Monday, December 15, 2008
That's right. Today December 15, 2008 is a special day. Because its the 40 year anniversary of another special day.
Date: December 15, 1968
Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia, PA
Time: Halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles - Minnesota Vikings game with the Eagles spiraling towards a 2-12 season.
The stands were full of angst-ridden fans. Drunk, annoyed, frustrated and sitting through a pathetic, rainy, icey, wet halftime show featuring Santa Claus.
As the story goes, the original Santa was unavailable, so they found a replacement in the stands; a drunk Frank Olivo, a skinny Italian man who relished the opportunity to be on the field. Unfortunately, the fans would have none of it, as the Olivo-Santa proved to be an even poorer imitation of a more well-financed attempt. They lustily booed, and pelted him with whatever they could find, from hotdogs to snow balls.
But they we're booing Santa, they were booing the product, the team, the effort and the display. No different than booing a bad call or a bad effort (see Manny Ramirez). And so their fate was sealed. But don't let a Philadelphian fool you. Today's historical date may represent years of resentment in distaste, but Philadephians relish it. They love the fact that others resent them for it.
But the fact of the matter is that the paradigm of booing Santa exists today. The effort and product put forth in 1968 was something that would be booed today by annoyed Philly fans. It was and always will be about trying harder and doing more with less. Ricky Watters was Santa, Derrick Coleman was too, Bobby Clarke wasn't and Chase Utley certainly isn't either...
The Eagles were a few yards away from having another return for a TD allowed at the end of the half. The good news? In those 2 games they won.
Touchback for Akers. Lewis gains 2 on 1st down.....yawn. Where is Jerome Harrison? Lewis gains 2 again and Steve Heiden the tight end is hurt...does not look good. Edwards again!! Deep pass to midfield and he has 88 yards receiving. An end-around with Cribbs gains 6. Jamal Lewis gained 6 yards....did I type that right? I-formation and Lewis just gains 1......sigh. Oh look a dropped pass by the fullback.
"Poor Browns fans your team hasn't scored a touchdown in a month." - Tirico
Timeout called by Cleveland with 3rd and 9 coming up.
Temperature in Seattle: 27 degrees with a wind chill that brings it to the teens.
Temperature in Las Vegas: 36 degrees with a chance of snow.
Temperature in Philadelphia: 61 degrees with rain.
3rd and 9, another blitz and Dorsey is hit as he throws and Trent Cole is destroying Dorsey. Zastudil will punt it away....oh my the Browns are missing a player, but they'll take the delay of game but Philly declines it. Aaaand touchback.
Eagles 17 Browns 3 with 11:24 left in the 3rd
Eagles @ Redskins will be called by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
McNabb on a play-action finds DeSean Jackson for a gain of 7. No gain on 2nd down for Baskett. McNabb fires one to Jackson on a slant and gets the first down. Buckhalter gains 4.
The debate about wide receivers between Kornball and Jaws should be great.
Curtis picks up the first down and McNabb just keeps picking them apart. The problem I have with Jaws is he thinks we know nothing about football. Westbrook gets 3 before being tackled by Rogers. McNabb is under pressure and.....what a strike to Avant.
"They shouldn't even try to get in the red zone." - Kornheiser
A blitz by Cleveland and McNabb swings it to Westbrook for a gain of 3, the pass was deflected. A running back screen with Westbrook and he gains 6 and is a yard short of the first down. Holy crap they throw it on 3rd and 1......THEY MADE IT!!! HANK BASKETT!!! Of course Andy Reid is smiling because every pass turns him on. Eagles have it at the Browns 16, batted down by Shaun Rogers. Dan Klecko, like father, like son. He catches a pass as a fullback and gains 6 yards. It's 3rd and 4, shotgun formation. DOWN GOES MCNABB!! KAMERION WIMBLEY SACKS HIM!!!
Another wasted opportunity by the Eagles.
"At least they didn't come away with another interception. I thought Tony would come up with something like that." - Jaws
Akers hits one from 34!!!
Eagles 20 Browns 3 with 3:34 left in the 3rd
"You know you're old when you look at Dan Klecko and say 'I covered his father'." - Tony K
Akers is a touchback machine......
