By Bill Campbell: The Eagles’ unexpected victory over the Giants last Sunday night was not a classic, by any means. But it was a win and it gave the Birds some playoff breathing room, however shallow.
By Bill Campbell: In any other time the deactivation of DeSean Jackson, if only for one game, would have been big news.
By Bill Campbell: I frequently find myself talking and writing about weekends to remember. We have just finished a weekend that is best forgotten.
By Bill Campbell: How do you find the correct words to describe the Eagles?
The Eagles’ trip to Washington produced a few smiles which, in itself, was refreshing. The Birds defended the run better, forcing the Redskins to the air which, when your quarterback is Rex Grossman, is always challenging.
By Bill Campbell: Not only did the Phillies’ scintillating season end miserably, but the future could be full of problems as well.
Will any baseball fan anywhere ever forget that Wednesday night in late September 2011, when another baseball regular schedule was racing to its irregular close?
By Bill Campbell: When you’ve reported on as many games as I have, you use the term “giveaway game” sparingly.
When you’ve reported on as many games as I have, you use the term “giveaway game” sparingly. The Phillies had more than their share during their eight-game losing streak. Injuries to Ryan Howard, Hunter Pence. And they had players recovering from injuries — Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and others.
Until Todd Herremans and Michael Vick banged helmets on Sunday night in Atlanta, it looked like college football around here.
There’s nothing to contemplate this week except the Eagles’ performance in St. Louis. Even the Phillies’ winning 3 out of 4 in Milwaukee should take second place – at least for this week, or until the baseball post-season.
The 2011 NFL season is now just hours away. And on the attitude scale the Eagles seem to be more than ready. They’ve spent a lot this off-season to acquire new players and new coaches and their stamp of approval seems to be justified in the locker room.
If Michael Vick isn’t the Eagles’ most important player, it might be Todd Herremans. The Birds have only two pre-season games left to straighten out their offensive line situation barring further changes.
By Bill Campbell: The NFL has a serious consideration: How will the moving of the kickoff spot from the 30 to the 35-yard line affect the game, if at all?
Wilt Chamberlain, one of Philadelphia’s great sports icons, would have been 75 today.