January 31, 2014 |
HOLLIS THOMAS played defensive tackle for the Eagles at 300 pounds, so sticks and stones wouldn't put a dent in him. Words? Spitballs off a battleship! So, go ahead and call him a sore loser. Tell him he's up to his eyeballs in sour grapes when he yelps about Super Bowl XXXIX, Patriots 24, Eagles 21. "Sore loser?" Thomas barks angrily. "We got cheated! It's not sour grapes. We got cheated!" Ten years later, time wounds all heels, and Thomas can't hide his disdain for Bill Belichick, the grumpy coach of the Patriots.
September 13, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - If nothing else, Ravens coach John Harbaugh understands the process. For 10 seasons, Harbaugh was an assistant coach to Andy Reid as the Eagles rose from a losing franchise to a perennial Super Bowl contender. Harbaugh saw the euphoria created as the Eagles took each step in the building process. But he also saw the crushing force of raised expectations as each success was greeted with the unquenchable desire to achieve more. And from 2001 through '04, Harbaugh experienced the wild swing in pressure as the Eagles went from a team that was challenging for the Super Bowl to one that had nothing left to accomplish but winning a Super Bowl.
April 21, 2010 |
From the moment the Eagles decided to shaft Donovan McNabb by talking of trading him, insulting him by actually doing it, then punctuating their disrespect by shipping him to a rival within the same division, the only form of redemption that appeared sweeter than a McNabb explosion for the coming season was his doing so with Terrell Owens. Evidently, McNabb and Owens feel the same way. Reports surfaced on Tuesday that McNabb, a new member of the Washington Redskins - I still can't believe it - has officially "encouraged" his new team to bring Owens to the nation's capital.
February 7, 2006 |
Seattle Seahawks, you just lost the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next? "We'll be back next year," rookie linebacker Lofa Tatupu confidently said Sunday night, minutes after his team's 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sound familiar? "Three points - we're right there," Eagles coach Andy Reid said the day after his team's three-point loss to the New England Patriots in last year's game. "Like I said, if we eliminate those turnovers, we become the best team in football.
February 8, 2005 |
The game? It was super: competitive, thrilling, hard-hitting. Everything else about Super Bowl XXXIX? Overload. Even the priest in church on Sunday morning wore green and one of the hymns was "On Eagles' Wings. " Has the pregame hype ever been so dominated by a player who hadn't played a down in weeks? Is T.O. playing, not playing? What do his teammates think about T.O. playing, not playing? How did T.O.'s grandmother rear him? T.O? It also stands for turnoff. I know more about Terrell Owens than I do about some of my relatives.
February 7, 2005 |
The Eagles had their moments in Super Bowl XXXIX. They just didn't have the final one when NFL officials wheeled out the victory platform and presented the Vince Lombardi Trophy. That moment remained reserved for coach Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots, who triggered talk of a dynasty last night by beating the Eagles, 24-21, at Alltel Stadium. When it was over, the Eagles all lamented their lost opportunity and the season-high four turnovers they knew they couldn't afford against the defending champions.
February 4, 2005 |
Donovan McNabb knows what's at stake on Sunday, beyond the obvious. If the Eagles win Super Bowl XXXIX, and if their star quarterback plays a leading role, he has a chance to move into the top ranks of sports celebrity, in terms of commercial endorsements and business opportunities. "His personality, combined with being on this stage, leaves him in a position to become a superstar in the way few are," said Eagles president Joe Banner. "He's near the top now. There's a notch higher he can go, and the Super Bowl gives him that chance.
February 3, 2005 |
The Eagles might be getting some help during Super Bowl week from a pair of long-dead homeboys. The New England Patriots are preparing - or trying to prepare - for Super Bowl XXXIX at Bartram Trail High School, situated between here and Jacksonville, Fla. On Monday, the field was so wet and slick that coach Bill Belichick was forced to limit who could practice and for how long. Yesterday, after moving up the workout to avoid afternoon rain, the Patriots again complained about the footing.
January 28, 2005 |
"Volate, Aquilae, volate!" If these were less modern times, that might be the refrain heard most often in Philadelphia these days. In Latin, it means "Fly, Eagles, fly" - you know the song. And a sixth-grade Latin class at Masterman Middle/High School near 17th and Spring Garden Streets - one of the Philadelphia School District's prestigious academic magnet schools - has embraced that translation in recent weeks. It started when the student council held a school spirit day two weeks ago, and students wore Eagles garb.
January 27, 2005
WE'RE pretty fervent (OK, totally crazed) Eagles fans, but when we heard that Chad Lewis, the fallen hero of Sunday's NFC championship game, would be replaced by Jeff Thomason, we scratched our head. Jeff who? Then we saw the TV news clip - and remembered. Thomason was the Eagles tight end in 2000-2002 who, after he scored a touchdown, would stretch his arms out and transform his body into a human letter "T" that surged with energy. He's now 35, been away from the pro game for two years.