Eagles Fans Deal With Defeat
Sorry, need to use this quote again:
"The heart is bleeding tonight. There's blood in the streets."--actual Philly caller, actually speaking seriously to WIP at around 2:20 am last night.
Based on the call-in shows last night, Eagles fans are handling this loss with typical grace and restraint. The key questions seem to be when McNabb should be benched, when Reid should be fired, and how many strokes are contained in a proper self-flagellation routine.
You'll recall that yesterday, I pointed out how seven Philly Inquirer experts had predicted an Eagles win? Well, today they're getting with the self-flagellation program.
Game story: "After two games of this Eagles season, the numbers are bad, the record is worse, and there are countless reasons for head coach Andy Reid, his players, and the fan base to be deeply concerned."
Bob Ford: "Some offenses like to slash through the opposition. Some like to slice through the opposition. The Eagles seemed intent on beating Washington with a thousand paper cuts."
Phil Sheridan: "While the Phillies were turning an 11-0 lead into a white-knuckle thrill ride in St. Louis, the Eagles were getting themselves beaten by a not-very-good football team playing not-very-good football." So ok, my 24-10 Eagles pick doesn't look that great, but I'm telling you, the Redskins still smell bad.
Rich Hofmann: "They have significant problems and this will be very hard. Even if it ends up OK in the end, this will not be easy on the eyes. That seems to be a certainty."
Bill Conlin: "The way the Eagles and Washington Redskins went at each other last night in an early-season, "Monday Night Football'' pop quiz - a disaster of a 20-12 loss - it was obvious that Reid and NASCAR's Joe Gibbs had examined each other's restrictor plates, determined each football team was of legal horsepower and that trading field goals on the ratty paint that passes for grass in Lincoln Financial Field would be their contribution to the scarred integrity of the National Football League, a confederacy of former scholars from some of academe's most hallowed halls." (No, I don't know what that all means, either.)
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