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Lunchtime Extras: Eagles and Phillies Edition

Mar 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

Alrightmike_aphillieaday_utley Cool A Phillie A Day feature on this blog, featuring anecdotes and tales of their greatness, and some artwork. Today is a two-for-one, with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco sharing the spotlight, though I'm not sure Utley should ever share the spotlight with anybody. [Alright, I'll Write]

An Eagles trade rumor has legs. The Browns will be discussing a possible deal with the Birds possibly up until the draft, when they'll agree to send a mid-round pick in exchange for… Chris Gocong? Well, that's boring. [National Football Post]

Another way to gauge how impressive the Phillies are defensively: last year they led the league in fewest unearned runs allowed with 36. By comparison, the Nats frequently shot themselves in the foot, allowing a whopping 86. The Nats… ha ha ha. [Sports Illustrated]

As we attempt to track and decipher the never-ending stream of McNabb-to-Team X rumors, there's another piece of the puzzle worth figuring out: who these mysterious sources are. "Sources close to the situation…" what is that? Wait a second, this has become a situation?! [Iggles Blog]

Will 2011 be the final season Jimmy Rollins is in a Phillies uniform? He'll be faced with the difficult decision to choose staying in the place he played his entire career and attempt to continue winning championships, or going wherever the most money is offered. Professional athletes are mercenaries, and this one likely won't be any different. [The Fightins]

Donovan McNabb would like to play for the Cardinals. Some day. Supposedly. According to sources "close to McNabb." The Cardinals would like to get some use out of former first round pick Matt Leinart. This season. Probably. According to me. [Yahoo! Sports]

The Phillies bullpen will have some new faces, but even the guys that have been there awhile will find their roles are not necessarily the same anymore. The comparison to the 2006 team does not do much to instill confidence in the current setup. [Beerleaguer]

The McNabb trade rumors have spawned a rash of articles that claim he is and generally always has been mistreated. They generally point to his being booed on draft day, his lack of weapons in the early part of his career, the Rush Limbaugh incident, and of course, the fact that he's now on the trading block. Did I miss anything? It's tired. We all know how these stories read as soon as we see the headline, but it's simply business as usual in the NFL. All I can say is I'm glad somebody put it out there. [On The DL]