Archive for April 2009
Chicago Cubs fans are lovable losers.
We are obnoxious blowhards.
Buffalo Bills fans are fiery and passionate.
We are ignorant and emotional.
Washington Redskins fans are knowledgeable.
We are stupid and undeserving.
Why is the Philadelphia fan so widely hated?
Is it because we hate ourselves? Because we threw snowballs at Santa? Because we booed Donovan McNabb and cheered Michael Irvin’s career ending injury?
It is because we have the audacity to demand excellence.
We don’t boo indiscriminately. Take the Santa incident. First of all, it happened in 1968. Most people act as if it happened last Thursday. It is forty-one years old. Get over it. The guy who played Santa has.
The fans were angry at the team, not Santa. They vented their frustration with an awful football team at Santa. The team was ending a terrible season, and has a band start playing “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
A happy song? At the end of a 2-12 season? In Philly?
I wasn’t alive, but I would have been booing the team that day as well. What should we do at the end of a 2-12 season? “Great effort, guys, we’ll get em next year?”
It is not that kind of party. You want that kind of soft acceptance of a season full of sacks of awful? Try Detroit. We don’t want it here.
We booed Donovan McNabb? He seems to think so. He even seems to carry a grudge 10 years later about it. But why were they booing?
For months, the fans wanted the Eagles to draft Texas running back Ricky Williams. Even Ed Rendell, the current Governor of Pennsylvania, asked the team to draft Williams. The local sports station, WIP (which stands for We’re Idiots, People) sent 30 morons up to New York with explicit instructions to boo any pick but Williams. Thus, because a handful of buffoons boo the team’s pick, not McNabb per se, the entire fan base booed McNabb?
No. I will not accept that. Dissatisfaction with the team’s decision, cannot be extended to an entire city personally attacking a single player. To do so is absurd.
How about booing Michael Irvin? I got nothing. That was inexcusable and embarrassing. And, of course, we are the only ones to do that, right? I mean, no Yankees fans were happy about A-Roid’s injury, right?
And, of course, NOBODY cheered when Tom Brady went down last year.
That kind of thing only happens in Philly.
NFL Network’s Deion Sanders called us stupid and said he hated us. NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes said we don’t deserve McNabb.
On behalf of the entire city, let me say this.
We are passionate. We are knowledgeable. We are frustrated with coming close and not getting the ring. We know the team is too. That is why we continue to show up and cheer when they make great plays.
And boo when they don’t. This will not change.
Charlie Manuel said Phillies fans were the best in the world. Andy Reid has said it also about Eagles fans. We demand excellence and boo mediocrity. If you don’t like that, don’t play here. Go play in Atlanta, or New Orleans or St. Louis, or some other city that doesn’t care.
But when you win, nobody will throw a parade like we will.
Don’t believe me?
Ask Jimmy Rollins.
Look, I am as sick of this as you are.
I am tired of the teases. The Cardinals have stated repeatedly that they are not interested in trading Boldin, no way, no how.
ESPN’s John Clayton reports that Arizona is now willing to entertain offers for their unhappy all-pro wideout. He further said on Sportcenter this morning that the Giants and Eagles are the front runners to land him.
I nearly fell off the elliptical at the gym.
Here is a list of reasons why it is critical to the long term success of this franchise to make this deal.
So the Giants don’t get him.
That’s it. That’s the list.
There is no need to talk about Boldin’s greatness. It has been well documented. Here is the overriding factor for me: Last year, he caught 89 balls for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns. Not only would that have been tops on the Eagles, it would have been one of the best single seasons ever for an Eagles receiver.
Oh, did I mention he missed four games, including two for a broken jaw?
A BROKEN JAW COST HIM ONLY TWO GAMES.
The bottom line is, the Eagles need to sign Boldin to keep him away from the Giants. I have been stumping for Braylon Edwards in this very space, but that is only because the Cards have said that Boldin wasn’t going to be traded. Now that has changed.
I am not one of those guys who bashes the Eagles receivers. (Much.) I believe that, as a group, they are the best in the NFC East right now. In fact, outside of the TO year, it is the best group that Super 5 has had since he has been here. With a healthy Brian Westbrook and a TE who actually knows how to play the position (read: not LJ Smith), they are in good shape.
