Letters: An Owl-ternative to woeful Eagles

Posted: October 17, 2012

AFTER WATCHING Michael Vick commit two of his 13 turnovers for the season in a 26-23 loss to Detroit on Sunday, I'm done with any emotional investment in that team.

Fortunately, I have another football team to root for who practices four miles north of Lincoln Financial Field and plays in the same stadium: The Temple Owls.

Like the Eagles and Michael Vick, the Owls also have a left-handed quarterback (Chris Coyer). Unlike Vick, Coyer rarely turns the ball over and is tough as the team that plays around him.

Coyer, the New Mexico Bowl MVP, hit a game-tying pass to Jalen Fitzpatrick with 16 seconds left in regulation that was a thing of beauty at UConn last week.

Temple won it in overtime, 17-14, when Brandon McManus, whom head coach Steve Addazio calls "the best kicker in the country," nailed a 29-yard field goal straight down the middle.

While the Eagles' defense showed an alarming lack of toughness by allowing a 10-point lead with five minutes left to vanish on Sunday, the Temple defense on Saturday showed a Navy Seal-like toughness in overtime, forcing UConn to a three-point attempt that missed.

The Eagles fired their defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, and borrowed some Temple TUFF in his replacement, former Owl Todd Bowles.

There's a winner in town and it isn't the Eagles. Hopefully, soon the rest of Philly will support them like they do the exasperating other tenants of the stadium.

Mike Gibson



I understand freedom of speech. What I don't get is the continuous hatred for Michael Vick over the death of some dogs. If you don't like the Eagles then don't watch. Pat Jones (letter, Oct. 15), stated he/she will never forgive the Eagles. They don't need your forgiveness, and you could have given your gear to someone who does care. If you choose not to root for the Eagles because of your hatred for one person, then you should look in the mirror and wonder why you are the way you are.

Patricia Young


Kudos to Stu Bykofsky regarding the recent article on Michael Vick owning a dog ( Daily News, Oct. 12). We all know that the only thing Vick is remorseful for is the fact that he got caught. Countless dogs would still be forced to fight, be drowned, electrocuted, tortured, etc., with his dirty hands if he hadn't been caught.

What many people are forgetting is that in addition to it taking a cruel and evil soul to be able to inflict intentional pain to defenseless animals, it has been proven that there is a host of other crimes directly associated with dog fighting (including drugs, money laundering, illegal weapons, and the list goes on).

And to Ptah Hotep and Leslie Bonus (letters, Oct. 15): Yes, it is true that life is not always fair - just ask Pete Rose - and there are people who skate through without punishment (Casey Anthony, O.J., and the list goes on). But two wrongs don't make a right. Whether you are a dog lover or not, Vick spent years breaking the law, and came out smelling like a rose! Most ex-cons can't even get a job at McDonald's!

Susan Snyder

Elkins Park

Remembering Arlen

In the face of adversity, we come to know the true strength and character of people. Such was the case with Sen. Arlen Specter. I wasn't real close with Sen. Specter early on, but we became friends down the stretch.

Ironically, it was when Sen. Specter lost what would be his final campaign for office that we grew closer. That political loss - and the dignity with which he accepted it - gave me a new appreciation for the man. He brought that same dignity, grace and sense of humor to the fight for his life, which he had to confront both before and after the election.

I spent many a moment with Arlen in the gym, just two lockers away from one another, and was always inspired by his strength and courage. I also always respected his determination to do what was right, not what his political party affiliation dictated. Breaking ranks with his fellow Republicans to support President Obama's Reinvestment Act was typical of Arlen's political courage and strong moral compass.

I can think of no better way to honor Sen. Specter's service and legacy than to ensure that the oft-discussed Arlen Specter Memorial Library becomes a reality.

John J. Dougherty

Business manager, BEW Local 98

One of their own

Lieutenant Josey gets fired for punching out a woman. Done. But the story has a twist to it. The police have so much respect for Josey that they are going to throw a $40-per-person beef and beer for him at the FOP Lounge.

Will this be a slap in the face to the Commish?

There are a lot of good officers on the squad that are being held back in rank because of the economy, while others get promoted, Ramsey ought to look over the situation and see what is going on.

George Walton

Upper Darby

As a 43-year member of the FOP, I'd like to respond to Imam Isa Mateen's letter to the Daily News (Oct. 15).

Imam Mateen, the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantees individuals the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law. Your assertion and rush to judgment stating the FOP is "like a criminal Mafia" is ludicrous. The FOP and other unions are duty-bound to represent their members until after a thorough investigation reveals criminal conduct.

I'd suggest, Imam Mateen, you study the Constitution instead of the Koran.

James V. Ward


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