Oct 23, 2012, 3:40 PM EST
If this isn’t the most bizarre sports highlight you’ll see all day, I’d like to know what is. Terrell Owens was just going about his business at the gym one day, when a little person challenged him to a one-on-one basketball game. If you had to guess right now, who would you say won?
Oct 23, 2012, 1:44 PM EST
It looks like Andy Reid’s perfect record coming off of the bye week is in serious jeopardy this weekend. When the Eagles return to action on Sunday, they’ll be hosting the only undefeated team left standing in the NFL. That said, are the Atlanta Falcons really the big, bad unbeaten their record would make it seem? We investigate.
Oct 22, 2012, 3:35 PM EST
A couple weeks back, an anonymous general manager ripped the Detroit Lions franchise from top to bottom in an article that appeared in Pro Football Weekly. As it would happen, the Eagles and GM Howie Roseman especially are not immune to the wrath of PFW’s sources, shrouded in mystery though they are.
Oct 22, 2012, 2:06 PM EST
While there is a strong buzz around town that Andrew Bynum could lead the 76ers to an Atlantic Division championship, that enthusiasm isn’t shared by many league executives. In an annual poll of all 30 NBA general managers, the Sixers were chosen by only two of them to win the Atlantic.
Oct 22, 2012, 12:55 PM EST
In a bit of a surprising development, Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson returned to practice on Monday, and could be activated to the 53-man roster anytime in the next three weeks. Patterson was placed on the non-football injury list at the beginning of training camp following off-season brain surgery.
Oct 22, 2012, 1:29 AM EST
If the Eagles have any designs on making the playoffs this season, they can’t rely on getting in with a Wild Card spot, that’s for sure. Besides the four division leaders, an additional four clubs are posting better records than Philadelphia in the NFC. Dallas also shares a 3-3 mark, while Detroit can match with a victory tonight. Only Carolina is stuck on one win.
There is plenty of time between now and December 30 for the landscape to change, but giving eight teams a head start on six tournament berths means there are fewer routes to the postseason. The clearest path for the Birds is through the NFC East.
Oct 20, 2012, 12:31 PM EST
Anybody who used to visit Iggles Blog on the reg certainly would remember their video reviews. Unfortunately the video reviews are no more, but Derek has been using the All-22 to study the Eagles this year instead. This week, he broke down Juan Castillo’s coverages on every passing play the Lions attempted.
Oct 19, 2012, 1:27 PM EST
Once the pity party ends for Juan Castillo, the reality is he can find another NFL job next season most likely. After all, we are talking about a widely respected coach who has connections on staffs throughout the league, and he certainly is not the first to go through some shaming.
The real question is in what capacity will Castillo be hired by another organization?
Oct 18, 2012, 1:28 AM EST
Whatever your opinion of Juan Castillo and the job he did as defensive coordinator, that experiment has concluded. It seems to me Andy Reid had far bigger fish to fry, specifically as it relates to the Eagles’ ghastly offense, but you can certainly find cause for Castillo’s removal. If nothing else, firing your friend and associate of 14 years sends a powerful message.
Whatever the case may be, people were seeking blood over the club’s turbulent 3-3 start, and blood they got. Like spectators at the Roman Colosseum however, the citizens of Philadelphia do not appear to be satiated by a singular display of cruelty. All eyes turn to Michael Vick now as a city asks: will Reid squeeze the trigger on his quarterback next?
Oct 18, 2012, 1:05 AM EST
When Claude Giroux required off-season surgery on not one, but both of his wrists, the reason he gave was fairly straight-forward: Sidney Crosby. When pressed for comment on his predisposition to hacking the limbs off of opponents, a petulant Crosby was unapologetic for the damage.
Oct 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EST
Joe Banner actually stepped down as Philadelphia Eagles president months ago, but remained with the organization in a consulting role — until today. In all honesty, he was just biding his time while he waited to become part of an NFL ownership group, a goal Banner finally realized with Jimmy Haslam’s acquisition of the Cleveland Browns complete as of Tuesday.
Oct 16, 2012, 2:28 PM EST
After weeks where both sides did little more than mark their territory, finally we may be getting some good news toward ending the NHL lockout. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced owners extended a new collective bargaining offer to the players’ association on Tuesday, proposing an even 50/50 split of hockey revenue.
It was the first presentation by either side since before the lockout began.
Oct 16, 2012, 12:59 PM EST
There are a lot of numbers being thrown around today. Here are two you may not have heard yet: 54 seconds and 23 yards.
