Philly Tastes Agony
For a certain segment of Redskins fan, just about ending the Eagles' playoff chances was an entirely worthy goal, one that took away the word "meaningless" from yesterday's win. There was definitely joy streaming off the faces of the chanting masses who mocked Eagles fans on their way out of FedEx. Well, joy, and snot. And bad words. Plus, two guys had liberated a massive Budweiser "Drink Responsibly" banner and were parading around with it above their heads.
And to make it all even better, there were some green-type guys who had been strolling around the concourse at halftime with homemade signs of their own, bearing all the Philly teams' logos, reading "City of Champions." Now that's good times. Sure, most of you hate the Cowboys more than the Eagles, but the satisfaction of keeping this particular city out of the playoffs is pretty acute: the Flyers knocked out the Caps a year ago, the 76ers beat the Wizards over the weekend, the Phillies title has Philly fans feeling cheeky, the Eagles' star player dismissed the Redskins after the teams' first meeting, and the fans threw eggs.
So to keep the good times rolling, here are some nuggets of agony from the Philly press. Obviously, we've had agony of our own 'round these parts, but it's a different sort of agony. The D.C. agony is a bit more laced with anger and disgust and a search for explanations and scapegoats; it's baking a cake made inedible by bad eggs, realizing it's nasty, throwing it in the trash can with a few expletives, and going to the grocery store to obnoxiously complain. The Philly agony is a bit more self-loathing and fatalistic, trending more toward despair; it's baking a bad cake with bad eggs, then forcing yourself to eat it, vomiting on the kitchen floor and flinging the upchuck at passersby while cursing the day of your birth. Anyhow:
* Of course, the receiver wasn't quite in the end zone when he caught the ball. Of course, the team straining to score was out of timeouts and had to watch helplessly as the final seconds ticked off the clock. We're talking about the Eagles here. How else do close losses end?
* The Eagles got what they deserved yesterday, every last shovel full. And they knew it, all of them, from coach Andy Reid on down. There was clarity in their disaster. They looked themselves and the playoffs in the mirror and they blinked. Nobody could even pretend to kid himself....They're better than this on paper, is what [Sheldon] Brown was saying. But he has been around long enough to know, even before the disaster that was yesterday afternoon. As he said, his honesty tinged with sadness, "Paper don't mean crap."
* I know that in 30 years, when my liver gives out, today is just one of many Eagles-related contributing factors. Hey, at least we still have the world [bleeping] champions... I say we let Charlie Manuel coach the Birds, can't be any worse than the Reid/Morninwheg cluster[bleep].
* Even with everything set up perfectly, this was still the Eagles, and that is still the mindset. Regardless of how well things are set up, disaster is just around the corner. Things never end well. When you think they're going to, it's just the Football Gods messing with your mind. For 25 years, this mentality was true for following all of the Philadelphia teams. But then the Phillies won the World Series. And we started asking questions like Will this change how we view sports in this city? And the answer is no, not until pitchers and catchers report at least.
* Ah, the pressure. Oh, the pain. Both proved too much for the Eagles' overwhelmed receiving corps in their 10-3 loss to the Redskins yesterday.
* Which Eagles team will show up next Sunday? At this point, it doesn't really matter.
* Redskins fans: Lots of empty seats at FedEx Field yesterday. Lots of pig noses, too. That's ugly both ways.... Jim Zorn: The guy who recently said, "I feel like the worst coach in America," managed to beat the Birds. It doesn't get much worse than that.
* With a playoff berth there for the taking, [Andy] Reid got back to his familiar balanced approach: He called passes as well as throws....He repeated the mistakes that lost one game against Washington and gave this must-win game away. Reid managed to make the self-proclaimed "worst coach in America" the second-worst coach on the field.
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