Saturday, February 28, 2009
Let's take note, the Broncos make a trip to the Linc sometime in this upcoming season. I hope the fans, while they can be upset at B-Dawk, give him the Iversonian Ovation and then some.
"Everything you did and everything you said is bullshit." - This is a not so memorable quote from Rudy, as stated by the scrub, Jim, that Rudy eventually replaces on the roster. Unfortunately I am applying this not so memorable quote to quite possibly the most memorable Eagle in recent memory - Brian Dawkins.
Dawk was a man who left his heart and soul out there on the field, and one of the few that brought it with him into the locker room too. He cried when he signed contract extensions, cried when he thought about retiring, and seemed to be the opposite of a prototypical professional football player. He made the Philadelphia Eagles synonymous with his name and vice versa. While not unheard of, there aren't many players who have the loyalty and passion that Dawkins showed year in and year out.
Personally, I have given Dawkins a hard time for being old and losing a step. I went off on him in our first loss of the year to Dallas and his inability to cover TO or Jason Witten. I forgave him and apologized (as I do to the TV pretty often) and learned to appreciate his "big game" tendencies. He forced fumbles, intercepted passes, and flung through the air like his alter ego Wolverine to tackle the opposing team time after time.
But that is over now. The man that we thought bled green actually did end up bleeding green - it’s all about the Benjamin’s. Dawkins, an emotional, spiritual, and Philly-type-of-a-character signed his legacy away when the Denver Broncos signed him. I can understand a veteran signing with a perennial champion to chase that elusive Super Bowl ring, but this does B-Dawk no good. The Broncos finished 8-8 and should have been 7-9 if not for a bad call against the Chargers. Brian Dawkins will find himself in a crappy division with a brand new head coach and a hot and cold quarterback. Don't let anyone tell you this is about winning - it's about money.
Many blame the Eagles for not showering him with the dough, but remember - Dawkins is almost 36, well past the normal expiration date for any football player. With regards to his recent Pro-Bowl season, he deserved it based on merit. Quinten Mikell had better numbers and was more reliable that Dawkins, but I'm sure Mikell would be the first to tell you that Dawkins deserved the pro-bowl because of his heart and passion. No arguments there.
While this may be a sad day for Eagles fans, try to look at it as a step forward. Dawkins instilled his wisdom to the rest of the secondary and they have become a feared group for it. Look for Mikell to take over part of Dawkins' prior role of motivator. Dawkins resurrected himself at the end of last year. Let's not forget the beginning of the year where we thought it might be 2 years too much for Wolverine. He has not been consistent, has missed training camp over and over, and is not an investment. 1 year, yes of course. 5 years from the Broncos? Gimme a break.
2/3 of the world is covered by water; the other third is covered by Brian Dawkins. What a statement. Perhaps in 10 years we can look back on a statement like that and appreciate him for what he was. For right now, and for the rest of his career, Brian Dawkins is a liar and a name that will draw deep sighs and head shakes from the always-disgruntled Philadelphia fans - you know the ones that actually bleed green.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I'm fed up with the Mets.
For those of you who haven't heard The New York Post published an article about Cole Hamels calling the Mets choke artist. Not only did they write and article about it, they had a nice big banner across the top of the page entitled, THE COLE WAR. Isn't Jose Reyes who said, "I don't know why they always focus on us."
The Mets are looking for a fight.
Cole further explained his words last week while talking with Howard Eskin. Eskin asked him why it was such a big deal to use the word choke.
Hamels replied by saying, "The word choke means you weren't able to fully come through when you were supposed to. I think the Mets had the top teams, they pretty much had the championships in the bag and they weren't able to come through. A lot of guys will perceive them as choking in the end and not fulfilling their end of the bargain because they should have taken it. You know what? It really does show the strength and hard work and I guess the deep down guts that we have to take it away from them."
That is the perfect definition of the word choke. Hamels did no wrong. If the New York media wants to blow simple words up to create a giants controversy then let them. When late September rolls around and the Mets are looking up at the Phillies in the standings, that's when Cole, along with all the other members of the Phillies, can look at all the New Yorkers with their middle fingers held high and continue to call them choke artists.
Alright, I guess after watching this video, Recchi probably should have been on the list. Also, Rod Brind'amour should have been on it as well. I guess a Wild Card ballot is looking ever more immanent. More details to come on this later if it happens.
Monday, February 23, 2009
As I said earlier, my plan is for the name, South Broad St., to become familiar with more and more readers online. Feel free to check it out at here.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Phillies took their tuxedo photo with the World Series Trophy earlier this week. You can't tell me these guys don't look good here.
When I first saw this I instantly thought of the movie Major League.
"American Express Gold Card......Don't steal home without it"
Friday, February 20, 2009
This is Roberts throwing out the first ball before Game 4 of the World Series this past season.
This is Roberts being mobbed by his teammates after defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-1 in 10 innings at Ebbets Field on October 1, 1950 to win the National League Pennant.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Photos can be found on the Phillies Web Site.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Photo courtesy of philly.com