Thursday, September 07, 2006

This just in: Philadelphia is on the verge… according to ESPN

In his preview of the upcoming NFL season, ESPN’s the Sports Guy has some kind words for the Eagles.
Meanwhile, everyone's counting out the Eagles, who absolutely REEK of Ewing Theory potential after T.O.'s departure and everyone acting like they were a 6-10 team last season, when the reality was this: Their defense was decimated by injuries; they lost McNabb in Week 7 and Westbrook in Week 8; and the T.O soap opera and residual bitterness from the Pats' Super Bowl destroyed what was left of their season.

Well, who has an easier schedule -- @Hou, NYG, @SF, GB, DAL, @NO -- over the first six weeks? With the exception of Dallas and Chicago, who has a better defense in the NFC? Why is everyone so willing to count out a team with a quality coach that's loaded on the offensive/defensive lines? Couldn't they do a reasonable impression of the 2005 Bears, only with a much better QB? I love the Eagles this season. More on this later.
Not bad, but here’s the real insight:
(Another reason to love them: After hitting rock bottom last winter, Philly seems to be in the middle of an under-the-radar resurgence, between Ryan Howard putting the Phillies on his back, the success of "Invincible" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," Billy King somehow avoiding a mindless Iverson trade (although there's still time), the upcoming Rocky movie, the hysterical M. Night Shyamalan book … I mean, all we're missing is the reunion of D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince at this point. I'm feeling good things ahead for the Eagles. Can't explain it.)
He goes on to pick the Eagles to make it to the Super Bowl.

But more importantly, is he right? Is now Philadelphia’s time to shine? Not just in sports, but in everything?

Of course it is. Every year is.

It just never seems to work out.

Bill Simmons declares Philadelphia the new Williamsburg, South End, Wicker Park and Silver Lake all at once [ESPN]

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