54 seconds is the amount of time the Eagles’ offense managed to eat up while clinging to a three-point lead on their final possession of the fourth quarter. 23 yards is all the distance the Lions needed to travel to kick a game-winning field goal in overtime.
Say what you will about Juan Castillo. The decision to promote him to defensive coordinator may not have been the wisest. Maybe he truly was in over his head. Either way, his firing on Tuesday morning was the very definition of scapegoating.
Oct 14, 2012, 5:55 PM EST
This is what happens when a team comes to rely on last minute heroics. Eventually, inevitably, they will fall short.
For three of the first four weeks of the 2012 season, the Eagles were able to score late to either take or extend a lead. The offense held up that end of the bargain again on Sunday, just as they did last week in Pittsburgh. But similar to last week, the defense would prove unable to hold the fort in the end.
Oct 14, 2012, 12:09 PM EST
As the Eagles get set to host the Detroit Lions, we are struck by the stark difference between being either 4-2 or 3-3 heading into the bye week.
Oct 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EST
Michael Vick has been sacked 13 times this season. Some say he’s holding on to the ball too long, others point to an offensive line that’s been decimated by injuries. Statistics indicate both have been responsible.
Oct 12, 2012, 3:22 AM EST
Hockey season may be on ice for the time being (clever word play!), but basketball season is right around the corner. In fact, the 76ers were in action last night, winning their first exhibition game in Orlando by a 102-95 count.
Jrue Holiday paced Philly’s offense with 27 points.
Oct 11, 2012, 6:00 PM EST
The Wells Fargo Center was supposed to play host to a nationally televised puck drop tonight, but that game between the Flyers and Bruins along with two weeks worth of NHL schedule were cancelled last Thursday. With the owners and players still stuck at an impasse, further cancellations are inevitable. But you already knew that.
Oct 11, 2012, 3:05 PM EST
We’re not ones to miss out on an opportunity to needle Cowboys fans on this site, but this time it wasn’t us — it was one of their own (and now we’re going to pile on).
Okay, so Troy Aikman didn’t exactly call Cowboys fans bandwagoners. He was talking about Dallas fans, the people who actually have a geographical reason to root for the Cowboys, not the actual bandwagon fans that you and I all know. I guess it’s one in the same, really.
Oct 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EST
Sixers fans have to be excited about some of the new additions to the team. But if Kobe Bryant couldn’t win an MVP while playing alongside Kwame Brown, how could Andrew Bynum?
Oct 11, 2012, 1:08 PM EST
In case you’ve been wondering why Ricky Watters has been in the news so much recently, it’s because he’ll be the Eagles’ honorary captain this Sunday, and will address the fans before the game against the Lions. Of course, Watters isn’t often remembered in Philadelphia for his 5,112 yards from scrimmage and 32 touchdowns in three seasons with the Birds. You know where this is going…
Oct 11, 2012, 11:33 AM EST
Are you performing your civic duty and cheering for whoever occupies the dugout across from the Washington Nationals? (Okay, so that’s difficult considering it’s the Cardinals, and wouldn’t get much easier if it were the Giants next.) Turns out you’re not alone.
Baseball’s general managers are united with Phillies fans in their opposition to Washington’s success.
Oct 10, 2012, 3:41 PM EST
Detroit finished with a 10-6 record and made the playoffs last year, so even where they stand after four games, you figure the Eagles will have their hands full on Sunday. But according to one anonymous general manager interviewed by Pro Football Weekly, the Lions really are not very good.
Oct 10, 2012, 1:59 PM EST
While Philadelphia prepares itself for the Andrew Bynum show, Andre Iguodala has been quietly going about his business in Denver — until now.
In a wide-ranging interview with Matt Moore of CBSSports.com’s blog Eye on Basketball, Iguodala opened up about his eight seasons with the 76ers. He admits criticism started to weigh on him toward the end of his run, and explains why he’s not the player you think he is.
Oct 10, 2012, 12:27 PM EST
Each week during the 2012 season we’re hitting up some of the most knowledgeable people on the Internet when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles’ opponent that particular Sunday. Today we are pleased to have Justin Rogers, Lions beat reporter for MLive.com, which serves the entire state of Michigan.
Kulp: There probably aren’t many prognosticators who picked the Lions to be 1-3 at this point in the season — and it very easily could have been 0-4 — but that’s where they are after three consecutive losses against San Francisco, Tennessee, and Minnesota. What would you say has been the biggest reason behind their slow start?
Justin Rogers: It’s easy to point to special teams as the biggest reason for the Lions’ slow start. There have been 10 touchdown returns on kickoffs and punts around the league and Detroit is responsible for four. (Full response below)
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