Evil Eagles Trying Hard To Sound Less Evil
October 07, 2009 at 01:38pm by Scott • 7 Comments »
I really fucking hate the Philadelphia Eagles. I hate them so much, that’s not the first entry I’ve started with that sentence. The Eagles occupy the same hate realm for me that the Gators do, except the Eagles don’t have any championships to back up all their yapping. And it’s not even the Eagles players or coaches I detest. They just get the reflected hate that is intended for their fans. But if the players do well, the Philadelphia fans are happy, and nothing is more damaging to us as a country and as a species than happy Philadelphia Eagles fans. I would rather be locked in a San Diego Cutlery World with Raiders fans than anywhere downwind of an Eagles fan. The fact that they get to enjoy a cheerleading squad that is consistently one of the hottest in the league only goes to prove that life isn’t fair and that Satan can take many forms.
The last time the Bucs and the Eagles played each other, it was in Tampa in 2006 and was settled on the right foot of Matt Bryant who booted in a 62-yarder at the end of the game to earn the team a win and himself his very own day in Tampa. Today’s Eagles players are using that loss as the foundation of their weak platitudes towards the Bucs and how they’re not taking any team for granted.
Strong safety Quintin Mikell said the circumstances surrounding this game aren’t the same, despite the similarities.
“What happened in that game [in 2006], it was really crazy,” he said. “We kind of melted. We weren’t used to the heat. It kind of got to us. But there’s no guarantee that can’t happen this time, so we’ve got to be ready to go out and play.”
Was Mikell at the same game he’s talking about? Because it was his team that did all its scoring in the third and fourth quarters. The Bucs choked away a 17-0 lead off of two Ronde Barber pick-sixes. The Eagles actually got better as the game went on, not worse.
“Every team in the NFL is good. Everyone has players. So you need to approach every game as a challenge. You can’t take a team lightly,” Justice said.
Blah blah blah. What a sad situation it is when we’re getting talked down to by Winston Justice. One of the most interesting matchups of this Sunday will be when Gaines Adams lines up on the left against Justice. Two big draft hypes that haven’t lived up to their potential yet going against each other. Justice’s big flaw was always against the speed rush, and that’s the only thing Adams has in his toolbox. Keep an eye out for #90 lined up as LDE.
Bruce Gradkowski, a sixth-round pick out of Toledo making his third career start, outdueled five-time Pro Bowler Donovan McNabb.
The author should know that past game records don’t evaporate after the season ends. It’s all right here. Gradkowski completed half his passes for just over 100 yards and a 60.4 passer rating. McNabb threw for over 300 yards and three TDs, though his three interceptions lowered his rating to 83.3. I don’t think you can legally use the words “Gradkowski” and “outdueled” in conjunction.
“To have a big game like that against the Eagles, who were playing well at the time … the way and the fashion we won that game was a big one,” said Eagles tight end Alex Smith, who played for the Bucs in 2006.
Aww man, Alex Smith is an Eagle? I missed that somehow. I knew New England cut him after they traded for him earlier in the offseason, but I don’t think I saw where he signed with Philadelphia. Great, now I guess I have to root for him to lose an eye, too. Sorry Alex, it’s not personal.
Second-year pro Josh Johnson is this year’s Gradkowski. Drafted by the Chargers last season in the sixth round, Johnson will makes his second career start at Lincoln Financial Field.
Jesus, does this guy do any research or does he just guess at shit and then print it? At least he got the name of his home stadium correct.
In his starting debut last Sunday, Johnson was 13 of 22 for 106 yards passing in Tampa’s 16-13 loss to the Redskins. He threw one touchdown, one interception and was sacked thrice.
That’s all I can read of this right now. Just keep in mind, the Bucs are on a three game winning streak against the Eagles. The 2002 conference championship, the 2003 opening game where the Bucs christened Lincoln Financial Field with an Eagle shutout, and the 2006 field goal game. If you run into Eagles fans on message boards this week, remind them of that.