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Good morning campers,

I want to wish everyone a safe and healthy and joyous Thanksgiving. I know this year is going to be especially tough for my wife, as this will be her first Thanksgiving without her mom Peg- who passed away earlier this year.

From the moment we started dating a million years ago, Thanksgiving was ALWAYS with her side of the family at her mom’s house, and it was always a great time: delicious food, good company, and I know Peg loved every second of it. She just loved being with her family, and we all loved being there with her, too.tma

She is missed tremendously, but I know in my heart she will be right there with us the whole time as celebrate our first Thanksgiving without her.

So God bless everyone, and just try and remember to enjoy who you are with and really treasure the things to be thankful for – like each other.

Ok, time to get to getting… and yes, in case you’re wondering, it’s getting harder and harder to muster the strength to put “pen to paper” every week and actually exert energy to write TMA.

But hey, I do it for you… those will commiserate right along with me.

And best wishes to MQ, who was home sick with the flu yesterday while I was home just plain sick- having to watch the Eagles.

And Then It Hit Me…

Call it a revelation, call it an epiphany but it hit me the other day… it hit me as to why I – won’t speak for all of you – hate (yes, hate) this current Eagles team. No, not because of the overall ineptness that goes to new heights or lows depending on how you look at it, every single game.

No, it’s because this Eagles team is not Philadelphia, it has no Philly in it.

Remember the Buddy Ryan teams? Of course you do.

What did Buddy Ryan ever win as head coach of the Eagles? Not a damn thing.

But we all loved his teams, and why?

Because they were Philly: tough, gritty, hard-nosed, blue collar through and through.

Sure, we wanted them to win. BUT, if they didn’t, we knew at the very least they played tough, hard, and fought the good fight the whole game. I can remember when a divisional opponent was on the schedule, it seemed the entire city was in a frenzy, or so it seemed. And the frenzy was even more, well, frenetic if it were Dallas coming to Philly.

I know for one on Cowboys/Eagles Sundays, I was ready to suit up myself and hit someone.

Chill in the air, got your food all lined up and your buddies at your sides. You were ready to get in the game, weren’t you?

When’s the last time you felt like that?

That to me has been Andy Reid’s most egregious error. He forgot where he was. He forgot that Philly is not San Diego. This is the east coast; this is blue collar both figuratively and literally.

Take the Steelers as a great example of what I’m talking about. Have they ever deviated from their same basic scheme or principle?

Have the Steelers always won? Of course not.

But the one constant has been their tough, physical, rough and tumble style of play that of course resoundingly resonates with their fans.

For example, when you think of players such as Jason Babin or Trent Cole, do you think physical? Tough? Hard nosed? Blue collar?

Me neither.

Stone Cold

You know if you’re a boxer, having the nickname “Hands of Stone” is a good thing. In fact, it’s a great thing. It’s a badge of honor.

However, if you’re a football player, it’s anything but a compliment. But that moniker fits like a glove for one Philadelphia Eagle – Brett Celek.

As my brother Michael said when he texted me during the game, for Duran it was one thing, but Celek… how many passes have bounced off his stones er, hands and into the waiting arms of a defender this season?

Bowl You Over

Is Todd Bowles that smart, so incredibly intelligent that his defensive schemes are so complex and complicated they they cause mass confusion among his defenders, particularly his defensive backs?

The reason I ask is how else can one explain that week in, week out, we see Eagles defensive backs look so out of position, so confused, so disoriented?

Could it be, and I’m just gonna throw this out there, that maybe, just maybe the Eagles defensive backs are just not that good?!?!

April Dours

Eagles special teams coach Bobby April joined Andy Reid’s staff a few years back with an impressive resume. A longtime well respected special teams coach, his addition was looked upon as a good signing; one to help what had been an ailing special teams unit for years.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the way April forgot how to coach AND the Eagles failed to give him the players a special team coach needs to be successful.

If I had to pick one, I would blame April more than the players he has been handed to work with. The reason being I have seen far too many penalties and far too many example of players being in the wrong position, which all comes down to coaching.

Them’s (Not) Fighting Words

Normally if you hear someone question your team’s heart or effort you would immediately want to challenge said person to a scuffle or at the very least launch a verbal barrage but, in this case, the words are not only NOT fighting words, they are right on the money.

The words came from FOX commentators Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan and while not out and out saying it verbatim, they each questioned the Eagles heart and effort during halftime of yesterday’s game.

And I for one had absolutely no issue with what they said … none.

Truth hurts, Eagles… truth hurts.

Go ‘Bama, Roll Tide

A few weeks ago Steve Spurrier, former coach of the Redskins ironically, said the following: “Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays. I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there, that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favored by a little bit.”

Spurrier was lambasted for making such an outlandish statement including this from ProFootbalTalk.com: “The idea that Alabama could compete with any NFL team is ridiculous.”

Ridiculous, huh?

Really?

My question to that particular writer would be “Have you watched an Eagles game this year?”

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The Bottom Line

Can it get any worse?

Can it?

I know it can and more than likely will but...

Anyone over the age of say 35 can remember some truly horrific teams – Richie the K anyone? But this current Eagles team is without question the most embarrassing, most disturbing, most mind-numbing, most gutless team I have seen in ANY sport.

I cannot think of anything else to say other than…

Time’s yours. Food’s mine.

Steve O

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Contact Steve Olenski at solenski@philly2philly.com

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