Wow. Look at that pic. Two of the most recent Washington Redskins’ quarterbacks who are long gone or are about ready to go. Too bad.
The Washington Redskins just signed Alex Smith. Well, they signed him last week but it wasn’t important enough to pull me away from all of the Super Bowl hype. Now that my Philadelphia Eagles have won the Big One and are World Champions (man that sounds so good!) we can turn our attention to other more trivial NFL matters. Like where Kirk Cousins will be playing next year.
First of all, what was Andy Reid thinking? Are they mad at Smith for tanking this season after starting out so well? After all, the Chiefs started off 5-0, and their first two wins were against, wait for it, the Patriots and the Eagles! So what happened? What had happened was . . . Anyway, the Chiefs cooled off and couldn’t sustain their fast start and got booted from the playoffs in the wildcard round.
Which brings us to Smith’s sudden and unexpected departure from KC and his coming to DC. Statistically speaking, Kirk Cousins is better than Alex Smith. And he’s younger. So remind me again why the Redskins don’t want Cousins? Oh yeah, we haven’t answered that question, and we don’t have an answer, and probably never will.
Oh well; so much for the Redskins getting better this offseason. That’s one less team in the NFC East my Eagles will have to worry about next year.
I read this great article first posted in Bleeding Green Nation and it’s too good to improve on so I reprint it here in it’s entirety. Nation https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2018/2/5/16974874/aftermath-heart-warming-stories-super-bowl-lii-philadelphia-eagles-nfl-nick-foles-tom-brady-patriots
The Eagles have cemented their legacy as Super Bowl champions. From underdogs to top dogs, the Eagles stand above the rest of the NFL, but throughout and after the journey there have been many different storylines that made the win that much sweeter for the fans and the organization.
The longest tenured Eagle, Brent Celek was a part of the Eagles’ run to the NFC Championship game in 2008. It seems like every year since 2013 he’s been a candidate to be cut, but every coach to come through Philadelphia has loved his work ethic and what he brings to the team. Used primarily as a sixth offensive lineman in recent years, Celek has never wavered, providing veteran leadership and doing whatever has been asked of him. After 12 years, the patience and perseverance has paid off.
Once considered the franchise savior, Nick Foles’ journey has been one for the ages. After convincing the Eagles’ fanbase to buy in to the “27-2” season, Foles struggled in 2014 before breaking his collarbone two months into the season, ending his first tenure with the Eagles. Fast-forward two years, Foles had contemplated retirement after a rough stint with the St. Louis Rams. Foles ultimately decided against retiring, and spent the 2016 season backing up Alex Smith in Kansas City. After becoming a free agent in 2017, the Eagles brought Foles back and he met the expectations that Eagles fans had of him after the 2013 season.
Very rarely does a long snapper receive the sort of recognition and fanfare that former Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos has. Dorenbos is well known for his magic tricks that he has displayed on competition programs, as well as his appearances on Ellen. After he was traded to the Saints during training camp, it was revealed that Dorenbos had a life-threatening heart issue that required immediate surgery. The trade was eventually voided and Dorenbos had surgery. Dorenbos played for the Eagles from 2006-2016, and for his contributions, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has told him that he’ll be rewarded with a ring.
Former Eagles great Jerome Brown was one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL in the late-80s, early-90s. He was a part of the famed Eagles defensive line that terrorized offenses and according to Football Outsiders, the greatest defense in NFL history, the 1991 Eagles. After an accident in the 1992 offseason, Brown’s life was lost, leaving a hole in the hearts of Eagles and football fans alike. Brown’s birthday was Feb. 4, coincidentally the same day the Eagles won their first Super Bowl.
A year ago many Eagles fans and analysts — myself included — believed Agholor was a bust and the team would be better off without him. We all couldn’t have been more wrong. Agholor had the bounce-back season of a lifetime and made numerous big plays and tough catches to keep drives alive in the Super Bowl. Credit to Agholor for turning his career completely around and becoming somebody that Eagles fans now have full confidence in.
