December 28, 2015 |
The season that came to a crashing halt on Saturday night against Washington did so for a box full of reasons, and there is plenty of blame to go around. Pick your favorite villain. But any team with a defense that allows this many points down the stretch run of a season isn't going anywhere at all, and that's as big a reason as any why the Eagles didn't. As they drift into the offseason, with Chip Kelly's supposedly innovative offense in tatters, the 38-24 loss to the Redskins was another game in which the defense didn't do its part, either.
December 16, 2015 |
ABANDONED AS a city water source over 50 years ago, East Park Reservoir reverted to nature and became a pristine lake, home to hundreds of native and migratory bird species but fenced off from its Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. That will change today when North Philly's hidden Fairmount Park oasis is reborn as "The Discovery Center" - a 50-acre, Outward Bound/National Audubon Society lake-and-woodlands paradise where, beginning next summer, thousands of Philly kids can feel their spirits soar on the high ropes course.
December 13, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills at Eagles. Philly's defense and special teams embarrassed the Patriots last week, but it wasn't like they shut down Tom Brady. Taylor, meanwhile, racked up four TDs while basting the Texans secondary. He and Sammy Watkins should have another very productive outing on Sunday. Shaun Draughn, RB, 49ers at Browns. Out of nowhere, Draughn has quietly become fantasy relevant thanks in large part to his heavy involvement in the passing game.
November 27, 2015 |
THE DAY AFTER Jim Kenney won the mayoral election, the former at-large councilman made a trip to South Philadelphia's Andrew Jackson School, where he proclaimed, among other things, that he planned to continue riding SEPTA so he can remain connected to regular working-class schlubs like me and you. He also managed to sit in a chair designed for a 5-year-old, which was impressive in its own right. "One of the strengths I bring to this office, potentially, is that I am not any different than anyone else, and I don't think I am," Kenney said at the school, the Daily News ' David Gambacorta reported.
October 23, 2015 |
(One of the things you discover when participating in a weekly feature called "Birds Over Beers" is that day-drinking isn't as easy as it sounds. So, because we're all about transparency here at B-Over-B, it must be noted that David Murphy drank water during this episode and Rich Hofmann drank vanilla cream soda. Our apologies for falling short of our admittedly high expectations, and for letting you down.) Dave: Now that we know that you hate Sam Bradford, you need to define your parameters.
October 16, 2015 |
(What once was a nine-alarm fire is now a manageable little blaze. That's what happens in the NFL when a team wins a single game and has a record of 2-3 instead of 1-4, as the Eagles did Sunday against the Saints. There is still plenty to fix, still plenty to talk about as they confront their biggest rivals, the New York Giants. Yes, the Giants - not the Cowboys. But that is an argument for another time. This week, David Murphy and Rich Hofmann began the afternoon in agreement - the beer of choice for both was Sierra Nevada in a can.)
October 12, 2015 |
HAVING CHANGED teams five times in nine years, there isn't much of the football world that 31-year-old Allen Barbre hasn't seen. None of it seems to discourage him. He's a long-term kind of guy. Barbre got no offers from Division I schools, but he made himself a fourth-round pick in 2007 out of Division II football afterthought Missouri Southern. He spent his first two NFL seasons in Green Bay, waiting for a chance to start. He got that chance in 2009 . . . and lost it midway through the season.
October 9, 2015 |
(It has been suggested, given the Eagles' 1-3 record, that we acknowledge the awful realities and change the name of this thing to "Birds Over Bourbon" and begin seriously medicating. But we're not there yet. David Murphy drank one of the Dogfish products, Rich Hofmann drank one of the Flying Fish products, and the subject quickly turned to what it always quickly turns to with this team.) Dave: So, are you still sticking to your opinion that this is all still just about Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson and the rest of them not playing as well as they can?
October 2, 2015 |
(Day-drinking for this week's installment of Birds Over Beers. Rich Hofmann and David Murphy went with the Allagash White, a cloudy beer that fits in perfectly with the current assessment of the 1-2 Eagles among the populace.) Rich: The story of the week is Sam Bradford. I guess the story of every week is going to be Sam Bradford, but especially this week. I don't think getting him was a big mistake. I don't think they're doomed to failure. But he does have to play better than he has so far. Dave: This is Sam Bradford.
September 27, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 3 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins vs. Bills. He's no Brady, but Tannehill is talented enough to exploit a Buffalo secondary that has surrendered nearly 700 passing yards and five TDs in its first two contests. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders at Browns. Nobody surrenders more rushing yardage than Cleveland, and Murray is the undisputed workhorse in Oakland's backfield. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers vs. Saints.