I don’t think they really need Boldin.
I think the Giants do desperately.
With the loss of Plaxico “Six Shooter” Burress, the Giants NEED a wide receiver. After years of Burress ripping out the hearts of Eagles fans, this team cannot afford to let Anquan Boldin go to the Giants to replace him. The Giants are not a playoff team without Burress. With Boldin, they are in the mix for the Super Bowl.
So are the Eagles.
Yes, the price will be steep. It will cost a first and a third. But the Eagles have 12 draft picks, including two in the first round. Throw in Reggie Brown, I don’t care. Get it done
They have to do this. They have to keep him out of New York. Let the Giants overpay Torry Holt or Marvin Harrison.
The Eagles need to overpay for Anquan Boldin.
The goal today will be to not take any cheap shots at the New York Choking Dogs Mets.
The Phillies are going to repeat. Let’s get that out of the way now. Of course, I say they are going to win it all every year, but this time I have actual facts to back it up.
PITCHING: Cole Hamels is clutch. He is as cool as that hotel in Sweden made totally out of ice. Yeah, yeah, I know about Johan Santana. Let’s see him throw a changeup in the middle of a typhoon in the World Series. That is clutch. That is Cole Hamels. Also, his wife is hot.
Brett Myers is an angry dude. He channels that anger into striking out a lot of people. Oh, and he figured out how to hit in the postseason too. For Mets fans, the postseason is what other teams do after your team has its annual September meltdown.
Joe Blanton is the other guy. I think he hit a home run or something in the World Series. For Mets fans, the World Series is…ah, never mind, ask your cousin, the Yankee fan. Wait, he might not remember either, it’s been a while for them, too. Look it up.
Jamie Moyer is old. Somehow he continues to get people out with his 43 MPH fastball.
Chan Ho Park (really?) is the fifth starter.
I never thought I’d say this: The Phillies starters are scary good. For the first time in, well, ever, they are not the weak link on the team. I know, I know, I have been looking for pigs over head all winter, but it’s true.
The bullpen took a hit with JC Romero being suspended for 50 games for taking an over the counter supplement that he bought at GNC and that the players union said it was cool for him to take. Seriously. Why do they even have a union? Other than that, they are money. JA Happ is available for long and middle relief, and can fill in if a starter gets hurt, or has to leave early to get back to the old folks home in the case of Moyer.
The Mets got Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez from Anaheim, along with JJ Putz from Seatlle to bolster their bullpen, as it was a big reason they choked like George Bush on a pretzel finished second to the Phils the last two years running. K-Rod broke the single season save record last year, and Putz was great for Seattle.
K-Rod was outstanding. He had 62 saves with a 2.24 ERA. It was a year for the ages, which is why he won the Relief Man of the year award. Oh, wait, no he didn’t, that was the Phillies’ BRAD LIDGE.
Lidge was perfect last year, 48 for 48 in save opportunities including the postseason. Ryan Madsen, the heir apparent to the closer job, flirts with triple digits on the radar gun. Romero gets back in June. Scott Eyre can hold it down till then.
K-Rod broke Bobby Thigpen’s save record. How about this? Both were 26 years old at the time. Thigpen never saved more than thirty games again. His ERA almost doubled the next year. He was out of baseball 3 years after saving 57 games.
I’m just sayin’.
OFFENSE: The first baseman has one MVP, and finished second in the MVP voting last year. The shortstop has an MVP, and stole 47 bases on a bad ankle last year. The second baseman hit 33 home runs with a bad hip, and has played in 3 straight all star games. Raul Ibanez is much, much better than you think, a significant upgrade over Pat Burrell. Shane Victorino was a Gold Glove centerfielder last year. Jayson Werth is no longer looking over his shoulder for a platoon. The bench is so strong that they cut Geoff Jenkins and ate $8 million dollars on his contract.
This team is deep. It is primed for a long run. They have an arrogant swagger that I would like to say comes with winning, but frankly, they had it before. It is why they win while the Mets don’t.
The Mets have added some big guns to their bullpen. They think they now have what it takes to beat the Phillies.
The Phillies know they have what it takes to beat the Mets.