Dorsey is running for his life and throws it away. Stewart Bradley rips up Jamal Lewis on the screen. Justin said he sucked weeks ago......want to change that? It's 3rd and 11......behind Dinkins and incomplete, 3 and out. Tirico is just teasing Cleveland sports fans.
"There you go Cleveland fans there's something for you to smile about." - Tirico....a Syracuse alum talking about Cleveland State's win
Jackson returns the wobbler to the Browns 44....Eagles probably can put it away with a TD.
McNabb is under pressure again and throws it away. Westbrook goes nowhere on 2nd down. It's 3rd and 11 with McNabb out of the gun, it's Jason Avant and that was another brilliant throw. He gains YACs and makes Browns players miss for a gain of 24 to the Browns 22. Congrats to Jason Avant for a 100 yard receiving game. LJ Smith catches a pass so hard that he falls down...gain of 3. Another run for 3 more and that ends the quarter.
Eagles 20 Browns 3
Eagles face 3rd and 4, McNabb's pass is knocked down by McDonald. Another red zone possession gets no touchdown.
Akers....GOOD FROM 33!!!
Eagles 23 Browns 3
Cribbs returns one to the 30.....flag down and this game is starting to get boring. The Browns are running the football......oh goodness this team sucks. Cribbs in the Flash Package picks up a first down for a gain of 12. Dorsey's pass is incomplete and Gocan just shoved the receiver out of the way but the flag is picked up because the pass was behind the line of scrimmage. Dinkins gains 6 on 2nd and 10 before being wrapped up by 2 Eagles players. Donte Stallworth, the former Eagle gets the first down and then proceeds to get booed. Oh wait Santa Claus just showed up....:P
Dorsey throws it right to Stewart Bradley. That was one of the worst passes I've seen in this season. Looks like the Brown will make it a solid 4 games without a TD.
Sure why not let Buckhalter gain a bunch to the 9 yard line for 26 yards?
"I used to wear that helmet." - Jaws
McNabb fires......TOUCHDOWN GREG LEWIS!!!! TOKEN CATCH!! TOKEN TOUCHDOWN! GAME OVER!
11:14 left, Eagles 30 Browns 3.
Once upon a time the Browns were losing close games against the Broncos. Now they are the laughing stock of the league.
"Yeah, they go into meetings saying we're just three plays away from being 9-3. Yeah, and we're just some body hair away from being GQ cover models" - Tirico via Matmonster
Comment of the night.
Cribbs to the 30 and I just want to see the Browns get a TD at this point.
Cribbs in the Flash Package gets 1 yard. Even Cribbs is throwing incomplete passes at this point. Timeout Browns......
Dorsey is throwing now and throws ---- AN INCOMPLETE PASS!!! Can the Browns just fire the entire coaching staff and Phil Savage? Ball is downed at the 14 yard line and the Browns obviously packed it in.
The announcers are talking about Andy Reid, again.
Kevin Kolb is in the game and Kyle Eckel picks up 4 yards. McNabb threw for 290 yards and 2 TDs with 1 INT.
"2nd half, [McNabb] was strokin' it once again." - Jaws
Kolb is throwing and he's hit, Brandon McDonald picks it off......HE SCORES!!!!!!!!! THE BROWNS HAVE A TOUCHDOWN!!! REJOICE!!!!!!!!!
30-10 Browns with 9:11 left.
Demps brings it out to the 24 yard line as the Browns don't even want to onside kick it. Eckel gains 2 on 1st and 10, Eckel gains 2 more.
"Tony I need a favor, can I mention Favre?" - Tirico
Okay so the Favre thing subsided quickly, scared me there......Kolb nearly throws another INT and what are they doing passing up by 20 points?
This is the first punt for the Eagles believe it or not, and Sav Rocca shanks it. Browns get the ball back looking for an offensive TD.
They're just ball-washing Reid now and it's annoying. Browns penalized for a false start.
A screen to Lewis for a couple of yards, and Jaws finally say what we've been thinking, and that is Marty Mornhinweg is calling the plays, not Reid. FUMBLE!!! Dorsey hops on it and they're just a comedy show at this point. Hansen drops a SURE interception on 3rd down.....the Browns suck.
There's still a football game and Kyle Eckel gets 5 yards and this game can't end soon enough. Eckel picks up a first down and the Eagles continue to drain the clock.
