The Eagles Need A Christmas Miracle

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Do you believe in miracles?

The Eagles just got one, as they defeated the New York “Football” Giants, 23-17 in OT on Monday Night Football (in the rain, mind you!) at Lincoln Financial Field. After a dismal and tragic first half, the Eagles scored 20 unanswered points to pull out a thrilling, come from behind, turnaround, must win game.

Can a Christmas miracle come in four parts? If it can, the Philadelphia Eagles just got Act One. Shakespearean plays are divided into acts and scenes – and always have a Five Act structure, no exceptions. But for the Eagles, we’ll make an exception here, because they need just three more wins, or “Acts,” to win the Division.

Do you believe in miracles? After tonight’s win, you just have too. The Eagles season has been somewhat of a Shakespearean Tragedy, and the heartbreaking first three months of the 2019 season has felt like and has been full of calamity and catastrophe, just like Shakespeare would draw it up.

But that was then, and this is now. Now, with this win, the horrid and hideous opening of this season can now lead to a tremendous, comedic conclusion. The Eagles are now 6-7, a losing record not so far removed from their historic Super Bowl LII win.

For the Eagles to comeback from way back, you must believe in miracles. This season has had more than enough heartache and had looked like it will end in heartbreak before tonight’s miraculous and momentous end. If the Eagles win their remaining games, they win the NFC East and move on to the playoffs. But they will need a miracle to do it. And they just got part one, thanks to a touchdown from Wentz to Ertz in overtime

Do you believe in miracles? You must. Christmas is all about miracles. The miracle of the virgin birth paved the way for every other miracle, including the one we just got tonight.

Was I watching? No. I couldn’t bear to watch, so instead my wife and I had on a heartwarming miracle movie on the Hallmark Channel. Yes, the Hallmark Channel. After the Eagles were down 17-3 at the half, I tuned out and turned the game off. But they won without me. We got the miracle we needed to keep our playoff hopes alive.

Do you believe in miracles? Yes it takes faith and it requires hope. And you must love this Eagles team, warts and all. Yes, I believe in miracles. And if you’re an Eagles fan, you just have to.

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Zach Ertz after the Super Bowl LII Miracle

Lamar Jackson For President! (or at least MVP)

 

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Lamar Jackson is the Baltimore Raven’s star quarterback and he’s destined for greatness. He should win the 2019 NFL MVP Award, and much more.

Lamar Jackson is the hottest thing since the iPhone 11; and LJ is hotter.  Last night on Monday Night Football, Jackson was the first quarterback to throw five, count ‘em – FIVE TD passes in his MNF debut, and he didn’t even play the entire game. What’s next for this MVP front runner?  The Super Bowl? The White House?  World Leader?

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Lamar Jackson is a rare talent indeed. Let’s all hope that he’s stays healthy and injury free as he makes a run for 1600 PA Ave, err, I mean NFL MVP.

For those who don’t know him or haven’t seen him play yet (like me!- no I did NOT see the game last night. I was too busy watching the Sixers blow a late game lead and lose to the Toronto Raptors. Seriously?)

Anyway, for those who don’t know who Lamar Jackson is, here’s the skinny on him:

“Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He played college football at Louisville where Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award.” And he’s not finished collecting hardware. There’s certainly more to come. Did someone say Super Bowl?

“Jackson was selected with the 32nd overall pick by the Ravens in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Intended to serve as a backup in his rookie season, Jackson became the Ravens’ starting quarterback after starter Joe Flacco was injured in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He earned recognition during the year for his on-field success, which included helping the team clinch the AFC North division title and became the youngest starting quarterback in NFL playoff history.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamar_Jackson  

And here’s how one reporter compared Jackson to Michael Vick:

“As somebody who saw every play of 22-year-old Michael Vick for the Atlanta Falcons up close and personal in 2002 as a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, trust me on this.

Lamar Jackson is no Michael Vick.

