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13 Years Later

Where were you?

Where were you on February 6, 2005? How old were you ? Do you remember what you did  for the game?

I remember it as if the game was yesterday.

I was in the fourth grade. I watched the game sitting on the floor of my parents house in Briarcliffe. I was rocking my T.O jersey and my family ordered a smorgasbord of food from Not Just Wings. Everyone on the block had the newspaper give away Eales’ posters hanging in their windows. I cried myself to sleep after Rodney Harrison picked off McNabb to clinch the game for the Patriots.

If you told little Joe back in 2005 that he would have to wait 13 years to see another Eagles Super Bowl, he would say you were nuts.

Nevertheless, here we are 13 years later and I am only seeing my second Eagles’ Super Bowl.

The Eagles have the pieces to become the NFL’s next dynasty, but in football nothing is guaranteed.

Take time this week to enjoy the fact that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Wear your Eagles gear all week, listen to all the members of the media pick the Patriots to win, enjoy the interviews with the players, and laugh listening to the loser Vikings fans cry about the Philly degenerates taking over their city.

This Super Bowl is the only one that we are guaranteed. So give it your all. And most of all, be ready to fucking party because we are taking down Belichick, Brady and the God damn Patriots dynasty. The Eagles are the best team in football and no one is stopping Big Dick Nick.

Philadelphia, get the cisco and confetti ready, there is a parade coming to Broad Street.

31-17 Birds!

Fly Eagles Fly!

Written by Joe Smith

Photo credit to Patrick Smith of getty images

International Inconvenience

I never had a problem with professional sports trying to grow their brand by playing games in other countries, until now. It was all fun when the Jags were becoming the sweethearts of London, or when the MLB decided to start opening weekend down under. Now these international series are starting to affect my sports watching.

First the NBA decides to send the Sixers to London to take on the Celtics. I was excited to see the Sixers play on this big stage. Then I realized the game would be played on a Thursday at 3:00 pm. Hello NBA, don’t you realize most people have work at 3:00 pm on a Thursday ? I haven’t missed a Sixers game all season and now they decided to do this. Why not schedule the game for the weekend?

Do I have to use a sick day to watch Fultz shoot like a six year old?, or is the NBA going to cover my salary if I get fired for watching the Sixers at work?

Commissioner Silver, do you have the answer to these questions?

Now, it looks like the Eagles will be making the trip to London in 2018 as well. Luckily it doesn’t look like they will be losing a home game. However, it does mean a 9 am football game. The Birds playing on primetime throws my week off enough. I am dreading the effects of a 9am football game.

Do I stay in that Saturday night? Are local bars going to open early to show the game?  What time does one start drinking for a 9am football game?

Hey Rodger, I need these questions answered as well.

Sports fans are creatures of habit.. Change their routine and they are lost. At Least that is the case for myself. Sending our teams overseas is stressful and generates to many questions I do not have the answers too.

 

Dear professional sports leagues, please leave Philadelphia out of your future International series.

 

Thank you!

 

Written by Joe Smith

 

Photo courtesy of Metro.us

Go Birds

Being a realist isn’t an excuse for disbelief in a Birds postseason run. I hear fans giving up on the season, but isn’t the beauty of being an eagles fan the faith you have in your team even when all the cards are stacked up against them?

That being said, the Eagles have a long road to the Super Bowl. The Falcons are a dangerous team with a plethora of weapons. Matt Ryan, Dan Quinn and the rest of the Dirty Birds look like they drank a pedialyte and woke up from their Super Bowl hangover.

 

After the Birds take down the Falcons, either the Saints or the Vikings are coming to town.

The Eagles did what they needed to do to lock up home field advantage after Carson Wentz went down. Now they need two home wins to get the franchise’s third Super Bowl birth.

There are three keys to success for the Birds this postseason.

  1. Win the battle up front

The Eagles need to dominate on the offensive and defensive lines. They are the   team’s two biggest strengths. The Eagles have Pro Bowl and All-Pro talent on both lines. Their offensive line needs to create a run game and keep pressure off Foles.The d-line needs to do the opposite. They have to play physical stop the run and keep pressure on the opposing QB. That will take pressure off the team’s young DB group.

  1. Foles needs to step it up

Nick Foles does not have to be Carson Wentz for the team to win. He needs to play confident and protect the ball. When Foles plays with confidence, he can make the big throws. The last two weeks of the season Foles played timid. He needs to find that confidence that he had back in 2013.

  1. Dougie P needs to continue to impress

Did anyone think Doug Pederson was going to be this good of a coach? I sure didn’t. He has made huge strides in year two. He needs to devise a game plan that sets up Foles and the offense for success. Doug has shown he can coach in the regular season. Lets see what he can do in the postseason.

 

Don’t be a realist and look at all the things going against the Birds. Be a fan and look at all of the advantages. The NFC comes through Philly and no one is giving us a chance. It is us against the world! Don’t give up on the Birds! Fly Eagles Fly!

Written by Joe Smith