August 20, 2014 |
THE GOOD news is that Nick Foles is among the Top 100 ranked NFL offensive players by ESPN.COM. The not-so-good news is he is No. 99. And, right behind him at No. 100 is Eagles running back Darren Sproles. The website, which only released the rankings from 91 to 100 yesterday for both offense and defense, said it asked 90 experts with ties to ESPN to rate the players on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. Players were ranked overall, not by position. Foles received a score of 6.52, which tied him with Lions running back Reggie Bush and Ravens receiver Steve Smith.
July 31, 2014 |
DeSEAN JACKSON has a selective memory. Jackson, who signed with the Redskins in March after spending six seasons in Philly, was asked by CSN Washington's Chick Hernandez yesterday to compare Eagles and Redskins fans. "It is different," Jackson said. "[Redskins fans] are very supportive here. They're open. Being out here on the field, I've been hearing certain things. But you know, they're good things. In Philly sometimes things could have got a little negative. They booed their own players.
July 26, 2014 |
RICHMOND, Va. - DeSean Jackson's first training camp practice with the Washington Redskins ended around 11 a.m. Thursday, but Jackson stayed on the field. He took extra throws after other players filed to the locker room. Once he finished, Jackson walked to the ropes that held back fans three or four deep. He signed autographs and posed for photos. It was those fans' first time to see the former Eagles receiver as a Redskin, and Jackson tried to endear himself to a group he once tortured with touchdowns.
June 30, 2014 |
Growing up in Washington, we worshiped the football team, partly because baseball's Senators had gone and moved to Texas, of all places, but mostly because D.C. is more of a football sort of place. The sport, like politics, is nasty, expensive, and quick to adopt rules that defy logic. We warbled "Hail to the Redskins," donned burgundy-and-gold shirts (unflattering to all), the whole business, even though my father was a civil rights attorney who defended Native Americans in the 1972 takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building to demand improved treaties and living standards.
June 28, 2014 |
A decision has been reached. Will it be challenged? Time will tell. After months of contentious debate, the Neshaminy school board overwhelmingly approved a policy Thursday that would limit, but not eliminate, the ability of students to edit out the word Redskin, Neshaminy High School's mascot, from the high school newspaper. The policy, as approved by the board, will allow students to remove Redskin - a word they have deemed derogatory - from news articles, but not editorials or opinion columns.
June 23, 2014 |
The student editors overseeing Neshaminy High School's newspaper have routine summer plans. Gillian McGoldrick will work at Rita's Water Ice. Reed Hennessy wants to volunteer at the National Constitution Center. Jackson Haines is looking for a job to fill idle hours. "Teenager stuff," Haines, 17, said with a smile last week. Unlike the last eight months. Since October, the editors of the Playwickian have been battling with administrators about whether they can ban the word Redskin , the school mascot, from the paper.
April 25, 2014 |
WELL, IT COULD have been worse. There is no three-game death march this year like there was last season when NFL schedule-maker Howard Katz saw fit to send the Eagles on the road for 3 successive weeks in late September and early October. And they won't have to wait 12 weeks for their bye like they did last year. That will come in Week 7, just as the autumn leaves are at full blush, and just after they've won four of their first six games, according to my imperfect calculations. But then it gets tricky.
April 4, 2014 |
A LOT of times in free agency, it is considered a grand slam if you can improve your team while simultaneously hurting one of your top rivals. With the unceremonious release of Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson last Friday, the Eagles had to suspect that one of their chief challengers in the NFC East would take the opportunity to swing for the fences against them. That's exactly what Washington did yesterday when it inked the mercurial Jackson, and that's a reference to both his blinding speed and unpredictable personality, to a 3-year contract worth $24 million, with $16 million guaranteed.
April 4, 2014 |
DESEAN JACKSON called getting released by the Eagles "a challenging situation to be in," in a radio interview yesterday, and he added, "easily, it can make or break somebody. But I feel I'm very tough, and I'm at that point in my career where it's not going to do nothing but bring out the better in me. " Jackson didn't discuss what he thought led to the team's extraordinary action, either while talking to Washington's ESPN 980 or earlier, in a media conference call in which only Washington-area reporters were allowed to ask questions.