McNabb Traded To Washington

The Eagles have traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins per ESPN’s always reliable Adam Schefter. The deal is reportedly the Redskins 2nd rounder in this years draft and a 3rd or 4th in next year draft for the aging quarterback who enters the final year of his contract.

I am shocked that the Birds would move him within the division but this tells me that the interest around the league must not have been as high as previously reported. I would never have moved him within the division unless the return was either a 1st rounder or a coveted player plus a pick.

Also I find it funny that this is almost certainly another case of the Eagles attempting to shield the spotlight away from their Pattison avenue neighbors the Phillies by leaking this info the night before the season opener.

On the bright side, Redskins games just got a whole hell of a lot more interesting.

I will update with more info as I get it…

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Flyers Playoffs Hopes Fading

A Microcosm of Scott Hartnell's season.

In what can only be described as a monumental “Mets-esque” collapse, your Philadelphia Flyers are in the process of going from an 8 point cushion and the 6th spot in the Eastern conference standings, to finishing out of the playoffs all in the matter of two weeks.

There are many reasons for the implosion but one of the biggest culprits appears to be a lack of determination. Injuries obviously are a factor, but the fact still remains that this is still a very talented roster that is playing well below anyone’s expectations not just the dreams of their devotees. Everything is coming to a head at once. The Flyers twenty-plus year goaltending blind spot, wild irrational overspending, and the frat house atmosphere in the locker room that lends itself to the organizations complete lack of accountability for its top players are just a couple of the obvious ones. All of this combined with having no farm system and 7 different goaltenders dressing this year spells disaster.

Players like Scott Hartnell and Braydon Coburn who were looked on to be giant contributors towards a long playoff run, have had seasons that if you wanted to put it lightly would be described as very disappointing, and if you cut the crap would be called horrific.

Yeah, that looks like a professional athlete.

Hartnell; who is seldom not falling all over himself, has handicapped this team with braindead penalties and countless blind giveaways. A player who when he is on; contributes with a physical edge, agitation and timely offense, only has 2 more goals than grinder Danny Carcillo. In the offseason Paul Holmgren’s first move should be attempting to find some sap GM to take Scott Hartnell’s bloated contract off of this organizations hands.

The supposed elite players on this squad are not immune from criticism either, especially their supposed leader…

Captain Mike Richards; who appears to only play his game when he has a red maple leaf on his chest, is on track to finish about 20 points off of last years pace. His leadership from the outside looking in can be described as monotone and generally lacking. He’s had some minor spats with the media and recently has taken to making excuses after terrible losses. My favorite was after the embarrassing 6-4 defeat to the lowly Islanders, Richards spun this gem…

“This is a hard game to assess. It was such roller coaster…we just came up a little short.”

Oh and I almost forgot good ole’ Richy’s comments after the shutout loss on home ice to the Habs on Friday night…

“We played real well, just didn’t get the result.”

I’m sensing a theme…I’m also sensing that the Flyers will miss the playoff for only the second time in 15 years.

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Not Everyone Loves Tim Tebow

Much has been made of Tim Tebow and how publically outspoken he is about his religion,  which just last month was highlighted in a pro-life commercial that aired during the super bowl. Well, another NFL prospect had enough of Tebow’s public displays of worship at the NFL scouting combine a couple weeks back…

Story from ProFootballTalk‘s Mike Florio

As we’ve mentioned once or twice, quarterback Tim Tebow‘s habit of openly expressing his religious beliefs could potentially rub folks the wrong way, especially in a locker room of grown men who choose to keep their beliefs to themselves, who don’t share his beliefs at all, and/or who only want to hear “God bless” after they have sneezed.

We’re told that Tebow already has gotten a taste of the resistance he might face at the next level.

At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups.  The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test.

Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow’s group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.

Said one of the other players in response:  “Shut the f–k up.”  Others players in the room then laughed.

We’re not passing judgment on this one; we’re just passing along what we’ve heard.  And it illustrates the type of challenges that could be faced by the team that drafts Tebow.

That said, some teams might embrace those challenges.  The final decision will depend largely on the composition of the team, and the personalities of the coach, the G.M., and the owner.

Who is the guy that told Tebow to STFU? I am already a fan.

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McNabb Might Be On The Move

The Eagles have a problem. Well, to be more precise they have multiple problems but for today we are just going to focus on their problem at the quarterback position.

With the mass exodus of overpriced veterans from the nest this offseason, it almost makes too much sense for the Eagles to move Donovan McNabb. Trading Michael Vick for a low pick serves them very little considering the giant PR hit they took when signing the convicted felon. Also it would basically mean the Birds admitted defeat in their quest to paint Vick as some type of super secret weapon that the amazing mind of Andy Reid would unleash on an unsuspecting football world.

One thing is certain, the Eagles cannot go into the draft still having all 3 of their current qb’s.

CSNPhilly.com’s Eagles insider Derrick Gunn reported yesterday that things may be picking up…

A league source told CSN’s Derrick Gunn on Wednesday evening that talks are heating up – but would not disclose for which quarterback. Nothing is expected to happen before Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, Gunn, while attending the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, was told by one league source that the Eagles want a first-round pick and a couple of other picks for McNabb. He believed the Eagles would not have to reduce their price because trade talk was beginning to heat up.