2:00 warning, Eagles 30 Browns 10
NOW THE BROWNS CALL TIMEOUT?!!!! WHAT?!! What a bunch of screwballs.
Fair catch at the 14 for Cribbs. Dorsey finds Edwards for a first down. Dorsey goes deep and that's incomplete intended for Stallworth. Dorsey throws it at the back of an Eagles defender.....ugh. The Eagles are blitzing on 3rd down and Quentin Demps gets his first career sack! 4th and 19 and Sheldon Brown drops an interception and that will do it.
Eagles kneel down and that will do it!! They clinch another win in their quest to make the post-season against all odds.
FINAL SCORE: Eagles 30 Browns 10
Good night everyone, thanks to all who participated in the first BNB live-blog, see you next week at my website for Packers @ Bears, and hopefully that game will be meaningful for Chicago.
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Then again, I still think the Steelers would have put it in regardless...sorry Ravens fans
Petey provides his insight on the play this weekend involving the Steelers and Ravens, his steps back from his Super Bowl picks (as recent as 2 weeks ago), and his Fine 15 is finely unreadable. Let's fire up the grill and get ready for another MMBBQ
The Giants and Titans don't look like Super Bowl locks anymore. And Jeff Fisher has some 'splainin' to do.Rocket Science right there. Yes, consecutive losses for teams' with the two best records in the NFL has a way of doing that...
The most controversial play since ... well, since the Tuck RuleBoth these teams will most likely make the playoffs and both teams might actually be the best (and second best) in the conference and while this game had some bearing on playoff position and the season, its fairly hard to compare it to a game that involved the playoffs themselves and arguably the start of a dynasty...ok, ok, Walt Coleman was involved in both, so there's some commonality
The magnitude of the play can't be overstated. If the play is upheld, it's fourth-and-three-inches, and Mike Tomlin has the biggest call of his coaching career to make -- go for the touchdown to win the game, knowing he might end up turning it over on downs, or kick the gimme field goal and play for overtime. A Pittsburgh win would clinch the division title. A Baltimore win would tie the two mortal enemies with two weeks to go.Again? Really? See above? I know its a big difference, but this game was all about the difference between the 2 and 5/6 seed in the playoffs...not loser goes home.
Or they can be 7-7 (or maybe 8-6) if all those plays start not going there way. What? I suppose you think they beat Philly in a game where the Eagles got real (reeeeaaalll) physical and owned Ben Roethlisberger? Or you blame the Giants loss on a bad snap, but forget the drive involved after said bad snap (and safety) which resulted in the win? Or the Cowboys game...ok, ya got me there.
Look at what this team (the Steelers) has done since Week 4, all with Roethlisberger playing despite a wounded shoulder: Survived a 15-round fight with Baltimore at home to win 23-20 ... won a slightly less physical game at Jacksonville the next week, 26-21, beating the team that had beaten them twice in a month in Pittsburgh last winter ... lost to the Giants at home, in part because of long-snapper problems ... impaled the Redskins in Washington at a time when the Redskins had won six of seven ... played the only game they really wish they could take back, losing 24-20 to Indy on two Roethlisberger picks in the final five minutes ... had the strange 11-10 slugfest with San Diego ... won at Foxboro by 23 in a combo platter of Patriots mistakes and physical dominance ... got a gift against Dallas in a game the Cowboys absolutely had to have ... and won a game Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will never forget in one of the most physical games you'll ever see.
So the Steelers are 11-3. They've had their share of good fortune, but to be 11-3 against that schedule is to be 13-1 or 14-0 against most other schedules.
The not so "Fine 15" - Where Petey gives us some head scratchers...
Let's review some highlights from Petey's Fine 15 during 11/23/08 , a mere three weeks ago...
1. New York Giants (10-1). Over the last four weeks, the Giants have scored 35, 36, 30 and 37, all against teams in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense -- Dallas (8), Philadelphia (6), Baltimore (2), Arizona (10). Not trying to be too gee-whiz here, but exactly who is going to stop this team?Answer: Philadelphia and Dallas...top 10 defenses
2. New York Jets (8-3). Biggest day in the history of New Jersey sports: The Jets versus the Giants in Tampa ... WITH SPRINGSTEEN AT HALFTIME.Bwahahahahahaha...Let's check Peter's 12/15 version:
"What? The Texans at No. 15 over the Jets and Cards, two division leaders? No question."Yep, from #2 to lower than 15...
