February 22, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Mychal Kendricks and Eric Kendricks played together at Hoover High School in Fresno, Calif., before Mychal starred at Cal and become a second-round pick and Day 1 starter with the Eagles. Eric did not follow his brother to Berkeley, instead going to UCLA, where he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker last season. Now that Eric is one of the top linebackers in the NFL draft, there's a chance that the brothers could be teammates again. "That'd be crazy," Eric said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.
February 19, 2015 |
Michelle Obama on Funny or Die? In a bid to spread her message about the importance of healthy eating for kids, the first lady appears on one of the Funny or Die's rudest shows, "Billy on the Street", in which host Billy Eichner rudely descends on unwary New York pedestrians to ask them questions about pop culture. Some say this doesn't seem the most dignified arena for the usually elegant first lady. Stranger still, FLOTUS is accompanied by a friend - Sesame Street 's Big Bird . In the vid, they dance, chat, and generally hang out with Eichner in the grocery isle of a Washington-area supermarket.
January 1, 2015 |
When Jason Weckstein looks at a bird, he doesn't just see a creature with feathers that flies. He sees the bird as a habitat of related creatures, a teeming community of wee beasties, some of which live - and feast - on its feathers, others that roam more widely and engage in more general mayhem, including gorging on the bird's blood. When he talks about these nasty things, his eyes light up and he smiles with pleasure. "When I'm in the field," he said, "when I'm out bird-watching, I think, 'Boy, I'd love to get the parasites off that host.' " Weckstein, 43, is an expert on chewing lice - about 4,000 of them are known to live on birds - and this year left the Field Museum in Chicago to become associate curator of ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
December 30, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - LeSean McCoy finished up the second-most productive season of his career yesterday with 99 yards on 17 carries in a meaningless victory over the New York Giants. McCoy, the Eagles' all-time leading rusher, ended his 2014 with 1,319 yards on 312 carries, two fewer carries than he managed a year ago, when he led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards. A year ago, there was no doubt where McCoy stood in the Eagles' offensive hierarchy. He was the centerpiece of a highly effective run-based offense, one that set a franchise scoring record.
December 28, 2014
A story Friday on a bird census might have wrongly indicated that the white-throated sparrow and dark eyed junco migrate north for the winter. The birds fly south, but do not travel as far as before because of warmer temperatures in northeastern states.
December 27, 2014 |
With New Jersey's osprey population continuing to grow, state officials are turning to citizen observers and private groups for help monitoring a species considered an important indicator of environmental health. Researchers estimate there were 567 nesting pairs of ospreys in the state this year, according to a report released this week by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and a private nonprofit organization, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. The report was based on ground surveys conducted by staff and volunteers in June and July.
December 27, 2014 |
Armed with binoculars and spotting scopes, birders are fanning out this month across the region's fields and forests for an annual Audubon Society project to create a snapshot of bird populations in the western hemisphere. "I really enjoy knowing that my hobby is providing scientific value down the pike," said Bob Mercer, a volunteer and bird enthusiast who compiled data in Bucks County. Mercer is one of an estimated 70,000 volunteers who will participate in the Christmas Bird Count, which began Dec. 14 and continues until Jan. 5. The event dates back to 1900, when it was a response to an early-20th-century competition to shoot the most wildlife after Christmas dinner, said Paul Zeph, director of conservation for Audubon Pennsylvania.
December 23, 2014 |
LANDOVER, Md. - DeSean Jackson cruising downfield, unimpeded, relishing his vengeance ... that will be the visual epitaph of this lost Eagles season. Other images frame this central picture. Jeremy Maclin, still fully dressed in front of his locker 45 minutes after the season's worst loss ... Marcus Smith, the first-round pick, pulling on his shoes next to the shower entrance, anonymous at the end of a fruitless first season in which his fellow defenders constantly struggled ... LeSean McCoy, fuming that he had endured another backfield beating because the Birds can't go deep ... Bradley Fletcher, in street clothes, finally benched and fleeing the scene faster than he ever pursued a receiver ... Cary Williams, Fletcher's co-starter since last season uniformed, mute but likely free next month to go sconce shopping ... Jeffrey Lurie, hiding in plain sight at the back of the tiny visitor's locker room ... Chip Kelly, quietly thunderstruck on a podium, defeated by his own arrogance as he admitted that DeSean Jackson, who he cut, cannot be stopped.
December 19, 2014 |
THE EAGLES have a lot of difficult decisions to make this offseason, not the least of which is what to do about the quarterback position. Regardless of what happens Saturday or next week against the Giants, regardless of whether the Eagles make the playoffs, Mark Sanchez almost certainly won't be back. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in March. He hasn't played horribly, but he hasn't played consistently well either. I'd be shocked if the Eagles tried to re-sign him. Nick Foles still has another year left on his contract and still has his 2013 tape (27 TDs, two interceptions, league-best 119.2 passer rating)
December 16, 2014 |
Seventeen days earlier they were the secondary that stopped Tony Romo's touchdown streak at 38 games, held Dez Bryant in check, and also offered enough run support to keep DeMarco Murray under 100 yards for just the second time this season. It was more than just a step forward for the oft-maligned men in the Eagles defensive backfield; it was a giant leap that lifted the Eagles into first place in the NFC East with an unlikely Thanksgiving Day rout of the Dallas Cowboys down in Texas.