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Eagles Recover To Beat Jags – The Morning After: Week 1

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That title alone is worth sitting up and taking notice isn’t it? I mean who in their right mind saw this coming? Oh sure, the final score tells a different story. But of course, when you dig deeper and go behind the numbers on the scoreboard, there is a completely different plotline.

Yes it was quite the bizarre and often surreal beginning to the Philadelphia Eagles 2014 season. Perhaps this is an omen of things to come. If so, it will surely make for some enjoyable TMAs along the way, and possibly more favorable odds to win Super Bowl XLIX in the near future for the Birds.TMA

And speaking of TMA, welcome back to another season of The Morning After on Philly2Philly.com. And a big welcome to the new readers out there, you know who you are.

Welcome to the TMA family – a dysfunctional let fun-loving bunch of folks who share one thing in common. Well, make that two: An undying love for our beloved Birds, and an incredible appetite for disappointment.

Oh wait, that last part is applicable to ALL Philly sports fans.

Let’s get to getting…

Hurns Baby Hurns

My homage to The Trammps, Jags rookie wide receiver Allen Hurns  had his own Disco Inferno in the first quarter yesterday, catching two touchdown passes on his first two catches in the NFL. Yeah he was singing “burn, baby, burn” after scorching the Eagles secondary for sure.

Each TD came following a Nick Foles’ fumble, thank you very much.

If you listened real closely, you could hear hundreds of thousands of fantasy football players reaching for their (insert mobile device here) to A) find out just who the hell this guy was and B) how soon they pick him up as a free agent.

Of course, good ol’ Al may not catch another pass this year, but that won’t matter to fantasy geeks who simply must have this burgeoning stud on their roster.

And speaking of The Trammps and Disco Inferno, well let’s just say the Eagles “burned that mother down” in the second half.

 

It Was the Best of Times…

For those new to the TMA, MQ is my very good friend Mark Quinlan. For the past 25 years, I have watched upwards of 90% of all Eagles games in his home, directly to his left. I will very often quote and reference him in a given edition of the TMA for his brilliance knows no bounds. Tale of Two Cities photo: bookshelvesofdoom.blogs.com

And yesterday he was in midseason form, turning to me at one point in the middle of the 3Q and saying aloud “This game is a tale of two halves.” An obvious reference Charles Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities.

Sure enough, after the game we heard a few announcers/broadcasters on both the local and national level all using the same reference.

I’m sure some of you had the same thought, but my guess you did not have as early as MQ.

As I alluded to in the opening, there is no way anyone saw this coming; this Jekyll and Hyde type of performance by the Eagles. And in particular, Nick Foles.

His performance in the first half was eerily reminiscent of the way he played vs. Dallas last season in Week 7.  He had the same confused look in his eye; missing many an open receiver and just looking dazed and confused.

Of course, we are all hoping the second half of yesterday’s game was a sign Foles will rebound going forward. Just as he did last year when he threw 7 TDs vs. the Raiders, just two weeks after the ugly and forgettable loss to the Cowboys.

You Doesn’t Have To Call Me Johnson

For those of us older than roughly 45 years of age, you will catch my reference to the title I used this for section. Back in the late 1970s, a comedian by the name of Bill Saluga created a fictitious character by the name of Raymond J. Johnson, Jr.

The schtick took off following this commercial for Anheuser-Busch:

I immediately thought of this upon hearing CBS broadcaster Andrew Catalon at one point during the game. After Allen Hurn’s second TD catch in as many receptions to start his NFL career, it was revealed that he was in fact the second player to accomplish this feat.

The first one was the Lions’ Charles Rogers a few years ago.

When this was revealed on-screen, Catalon proceeded to tell us, the viewing audience, that the only other player to do this “Charlie” Rogers of the Lions.

Charlie?

Hey Andy, the man’s name is Charles Rogers. Not Charlie. Not Chuck.

Charles. Got it? Good.

Switching ChannelsFat Guys photo: Hollywoodreporter.com

You know MQ & I – we always have to see what else is on. Among the incredibly engaging and provocative choices were surfing or something called “Fat Guys In the Woods” on of all places, The Weather Channel.

There’s an easy Andy Reid joke in there, but I will refrain. For I cannot beat a man when he’s down. Wait a minute who am I kidding?

Of course I can. Especially when it is THAT fat man.

Ah never mind. Too easy.

Steve O, the Steve-inator…

Did you catch the two State Farm commercials featuring the old Saturday Night Live characters? One featured Rob Schneider reprising his role as "Richard Laymer,” the office worker with a desk adjacent to a photocopier who addressed all his coworkers with annoying nicknames.

The other one featured some guys who want to pump (clap) you up… and in particular a certain NFL quarterback.


Overall I like the commercials – not the first time of course State Farm has dipped into the SNL pool, as previously they resurrected Da Bears #1 fans.

Amazing Grace

Let me take a second here to ask that you throw a prayer out to my man Matt Grace.

Matt, is not only a good friend of mine he is also a good friend of the TMA having filled in for yours truly over the past few years.

This Thursday he’s going in the hospital for a procedure.

Matt’s a very strong guy and I know he will be fine, but some prayers and thoughts sent his way certainly won’t hurt.

Rapid Fire

*Where was the pass rush? Of course it was present on occasion, most notably at the end of the game. But for the most part, it was very inconsistent.

*Yesterday marked the first time the great Dan Baker was not the in-stadium PA announcer for the Eagles. The reasoning behind why Dan is no longer with the Birds would probably vary based on who you ask but… and we surely don’t hear him much while sitting at home. However, I wanted to make mention of this, for he will be missed for sure.

*Zach Ertz is a beast waiting to explode. This will surely not be the last time I devote space to #86. This kid is something special, and the Eagles would be quite wise to get him the damn ball quite often this season.

*Was it me, or did it seem like it was the aforementioned Andy Reid calling the plays during different times of the game? Good Lord, that Godforsaken reverse bubble screen or whatever the hell it’s called was fooling no one. And how reminiscent was it when faced with a 3rd and long that the Eagles pass for 4 yards? I don’t know about you, but that sent chills up my spine for fear of Big Red’s presence was still in Eagles green.

*I noticed online how some were openly questioning if the Eagles offensive ineptitude in the first half was a result of not having DeSean Jackson around. I think there is some validity to that in some ways. Like him or not, opposing defenses had to focus on #10 at all times, thus freeing up space for others. Without him, who is there to fear among the current Eagle wideouts?

I am not saying the Eagles cannot be successful without DeSean by any means. What I think will happen is an eventual adjustment by Chip & Co. to the shift opposing defenses will be making on the Eagles offense sans #10.

*And finally, and perhaps this is the biggest, most important part of the entire TMA… Who DVRd the Saved By the Bell movie on Lifetime the other night? I missed it and damn it someone out there taped it and I need to see it!

Lord, do I need a life.

As always, time’s yours, food’s mine.

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Tale of Two Cities photo: bookshelvesofdoom.blogs.com

Fat Guys photo: Hollywoodreporter.com