6. Philadelphia (7-5-1). I'll bet you $1,000 that Donovan McNabb howled uproariously over the T.O. hijinks last week. Several times.Wait till the postgame quotes come out...then I'll give you my address Peter...
Friday afternoon, Montclair, N.J., four-way stop, and I'm at the western stop sign. I have the right of way. No car is at either the north or south stop sign, and a blue Maxima approaches the stop sign across from me.Ok...so you're at a four-way stop and some dude is across from you...what, nothing about the weather? Was there a fucking glare too? And you have the right of way by what virtue? Being Peter King?
I know I'm at a dead stop because I have to shift the car back into first gear, which I do only when the car is stopped.Ah...that's how you knew...
No? Okay, I gotta say it. Seriously, what the fuck? You knew you were at a dead stop because you had to shift the car into first gear (in order to go, I'm assuming?). Not because of something obvious...like you weren't moving?
Now, I'm not a DMV guru or anything but...I really couldn't find anything about failing to use turn signals being a "ticketable" offense (maybe there is?). And while rolling stops are indeed illegal, but about as common as "speeders" doing 60 in a 55..."Really ticking me off?" - Yeah nothing there.
I proceed straight into the intersection, and the Maxima, which only slowed down and never came close to stopping, turns left, in front of me, with no signal. Now, we can count the traffic tickets right there on three fingers -- stopping at a stop sign, not signaling on a turn and I think there's also a statute about really ticking me off. So I lean on my horn and the guy driving the Maxima waves me off. Like: You didn't really expect me to stop there, did you?
But what I didn't get was, Peter claimed to have the right of way and claimed the guy moved right in front of him, but at no point mentioned which way he was going or even if he was signalling...
I'm a bit of a driving hypocrite because I do my share of law-breaking driving. But I've always thought that these municipalities struggling so mightily with reduced budgets could make big dough by simply posting unmarked police cars around town and pinching drivers for rolling through stop signs and going 43 in a 25-mph zone. It might even make people drive the way they're supposed to.But the biggest travesty? Its a fucking traffic incident that happens...I'd guess a couple thousand times a day throughout this country...yeah, thousands. In fact I'm pretty sure I saw this happen twice today. If that's the most aggrevating thing to happen in the travels of a major sports columnist, then I'd imagine that's a damn fine week...ugh
Mmmm...He pretty much said it all right there. Hmmm: Massively bloated salary? Propoganda? Yeah, pretty much all covered.
I preface this by acknowledging that I am employed by NBC, the beneficiary of the potential to change the late-season schedule, so you rightfully should look at this and say, "Of course King's going to empathize with the concept of flex scheduling and pay homage to powerful Lord Ebersol. It's helping to pay King's massively bloated salary.'' And you'd be right, sort of. So skip over the section if you don't want to read my propaganda about how good flex scheduling is for the football fan from Orono to Oxnard.
10 Things I Think Prove Peter is a Moron...
a. The excessive reverence for the Heisman Trophy by ESPN had me wretching up my pork chop Saturday night. Did Jesus win the Heisman? Moses? Abraham Lincoln?That's not fair, it didn't exist until 1935...dick...
f. Why does every announcer say "football game'' instead of "game'' or "field'' or "player'' over and over and over in the same sound bite? We know the sport is football. Does Joe Buck say, "The Cubs are playing a heck of a baseball game on this baseball field?'' Does Mike Breen say, "This is a basketball game for the ages, and these basketball players out on that basketball floor will remember it forever?''huh?
i. Best new uniforms in the league this year: the all-red jobs of the Texans. Bob McNair should make them Houston's home unis.As in these? Ok...
