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JUMbotron: Pre-Season Huddle, Vol. 5
John U. Miller
August 19, 2011

“Dream Team”…. Oh, those poor Philadelphia Eagles and their fans.  First, The Curse of William Penn, then the “Dream Team?”  You probably knew about the Billy Penn curse, right?  Penn founded the Colony of Pennsylvania in 1677.  Fast forward to 1987, Penn's bronze statue is sitting high atop Philadelphia City Hall and had always been the highest point in Philadelphia.  But that March contractors built the One Liberty Place skyscraper, just three blocks away, which rose above Penn by 397 feet and “obstructed his view of the city.”  Those who believe in the curse think Penn became angry and decided to haunt Philadelphia sports teams.  Whether you buy it or not, most of us recognize the hard luck and “oh-so-close” scenarios Philly fans have endured.  The baseball Phillies did fight through the curse and win the World Series in 2008 – but the Eagles have not been so fortunate.  Well, actually it depends on how you look at it: Andy Reid’s Eagles have won 113 games since the year 2000, more than any club except New England (126), Indy (125), and Pittsburgh (115). They also have the most playoff appearances in this span – 9 – which is simply amazing.  Philly is always in the playoffs, man!  But we all know what they have to show for it.  Nada.   

Back to the future, Philly has assembled this “Dream Team” and everyone is talking Super Bowl.  Uh oh, something wicked this way comes.  Who’s the nimrod that coined them the “Dream Team” and what was he thinking?  Oh wait, it was Vince Young… and thinking has never been his forte.  So Philly adds Young, Ronnie Brown, one great corner in Nnamdi Asomugha, and one good corner in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.  Then some pieces-parts like DT Cullen Jenkins, DE Jason Babin, KR Johnnie Lee Higgins, S Jarrad Page, and OT Ryan Harris, and they’re suddenly a Dream Team?  C’mon man.  Let’s dissect these acquisitions:

Besides Young’s ugly career-completion percentage of 57.9% (uh, Sage Rosenfels’ is 62.5%) and the ugly 42/42 TD/Int ratio, VY has done countless cry-baby routines and never devoted himself to the job.  Like when the Titans yanked him in the 2008 opener so he drove around that night at 100 mph threatening innocent lives while blabbing about suicide.  One time during the bye week he left for Austin to attend the opening of his steakhouse even though Jeff Fisher insisted he stay and go over the playbook with ex-OC Mike Heimerdinger.  And of course Young punched a guy at a strip club for flashing the upside-down “Hook ‘em Horns.”  All I know is the Eagles let Kevin Kolb go and downgraded their all-important backup QB spot.  VY is a winner?  Child please.  The Titans won in spite of him many times -- and having Chris Johnson might have helped just a tad.  Remember, Kerry Collins won 12 games in 2008 too.

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