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Imagining Life Without Football

Posted in Philadelphia Eagles with tags , , , , on March 11, 2011 by birdbytes

I hoped to not have to write this entry, but in three hours the NFL will be shutting down operations, being sued by the NFLPA for anti-trust (whatever that means), and things could get ugly.

For the first time since 1987, we the fans are forced to listen to million and billion-aires talk about how to split 9 billion in revenue.  Good times…

So it got me thinking about a lot of things that aren’t related to this title, but I want to mention a few.  I am not a member of a union, and my job security and salary is based solely on my own efforts.  I can’t earn “tenure” or collectively bargain for benefits, days off, or anything else.  If I’m not happy, I have to find — without any assistance — a new job.

Likewise, for essentially no reason, my employer can choose to relieve me of my duties.  There is no protection for me.

Why should that be any different for anybody else?  To be fair, I don’t know enough about unions to make a strong case for or against them.  I just know I don’t need one, have never been a part of one, and don’t believe that they are entirely necessary beyond providing some income for some greedy lawyers.

And that brings us to the NFL.  Greed is the central theme of this imminent lockout.  (They will tell us that it’s about transparency, but that is a fancy way of saying “Show me the MONEY”)!

In all candor, it is awfully tempting to stage a fan lockout once the dust settles.  We should all skip the first regular season home game for our teams — forcing the NFL to black out every home market once, losing single ticket sales, parking and concessions/merchandise.  Just to let them know we don’t approve of their ignorance, we should not watch any NFL in week 1.  It’s hard to believe that these adults are bickering over, boiled down, 9 billion dollars.  I understand the business of it — that is the league revenue and they’d like to get their “piece of the pie” or whatever.  How about *gasp* passing some savings down to the fans.  Why don’t the owners take $4 bilion, give $4 billion to the players, and then pass the last $1 billion on to the fans as cost cuts — ticket prices are outrageous, cable bills are sky high, a new jersey is unaffordable, $9 for a crappy beer (not even a good beer, Miller Lite for $9? Come on).   Not that it’s better in any other sport… but I can go to an O’s game for around $30 if I play it right.  I don’t go to an Eagles game every year, and generally when I do it’s preseason and I sit in nosebleed seats, eat in the parking lot, and don’t buy much in the stadium.

With all of that said, I just can’t do it — just like you, I’ll turn on the games in week 1 and root for my favorite team.  I can’t imagine life without football.

So raise your cheap beer of choice to swift end to the negotiations, the draft in April and free agency in May this year.  Because they need to get paid, too.


Eagles Offseason Needs

Posted in Philadelphia Eagles with tags on February 24, 2011 by birdbytes

I’ve been promising this one for about two months and before it’s put off any longer, check out my latest Bleacher Report article.

It focuses on five areas that I think the Eagles need to improve (not necessarily about particular moves they’ll make to achieve that).  I think it beats the Kevin Kolb trade speculation or anything related to the CBA.


Tag, Michael Vick is “It”

Posted in Philadelphia Eagles with tags , on February 15, 2011 by birdbytes

As expected, the Eagles used their exclusive franchise tag to retain their rights to Michael Vick if there is football next season.  I would like to see them work out a 3 year deal before the strike so that there is no remote possibility that they lose out on his services.

I’ll be writing about the priorities from my standpoint when time permits, but wanted to quickly give my input on this.

I like the move but it’s all moot right now because there is no real guarantee that there is a tag in the new bargaining agreement.  However, from what I have read and heard this was really their only option.

And frankly, Vick goes from $5 mil to $20 mil.  Not too shabby for a guy who is still on probation and only 2 years removed from a prison term, is it?

Pro Bowl Will Be Fun With Michael Vick Starting

Posted in Philadelphia Eagles with tags , , , on January 28, 2011 by birdbytes

The NFL Pro Bowl is typically a celebration of the season that was.  While to some extent that remains true for the players and coaches involved, the Super Bowl is less than one week away.  I’m not sure that holding the game the week before THE game is the NFL’s best idea, but it’s not like the Pro Bowl is all that exciting anyway.

However, this year is going to be different.  The headliner in Honolulu this week?  Michael Vick – redemption story of the century (this year).  We will all be able to watch his raw abilities on display on Sunday evening for about a quarter or so, without having to watch him take agonizing hit after agonizing hit.  You see, in this game there is no blitzing and it is all about offense.

If you thought quarterbacks were over-protected during the season, just wait until the Pro Bowl.  Usually the extra rules make for a yawn-fest.  But this weekend, I’m excited about watching the Mike Vick Experience in Hawaii.  It’s going to be a game (for about a half) worth tuning into.

Eagles Done, Need to Keep Reid

Posted in Philadelphia Eagles on January 11, 2011 by birdbytes

I am disappointed (not surprised) the Eagles lost to the Packers.  Thinking about rooting for the Jets for the duration of the playoffs, but I am focusing in on hockey and baseball at this point. 

I wrote another article that is featured on this evening, and you can check it out here.

Top 10 Division II Players in NFL Playoffs

Posted in Philadelphia Eagles, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 7, 2011 by birdbytes

I wrote another article for Bleacher Report.  It goes through what I feel are the top 10 Division II alumni that will take the field in the NFL playoffs this year.

There are three from the PSAC on the list.  Enjoy!

Eagles-Packers Preview: Part 4

Posted in Philadelphia Eagles with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2011 by birdbytes


All season, the Eagles have predictably started games the same way. Vick fakes a handoff to LeSean McCoy, rolls out and fires the ball downfield to DeSean Jackson. The last time it worked was against the Redskins. Now, teams are prepared for that early strike so let’s see if the Eagles coaching staff comes up with something special this week. Maybe a draw to McCoy, a flea-flicker, a reverse, a Vick run, DeSean passing the ball. Something different.

Here are the keys for the coaching staff to ensure they “put players in position to make plays” this Sunday:

* Clock Management: This has not been a particular problem this season, but it’s that time of year when you need those timeouts. Andy Reid has to use his challenges wisely and manage the clock well so that if they need timeouts at the end of the half or game, they’ll be there 

* Run-Pass Ratio: As was mentioned earlier, the Packers are fifth against the pass and 18th against the run. The Eagles are top 10 in rushing yards per game this season. I’d like to see them get LeSean McCoy just a few more touches—he is probably the least banged-up player on the team, and I suspect there is a method to the madness in not utilizing him as heavily down the stretch. Expect to see a heavy dose of the Eagles running game this week

* On defense, Shawn McDermott has to show that he can dial up the blitz in effective ways. It seems like every time they send six or seven guys, they get burned. I’d like to see them disguise those a little bit better and even back out into coverage to try to confuse Aaron Rodgers

Overall, I think these two teams are evenly matched and this game comes down to turnovers and field position. If Michael Vick can protect the football better than he has been, and the defense can create a few big plays of their own, the Eagles will be in position to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs.

The Pick

So as an Eagles fan, I desperately want to pick the Eagles.  It wouldn’t be a huge mistake to go with them (they are favored by Vegas).  The problem I have is that the Packers are healthier and playing better than the Eagles going into this game.  My feeling is that the Packers are going to win a tight game that will go back and forth with both teams having a shot in the fourth quarter.  Packers 30, Eagles 24.

With that said, what are your predictions for this Sunday’s game?

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