prison and became a public pariah. That wasn’t a reasonable price? Every prison sentence has four goals: remove a lawbreaking person from society; assess an appropriate penalty; incarcerate the individual as a deterrence from ever breaking the law again; and hopefully, rehabilitate him or her to become a contributing and upstanding member of society. With Vick, the first three goals were accomplished. The fourth goal seems to have been accomplished. What more do you want? Deny him a chance to make a living? Under what constitutional umbrella? The man paid his price.

Simmons wrote a really interesting piece on Vick and I think time will tell if he continues to give time, money and his celebrity status to the horrendous act of dog fighting and openly working with organizations around the country to educate and correct this heinous act. Here’s to hope and second chances. 

Dawgs

And you thought it couldn’t get worse – unless you watched the Colorado game. It’s like a broken record watching these Dawgs. Horrendous play calling, undisciplined, dumb penalties and mental mistakes. My advice to fellow Dawg fans – don’t jump off the ship, but reset expectations. This will be a brutal year, so enjoy watching AJ Green b/c he’ll be long gone next year. Enjoy watching Aaron Murray try to survive develop. And the new UGA VII will unveil next weekend against Vandy. All things to look forward to.  Summa J and I will be going to Athens on Saturday for a 12 pm UGA/Tennessee game. Can’t tell you the last time that game was at noon on Saturday. Ouch.  

Mike Bobo and all of the offensive coaches should be relieved of their duties. Last year Richt cleaned house on the defensive side of the ball and this off-season this sorry collection of offensive coaches needs to exit stage left. I give Richt one more seaons and I think unless we go winless this year and Richt completely loses the team, McGarity will do the same.

Flyers

Pre-season is upon us and I have two words for you: Sergei Bobrovsky, but you can call him Bob for short and he will be the goalie of the future.

Sixers

Pre-season is upon us and I have two words for you: Oh shit. Evan Turner isn’t even going to start? This can’t be good.

In Other News:

  • Braves fans, congratulations on “back-dooring” your way into the playoffs. After hearing so much chest beating after your first-half crown, I’m sure none of you sweated making the playoffs for a minute. For all of you “crazed, passionate, loyal fans” who helped say goodbye and thank you to Bobby Cox last weekend, why not support the playoff team you’ve been cheering for and actually GO to the game. What a novel concept. If you cannot sell out a playoff game, during your beloved manager’s final run, with a young team, when playoff tickets are $20 a piece – you might be worse fans than I thought.
  • I’m starting to think this world is a more self-centered place than I ever realized.
  • The other night I chastised (in a loving way) then challenged my Mom to master Microsoft Excel. While she kept making excuses and talking about bringing winter clothes down, I told her to stop wasting time and meet her challenges head on. I told my Mom I would check-in on her later in the week and I would be disappointed if she didn’t make any progress. Clearly the child had become the parent. Then my Mom responds with, “That’s fine, don’t call me this week either.” And clearly the parent has become the child. Mom, if you are reading this, I hope you finished your homework.
  • I was forced to watch Jersey shore last night and dare I say it was mildly entertaining. Taking notes from Summer, I made sure to ask lots of questions during key parts of the show, similarly to what she does to me while I’m watching sports. 
  • We went to the Atlanta BBQ festival this weekend and sad to say – it sucked. Since I don’t eat pork, I probably should have lessened my expectations but to summarize I spent $32 and didn’t eat a thing.  All the chicken was gone and the food was scarce. Nice work festival organizers!
  • However, Summa J and I did experience the wonder that is Marco’s Pita on Ponce – holy cow. I happened to meet the owner who might have been the coolest guy on the planet. I highly, highly recommend that place on Ponce for local ATLiens or any visitors.
  • Am I the only person who think the world would benefit from a new Outkast CD?
  • Go see the Pat Tillman movie. It’s the kind of movie that will make you think that conspiracy theorists might not all be cooks.
  • Rick Sanchez is such a dip shit, but I am going to miss that quirky, entertaining dip shit.  
  • And this is for you my Phitin’ Phils. Good luck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7fjDS0jKiE

Hide Your Beagle, Vick’s an Eagle…

Posted: 09/21/2010 in Uncategorized

When the news broke just a few moments ago that Michael Vick would be the Eagles starter, my first reaction was shock. Vick has been excellent through the first two games –  no doubt about it. And for as much as I despise what he did off-the-field several years ago, I believe most people deserve second chances.  It will be interesting to see how well he progresses in the West Coast offense, an offense that he struggled with in Atlanta.

