The Swinging Bunt
Eagles falling apart in Philly. You know, I guess I can understand the Eagles’ hesitance in trading Donovan McNabb. Over the last decade the Philadelphia Eagles have been, if nothing else, one of the most consistent franchises in the National Football League. Coming off a 3-13 record in ’98, team owner Jeffrey Lurie finally put in place the integral pieces of a puzzle that would result in 5 NFC East Titles, and 8 Playoff births over the next 12 years. He hired Andy Reid as Head Coach, who in turn hired Jim Johnson as Defensive Coordinator, and the organization selected Donovan McNabb with the #2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. By 2001 Brian Westbrook was an undrafted rookie making an impact and the Eagles were on their way to 5 NFC Championship Games. On January 18th, 2008 it seems the Eagles franchise officially began their rebuilding faze. They lost 32-25 to the Arizona Cardinals that day in the desert and a tumultuous two year time span has ensued. In the summer of ’09 Jim Johnson, after 40 years of service to the game of football, passed away after a bout with cancer and Brian Westbrook, due to continuous concussion issues, was released by the team this off-season after 10,000 yards and 66 TD’s combined rushing and receiving. Andy Reid is still the head coach; and yes, he and McNabb are still attached at the hip… for the moment. But as rumors, speculation, and proposed ‘front’-runners’ for McNabb’s services continue to emerge, it seems all the more likely his football marriage with Philadelphia appears headed for divorce. It’s a shame, too. If Jeffrey Lurie hadn’t decided to bring Michael Vick back into the league as his third-string quarterback and paid his $1.5M roster bonus this off-season, McNabb might stand in a better position with the only team he’s ever played for. But as it stands now, Jeffrey Lurie, the man who facilitated bringing in the foundation of Reid, Johnson, McNabb, and Westbrook in the first place, may now have to hammer home the last spoke to break apart the final two, all by trading the best QB in Eagles franchise history. Must be a tough trade trigger to have to pull.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: “Steelers are no better than the Bengals.” Strong headline from Ron Cook, who’s not talking about talent, or even winning games, on the field.
Deadspin: Editor Will Leitch takes a look at Baltimore’s very own Orioles in, “The Stacked Deck.” While the title gives the impression of a very positive, upbeat write-up, Leitch comes to this by the end, “Is this what this new plan is leading to? A 78-win season in 2013? That’ll sell some tickets.” Haha.
SI.com: Thirteen Sports Illustrated Baseball Experts give their predictions for the 2010 season in their very appropriately named, “2010 MLB Preseason Predictions.” In case you’re wondering, Matusz was named as A.L. ROY on 7 of 13 ballots.
New York Post: More Tiger details from David K. Li in, “The naked truth on tomcat Tiger.” Apparently we’ll have a long ‘Vanity Fair’ cover story on Tiger’s mistresses coming up very soon. The Post scoops in for a preview.
Deadspin: Barry Petchesky looks at, “The (other) Least Desireable Gig in College Basketball.” I gave St. John’s a hard time, but it seems they ended up doing decently for themselves with Lavin. Who does DePaul turn to?
Video of the Day
Who doesn’t love ‘Ridiculous Shots That Don’t Count’ videos? Here’s Flip Murray’s from last night… pretty incredible.
Tweets of the Day
WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST
WNST NFL Correspondent, Chris Pika – WNST
New York Times College Basketball Columnist, Pete Thamel – PeteThamelNYT
Theme song from Indy: “Its the end of the world as we know it.” Jim Delany (Big Ten Commissioner) tells USA Today that expanded tourney “probable.”
ESPN College Basketball Insider, Andy Katz – ESPNAndyKatz
News conference at Pitt this afternoon to announce coach Jamie Dixon — getting an extension. Not leaving for Oregon as expected.
D1scourse Blogger, Patrick Stevens – D1scourse
So, if Carolina wins tomorrow, will the banner in the Dean Dome read “NIT champion” or “A-10 semifinalist”?
ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Mortensen – mortreport
Next QB Class: Washington’s Jake Locker, Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett could all be top 5 picks in 2011.
ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter
Waiting on Donovan McNabb gives us something to do while we’re waiting on Brett Favre.
Sports Illustrated Soccer Columnist, Grant Wahl – GrantWahl
Wayne Rooney out 2-4 weeks w/ankle sprain. Could impact ManUtd in Prem/CL, but not England for WC. http://bit.ly/9sIbeJ