The Eagles’ GM was an afterthought for a year when Chip Kelly took control of the team in 2015. After returning from the shadows in 2016, Roseman immediately turned the franchise around by resetting the roster, ridding the Eagles of the disastrous contract Kelly handed out. Roseman’s biggest impact may have been learning from the organization’s 2011 free agent acquisition’s, bringing in the right players at the right positions in 2017.
Brandon Graham hasn’t had to hear he’s not Earl Thomas for a few seasons, but if by chance he was still hearing it, those days are gone. Graham played through an injury in the second half of the Super Bowl and made the play of the game on defense when he strip-sacked Tom Brady deep in Patriots territory with under three minutes to go. From a guy that fans wouldn’t have thought twice about letting him sign with the Giants to Super Bowl hero.
The Philadelphia Eagles overcame everything that was thrown their way in route to winning Super Bowl LII in a wire to wire thriller. They overcame injuries and insults and insolence and indifference. They overcame being underdogs and afterthoughts and from being dead last in the NFC East a season ago to coming back from way back to shock the NFL World in 2018 on Super Bowl Sunday Night.
No one, and I mean NO ONE, picked my Eagles to defeat the evil empire New England Patriots (except maybe Randy Moss). But every other so-called “expert” in the field of professional sports picked the Pats to win in a laugher. But they were wrong.
The Eagles lost their star quarterback Carson Wentz and their vitally important All Pro Offensive left tackle Jason Peters (remember “The Blind Side?”) and their defensive leader Michael Kendricks along the way. They finished dead last in the NFC East last year (did I say that already?) and were picked to do the same this year. But that was then and this is now.
There are so many redemptive stories on this Eagles Championship team. But the story of Nick Foles takes the cake. Nick Foles emerged from the shadows and proved the doubters wrong as he played better than even he may have expected in the playoffs to give Philly their first Super Bowl win, ever. And how sweet it is!
Here’s what the New York Times had to say about Nick Foles winning Super Bowl MVP honors:
“Three weeks ago the thought of Foles being named the most valuable player of Super Bowl LII would have seemed ludicrous, but after watching the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback crush the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, and then essentially match that performance against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, the choice seemed obvious.” Amen to that.
Nick Foles taught us how to endure and persevere and hang on in there. Yes Nick made a difference, but his teammates believed in him and in the power of “TEAM” as well. For everyone out there who’s thinking about quitting (Nick Foles did) or giving up or listening to what everyone else is saying, hold on just one minute. The motto for the Eagles this postseason was this; “one can make a difference, but a team can make a miracle.” And that’s it; that’s the answer.
The Eagles had a miracle season and a miracle Super Bowl and got miraculous plays from players who believe in miracles. At the end of the game, when they needed one defensive stop — just one — they got it, just when they needed it most. The Eagles got a strip-sack-fumble of Brady by Brandom Graham which bounced right into the hands of Derek Barnett. But to seal the deal, they needed yet another stop, and they got it: a deflected Hail Mary prayer of a pass to Gronkowski fell harmlessly to the turf. Thank God!
And miracles still happen because we still believe in the power of hard work and teamwork and working and believing together. The Eagles just won the Super Bowl when they weren’t supposed to. And along the way, they overcame everything Brady and everyone else threw their way.
Jesus overcame everthing. He overcame death, hell and the grave. He was in all points tempted, and was yet without sin. And He said this to us:
In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
With Jesus, we can overcome everything, too. We can overcome past pain and present strain. We can overcome the hurt of our dark history and the disappointment of unfulfilled destiny. We can overcome factual failure and fictitious fears. We can overcome everything.
So let’s learn from the Philadelphia Eagles. Let’s overcome everything. Everything people say and everything we do. Everything. Let’s overcome every disappointment and every defeat; every hindrance and every setback; every letdown and every putdown; every difficulty and every disadvantage; every big thing and every little thing. Everything.
The Eagles Super Bowl LII win once again proves that we can in fact overcome everything. And so, my friends, as we celebrate with the Eagles and Philly fans everywhere, let’s determine that with the help of Heaven, we will overcome everything!