Here’s what I don’t understand. You trade your franchise QB (within the division) who took you to five NFC Championships and a Superbowl. The move was made because the Eagles believed they had another great QB in waiting in Kolb. You sign said QB to a $10 million contract, make him a starter, and he plays horribly before getting hurt in the first half and now you go back to Vick? This move makes no sense. If the edict is to win now, then we NEVER should have traded #5. If the move to deal Don was to build a young foundation, you do NOT start Vick, you stick with Kolb. This simply proves that the Eagles have no clue what they are doing or Andy Reid is losing his power. You’ll recall he didn’t want to trade #5 and they did. All he has said this week is that Kolb is his starter and today Vick was named the starter. Conspiracy?  I’m listening to Reid’s press conference now and he literally sounds like he was crying – the more I listen, the more it becomes clear that Big Red is losing his power with this team. This press conference and questions seriously make me think Reid is going to announce he’s punked everyone, which would make him a hero of mine.

Phils

You can’t help but love the way the fightin’ Phils are playing right now, unless of course you are a Braves fan. While I have been preaching patience all season, I am a bit surprised at how well they are playing. Last night’s game had a playoff atmosphere and we looked more than ready. Last night’s 3-1 game more than any in recent memory reminded me of 2008. Between Cole’s insanely good pitching, timely hits by Utley, Werth, Howard, Chooch and Ibanez and a very strong close by Brad Lidge. After blowing his fourth save in 14 chances, I openly questioned Uncle Charlie’s sanity by sticking with Lidge, but since July 31 Lidge has pitched in 20 games, has an 0.92 earned run average and converted 13 of 14 save opportunities. And if we are to get into the playoffs and make a run, a dominant Lidge is a game changer, especially with the way our team is playing now.

Here’s hoping you see the mid-October baseball, Doc Halladay. Phils magic number is 8.

By the way, Jayson Werth just hit a 3-run bomb!

Dawgs

 I’ve had enough of the Dawgs offense. Yes, they are missing the top WR in the country. Yes they are starting a freshman QB. Yes our defense isn’t doing us many favors, but there is NO EXCUSE for the horrendous play calling and the porous offensive line play. Our veteran offensive line has been getting their asses kicked, that is when they haven’t been holding. Bottom line is that we have been woefully out-coached and outplayed in our past two losses.

I also think the Dawgs fans must exercise some patience. Did you really think we’d be that good with a young team, a freshman QB, a new defensive scheme while having our best player suspended for four games? Remember how bad we were during Stafford’s first year, but we upset Auburn, upset Tech and won our bowl game. I expect us to do the same this year behind Murray (who will be a very good QB) but our line should be better and our playing less similar to that of a brain-dead monkey.

In Other News:

