In Cincy, jokers will be wild

Posted: August 20, 2010

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Gonzalez, John; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Re: Preseason pigskin

The Eagles play their second preseason game Friday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The first-string offense and defense each will play a half, according to the big man, so we should get our first extended look at what this team should look like against Green Bay. What are you most looking forward to seeing from those units? Please keep your 85/81 jokes to a minimum.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Re: Preseason pigskin

I'm looking forward to seeing the first-team defense on the field for more than six plays. And I'd like to see how the offense looks with a little time to get into the flow of a game without the players knowing they're going to get yanked right away.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Gonzalez, John; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Re: Preseason pigskin

I'd like to see Ernie Sims hit someone who isn't his teammate. I'd also like to see Cincinnati work on its blitz packages so we can get an idea (a) how the Eagles' offensive line does picking it up, and (b) how Kolb does with rushers in his face. I am also, as usual, looking forward to seeing Dorenbos long-snap.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Re: Preseason pigskin

Dorenbos. Yes. And the punters. I can't wait to see the punters. Fascinating stuff.

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Re: Preseason pigskin

I'm eager to see how many fans in McNabb Redskins jerseys get past security.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Gonzalez, John; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Re: Preseason pigskin

Well, Fitzy, the game is in Cincinnati, so I think the McNabb fans will be safe.

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Re: Preseason pigskin

Not so sure. Reid's reach is as wide as his waist.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Re: Preseason pigskin

We should have gone with more 85/81 jokes.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Gonzalez, John; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Re: Preseason pigskin

No doubt. Got one?

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Re: Preseason pigskin

Not to display my agedness any more than is already painfully apparent, but what the hell are 85/81 jokes? . . . Freddie Mitchell and T.O.?

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Gonzalez, John; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Re: Preseason pigskin

Oh, Fitzy. Mitchell was No. 84. No. 85 in Cincy is Chad Ochocinco, or you might remember him as Chad Johnson. But at least you got T.O.'s number right.

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Re: Preseason pigskin

In the case of those two, any joke would be redundant.

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