However, another league source told Gunn that the Eagles had reduced their price from a first-round pick and a third-round pick to just a third after failing to receive satisfactory offers.

But yet another league source said the Eagles have never asked for a definitive number of picks. They are currently weighing offers and deciding what to do next.

One of the sources also said that Buffalo and Oakland appear to be the leading candidates to acquire the 33-year-old McNabb, who wouldn’t be happy going to either team because neither is a contender.

Regardless, it appears everyone agrees on one thing: the Eagles’ quarterback situation will change before the season starts. One of the sources said that eight teams have inquired about one of their quarterbacks.

Another rumor swirling right now is that the St. Louis Rams are in hot pursuit of Donovan McNabb and have offered the Eagles a deal that would include their second rd pick (#33 overall). Both clubs involved have denied the story but that’s pretty much what you would expect.

If it is true that the Eagles could get what is essentially a late first rounder for a 34-year-old injury prone quarterback, I would drive McNabb to the airport. I am absolutely ready to move on.

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Eagles Reel In Marlin Jackson

This afternoon the Eagles announced that they signed former Indianapolis Colt corner/safety Marlin Jackson to a 2 year contract. On the surface the 2005 first round pick appears to be a solid addition. However, Jackson is coming off of 2 torn acl’s and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Eagles plan on moving Jackson to free safety; a position in which Jackson never started in Indy.

So let’s break this down for a second…

The Eagles solution for the black hole at the free safety position is a guy who has played in only 11 games over the last two seasons due to two serious knee injuries; is a natural cornerback and weighs under 200lbs. Am I missing something?

I like the guy if he’s healthy but what the hell is with all these experiments? Quinton Demps and Macho Harris were both drafted as tweeners without a set position in the secondary and both have been terrible. Jackson has talent, there is no question about that but there were other options available…

Just up the turnpike the Giants added playmaker Antrel Rolle last week and the Jets moved former pro-bowl free safety Kerry Rhodes for a 4th rounder. Meanwhile, we get a guy who makes Correll Buckhalter’s knee history look minor.

Why are the Eagles always shopping at the local scratch and dent shop? Did drafting Cornelius Ingram and signing Stacy Andrews not teach them a lesson about trusting guys with torn acl’s to contribute?

Thank god for the Phillies.

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What Can Brown Do For Someone Else?

What you can't see in this picture is that he actually caught the figurine in front of the first down marker.

Well it’s about time the Eagles rid themselves of Reggie Brown. This evening it was announced the Birds moved the underacheiving wideout to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 6th round pick in next year’s draft.

A lot of people always credit Andy Reid and his staff for identifying good young talent and locking them up to long-term deals early so that when those players are in their prime, they are paid well under market value (See Brown, Sheldon) for what they provide. Well in Reggie Brown’s case the Eagles could not have gotten it more wrong.

For whatever reason the 2nd round pick out of Georgia just never seemed to click with Donovan McNabb. He showed brief flashes of brilliance at the end of the 2007 season when Jeff Garcia led the Eagles on a cinderella run to the divisional round, but that was about it.

Remember when everyone lauded the AJ Feeley trade to the Dolphins which netted the Eagles a 2nd rounder for a 3rd string QB? Well they selected Brown with that pick, and now a couple years later they turned him into a pick near 200 in next years draft. What brilliant asset management…

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Canadian Women Like Molson;Olympic Committee Unaware of That

You think they paid for the Molson?

After all the fans left Canada Hockey Place last night, the gold medal winning Canadian women took their celebration from the locker room onto the ice.  Many of the girls smoked cigars with cans of Molson Canadian, while some kept it classy with champagne. On the surface this seems like a harmless event that many major sports teams get to participate in when they reach the precipice of their sport. Well that point of view is not one that the International Olympic Committee shares.

Like you wouldn't want to do this...

Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, said he wasn’t aware of the celebration until informed by an Associated Press reporter.

“If that’s the case, that is not good. It is not what we want to see,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public.”

Felli said the IOC will talk to the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Canadian Olympic Committee to collect more information for the purposes of its investigation.

“We will investigate what happened. … We will first find the facts and then act accordingly,” he said.

Both of those goalies are better than Marty Biron.

A possible big problem in the investigation is that the star of the game Marie-Phillip Poulin is 18 years old (Pictured above with Molson in hand) which is below the legal drinking age in British Columbia.

I'm diggin the glasses.

Just leave these women alone. First you don’t let them check each other which essentially turns their sport into a kiddie game . Then you tell them to not have a couple beers in an empty arena in possibly the greatest night of their lives.

Best Molson commercial ever...

This morning the team released a bullshit statement of apology.

“The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone,” the statement read.

“In the excitement of the moment, the celebration left the confines of our dressing room and shouldn’t have. The team regrets that its gold-medal celebration may have caused the IOC or COC any embarrassment.

“Our players and team vow to uphold the values of the Olympics moving forward and view this situation as a learning experience.”

You won a gold medal championship game in front of a sold out arena in your home country on National and International television and celebrated with your teammates when the public left the arena. Don’t apologize for anything…enjoy your medals you earned it. The IOC is one of the most corrupt organizations on earth don’t let their PC garbage affect your accomplishments.

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