Fans started to line up outside Modell’s on Cottman Ave. at 9:45 a.m. for an autograph session with Michael Vick that didn’t start until around 1 p.m. The QB was there to promote his new line of performance wear called “V7,” flanked by his two boisterous daughters and his brand-new wife, Kijafa, as fans tripped over themselves as if approaching the royal family.
Perhaps Ed Rendell is so upset about the wussification of America because he knows it’s having a direct, adverse effect on his beloved Eagles. You need to flip the calendar back just a year for proof.
While many things have been blamed for the demise of the 2011 season -- mismanagement, bad chemistry, an O-Line coach calling the defense -- a big part of the problem was sewn right in the fields of Lehigh.
The dynamics surrounding a lockout-shortened offseason and the new rules written into the Collective Bargaining Agreement essentially neutered Andy Reid’s training camp, which is known around the league to be maybe the most grueling in all of football. Last year felt more like summer camp, with a bunch of guys in shorts taking the term “walk-through” all too literally.
The Eagles have spent the offseason trying to appease their players and fan base. Next up, the gods. With all the talk of the future plans to refurbish Lincoln Financial Field, little attention has been paid to the immediate changes about to take place in and around the stadium.
You look at the smoking-hot yellow FerrariLamborghini, and the medallions—as large as Olympic medals—around the necks of those who have taken it over, and you wonder. Where is it all going? Who is shelling out the coin? And is it leading the Eagles’ star wide receiver down the wrong path?
Brandon Graham currently holds the title of World's Strongest Eagle. He is benching sets of 465 pounds. Squatting 405. He's putting on a show in the weight room that has his teammates looking at him sideways.
“He's strong, now. He's got that young strength in him,” says veteran tackle Cullen Jenkins, breaking into a smile. “They need to get him some relief or something, give him a hug. He's a little too intense up in there.”
1. Joe Banner enjoys the thug life. Or at least hearing about it from a safe distance. On his bio, Banner lists Eminem among the artists who can be found on his iPod, alongside the likes of Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor and Usher. I have yet to catch Banner coming through the gates of the NovaCare Complex with shades on and base shaking the ground beneath him, but it is why I get up in the morning.
The state of Nevada doesn't agree with Michael Vick. There was the public backlash from his appearance at a local Toyota dealership over the weekend. And now this: J.O. Sports Company is suing Vick, alleging that he failed to live up to an agreement that paid the quarterback $101,500. Among the claims: Vick didn't provide game-worn equipment and didn't attend private signings, as laid out in the contract.
But Vick’s side says that it terminated its relationship with Jarrod Oldridge of J.O. Sports in October 2011 after learning that Oldridge had been indicted for fraudulent business practices. He was...
DeMeco Ryans says he still goes generally undetected when walking the streets of Philly, the natives not yet familiar with his scent. But some have caught it, and rabid is the reaction. Any remaining anonymity can be viewed as a rapidly eroding luxury.
“One guy told me he was going to give me two games to prove myself,” Ryans says with a laugh. “He’s watched the highlights so he’s expecting big things, and after two games he says I should have proven myself. There are high expectations from the fans.”