Monday, April 19, 2010

"Air It Out" Topic:Who Fared Worse in the McNabb Trade?

(This "Air It Out" was submitted from Ron F. from Philly)

We all know by now that the Eagles have traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins, but I want to take a deeper look into a team that may have lost their best chance to win a Super Bowl next year. The Minnesota Vikings by not trading for McNabb have put themselves in a situation where their entire season rests on whether or not Brett Favre is going to return this season, and I am not so sure that is the right decision.

Brett Favre is arguably the greatest QB of all times but his gunslinger mentatility has hurt him more than helped as of late n it quite possibly cost the Vikings a chance to play in last years Super Bowl. With all due respect to Favre he has no right to hold the Vikings hostage by not deciding whether or not he will return some time after training camp. Even worse is the fact that the Vikings would allow themselves to continue to be left in limbo by Favre a QB with McNabb’s abilities and track record on the market.

Is McNabb a better QB than Favre? Probably not but for a team with a running game as potent as the Vikings have and a defense that is one of the best in the league McNabb is the perfect fit not to mention his rapport with current head coach Brad Childress (former Eagles assistant). As good as Favre is he has proven time and time again that you can’t save Favre from himself. That gunslinger mentality has hurt him more than it helped over the past 8 years even helping the Eagles in the famous “4th and 26” game and reared its ugly head in the NFC championship game last year. Not to mention, what if he doesn’t come back this season?

The Vikings go from a Super Bowl Contender to playing on Wild Card weekend. I think as an organization the Vikings could not afford to take that chance. As soon as McNabb was on the market their first call should have been to Favre and the 2nd to the Eagles to give them a 2nd round pick. Then the Vikes could’ve started planning their parade route. Instead they didn’t pull the trigger, and for that, if they don’t win the Super Bowl next year heads should roll. No owner should put up with that kind of incompetence in their franchise.

The Vikings have a Top 3 Running back a Top 5 Defense a Rising Star at receiver in Sidney Rice, but no QB that makes absolutely no sense. McNabb would have instantly turned them into the Super Bowl favorite instead they are waiting with baited breath for a 40 plus QB to decide whether or not he wants to come back.

Quoting a phrase from twitter nation….#Fail!!!! And that's my thoughts for “Air It Out.”

(This "Air It Out" was submitted from Ron F. from Philly)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Coach Abe Kicks It With National Champions

Do you know the formula needed to win college football's National Championship? Well I don't know either, but if there is, I had a chance to witness the closest thing to it. Many people would not understand how amazing this trip was, but for any true football fan just read on and let the words and photos bring you along for Coach Abe's trip as he visits the defending National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide!

Recognizing Prestige at Its Finest
My journey took me to Paul Bryant Drive a street that runs through the University of Alabama's campus named after 'Bama coaching legend Paul "Bear" Bryant. As I pulled up to campus a little after 12 noon, I was greeted by a huge Alabama logo painted in the center of the intersection. The sun was shining bright as students were making their way to class while most of them were sporting 'Bama football gear. I mean the scene was literally perfect, only to be matched by the campus' beautiful buildings giving that historical feel to it.

As you pull into the parking lot where the football offices are, there it was. The 2010 National Championship trophy. The only one of its kind. If you don't believe me ask around. This was THE ONE.

After I shook off initial excitement I entered the 'Bama football facility. As I get ready to step off of the elevator there were even more football goodies. There was a wall with a mural of Coach Saban running out with the team before a game in the same room as "the trophy."

Then there was the huge wall in the main lobby covered with NFL helmets and names on it. I couldn't tell initially what the purpose of it was, but as you get closer the wall donned all of the 'Bama players names and their NFL team.


This wasn't it though...As I walked through the halls, I was greeted by every person that worked in the facility...I can say there's nothing like true southern hospitaliy.

Next stop for me was the Heisman. Even though I had only dreamed about it, my dreams had in someway come true. Haha, I got to hold the Heisman trophy in my hands. In a room where the walls showed all of the 'Bama Hall of Famers and 13 National Championships, was Mark Ingrams Heisman trophy. I was totally basking in the glory of it's presence. This is the Heisman trophy that people will be talking about for decades to come and I got to hold it and take a photo standing right next to it.


If you couldn't tell this was one heck of a tour. The best part of the trip was that I got to witness first hand how present day legend, Coach Nick Saban, puts together a product year-in and year-out to contend for the title of NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.

To be continued...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

EAGLES TRADE AWAY MCNABB=SMART OR STUPID?


I’m bothered by this move. After people calling and texting me to ask what do I think about the McNabb trade, you know what I think? I think every Redskins’ fan in the country should send thank you cards to the Eagles. This is a trade that has immediately made them a legitimate contender in the division. Honestly, it was the worst things that the Eagles could have done to improve their standings for the 2010-11 season. If I base this off of the matchups that the Eagles have had versus the division teams this past season and their returning players, with this acquisition our Eagles have become the 3rd best team out of the 4 in the NFC East. (Only atop the Giants)

Redskins NFC East Contenders?

With the off-season pickups made by the Redskins organization, they have to be considered a real threat. First off, they bring in Willie Parker. Although he has been plagued by injury, he was a 1000yard rusher for the Steelers and a major contributor to their Superbowl run. Secondly, Larry Johnson. LJ is still a beast. He was a 1000 yard rusher for the Chief a couple years back, helped the Bengals in ’09 and will be a legit contributor for the ‘Skins this year. Thirdly, let’s not forget Clinton Portis. Another 1000 yard rusher, Portis also bitten by the injury bug will surely comeback ready to go in the 2010-11 season, especially with Willie P and LJ to take the load off of him. Oh let us not forget the Lieutenant of this whole operation, Mike Shanahan aka “Mr. I Can Turn Your Grandma Into A Thousand Yard Rusher.” He is known for turning unknown backs into thousand yard rushers with his ingenious offensive line schemes that are yet to be figured out…Do you smell what I’m stepping in people???

The Redskins for many years were seen as being 1 good Quarterback away from a good team. They are already (pre-McNabb) to me what I would like to call, a 6 point rival of the Eagles. What I mean by that is that are capable of either beating or losing to the Eagles by 6 points or less at any given time. With the acquisition of Donovan McNabb, he is easily capable of getting the Redskins those 6 points. This is not good, not good at all folks. (At least for Eagles fans)

So What Now Eagles?

Well, “Now”= Kevin Kolb. If you look deeply enough the Eagles have already kind of been “rebuilding,” just very discreetly. You can’t deny that for the future, the Eagles are really stacked for success with the young players that they have. This is a great situation for Kolb as a young QB…and I will be the first to tell you, I was Anti-Kolb, but that was before I watched him play the two games in the 2009 season versus the Saints and Chiefs where he threw for 300+ yards in each. This guy really could be a good fit for the Eagles offense, but it’ll take some time. He has great poise in the pocket and he is more accurate than McNabb. With the McNabb trade, the Eagles have acquired another draft pick (#37 pick to be exact) in what many claim to be the deepest draft in recent years. So it’s not all bad for the Eagles. With the Eagles now holding 11 picks in this year’s draft, including five picks in the first three rounds, fans could be in for a lot more surprises. The draft picks gives the Eagles leverage for a lot of deals and hopefully filling holes that have been created with recent releases and trades.

With All Due Respect

A loooot of people are happy to see McNabb go. I was off the Donovan bandwagon long ago, but we cannot deny all he has down for the Philadelphia Eagles. 8 of 11 seasons we got to cheer for our team in the Playoffs because of him. That’s more than a lot of cities can say! Give respect where respect is due.