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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


NOT DEAD YET.  On a day of being sad, I finally fell out of the Smithsonian Channel into a movie I'd never seen. Carousel. A role Sinatra created on Broadway in 1946 and refused to reprise in 1956 when they wanted him to do every scene twice for Cinerama or some damn thing.

Monday, September 09, 2013


 An ESPN narrative gone wrong

WE HAVE OUR REASONS. A self-indulgent post. But you know how it goes. Sometimes it's so delicious you can't resist. The first Monday Night Football game was supposed to be the triumphant return of RG3, the inauguration of the return to greatness of the Washington Redskins. The beleaguered Philadelphia Eagles were the mere foils in the narrative, a stricken team that had mysteriously traded one of the most successful coaches in the NFL for a college guy with no NFL experience. Doom was in the air. None of the pundits even mentioned the Eagles. They quibbled about the relative merits of Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants. Mostly they liked the Redskins and RG3.

Mind, we have nothing against RG3. We like him and wish him well. But what we like better is when the selected broadcast narrative gets blown apart. Tonight, the Eagles blew the Redskins to pieces. Their only mistake was trying to sit on a huge 33-7 lead in the second half. College boy probably won't make that mistake again. He seems like he's pretty smart.

Politically correct or not, the Redskins are the yuppiest team in the NFL. The Eagles are among the blue collar scrappers that made the NFL great in the first place. Think Green Bay, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, and, uh, not Jets but Giants. Oh. Did I forget to tell you? The Eagles won.

The story -- as opposed to the manufactured narrative -- was that a new coach has revitalized a team that absolutely, desperately, had to rid itself of a stodgy shell of a coach who responded to the questions of devoted fans with basically two comments repeated over and over and over and over again. 1) We have to do a better job, and 2) I didn't see the play you're talking about, so I can't comment on it at this time.

Did I tell you that the underdog Eagles won? How big is that? Watch SportsCenter and the NFL Network tomorrow morning. They'll all be sudden fans of the new Eagles coach, Chip Kelly. Should you be impressed, converted? No. They're just groping for a new narrative. The Eagles could still go 1 and 15. They have a long long haul to climb out of the soggy hole Andy Reid left them in. Want to be impressed regardless? Try this.

Yeah. Dismiss it. But the Delaware Valley is delirious tonight. Something about a hammered heart still beating. Something about hard life still worth living. Tonight I got to see my wife cheering again.

Fly, Eagles, fly.

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