Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Eagles Thoughts This Week

Its been a few days since I've posted, been working. I figured now was as good a time as any to chime in about the Eagles.

In case you missed it. Donovan spoke to the media on Wednesday. And the Philly press went ga-ga. You see the man can't buy a break. When he didn't talk, speculation ran rampant. McNabb was pissed, wrote some (actually he was out getting ice cream with his kids, though he does admit that the selection of a QB as the Birds first pick in the draft was a bit shocking); other chimed in that he was mad and didn't talk to head coach Andy Reid for days. I'll admit this much, the two didn't talk until the Tuesday after the draft. Big whoop. There were days at work when I never say my boss, let alone spoke a peep to him. However, in this environment, where every word is parsed for meaning and gesture broken down for greater meaning, the LACK of talk somehow took on a life of its own. (and I can damn well guarantee you, that if AR and Donovan had had a pow-wow first thing Monday morning, the Philly press would've run with that as well).

Now that he HAS talked, every bit of minutae about it has been dissected. The rundown:
- The Birds have LOST CONTROL of their star.
- Donovan has flown the nest.
The gists: McNabb chose to a venue outside the NovaCare facility, and used a former Eagles employee (recently let go, but who handled McNabb's public appearance for 8 years) to set up interviews at the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, N.J.

This is a sign of the coming apocalypse according to the pundits. The Eagles brass will undoubtedly be "fuming" at McNabb for "snubbing" them. And this story won't die - even if (or maybe especially if) no one comments - because the press will just KEEP writing about it, regardless. There is NO other story in Philadelphia, barring the Phillies trading Ryan Howard, that is guaranteed to sell papers like a QB-saga, trumped up or real. So they'll keep flogging the horse until its glue.

Meanwhile, the rest of us are left in the cold, waiting for someone to write about something truly noteworthy. The mini-camp should provide some temporary relief, I hope.

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