3. I think you won't find me paying much attention to the Pro Bowl when the rosters are announced Tuesday afternoon. The game hasn't had meaning for a long time, but now, ever player wants to make the team and no team wants to play in the game. Too many players treat it as a nuisance, not an honor.Mostly because it is...
b. I believe in Kyle Orton.So, you're the one...
a. Why, oh why, if you're a politician in Illinois do you think you're getting away with anything big? Assuming this latest idiot goes to jail, that makes it four of the past eight Illinois governors who would have been imprisoned.As opposed to North Dakotan politicians who think they can get away with anything?
b. Jim Carrey is the new Adam Sandler. He makes a gazillion dollars starring in movies we don't want to see.And you write articles that suck ass but still get thousands of hits...
c. Except the remake of The Longest Yard, of course. The greatest movie of all time.That can't be serious...
f. Coffeenerdness: Did an exclusive interview with Marv Albert last night about his coffee habits. Turns out he likes three double-tall cappuccinos a day, and doesn't mind drinking them at room temperature.Really, I'd expect something with a little more bite...ba dum cha...
g. I have to get a life now.Hahahahaha. Point taken...
Alright let's get this party started!! If Philly loses this they are pretty much eliminated from playoff contention. Play nice in the comments and the game kicks off just 24 minutes from now.
Some thoughts about Sunday's action:
- The Seahawks won against the Rams, who have Josh Brown. The former Seahawks kicker made a living off of game winning field goals the last 3 seasons.......but he decided to go after the money and his old team with a new kicker won it on a last second field goal. Oooh revenge!
- Herman Edwards should be fired. I don't care if they are rebuilding, he has consistently proved he can no longer win in this league.
- The Panthers should be in the Super Bowl if they beat the Giants.
- Speaking of which, the Giants are in danger of losing their first round bye if they lose out. If the Vikings win their game and the Giants lose theirs, the Giants/Vikings will be for home field advantage.
- JP Losman is awful.
- FIRE JOHN MARSHALL!
- The Lions are playing better football....but I see no wins so who cares?
- Tony Romo was excellent last night, but the offensive line will kill him.
Steve Young - Eagles
Emmitt Smith - Eagles
Stuart Scott - Eagles
Coach Ditka - Eagles
Keyshawn Johnson - Eagles
Cris Carter - Eagles
Tom Jackson - Eagles
Chris Berman - Eagles
Which means the Browns will probably win looking at their records on MNF.
"He could also bring that package that we love to talk about." - Ron Jaworski talking about Josh Cribbs
Jaws already starting off with innuendo.
"Overdone like a cold congealed cheesesteak." - Kornheiser
Here we go.....I'm irritated already.
Quentin Demps will receive and Demps gets to the 36 yard line to give the Eagles good field position as we get this thing going. McNabb goes out of the shotgun and Brent Celek gets a gain of 2 on the quick pass. Celek gives me bad memories....FIRE JOHN MARSHALL! Westbrook gets his first carry for a gain of 3 to the 41 to set up a 3rd and 5. McNabb is flushed out of the pocket and.....FIND JASON AVANT!! He stays in bounds and makes a great catch along the sidelines at the Browns 39. A Kevin Curtis sighting, a gain of 8. Westbrook will....bounce to the outside and gets to the 21 yard line for the first down!! He ran into a wall and then bounced back out. Correll Buckhalter is not injured for once and gets to the 17 yard line. A draw play for Westbrook gets them to the 14 yard line. Kinda funny that the Eagles are running the ball well as soon as they actually use it. What a concept!!
McNabb looks for CURTIS!!!!!!! TOUCHDOWN EAGLES!!!! An 8 play drive and that was so easy and balanced. Eric Wright was the man that got beat and the Eagles lead.
Eagles 7 Browns 0 with 10:45 left in the 1st quarter
Kevin Curtis, making all the white boy receivers happy. - 49er16
Why are they running the ball, everyone knows Donovan McNabb is only effective when you throw 70+ times a game - Justin
Absolutely! This is ludicrous from Reid. ;-)
Cribbs to return the ball to the 28 yard line, after Gocan brought him down. Ken Dorsey will be coming out to throw his interceptions.
Lewis picks up 4 up the middle on their first play. Cribbs takes the snap this time and picks up the first down and more on the misdirection to the 40. Dorsey's first pass is deflected but caught by Lawrence Vickers who has running room to the Eagles 39 for the first down. Of course on the next play they almost don't even get the handoff away and Lewis loses a yard. Here comes the blitz and Dorsey gets popped as he throws and BRAYLON EDWARDS MAKES A GREAT CATCH!!!! He beats Sheldon Brown and gains 28 to the Eagles 13. Lewis to the 9 yard line on 1st down. 2nd and 6, another blitz and Dorsey just throws it to the ground. It's 3rd and 6 out of the shotgun and Dorsey fires for Dinkins.....off of his hands. So when Kellen Winslow isn't dropping the ball, Dinkins does the job for him. Cleveland still looking for their first TD in a month.
