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The Morning After- Eagles Beat the Colts

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Good morning campers,

I trust you all had a fine bye week, AKA Halloween...

Seems as if the chills and thrills did not end on October 31st as we had ourselves quite the game yesterday. It was most assuredly the Eagles most impressive win this season so far and from the looks of things not only is the NFC parody-laden, the entire NFL is one big EQUAL (=) sign...tma

The Browns destroy the Patriots, the Jets barely beat the Lions... what in the world is going on here? This is clearly the year where NO team is head and shoulders above anyone and it's truly anyone's Super Bowl for the taking. 

Let's get to getting...

TO BEGIN WITH...
Well welcome back Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, huh? Holy Moses, what a first drive, if you want to call it that, by the Birds. Course LeSean McCoy had something to do with it but man oh man I think it's safe to say the Eagles are different team with Vick and Jackson...

WHEN THE DUST SETTLES...
Of course just as impressive the opening drive and TD was, the subsequent 3 drives were unimpressive. I turned to MQ and said "you can't settle for field goals when you're playing Peyton Manning; it'll come back to haunt you."

MQ's response: "No you can't, Steve."

They don't call him the best color man in the game for nothing, folks. 

In all seriousness, how many of you thought those missed opportunities would end up hurting the Eagles at the end? Get your hands up... I know you all did.

THIS AIN'T THE BALLET SON, THIS IS FOOTBALL...
Look, I realize the Zebras are under an incredible amount of pressure from the NFL to crack down on helmet to helmet hits and blows to the head and of course protecting franchise quarterbacks but...

I think it's pretty obvious they (the officials) are completely and utterly paranoid about NOT calling something that they have extremely quick trigger fingers when it comes to throwing flags. 

First off the hit by Eagles Safety Kurt Coleman on the Colts Austin Collie was completely incidental; Collie was turned into the path of Coleman by Eagles Safety Quinton Mikell. It was the cleanest of football hits and my question is 'how can a player be defenseless if he's going for the ball?!?!?!' He can't be of course... else EVERY player going for EVERY ball would be considered defenseless and thus eligible for such protection from opposing defenders. 

I am surely glad Collie was ok; this was never about hurting anyone, however.... it's about football, a very violent game played by large men. Rules are rules and if you are truly prone and defenseless, you should absolutely be protected. 

BUT if you making a "football play", you know, playing the game... and the players on the other team are doing the same, then guess what Chico, you're fair game. And by no means am I blaming the players for any of this. By all accounts, they themselves are against the NFL's new rules of conduct, if you will...

As for the Roughing the Passer Penalty on Trent Cole - which oh by the by could have cost the Eagles the game,  was also, incidental contact. I don't give a damn what the rules say, an official needs to exercise his own judgment on every single play and anyone with half a brain could see Cole was going for the ball and Peyton's big dome got in the way... another travesty of a call.

This problem is league wide for sure. 

If you watched the aforementioned Jets/Lions game, there was a play in which the Jets Shaun Ellis was flagged for a late hit out of bounds on Lions' QB Matthew Stafford. It was a horrific call as the replays showed Stafford was clearly still in bounds. 

And I immediately said aloud that if it had been any other position than QB, there would have been no flag thrown...

BABY, HOW LONG, WILL YOU KEEP ME IN THE PENALTY BOX?
Put this in your pipe and smoke it...

*Two straight games with 10+ penalties for the Eagles

*The Colts six first downs yesterday via penalty

*Of course some of these penalties called on the Birds were, well, for the Birds... like that phantom roughing the punter call... did you see that one? Wow, what acting?

And one last thing on penalties... someone should have thrown the flag on the producer for those "Where the hell's the ball?" kickoff camera angles. 

DOWN THE DIAL...
Instead of the Eagles/Colts game one could have been watching Spring Break Shark Attack on the Syfy channel.

Now, don't act like you've never heard of this movie. You know you have the collector's edition DVD at home.

But in case you forgot, here's the storyline as per IMDB:

Danielle, a sheltered young teenager, travels to Florida to join her friends, Karen and Alica for college Spring Break week. Danielle falls for a good-natured local guy named Shane who runs a boat charter business with his mother Mary. Danielle also attracts some unwanted attention by J.T., a libidos fraternity party animal who will resort to anything to get Danielle to notice him. Meanwhile, Danielle's older brother, Charlie, is a marine biologist investigating a new reef where several swimmers have recently disappeared. But it turns out that schools of deadly tiger sharks have arrived in the area and Charlie tries to get the warning out before there is a huge feeding frenzy on the beaches of the Florida coast.

"a libidos fraternity party animal..." Wonder if Mike Mamula was the inspiration for that character?

HE'S NOT HEAVY, HE'S JUST BIG BONED...
Lord have mercy, did you catch the tape of a 13-year old Andy Reid participating in the Punt, Pass & Kick contest?

I swear it reminded me of Kramer beating up the 12-year old boys in karate class... something didn't seem quite right. 

CAN'T SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES...
When I first read about this one, I knew I had to share it with you all...

The University of Oregon, which gets a few sheckles from Phil Knight, recently unveiled its new basketball court, which was designed by someone named Tinker Hatfield (yes that's his real name). 

Ol' Tink is a former Oregon track and field star and is vice president of design and special projects for Nike, and designed many of the shoes from the famed Air Jordan line.  

This is what he came up with for the new basketball court... 

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Yeah, those are trees and yeah, it actually reads "DEEP IN THE WOODS" right on the court...

You insert your own jokes here... I'm too tired... 

THE BOTTOM LINE...
The Eagles beat a very good team in the Colts. 

That's the good news.

The bad news is I'm not sure how good EITHER team is due to the rampant parity that's sweeping the NFL. 

 Til next time and as always...

Time's yours. Food's mine. 

You can contact Steve Olenski at solenski@philly2philly.com or follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/steveolenski