Jackson is better. He’s more focused, more studious, more disciplined, more incredible, more everything than Vick at 22. It’s not even close.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/terencemoore/2019/11/26/when-it-comes-to-early-stardom-in-the-nfl-lamar-jackson-is-no-michael-vick/#36bded6e4e87

“Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus”

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This is a 1991 Christmas film that you’ll have to tell me about, because I’ve never seen it. According to IMDb, the plot summary goes like this: “While newspaper writer Church struggles with the death of his wife, he receives a ‘special’ assignment. He must answer a little girl’s question about whether Santa Claus really exists. It’s based on a true story.”

And the Eagle’s win against the Oakland Raiders on a frosty, Christmas Monday Night proved once again that miracles are possible, and they do in fact happen.  And if backup QB Nick Foles and all of Philly ever needed a miracle, tonight was the night. Foles looked horrible, and did everything possible to lose this game.

On a cold winter’s night in late December, the Eagles had a chance to sew up home field advantage in the playoffs. But they were flat and cold and they ran into a buzzsaw of a running back that’s torched them before.  Enter Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders with nothing to play for but to be a spoiler.

And spoiler they nearly were. Both teams played ugly and gritty, neither looking like they wanted to win. In fact, this was probably the worst the football team from Philly has played all year, and yet somehow, someway they pulled off an undeserved win.

Ever been on the plus side of an undesirved win? It’s better than beeing on the wrong side of the tracks. And it makes you awfully grateful.

All jokes aside, isn’t what God did for us on the first Christmas equally undeserving? The first Noel was to lowly shepherds, signaling the coming of grace to the least of all.

It just goes to show ya; you can be down but you don’t have to be out. You can look bad and still come out clean. You can lose battles and still win the war. And you can make mistakes and deserve defeat and still, with the help of the God of Heaven, gain the victory.

Santa Claus is the holly, jolly, giving, loving and caring saint who indeed lives in the hearts of every child and every child at heart. And so I’m offering this simple phrase, to kids from one to ninety-two; miracles can and do happen.

You’ve just gotta believe

Don’t Pick A Bad Time To Have A Bad Game 


There really isn’t a good time to have a bad game, but here is a bad time to have a bad game.  And last night on MNF, the formerly playoff bound Washington Redskins laid a rotten egg. Against the Carolina Panthers, led by Cam Newton, the ‘Skins looked as bad as you can look. The ‘Skins lost a  critical, pivotal game AT HOME to the Panthers who are no way near where they were or what they were last year. Cam and the Panthers are generally a shell of their former selves that went 15-1 last year en route to the Super Bowl.

Kirk Cousins lost a fumble and threw an interception, and both turnovers couldn’t have come at worser times. But that wasn’t the worst of it.

Last night, the Redskins in general, and their usually trustworthy, productive and reliable tight end, Jordan Reed, had a night to regret. Reed’s Monday night couldn’t be any worse. The Redskins tight end, who is playing through a shoulder injury, caught one pass for 6 yards through the first three quarters against the Panthers. And he didn’t get a chance to improve those numbers in the fourth quarter.

His night was over because he threw a punch at Kurt Coleman late in the third quarter, which led to a flag and his ejection. Not too smart.

So, the moral of the story is plain. Don’t pick a bad time to have a bad game. Keep you cool and your composure, because it’s not about you. It’s about your team. Because you’re better together.

If You Ain’t Got Hope, You Ain’t’ Got Nothin’: Eagles All the Way, Baby!

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws a pass during pre game warmups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

As the sign says, “If not now, Wentz?”

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OK, OK, OK – so, I’m not supposed to get all giddy and gabby and excited and ignited just yet, but . . . It’s just that my Eagles looked so good last week! (Yes, it’s only Week 1) But, if my Eagles (altogether now, pronounced “Iggles”) win on the road in Chicago, and do so convincingly, then the sky’s the limit, right? 

So, let’s all watch wonder boy Carson Wentz on Monday Night Football tonight, and witness my Eagles beat up on the “Bad News Bears.” And then I’ll be back tomorrow to write a great post on how good (or great?) my Eagles are, and how far they, I mean “WE,” will go this season. I mean heck, the Redskins stink! ‘Dem scabby Skins are 0-2 and they’re calling for Kirk Cousins head already! 

