What is there to say about yesterday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers? The Eagles cost me $5! Any time the Eagles play the Packers or 49ers (she lives outside of San Francisco), my wife’s grandmother calls to set up a bet. The Packers were my wife’s grandfather’s favorite team. He grew up in Wisconsin and was a life long Packers fan. He and I used to bet on the games, and now my wife’s grandmother has continued the tradition.
Beyond the Eagles costing me 5 dollars, this paragraph should suffice. The Birds played poorly in every facet of the game. It’s easy to blame David Akers for the loss, his two missed field goals are the most glaring mistakes; however, this is just not accurate. The defense was porous, giving up points at the most inopportune times. Sean McDermott’s squad gifted the Packers points (see the offside penalty that extended Green Bay’s fist scoring drive), and the tackling was atrocious. The other side of the ball wasn’t much better. Michael Vick and company were unable to mount sustained drives when the team needed them most.
With that brief discussion of my thoughts on yesterday’s game out of the way, I am moving on. While I clearly support the Eagles and Phillies the most vocally, I am a fan of both the Sixers and the Flyers. Some might not know it, but there are other sports going on in Philly. The Flyers sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 26-10-5 record and have played well all season. They are fun to watch and I suggest Philly sports fans going through withdrawal should check them out. The Sixers sit 8th in the Eastern Conference, despite a 15-22 record. Not to shabby.
With over a month until pitchers and catchers report, I will be focusing most of the blogging on the Flyers and Sixers. I will also be looking to blog more about soccer and college basketball (Duke has started the season 15-0, and BU look like they will compete for the America East title).