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Eagles jingle Bears' bells: The Morning After


Good morning campers,

To start off, I want to wish everyone a safe, happy and blessed holiday season. Football is a diversion (a fun one for sure), but at the end of the day it’s about family, friends, your health and being happy. So enjoy this holiday season and please be safe. steve olenski

Now, the above message goes out to all members of the human race. Except for a chosen few whom I wish nothing but ill will – the Washington Redskins.

Ok, I don’t want to see anyone hurt or anything like that, and yes I even want them to enjoy their holidays with their family and friends. But, did you have to lose to the stinkin’ Cowboys yesterday? You haven’t done anything all freakin’ year, and when you finally get this close to doing something right, you blow it. 

Thanks a lot Redskins.


All Eagles players and fans.

Ok, let’s get to getting…


Time and again this year, Chip Kelly has inexplicably taken his foot off the proverbial gas pedal after being comfortably ahead in a game. It has led to many unnecessary anxious moments and led many (myself included) to wonder aloud why he had this penchant for apparently letting up.

Well when you beat (er annihilate) a team 54-11, I don’t think I/we can say he let up/took his off any pedal yesterday. Hell, even when he did try to put the brakes on, the Bears were more than happy to feed the Eagles juggernaut head on: well juggernauting as witnessed by Bryce Brown’s long touchdown run in the 4Q.

It was refreshing to see, and I for one hope this trend continues well beyond next week and this season. If you have an opponent down, you keep them down. Period.

Oh yeah, the real final score should have been 54-8- for the field goal the Bears got late in the first half came courtesy of a God-awful spot on a Jay Cutler scramble for an apparent first down. He was able to spike the ball to stop the clock, allowing time for the field goal attempt. If the spot had been called correctly, it would have been fourth down and he would not have been able to spike the ball now, would he?

But I’m not nitpicking… ok maybe I am a little.


Speaking of nitpicking – and full disclosure I have Shady on my fantasy football roster (and I was/am in the championship game vs. my nephew Jason Olenski), but why in the world does it seem LeSean McCoy takes himself out a game more than it seems he should?

MQ & I have noticed this all season long and we don’t understand it. He will run one play ( not a very long one at that), then motion to the sideline to come out of the game.


Obviously this is nitpicking on steroids, as we’re talking about the NFL’s leading rusher here and potential MVP candidate. But it does bear mentioning that this has occurred all season long and it continued yesterday.

Is his conditioning not what it should be? Does he pace himself during a game – a pace that only he knows and is aware of?

I don’t know, but it’s something MQ & I have noticed. Have you?


MQ’s been saying all year that someone needs to test Eagles kicker Alex Henery for steroids because he is huge. Have you see this guy lately? He looks the Incredible Hulk in his green and bulging biceps. Photo: Forbes.com

There’s a huge dash of sarcasm thrown in there. For we both wonder why he is unable to consistently reach the end zone with his kicks, week in/week out as it seems other kickers are able to.

Perhaps a trip to the weight room every now and then may help there, Al.


Did anyone else pick up on some of the subliminal messages in the music NBC chose to play coming out of commercials and during other parts of the game?

At one point during the telecast (while onscreen were statistics speaking to the Bears ineptitude on defense compared to years’ past) they played the song Brilliant Disguise by Bruce Springsteen.

Then later on during the game they played And We Danced by The Hooters and I Can’t Go For That by Hall & Oates coming out of a commercial. Obviously the Philly connection was the reason for these selections.

‘Course, how bad is the game when some of the best to come out of it is in the form of the music being played coming out of a commercial?


For years and years and years, I would gripe about the fact that the bigger the game, the smaller it seemed Andy Reid’s teams would play.

Well yesterday, the Chicago Bears took that to a whole new level. With the knowledge in their back pocket that if they won the game, they would win the NFC North and thus clinch a playoff spot- and they came out and played like that.

I cannot imagine what people like Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher and of course Mike Ditka were thinking watching their once proud franchise; their once rough-and-tough franchise be obliterated, humiliated and decimated in front of the entire county.

Of course, this is the NFL 2013, where mediocrity runs rampant. And despite the fact that the Bears were sliced, diced and julienned beyond all recognition last night, they can STILL make the playoffs if they beat the Green Bay Packers next week.


And hey before I forget, wasn’t it nice to see Cutler and Julius Peppers laughing on the sidelines at the end of the game? My if I were a Bears fan, how much joy that would bring me for Christmas.


I have a call in to the folks at Guinness, but I am pretty sure we witnessed a new world record last night. Well we actually didn’t witness it per se, but rather heard it.

And no, it has nothing to do the pathetic Bears QB record that Jay Cutler broke after 2,456 years or some ridiculous length of time, which of course speaks to the dreck that have been Bears’ QBs all these years.

No, the world record I am talking about comes from play-by-play extraordinaire Al Michaels.

As you all know, I listen for and pay attention to this kind of inane and otherwise nonsensical “stuff” that comes up during a given game.

And the “stuff” I am talking about came in the second half of yesterday’s game when Mr. Michaels uttered not one, but TWO “hmmm, mmms” in response to something color analyst Cris Collinsworth had said.

They were both so over the top and pronounced that I had to mention them here. C’mon Al, you’re a linguist, an orator; a legend. And the best you can come up with is “hmmm, mmm” twice?


I don’t know what it is worth. The fact that NBC and the aforementioned Mr. Michaels made reference to the Santa/snowball incident of 1856 (no, that wasn’t the year, it just seems like it) or the fact that I making reference to the fact that the aforementioned Mr. Michaels made reference to the Santa/snowball incident.

On one hand, I was tempted to not even bring it up- for it is truly gone way past pathetic at this point.

But on the other hand, it affords me the opportunity to tell you about a fantastic book that really is a great Christmas gift, A Snowball’s Chance. The title is a direct homage to the way that the national media has and obviously continues to rehash not only that old story, but many others as it pertains to Philly sports.

I was honored to have a very small hand in the book and I absolutely recommend it. And no, no one is paying me to say that.

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Perhaps lost in all this euphoria many of us are feeling today is the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles have won nothing. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Come next week this game won’t matter one ounce- especially if the Eagles somehow lose to the Cowboys – which I do not see happening.

Either way, regardless of the outcome of next week’s game – and I truly mean this – this will have been a wildly successful season. If you recall, the keyword I kept preaching in the early part of the season was “patience.” I used that word for I knew it was going to take time for this team to come together.

I had no idea they would do it so quickly mind you, but we have to remember this is still Chip Kelly’s first year.

Now, having said all that, the Birds better go and kick some Dallas butt next week......or else!


Tell me/us what you think. 

Leave a comment or tweet me @steveolenski

Bring some fire in the belly though.

You want to disagree? Fine.

But bring something to the table.

‘Til next time.

As always, time’s yours…. Food’s mine.

Contact Steve Olenski at solenski@philly2philly.com


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