November 9, 2012
OK, I'VE LEARNED my lesson. Team meetings, pledges to make this the week the season turns around - none of that means anything with this particular group. As Rich Hofmann pointed out in Thursday's Daily News, the Eagles CAN still get it back together - from a math standpoint, they still hold their fate in their hands, this week against a pretty similar 3-5 train wreck of a team. But Demetress Bell against DeMarcus Ware? Really? After watching the disjointed defensive efforts against Atlanta and New Orleans, I'm convinced something is going on here beyond offensive-line injuries and unfortunate turnovers.
October 5, 2012 |
"V/H/S" ENDS with an actual train wreck. But don't think of this as a spoiler. Consider it a warning, because the rest of the film is a train wreck as well. Realizing that horror's "found footage" gimmick has grown stale, "V/H/S" takes the next step forward by looking a few steps back. It uses a traditional anthology format, dividing its run time across multiple shorter stories that usually are connected by a thematic thread. On paper, it's a clever conceit. The framing story - which exists solely to get us to the abbreviated chapters - follows a group of destructive idiots hired by an unknown client to break into a deserted home and retrieve a VHS tape.
August 29, 2012
AND THUS it ends for Terrell Owens. For anyone who has even remotely followed T.O's career and had dealings with him, can anyone be surprised at its Greek-tragedy finish? Owens was cut on Sunday by the Seattle Seahawks - which presumably means his NFL career is effectively over. The former Eagle, who had a dramatic, if short, stint in Philadelphia, did not play last season following surgery on his left knee. He was trying to make a comeback with Seattle. "I'm no longer a Seahawk," he tweeted.
August 11, 2012 |
Before the case against Pennsylvania's Voter ID law got its hearing in Commonwealth Court, ID advocates could pretend they were the good guys. This campaign isn't about voter suppression, they could say with a straight face, this is about putting an end to voter fraud. But over seven days in a Harrisburg courthouse, that plausible deniability was shredded. Yes, it's possible that Judge Robert Simpson will let the law stand next week, when his ruling is expected. The legislature has a well established authority to regulate elections, and Simpson may not want to meddle with that.
July 31, 2012 |
ATLANTA — The 2012 Phillies died as they lived: like a train wreck. It was a hard death, but it was also a necessary one. In order to move forward, the Phillies first needed to eliminate all hope. And on Sunday afternoon, in a 6-2 loss that capped off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Braves, they did just that. Even if we were to acknowledge the mathematic possibility that a team can overcome a 12-game deficit in 2 months' time, we could say with near certainty that the Phillies are not that team.
April 25, 2012 |
THE EAGLES will be the first to acknowledge that they've made their share of draft mistakes over the years. But they hardly are alone in that respect. Many consider Bill Belichick to be one of the smartest men ever to set foot in the National Football League. He's taken the Patriots to five Super Bowls and won three of them. His team has recorded nine straight double-digit win seasons and has made it to the postseason 8 of those 9 years. Yet, if you inspect the Patriots' drafts from 2007 through 2009, you might wonder whether Belichick brought in a fourth-grader to make the team's picks during that period.
December 2, 2011 |
SEATTLE - There have been precious few positives for the Eagles' defense this season. They entered last night's game against Seattle ranked 21st in the league in points allowed, 15th in yards allowed, a pitiful 32nd in red-zone defense, and have squandered a disgraceful five fourth-quarter leads. The one area they had shown improvement in during this train wreck of a season was their run defense. After allowing 140.2 rushing yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry in their first five games, they had held their last six opponents to 85.3 and 3.6. Going up against a quarterback - Tarvaris Jackson - who was playing with a partially torn pectoral muscle in his chest, and who had managed to complete just 55 percent of his passes and throw seven interceptions in the previous five games, the Eagles knew that if they could contain Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, they likely would lug home their fifth victory on the cross-country flight back to Philadelphia.
August 20, 2011
AS THE EAGLES reconvene for the NovaCare portion of training camp today, here are some pressing issues that need to be resolved, in no particular order: * Linebacking: Plenty has been said and written already about the first-team linebackers' struggles in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. A confused, porous half of work against a really poised, honed Steelers offense does not necessarily portend disaster. But it's always troubling when something you suspected might be a weakness really seems to be shaking out that way, in spades.
August 16, 2011 |
Walter Brower's eyes lit up as he recalled the rain-drenched day in 1939 when he and a buddy were the first to arrive at a train wreck in the thick of the Pine Barrens. "The cars were all over the tracks. . . . I expected to find people dead," Brower said as he recalled the Aug. 19 crash of the Blue Comet, a luxury train that had departed from Atlantic City with 47 passengers, headed for Jersey City, N.J. For residents of the isolated area, the accident stirred the most excitement and alarm since the crash there of the Mexican airman Emilio Carranza 11 years before.
August 10, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM - Maybe this preseason opener is going to look like a train wreck. Good luck getting Juan Castillo to acknowledge that. The Eagles host the Baltimore Ravens tomorrow night at the Linc, 2 weeks and a day after players started checking into Lehigh, still scrambling from the abrupt end to the lockout, without the benefit of the usual spring work that sets up the offensive and defensive schemes. Free agents, usually signed in March, were gathered during the system-installation process and finally got to practice with their teammates last Friday.