  • Summer just challenged my ability to notice HD on our TV and I’m proud to report she failed miserably.
  • My gym does something where they bring in food for members once in a while. Their M.O. is obvious. They bring in pizza and wings so that members will eat that shit then be guilted into signing up for personal trainers. Thanks for looking out for the great good of man, LA Fitness. It’s like having a bar set up with happy hour specials at planned parenthood.
  • Checkout the band Cahill if you like good, chilled music.
  • Ever notice that your parents are like your Obi One Kenobi, while you play the role of Jedi. For example, my Mom asked if I was planning on fasting this year for Yom Kippur (Jewish day of Atonement, where you don’t drink or eat for 24+ hours). My response, defensively, “yes, why wouldn’t I fast? I fast every year.”  Of course I’m thinking to myself, how does she ask me that? Does she really think I don’t fast? I have fasted every year since I was 18 – can I get some credit here, Mom? Parents always have that power over you.
  • Speaking of parents, isn’t it funny that your in-laws generally sound happier to hear from you then your own parents?
  • Sure sign I’m growing up – yesterday I told Summer about a story I heard on public broadcasting radio.
  • Yesterday a small plane landed on one of the interstates in Atlanta. On my way home from a work trip I wrestled with the frustrations of sitting in traffic versus the uniqueness of driving by a plane sitting on the highway. As I approached what looked like a parking lot, I quickly realized that it would have been much cooler, had I not just been in a car for four hours on the way back from North Carolina.
  • Matt Diaz has gotta have some Philly blood in him. Some idiot Phils fan ran on the field during Monday’s game and Diaz took him down, unsuspecting with a trip. It was magnificent and he deservedly so, received a standing ovation from the fans in the outfield. Here’s the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1HxfKMl1Uw
  • While you are watching videos, watch Rufus the Bobcat attack Brutus the Buckeye right here. Pretty funny stuff, actually: http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2010/09/20/mascot-fight-ohio-universitys-mascot-attacks-brutus-the-buckeye/

Fly Eagles Fly?

Posted: 09/12/2010 in Uncategorized

Trying to get over the bitter, nasty taste in my mouth from yesterdays very disappointing UGA loss to South Carolina – I turn my thoughts and attention to other things like my beloved Philadephia Eagles and my sure to struggle fantasy teams. And isn’t that one of the great things about this time of year. Dawgs falter? I got the Eagles. Eagles falter, I have the Phils. Phils falter I have my fantasy team. All these teams falter – Summa J better hide the sharp objects.

The Kevin Kolb era officially kicks off today. After getting my fill of Kolb articles, I’m ready to get the party started. Yes, it will be odd seeing #5 lining up in maroon and gold but I like the youthful energy this team now posseses.

With a VERY questionable offensive line that has not had ANY pre-season game reps together that concerns me a TON – especially with a new QB. I actually think the O-line will end up being improved, assuming Jamal Jackson stays healthy , but it will take a couple of games to get to that point. I love the weapons around Kolb and think our time management will be better with him. What will be interesting to watch is how well he handles the blitz. If the pre-season was any indication — it could get ugly folks. Typically I try not to put much into the preseason, especially since Andy Reid runs an extremely basic offense, but things like blitz recognition, offensive line blocking and team discipline are usually easy to spot and those are three things that I have major questions around. I think Kolb can get the ball into the playmakers hands (D-Jax, Maclin, McCoy, Celek, Weaver, Avant) and I won’t be at all shocked if rookie Riley Cooper ends up being a factor sooner rather than later.

On the defensive side of the ball, I love our LB’s and I think our starting D-line looks good. I don’t think excited about any of our reserves, so here’s to hoping we can stay healthy. Our secondary will absolutely make or break this team. Ellis Hobbs who was horrendous last year, had  a very good preseason and camp and starts opposite a bulked up Asante Samuel. Our safeties will be better in that Nate Allen is already more talented than the 3-headed disaster (Jones, Harris, Demps) from last year. I like young guys Trevard Lindley and Demitri Patterson and Joselio Hanson is a solid nickel DB. I’m not sure Hobbs will be the starter for the entire season. There’s something about Lindley that I really like and I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see him starting after the bye week.

I think today’s game against Green Bay will be a shoot-out and I think we will fall short, losing 36-27. I also think Green Bay could be in the Super Bowl, so losing to them is no shame in the first game of the year.

I LOVE the opening kick-off weekend of the NFL. I’ve never had such tempered expectations as I have this season. I appreciate all that Donovan has done for the Eagles and although I might have held on to him for another year to see what he can do with these offensive weapons, I’m ready to move forward.

