Good morning! C'mon out to Chickie's & Pete's tonight as they are honored by ESPN as the No. 1 Sports Bar in North America. The party starts at 7 p.m., when former Eagle Eric Allen officially presents the honor to Chickie's at their Packer Ave. location. Free crab fries for everybody from 7 - 7:30 p.m.! The search for answers begins at 5:00 p.m. with the Andy Reid Show, followed by LeSean McCoy and Jason Avant in the Players Lounge. Chickie's is the place to be tonight!
The End Of DeSean
DeSean Jackson may not have heard his alarm clock Saturday morning, but surely we can all hear the blaring alarms going off now.
They are clanging more and more loudly. Jackson's absence from a Saturday meeting and subsequent benching on Sunday could be nothing more than a kid oversleeping, but it seems like a lot more.
It seems like a big step in the direction of divorce. Jackson's time with the Eagles seems to be drawing to a close, and Sunday's benching looks like a significant nail in the coffin. At this point, it's extremely difficult to see DeSean Jackson back with the Eagles in 2012.
After yesterday's Andy Reid-mandated goose egg, Jackson is on target for 48 receptions this year and four touchdowns. In the last month, Jackson has just eight catches for 93 yards. Not explosive, not acceptable and not worthy of an eight-figure-per-year contract.
On the other hand, when he's played the Eagles offense has been explosive - or at least better than it was on Sunday. Without him yesterday, it was awful. The Eagles managed just 128 passing yards on the day. Without him, Eagles wide receivers caught a total of eight passes against Arizona for 55 yards.
Odds are, it's not going to matter. It looks like Jackson's last year in Philadelphia. Read the rest of my thoughts here.
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The Eagles have turned into historic chokers. No other team in NFL history has blown four fourth quarter leads at home in league history, until your 2011 Eagles. John Skelton (I have no words) led the Cardinals back to beat the Birds yesterday in a loss that almost certainly punctures all of the Dream Team's playoff hopes. The key play was a great Larry Fitzgerald catch - Tim McManus explains why in the world rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett was covering Fitzgerald on the play - and the answer is the Eagles didn't know what their coverage was.
Shady McCoy has been great on the field this season, but off it, he's looking a little indecisive. After firing agent Drew Rosenhaus twice this season, Shady has settled on a new agent... Drew Rosenhaus!
DeSean Jackson's teammates were less-than-thrilled with No. 10's absence yesterday.
Bill Lyon looks at the Eagles and writes "look out below!"
While the Eagles were imploding in front of our our very eyes, the Flyers beat the Panthers in South Florida.
At the New York Daily News, Dick Weiss recommends someone to be the next head football coach at Penn State... and it's probably not something Penn State fans want to think about.
Quick hits from other places:
Around the NFL, the Patriots whacked the Jets as Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns. San Francisco beat the Giants, which would be very exciting if the Eagles hadn't thrown up on themselves yesterday. Tim Tebow knows how to win - he completed two (2) passes yesterday, but still managed to lead his team past Kansas City. The Cowboys slaughtered the Bills, as Tony Romo went 23-for-26 with three touchdowns.
The NBA players union will meet with players today in a last ditch effort to come to an agreement with owners. Don't hold your breath.
This was a busy, busy weekend. On Friday, the Phillies spent a lot of money to sign free agent closer Jonathan Papelbon away from the Red Sox. On Saturday, Penn State players showed grit in playing their football game with Nebraska; they lost, but they played with pride.
Video Of The Day
The Bills David Nelson scores a touchdown and celebrates by giving the ball to his girlfriend -Cowboys cheerleader Kelsi Reich.
The Flyers play at Carolina tonight. Face-off at 7:00 p.m.
College hoops - Temple and Penn play tonight at The Palestra. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.
The Packers play the Vikings on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m.