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.
November 26, 2014 |
YOU TRY to explain to people what it was like, in the days before the coach only talked into a microphone on a podium and the trainer was forbidden to answer questions about injuries and every interaction with, well, with everybody on the team had a chance to be videotaped by another media outlet or by the team itself. It was a time when newspaper reporters had only one deadline a day, and when news that you broke stayed broken for 24 hours, not until the next tweet. It was a time when Buddy Ryan was the Eagles' head coach, and when a game wasn't memorable if it didn't have a nickname.
November 16, 2012 |
IT'S NICE TO FIND somebody happy in his own skin. Actor Bradley Cooper is that guy. He sat in the executive dining room at the NovaCare Center on Wednesday, and he giggled when he recalled meeting Eagles LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson an hour before. He is an Eagles fan, unabashed and delighted. He is People magazine's Sexiest Man emeritus (actor Channing Tatum unseated him Wednesday), a designation that cemented him in the American consciousness. He is the lead in "Silver Linings Playbook," a romantic comedy set in Philadelphia and centered on the Eagles, that premieres Friday in limited release.
September 12, 2014 |
TODAY MARKS the 25th anniversary of Sports Illustrated's NFL preview cover proclaiming Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham as "The Ultimate Weapon. " How's that for a Throwback Thursday item? Cunningham is 51 now, but back then he was a 26-year old acrobat coming off a 1988 Pro Bowl season in which he led the Eagles to a 10-6 record that featured a Monday night win against the Giants that showcased his talents to the entire nation. Randall finished 31-for-41 for 369 yards and three touchdowns and the Eagles won, 24-13.
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.