So why can’t my Eagles soar! (Did I tell you that I’m an eternal optimist, and that all Eagles fans everywhere have been here before in the last 5 years? Yeah.)

Because if you ain’ t have hope, you aint’ got nothin’.

Altogether now: “Fly, Eagles Fly, on to Victory!”

Wins That You Just Have To Have

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Tonight’s Monday Night.

And that means Monday Night Football. And tonight’s football game between my Philadelphia Eagles (pronounced Iggles for those that don’t know), and the New York Football Giants, is a must win. It’s a must win for my Eagles in every way. https://godandsports.net/2014/11/21/a-must-win/

Some games mean more than others. Some games count for more than others. And some games are weighted heavier than others. I know what you’re thinking; no they don’t. Every game is weighted the same, you say. Not so. Some games are bigger and larger and greater in size and scope and significance than others. And I’m talking regular season here. I’m not even talking playoffs (Playoff’s? Are you kiddin’ me?) https://godandsports.net/2014/01/11/play-on-in-the-playoffs/

Anyway, all Eagles fans can do tonight is sing our fight song and hope that the home team comes with their “A” Game, because they’re gonna need it.

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There are times when you just have to have a win. Any kind of win. A win can be a break when you’re late on anything or a favor from a friend or a hand from a stranger. Those are wins, and when you’re in a straight or in a fix or in a bind of any kind, you just have to have a win.

And, believe it or not, these wins come by faith. Because sometimes, in order to get a break, you have to make a break.

Spiritually speaking, we need to discern when to go for broke and when to play the averages. We need to know when to tune it up and when to tone it down. We need to know when to holler and when to whisper. We need to know what’s urgent and what’s just important. And that takes maturity and sagacity and wisdom and understanding and insight and foresight. 

All of these come from God. And to get there, it sounds like we should pray the Serenity Prayer. Because there are some things that you CAN change. And in order for things to change, you have to know what you can change, and know what you can’t.

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That’s God’s Playbook.

To Stay Up, or Not Stay Up and Watch All of a Monday Night Football Game: That’s The Question

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“Oktoberfest” is here. Football, Baseball, Basketball and Hockey. So many games, so little time. 

For true sports fans, this is one of the best times of the year. It’s the time of year when all four major “food” groups — football, baseball, basketball and hockey, are played at the same time.

Football is in full swing, with the NFL leading the way and the NCAA men running right behind. Then we have “Baseball in October.” The ALCS and NLCS are ongoing (and we’re all pulling for the Cubs, right?) And the NHL is underway and the NBA is on the way.

So for sports junkies, this time of year is near next to nirvana. So keep up with the stats and the scores and the highlights and the players under the bright lights.

And stay up. That’s right — stay up. There are so many games on that run way past my bed time, so it’s tough for us old heads to manage. Tonight we have Sunday Night Football AND the Mets and the Cubs play. But the games don’t start until past 8 o’clock. And it’s a school night.

And tomorrow night is a big, big, big Monday Night Football game. My Philadelphia Eagles play a virtual “must win” game tomorrow at home in South Philly at “The Link” (Lincoln Financial Field) and I will have to take a nap at work if I’m going to be able to stay up and watch the whole game. If we win and defeat the New York “Football” Giants, we’ll be tied with them at 3-3 at the top of the Division. Yeah, I know — 3-3 ‘aint great, but it beats being 2-4.

So let’s enjoy the fall, football weather and the cool, crisp days and the bright, sunny rays and the crescent, harvest moons and the cold, frosty nights and the turning, falling leaves and the smorgasbord of football, baseball, basketball and hockey games to choose from. If only the entire year could be as exciting and as inviting as October.

Spiritually speaking, seasons and times and conditions change. Nothing is static, in sports or in life. And that’s one of the lessons sports teaches us. Don’t get complacent with the lead (just ask Michigan) and don’t think that because you’re in first place in April that you’ll end up in first place in September (just ask the Washington Nationals). And don’t get down if you’re struggling now. Things change.

So we all have to change and prepare and plan and make ready for what comes next. Because what comes next is better than what has been.

And the best is yet to come.