First of all, before we delve into the Iggles chances this year - I'd like to mention tonight's Edmonton/B.C. game. Yes that's right, the CFL. If you were watching it you probably saw the sequence of plays in question.
I'm talking about the vicious hit that Eskimo receiver Kamau Peterson took in the 3rd quarter. He came across the middle, took a wallop in the mouth, hung onto the ball, popped up and proceeded to reveal Jason Tucker's number 83 under his jersey. It was absolutely electric. The next play from scrimmage was an Edmonton touchdown pass.
The Eskimo's were dead in the water before that Peterson catch. There hasn't been such an obvious momentum-changer since Stalingrad in the winter of '43.
That's one of the things I love most about sports - you just never know when one of those moments is going to come along that just totally turns a game on its head. And it was a great thing to see tonight.
But I digress...
If you choose to you can live your life alone
Now, I'm not entirely certain what a whippoorwill is (I think it's a high-powered outboard boat motor of some kind), but I'm pretty sure I don't want it zapping me with anything - especially between the eyes. But that's really neither here nor there, as this song really has nothing to do with the Eagles - other than it has Philadelphia in the title. And right now I'm ok with that.
As for things that actually do pertain to the Eagles - I must say I'm pretty intrigued by this team. I willingly admit that I have not looked at the Eagles schedule (it is literally on the other side of my living room, can you blame me?) - but I think they have the potential to be sneaky-good this season. I think they'll catch some teams by surprise.
Donovan McNabb appears to be fully healthy again for the first time in
*May not actually be true.
On defence, the Eagles should again be solid - as they generally have been in recent years. The additions of Asante Samuel and Chris Clemons will just make them that much better. I always like watching the Eagles defence because they blitz more than the Germans in '40 and '41 (if you're scoring at home, that's a solid two WWII references so far).
The Eagles absolutely have all the tools to compete in the NFC - the big question for them is going to be health. While not ancient, their offensive is aging - and bodies tend to break down much easier when that happens. But it's Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook Philly should be worried about. If either of those two go down for extended periods the Eagles are finished. I don't think McNabb has finished a season since Doogie Howser was still in the closet - actually that wasn't that long ago, but it's late and I was struggling for a reference. Likewise, Westbrook seems to get nicked up every season but so far has been lucky avoiding major injuries. The Eagles will need a clean bill of health to compete - but if healthy they have the potential to compete for a playoff spot.