Well, by “there” I don’t mean in Minneapolis. I mean in Philly on Broad Street after the big win. It was great. And it was loud. Horns were honking and whistles were wailing and folks even got pots and pans out from the cubbard to bang clamorusly. Me and my better looking twin (my youngest son Daniel) went out to join the throngs of screaming, yelling, celebrating fans who at long last could enjoy a win in the form of a Super Bowl Championship. That’s what victory will do to ya.
No, I did NOT throw any trash cans or bricks or bottles. I just yelled a lot. And what I saw was a (mostly) civil celebration by a Philly fan base who, as most would admit, desered to defeat Brady and Belechick in what was the best super bowl ever!
Yes Philly fans get a bad wrap. We are passionate and zealous and spirited. Don’t begrudge us for that. No, every Philly fan is not as civil as most would like, but then again, no city has a “perfect” fan base, right?
And yes, sports teaches us how to win, and how to lose. But this year, the Philly fans are celebrating one of the biggest wins we may ever see in our lifetimes. And most Philly fans showed the sports world how to have the best post game party ever as we all danced in the streets.
Giddy and giggly, exuberant and expectant can’t come close to describing the state of Philly fans everywhere, but these descriptive words are the best we can do. Philly fans are currently in a near state of euphoria. And you know why.
Sports in Philly has gotten superciliously silly. First, our Eagles won the NFC Championship Game in grand fashion and are going to the Super Bowl! Not the Cowboys, nor the Falcons and not the Vikings. The Eagles, baby!
Sports Fans in Philly are over the moon. And for good reason. The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl. Did I say that already? The Super Bowl! The defense looks great and Foles has never played better. So all systems are go and all hopes are riding on the faith that Foles and the “D” can do it again, and against the vaunted, New England Patriots, at that.
And, to make matters even better, our beloved Sixers are the hottest team in the NBA, next to the Golden State Warriors. Both teams are 8-2 in January. Eight and Two! Ben Simmons, everyone’s favoirte for Rookie of the Year, is playing lights out and racking up triple doubles night after night. AND, the cherry on top of it all is that Joel Embiid is an NBA All Star Game starter! Wow.
Now, we just need the Flyers and the Phillies to step up to the plate and hit home runs, too.
So here’s a message to all Philly fans everywhere; let’s learn another life lesson. Let’s learn to be moderate and temperate, even keeled and steady handed at all times and in every circumstance. Let’s learn to endure the hard times (we have) and enjoy the good times (we are) and not get too excited or overly extended in our behavior.
It’s all so sad. It’s all so heart breaking and heart-rending. Misuse is abuse, and abuse of any kind is wrong. It’s actually sin. And sin, when it’s is finished, brings forth death.
Abuse is iniquity at the lowest level. And we just witnessed another case of abuse in sports. “Michigan State professor and doctor for the American gymnastics team, Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday for multiple sex crimes, capping an extraordinary seven-day hearing that drew more than 150 young women to publicly confront him and speak of their abuse.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who had opened her courtroom to the young women, including several prominent Olympic athletes, bluntly made clear that Dr. Nassar, 54, was likely to die in prison.”
The Bible is right, for is speaks of what happened to Nassar:
Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
James 1:14-15, New Living Translation
And if Nassar’s crimes weren’t bad enough, it has now come to light that members of the Michigan State football and basketball teams are accused of sexual misconduct.
Here’s the story from ESPN:
“The Michigan State football program did not report three instances of sexual assault and three incidents of physical violence, according to a report from ESPN’s Outside the Lines. Outside the Lines reports that at least 16 Michigan State football players have been named in accusations of rape or violence against women since Dantonio took over in 2007.
The report seems to contradict head coach Mark Dantonio’s assertion that there had only been two incidents of sexual assault during his 11-year tenure as head coach.
“We had one incident that involved three people. We had another incident that involved one. We have 120 players usually on our football team,” Dantonio told reporters after four players were kicked off the team and expelled from the university for sexual assault earlier this year.