Phil Dawson with the chippy......GOOD!
Eagles 7 Browns 3 with 6:48 left in the 1st
That was a typical Dorsey pass. A throw to the knees from 5 feet away. - 49er16
Or a Charlie Frye Hail Mary.
Demps breaks free!!! Down at his own 43 yard line!!! Commercial break.......ugh.
McNabb swings it out to Westbrook for a gain of 6 on 1st down. Tra Thomas jumps for the first penalty of the night. Westbrook gains 4 on 2nd and 9....3rd and 5 coming up. Jason Avant gets another first down, McNabb has not missed a pass. Why don't the Browns ever blitz? Westbrook gets 3 yards and Kornholio is going on and on about Andy Reid being pass-happy. McNabb is rushed and throws it way high of Jason Avant who was open.
"You won't see Aaron Rodgers pummeling McNabb." - Jaws
That's Shaun Rogers.......
On 3rd down McNabb gets a good block from Westbrook and finds DeSean Jackson who gets YACs and is down at the Browns 23!!! They cannot miss a beat right now. Buckhalter picks up 3 up the middle. McNabb has weeks to throw and LJ Smith makes a play!!! Hey!!! He caught the football and gets another first down to the 9. First and goal, Westbrook goes to the left side and is tackled at the 6. McNabb's pass is DEFLECTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No one could catch that ball? NO ONE? Incomplete as two Cleveland Brown players blow a chance at an INT. McNabb is under pressure and rolls out for SMITH!!! Way too tall and the Browns hold.......oh goodness LJ Smith was wide open.
David Akers from 24.....GOOD!
Eagles 10 Browns 3 with :49 left in the 1st
Akers delivers a touchback and the Browns will start at the 20. Jamal Lewis continues to run into a pile and gains just 3. Final play of the first quarter sees Dorsey complete one to Edwards for a big gain to end the quarter.
Eagles 10 Browns 3
Jamal Lewis runs for no gain again to start the quarter. Flash Package FAIL! A loss of 4 and that was just terrible. BLITZ!! Dorsey throws it away and it's time to punt.
DeSean Jackson.....oops he goes nowhere. 10-3 with 13:21 left in the half.
Westbrook gets 3 on 1st down and then McNabb just throws a duck behind Brian on 2nd down. Pressure comes as McNabb fires.....it's CURTIS!! Down at the 38 yard line and once again Westbrook picks up the block to give McNabb enough time to throw it. McNabb rolls out and Hank Baskett for no reason catches it on his ass and loses 3. It's 2nd and 13 and of course Baskett will catch one for 15 in what looks like a zone defense. Westbrook hits the hole hard off of the left side of the line and gets to midfield. Buckhalter gains 2 yards on 2nd down. Holy crap they used split backs and Buckhalter gains 14 on 3rd and short....where was this Eagles team all season long? McNabb fires a rifle down the middle and hits Jackson in the seam inside the 10!!! A fantastic throw and the Eagles are looking to open up their lead. Westbrook was stuffed initially, bounced to the outside and gains 2 as Rogers limps off the field and he may have a stinger.
2nd and goal, McNabb to the end zone!!! Incomplete....why didn't he run? Oh well, 3rd and goal. DeSean Jackson takes the snap on 3rd down and throws it......INTERCEPTED BY JONES IN THE END ZONE!!! What the heck is Andy Reid thinking running a trick play from the 4 yard line. It was a terrible pass and the Eagles are making it hard for themselves.
FIRE ANDY REID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"TK: "McNabb and Westbrook should have called themselves 'flash and dash' a long time ago and Lendale White wouldn't have anything to complain about".
Ummm. It's "Smash and Dash", Tony. Idiot." - Mal
Dorsey is under pressure and throws it incomplete.....Jamal Lewis continues to run into people and gain minimal yardage. The Eagles rush 6 and Dorsey fires it to Edwards who breaks a tackle and gets out of bounds at the 43. Lewis gains 4 yards and that's just a bunch for him tonight. Dorsey's pass is deflected by Dawkins and incomplete.
