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.
September 25, 2015 |
(They say it's always 5 o'clock somewhere and, well, because their schedules were a little bit hectic this week, it was 5 o'clock in Istanbul when Rich Hofmann and David Murphy got together for Birds Over Beers. Which meant that it was breakfast sandwiches accompanied by Shiner Bock (Rich) and Sixpoint Crisp (Dave) - because, if nothing else, we're all about the authenticity.) Dave: So we're sitting here, drinking beers at 10 a.m. in Center City Philadelphia. And I have to say, at 0-2, I thought there would be more Eagles fans.
September 18, 2015 |
TYREKE EVANS needs a reality check. The Pelicans guard, who grew up in Chester, told The Sporting News that his team has a legitimate chance to win the NBA title this season. Huh? Did he forget that New Orleans was swept by the Warriors - the eventual NBA champions - in the first round of last season's playoffs? What's changed since then? The Pelicans biggest offseason move was hiring Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry to replace Monty Williams as head coach. "I don't see why we can't do it," Evans said.
September 18, 2015 |
(Every week this season, Rich Hofmann will get together with a colleague from the Daily News, perhaps over a beverage, and talk about what's going on with the Eagles. This week, it's columnist David Murphy attempting to keep the populace from going off the deep end.) RICH: So, do you kick the field goal? Dave: Yeah, I think so. You have to try to go ahead there. Rich: I looked it up - teams trying to hold a lead like that at the end of games give up a score about 30 percent of the time.
September 14, 2015
ON MANY FRONTS, nose tackle Beau Allen is the rarest of beasts. His nickname is Polar Bear, both because he hails from the arctic climes of Minnetonka, Minn., and because he shares that animal's general physiology. He is without both neck and ankle - there is only so much room for definition when you pack 333 pounds onto a frame that is allegedly 6-2, give or take 2 inches (mostly take). Still, Allen was nimble enough to play competitive ice hockey through his sophomore year in high school.
August 27, 2015 |
IT PROBABLY won't look quite this breathtaking, once the season starts and opponents really game plan for Chip Kelly's offense, and most especially, for its torrid pace. Through two weeks of the preseason, the Eagles rank first in the NFL in scoring (76 points), first in offense (444 yards per game), first in rushing (182.5 yards per game) and fourth in passing (261.5). "We've done a really good job embracing tempo this preseason. Really, for defenses, this is when tempo's going to hurt them the most," Eagles center Jason Kelce said.
August 25, 2015 |
Birds' numbers have plunged sharply over the last half-century. Loss of habitat, damage from predators, and widespread use of aerial pesticides that kill their insect diet decimated the populations of common nighthawks and chimney swifts in New Jersey and across the birds' breeding range in the United States and Canada. The numbers of both have dropped by about 2 percent a year since 1966, based on bird counts in designated tracts, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.