The details come as part of OTL’s scathing report which details a culture of sexual assault within Michigan State’s football and basketball programs. The university’s athletic department has been in headlines for its mishandling of the Larry Nassar case; Nassar was a faculty member at the university for decades and sexually abused multiple students under the guise of medical treatment during his time there.
According to the OTL report, many accusations of sexual assault were handled by the athletic department, then headed by Mark Hollis, who resigned Friday amid the Nassar fallout. In one instance, Dantonio reportedly handled a sexual assault case by telling the player to talk to his mother about what he did.
“…any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false,” Dantonio said during the press conference. “Every incident reported in that article was documented either by the police or by the Michigan State Title IX office. I’ve always worked with the proper authorities when dealing with the cases of sexual assault.”
Punishment for crime is only right. I just hope that what happened at Penn State does not happen at Michigan State. Joe Paterno was vilified for what he did and did not know of Jerry Sandusky’s abusive behavior, and it sent him to an early grave. Let’s hope that the truth will overcome a rush to judgement at Michigan State.
Why should you be cheering for Philly on Super Bowl Sunday? I’ll tell you why. I’m a Philly fan. And, at least for this Super Bowl, you should be too. For a number of reasons, everyone outside of New England should be rooting for Philly.
So here we go:
No.1: The Eagles (pronounced Iggles for all those of you who want to jump on the bandwagon) have a compelling story. They’ve lost their darling, star, MVP-candidate quarterback Carson Wentz to injury. They lost their All Pro Offensive tackle Jason Peters and then Darren Sproles and several other key players to injury. And they STILL made it to the Super Bowl! How can you not root for this team?
No. 2: Carson Wentz is genually happy for Nick Foles. He is. As much as he would like to be out their winning the games and playing in the Super Bowl, he’s a team player, and he is helping and aiding and assisting Foles so that the TEAM wins. And you can’t help but root for that.
No: 3: The City of Brotherly Love is deserving of a Super Bowl Victory. That’s right. We’ve got some passionate fans (to say the least) and I’m one of them. And we’re Super Bowl starved to the point that a win on February 4th in Minneapolis would quench a lot of fanatic thirst.
No. 4: The fans aren’t that bad. No, we’re not. Yes you may have heard some harsh, horrific, wild and woolly stories about the fans. Don’t believe them all. When people find out I’m an Eagles, they say, “But you’re such a nice guy?” I love it.
No. 5: We’re playing the Evil Empire. That’s right; the Patriots are equivalent to the dark side of the Force and Bill Belichick might as well be Darth Vader at his nadir. So many people hate, and I do mean hate, everything that has anything to do with the Patriots, Tom Brady and all. So there’s plenty of room on the Eagles bandwagon for all of you who want to jump on board.
No. 6a: The Eagles are the underdogs. And they’re relishing this role. And why not? It’s so spiritual. God loves the underdog. All dogs don’t go to Heaven, but all of Heaven is pulling for all underdogs who have been knocked down and shoved aside and left for dead. And if you’ve ever been in the role of an un-liked, unloved and unlikely little guy, you know how it feels to be voted least likely to succeed. And then when you do succeed, it’s the best thing ever.
No. 6b: The Eagles were underdogs to the best defense in the league this year, the Minnesota Vikings. Yet and still their journeyman backup quarterback, Nick Foles, had the game of his life against them! Go Eaglesssssssssssssssss!
No. 7: The Eagles are destined to win. When Wentz went down, no one, and I mean NO ONE outside of Philly gave them a chance. So now they must be the team with the date with destiny, right?
So, let’s borrow a movie line from a touching scene in The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen and a young Amandla Stenberg as Rue. After Katnis goes through all that she goes through to get to the goal line of a victory and was on the verge of a unbelievable upset win, Rue, the cute little caramel colored girl who eventually gets killed imploringly gives Katnis a prophetic word. Remember what she says? She uttered these immortal words: “Now you HAVE to Win!
After all the Eagles have been through, now they have to win.