I hope Kolb has nerves of steel, balls made of brass and he can ignore the shit-storm sure to come his way when Donovan outplays him and the Redskins have a better record than us.  I’m not saying they will finish ahead of us, but at some point this season the Eagles fans will have sellers remorse with Donovan. There will be ups and downs, but at the end of the year, we’ll be sitting at 8-8, with a brighter future ahead. I’m also not sold on Kolb based on two games against New Orleans and KC last year, but I’m curious to see what he can do. Again, I preach patience Philly faithful. I’d suggest you keep your seatbelts low and tight around your waist in case we should hit some unexpected turbulence.

Dawgs

The best part of watching that game yesterday was the company I watched it with. Much love to Goldman (yes, I moved my blog 4 months ago), D-Slivs and Wayna J. I was excited to breakout some of our new Georgia Bulldog gameday glasses and chip/dip servingware. Sadly, the servingware preformed much better than Dawgs. Marcus Lattimore is an absolute beast. He looked like an NFL-caliber runningback, but our tackling was absolutely horrendous. It’s easy to get pumped by a pummeling of Louisiana-Laffayette, but the game against Carolina was more of a barometer for our program. Without ultra-playmaker AJ Green, our offense had no zip and our defense thought they were playing two-hand touch football. When you lose a guy like Green, you simply cannot make mistakes like Washaun Ealey made by fumbling the ball at 3. Overall,  Ealey ran hard and played well but that fumble killed us. Also not sure why we didn’t throw more to Kris Durham. Also, if anyone can tell me what Tavarres King has done to warrant a starting spot, I’d love to hear it. He caught as many passes as I did yesterday.

Phils

Guess who is in first? The fightin’ Phils. Yes we are tied with the Braves for first but what a long, crazy trip it’s been. The NL wildcard race is going to be unbelievable down the stretch, so I hope we will seize sole-possession of first place. I love the heart of this team and feel like they have as much talent as anyone in the NL. Final 20 games of the season should be amazing.

In Other News:

  • Is there a bigger dip-shit in sports than Michael Irvin (actually, yes there is, Deion Sanders). It’s amazing – I’m watching Irvin interview McNabb and trying to goat him into trashing Philly and in typical McNabb fashion he’s taken the high road. McNabb is a class act. Now he’s ripping Philly fans because he thinks Philly fans are expecting a Super Bowl this year and he’s hyping up the Cowboys. All the guys on the set are trying to talk logic into this dope.  It’s like trying to reason with tree stump.
  • Just saw my first episode of Hard Knocks — um, what was I waiting for? This show is phenomenal — already can’t wait till next season.
  • Last night Summer asked me, “So how much football will you be watching over the weekends?”  I’m not sure if she knows what she signed up for here.
  • I went to the post office last week, and its incredible to watch how slowly people move there. I know about 15-20 people looking for jobs and I’m sure every damn one of them would work in much more efficient manor than these people. This is when I see the world as unfair.
  • I can’t believe it’s been 9 years since 9/11. Outside of the obvious collection of incredibly sad, heartbreaking stories, photos and videos – I have three very personal experiences I won’t ever forget. I was at work and called my Dad (at work) and told him that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center buildings, only to watch live on TV as the second plane hit the second WTC building. The second memory was watching the first WTC building crumble to the ground and tears just fell down my eyes. I wondered what was going on, who did this and how would we ever recover? My final memory was going to my sister’s who lived in Atlanta at the time and sitting with my then 7 month old nephew and my dog Cobi, wondering what kind of world would Jake grow up in.
  • I want to become a better cook. Kind of sad this is not a hereditary gene because both my Mom and my sister are very good cooks. Thankfully, my wife is a good cook too, although she doesn’t think so, which is odd b/c she usually has a good sense of self. Although, now that I think it about it she also tells believes she’s the best athlete in the house. Nuff said.
  • If you haven’t seen Michigan’s Denard Robinson play, you should check him out. He’s one of the most exciting players in college football bar none. This guy is fun to watch.