Eagles Training Camp Opens on July 26

I will dedicate a post to the Philly sports teams that figure prominently in Water Signs — most especially the Philadelphia Eagles — when I am wide awake and thus better able to string some coherent sentences together. Suffice it to say, when it comes to NFL football, Maddy and me are one and the same! 😉

So I am pretty psyched that it’s getting to be that time of year again when we’ll all be talkin’ fitball (an inside joke between my brothers and me, who never forgot the way I pronounced the name of the game as a little kid — on purpose of course), and making predictions for the upcoming season.

And to the person who emailed me a few months ago about my feelings on the loss of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, if you are reading this blog (assuming it was actually you, and not the same prankster from the LinkedIn incident), I am absolutely thrilled that he’s gone.

Yes, the talented QB did make it to an impressive five NFC Championship games with the Eagles, and no one can deny he is a great player. But his “poor-me-I-get-no-respect routine” had long grown tiresome — along with his frustrating inability to effectively rise to the role of leader, and professionally conduct himself in the manner expected of a highly compensated, seasoned champion.

His constant whining, whether about Rush Limbaugh’s comments (which were neither racist, nor inaccurate) or the tough Philly fans’ criticisms was unbecoming of a top NFL quarterback making a helluva lot of money for playing an admittedly brutal game.

How many aspiring athletes even make to the NFL to begin with?

Sure, the Philly faithful can be unforgiving and barbaric, but they’re also loyal: the Eagles play to a packed stadium each and every home game. And if you can’t take the heat, you’d best not play in the City of Brotherly Love.

Let’s face it: the guy’s a headcase and I’m happy to see him go.  Of course, I’d feel a lot better about it if he’d flown away to the AFC, or any other division in the NFC, instead of an NFC East Division rival the Eagles will have to play twice during the season. Wonder if he’ll lose his Chunky Soup when it’s time to face his old teammates?

Update: I must stop blogging (or at least publishing) in the wee hours of the morning. Thanks to my bro Paul for picking up on the minor corrections!

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