Dorsey fires.....INTERCEPTED!!!!!!!! ASANTE SAMUEL!!! PICK 6!!!! He jumped the route, the pass was intended for Stallworth and Samuel gets his first touchdown as an Eagle.
4:45 left in the 2nd quarter, Eagles 17 Browns 3
Good point by Tirico for realizing that Samuel pulled a DeSean Jackson. Not too bright are they?
"Just because it didn't work doesn't mean it was a bad play call"-Jaws, defending the trick play on the 4 yard line.
Sure, Jaws, sure, keep on defending your team, and making us actually AGREE with Dr. Kornheiser, who also thought it was a dumb decision. - Yet Another Idiot With a Music Blog
Jaws is uber-irritating tonight.
Wright returns it to the 26, Eagles up by 14.
Dorsey made a nice NFL type throw to Asante Samuel... - Justin
I chuckled reading that.
Browns begin their next disaster and Jamal Lewis got clocked behind the line but pushed forward for a gain of 2. More yards for Lewis......a whopping gain of 3. Trent Cole on the blitz......SACK!!! He just whiffs by Joe Thomas and Dorsey comes off the field limping a little bit. Eagles called timeout with 3:15 as Zastudil punts to Jackson, he runs backwards and loses 1 on the return.
Westbrook picks up 4 yards on first down and here comes the blitz and a sack by Willie McGinest!! The boo birds rain down on the former Patriot as we reach the 2 minute warning.
Eagles 17 Browns 3
"Why do the Dolphins keep winning?" - Tirico
Because they like scoring more points than the other team.
JACKSON!!! He catches it and runs to the Browns 41. McNabb looks deep to Avant and HE CATCHES IT!!! First down inside the 20 yard line and McNabb is just destroying them. Westbrook gains 7 on 1st down.
Timeout Eagles with :47 left.
2nd and 3 at the 10, CELEK TO THE 1!!! Clock at :25 and counting.
Westbrook up the middle and.....he does not get in as the refs took a while to make their call and the Eagles call timeout. 2nd and goal and what will the Eagles do??
They will go for the touchdown......
INTERCEPTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ONE HANDED PICK BY BRANDON MCDONALD!!!! DOWN THE SIDELINES AND STIFF ARMS WESTBROOK AND IS TACKLED INSIDE THE 10!!! THERE IS A FLAG......on the Eagles.
More wasted points and the half is over. FIRE ANDY REID!!
Entertaining and wild stuff, Eagles are dominating but they like to make games difficult.
Eagles 17 Browns 3 at the Half
A Bad News Bloggers first. We've never had a live blog and tonight that will be broken.
Good news is my internet is fine, bad news is I'm freezing and when I stepped outside for 1 hour (as in outside at the park) I swear the wind chill lowered the temperatures to the single digits.
Who: Browns @ Eagles
When: 8:40 PM ET
Why: FIRE ANDY REID!
SSR's Prediction: Eagles 30 Browns 14
Feel free to make your picks or keep track of Monday Night Countdown quotes. I'll step out and be back at around 5:15 in the 1st half thread.
Here is Ed Werder trying to do his thing, and one Dallas fan does his best to expose him for what he is worth. This is just funny.
It'll have to be an abbreviated version today, but I will post the MMBBQ later today.
- Someone threw a shoe at the President. We'll post this because of his athletic prowess involved in avoiding not one but two shoes...secret service a little slow on that one eh?
- The Cowboys beat the Giants in spite of the TO-Witten-Romo love triangle. So clearly it was Garcia, McNabb, Ed Werder and the driveway's fault for all of T.O.'s transgressions...poor guy, he gets in trouble for everything
- 0 and 16 is just 2 weeks away. With the Saints and Packers lurking, it seems not only plausible, but probable. By the way if you go to http://www.0and16.com it redirects to the Detroit Lions website...yeah...awesome
- In the wake of blowing over $240 million over 8 years to two pitchers, the Yankees look to add a hitter at probably another $20 mil a year.
- If you didn't see the Steelers-Ravens game yesterday, you missed some serious controversey. I say "No TD" but they have one more down at the 1 foot line so I'd still surmise the Steelers score...even against the Ravens
- And finally, the 10 most surprising developments of week 15, courtesy of EC's DMtShooter.