December 15, 2002 |
It's theirs for the taking. With a win over Washington today at Veterans Stadium, the Eagles would clinch their second straight NFC East championship. That might not seem like a big deal. There are no rings for winning the division, no parades down Broad Street. The Eagles won the East last year, and all anyone really remembers about the season is that they lost the NFC championship game. So what's the big deal? Check history. The Eagles began playing in the NFC East in 1970, when the division was formed in the wake of the NFL's merger with the old American Football League.
December 21, 1994 |
Reggie White thought it was smoke from a nearby fire. David Alexander thought perhaps someone in the crowd had set off fireworks or tipped over a barbecue grill. Gradually, it thickened and rolled across the playing surface at Soldier Field, enveloping the 1988 NFC divisional playoff between the Eagles and Chicago Bears. It was the fog blowing in off Lake Michigan, a fog that made for an unforgettable scene. "I was on the sidelines and I couldn't see anything," former Chicago coach Mike Ditka said.
August 29, 1995 |
It is hard to believe the Eagles are about to begin a football season without Jim Gallagher. Players come and go, same with coaches and even owners. But for 46 years, Jimmy Gal, as he is known to all, was the thread that connected the generations of Eagles football. He joined the team in 1949 as a $50-a-week stenographer, later moved into the personnel department, served as director of public relations and also worked as traveling secretary. He poured his life into the franchise, finally retiring this month at age 66. There is no way the Eagles can replace him. No one else has seen what he has seen.
January 1, 1989 |
Through a surreal fog, a Soldier Field crowd serenaded Buddy Ryan with a mocking rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" as the game clock ticked off the final seconds of the Eagles' season yesterday. Ryan, whose defense had paced the Bears' Super Bowl drive three years ago, fell short of making a triumphant postseason return to Chicago, his Eagles stumbling, 20-12, in an NFC divisional playoff game. It was a game destined to be remembered as the "Fog Bowl," if not by some similar appellation.
September 3, 1992 |
Maybe, just maybe, Randall Cunningham was speaking about himself. "This year, when it comes to playoff time, there is no room for excuses," he said. "It's time for guys to step up and do the job, so everyone else can do their job. " Travel with us now to Veterans Stadium, Jan. 2, 1993. Christmas snow has not yet melted, and 30 minutes from kickoff, flurries begin. It is 26 degrees, winds gusting out of the east at a 25-mph clip. The 10-6 Eagles are preparing to tangle with the 10-6 Atlanta Falcons in an NFC wild-card playoff game.
January 13, 2002 |
Before this season, the last time the Eagles won the NFC East was back in 1988. That season ultimately ended in Chicago with a loss to the Bears. You might remember the game. It's as much a part of the dark side of Philadelphia sporting lore as Joe Carter's home run, Leon Stickle's blown offside call, and John Havlicek's steal. The Fog Bowl. The Eagles took the ball inside the Bears' 25-yard line nine times and inside the 11-yard line five times but failed to score a touchdown on their way to a 20-12 defeat.
January 9, 2001 |
Where to start? "Philadelphia's Greatest Sports Moments," a new book presented by the Daily News, contains stories and photos chronicling the city's most treasured sports events. The book is a buffet of Philadelphia sports history. Does a fan start alphabetically, with baseball and boxing? Or will fans head directly for their favorite sports moments? Whichever route fans choose, they can't go wrong, because all the great events are there. . .the Whiz Kids, the 1960 Eagles, Ali-Frazier, Wilt Chamberlain and the 1966-67 NBA champion Sixers, Doctor J, Moses Malone and the 1982-83 champion Sixers, the Stanley Cup champion Flyers.
October 17, 2010 |
Let's face it, San Francisco and Philadelphia, the two cities vying in the National League Championship Series that began Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, don't have a lot in common. I mean, I don't think anyone's ever left their heart in Philly, willingly anyway. They've got cable cars, we've got cable czars (Comcast). They're the City by the Bay. We're the city of pay to play. They've had earthquakes. We've endured Frank Rizzo. Anyway, it would have been interesting to follow a San Franciscan around the ballpark before Game 1 to gather his thoughts and impressions.
May 22, 2011 |
The Good Morning America set has to be in violation of New York's maximum-occupancy laws. The studio couch is packed tight with so many bodies these days, you wonder if the producers need the jaws of life to pry the hosts apart after the show. The fire marshal might be worried about that, but it's probably fine with ESPN anchor Kevin Negandhi. When Josh Elliott left SportsCenter and wedged himself onto the GMA set, it created an opportunity for Negandhi. The 36-year-old Phoenixville native and Temple alumnus was chosen as Elliott's replacement for the coveted morning SportsCenter anchor gig. Before arriving in Bristol, Conn., Neghandi had graduated from being the Temple News sports editor to freelancer for USA Today and local TV work in outposts such as Kirksville, Mo., and Sarasota, Fla. At ESPN he has hosted everything from ESPN News to College Football Live to Outside the Lines.
September 28, 2008 |
Imagine how the fans in Green Bay, Chicago and Minnesota must have felt this week. They just had to be sick to their stomachs when they heard the news. Matt Millen fired by the Detroit Lions. There goes the two extra bye weeks. Of course, the reaction in Detroit and its surrounding suburbs was far different. The sound of honking car horns normally reserved for a championship rather than a dismissal could actually be heard outside the Lions' practice facility. It was a fitting end. Millen was a terrific linebacker, a decent color analyst and a complete buffoon when it came to running a football team.