Monday, January 19, 2009

Yep, It Still Hurts

I guess we now know the answer.

Would the Phillies winning the World Series (and ending the the city's long title drought) make losses by the city's other teams any less painful? The answer is...it does not.

Yesterday's loss hurt as much, if not more, than the Eagles' other championship game losses. For this fan it is painful to watch highlight shows, read the sports section, listen to the radio shows, or talk about the game today.

And it sucks even worse that we fans care more than the smiling Samuel and the chest-bumping Buckhalter!

5 comments:

colonel said...

How many more days until Pitchers and Catchers report to Phillies Spring Training? That's what I'm looking foward to!

jk said...

Sorry dude. Zo sends her love. xoxo

bobby said...

A lot of people will focus on McNabb's inability to drive down the field at the end and score the tying touchdown. Yes, that would have been great. But the reality is that's just not who McNabb is. He never has been and never will be the guy who directs his team to the big score in the final 2 minutes. And we all know that. So really McNabb did what he does best: Play a very good overall game (yes, with several missed opportunities along the way) and put his team in a position to win the game.

The real matchup that lost the game yesterday was between Todd Haley and Jim Johnson. Except for the 3rd quarter and a few minutes of the 4th, the Eagles defense was completely outplayed by the Cardinals offense, and that is what ultimately lost the game. Even though it looked like the Eagles D had gotten their mojo back in the 2nd half, when it came to 'gut check' time (as you so aptly put it), they failed miserably.

It's clear that what the Eagles need to do to win the big one is to have the lead, preferably 10 pts or more, when the offense has the ball late in the game. That means the defense has to shut down the other team' offense for more than just a quarter. More specifically, I'd say it means that the Eagles can't expect to win the big one if the other team scores more than 17-20 points.

So does McNabb go? Does Reid go? No chance. (Except for the possibility of a McNabb contract dispute.) You could make the argument that what the Eagles need most is to beef up their defense so that they are able to shut down any offense they encounter. Of course, we all thought they already had that in place, but apparently not. And if the breakdown was defensive game plan, does that mean it may be time for a new defensive coordinator?

Anonymous said...

AZ CARDINALS WIN! WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVE ALL DOUBTERS WRONG!!!! I AM SO PROUD OF OUR CARDINALS!! WAY TO GO!!! PRIDE IN THE DESERT!!

AZLatinagirl said...

Yay Cardinals are going to the Superbowl!!! Good game and we will shock the world!!!!!!!!!
"Destiny in the Desert"