In case you’ve missed anything, here’s a round-up of several Philadelphia Eagles news items over the past week or two.

We’re still mired in a slow football news period while we’re all waiting for training camp to begin, which can’t come soon enough.  However, there have been several off-the-field newsworthy items regarding current and former Eagles players recently.

Since I mostly like to focus on actual football — and none of the most recent “news” was about anything on the field — I didn’t feel the need to dedicate single posts to any of these news items.

However, I suppose these things have their place and, well, actual football news is a little on the dry side right now.  Therefore, I thought this was better served as an all-in-one post.

Enjoy…

First, I’ll start with probably the best of the bunch because it’s good news.  Or, in other words, a nice feel-good story:

DeSean Jackson and Donovan Troy from My Wish

Photo: brobible.com

DeSean Jackson does “My Wish”, where he grants 10 year-old Donovan Troy’s wish to meet his idol.  Troy, who has sickle-cell anemia, was able to spend the day doing things with Jackson such as running pass patterns, fielding punts and even recording a rap song.

It’s a great story and something I commend Jackson for doing.  At least we now know Jackson’s heart is in the right place.  You can read the full story about this here.

Michael Vick has been in the news a lot recently.  No, he’s not padding his stats yet, though he is trying to pad his bank account…

Vick announced the release date (September 4th) of his autobiography titled “Finally Free”, which you can see here.

Here are a few quotes that have been released (courtesy of The Inquisitr)

“People are always going to have their opinions and feel the way that they do. You can’t change it. The reason I’m writing this book is so people can have an understanding and not just go off of what they see on TV or what they heard, the picture that’s been created.”

“Back when I was involved in those activities [dogfighting], I may have become more dedicated to the deep study of dogs than I was to my Falcons playbook (Vick played in Atlanta from 2001-06).

I became better at reading dogs than reading defenses. That’s just so sad to say right now, because I put more time and effort into trying to master that pursuit than my own profession … which was my livelihood … which put food on the table for my family.”

”My story is not finished. I have more to do. I have something that I want to give back to everyone that supported me. Here it is:

I am committed, focused and determined to win a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles. This is my promise. It is my drive. I will work like a champion to get there. I want to do it for my family, friends, mentors, coaches, teammates, and fans. I want to do it for Philly.”

Though it seems a little early for the autobiography of a 32 year-old active player, it should make for an interesting read.

Oh, by the way, I love the last paragraph there Mike…hope you can deliver on your promise!

More on Vick…

In another money-making venture, Vick is launching his own line of clothing called “V7″.  It’s athletic apparel that includes t-shirts, shorts and tank-tops.  Here’s what Vick said about it, courtesy of ESPN.com…

“I never thought I would be a fashion designer,” a laughing Vick said. “But it’s not about me. It’s about making an impact with the community.”

Making an impact with the community?  The only thing it’ll impact is his wallet.

But, I guess he means that he’s trying to deliver a positive message since his shirts bare mottos such as “Mental Toughness,” and “It’s Not How You Start. It’s How You Finish.”

Good for him, though.  He might as well make the most of his opportunities.

Oh, and speaking of opportunities, did you hear that Vick’s probation ends on Friday, July 20th?

This means he can own a dog again and has stated publicly that he’d like to get a puppy for the family.  Hmmm, I wonder how long it will be before someone cries about that….

About five minutes, that’s how long…

The ASPCA immediately reacted to Vick’s comments about wanting a dog and told TMZ.com the following:

Michael Vick doesn’t really care about animals … and should NOT be allowed to own another dog … this according to the ASPCA.

“Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the wellbeing of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed” … the org. tells TMZ.

The ASPCA continues, “Rather than talk about the horrors and brutalities of dog fighting, Vick has instead chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught.”

“Vick’s actions have been simply self-serving and not remotely expressing remorse. Because of this, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet guardian.”

Pretty harsh words by the ASPCA.  But, I suppose we should all know by now that they, and a lot of other people, will never forgive Vick for what he did.  Furthermore, people love to overreact and create drama just to gain attention.

And speaking of overreacting, that’s exactly what some folks in the media like to do by over-blowing comments from players and/or coaches.

Vick made what some people apparently view as a controversial statement when he said the following words during an interview with CSNPhilly:

“When I look at our football team and what we have on paper,” he told CSNPhilly.com, “I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there.

“I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”

That quote is provided by Nick Fierro over at the Morning Call.  This same link I just provided, can also double as an example as how not to overreact to statements like this.

I understand people will have opinions on everything, and that’s fine.  And during a slow news period, what else is there to talk about?  But, once one media outlet blows it up, it goes viral and sensationalizes things.

This is what actually creates the problem.

With that said, should Vick even be talking about a dynasty right now?  No, because he hasn’t even won a playoff game with the Eagles yet.  However, look at his words carefully…

“I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”

He’s not guaranteeing anything here.  He was innocently expressing confidence in his team and chose to use words that adequately describe the state in which he feels the team is in right now…which is that of a team with a chance to become special.

Should Vick have even said anything at all?  No, but only because he should have known people would take his words and run with them to create controversy.

Were his words actually controversial?  No, they were not.

Let’s just move on, shall we?

Okay, enough about Michael Vick.  Allow me to interrupt the entertainment news for a brief bit of football news…

Football Outsiders released a list of their Top 25 NFL Prospects and Eagles DE Phillip Hunt came in at No. 22.  You need to have ESPN Insider access to see the full list but here is the piece on Hunt, courtesy of JasonB over at Bleeding Green Nation:

Hunt left the University of Houston in 2009 and when he couldn’t stick on the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, he went north to Winnipeg and led the CFL with 16 sacks in 2010.

The Eagles brought him back down south last year, hoping to get Cameron Wake Part II. They didn’t get that, partly because Hunt was deep in the defensive end rotation. However, in limited time, Hunt had two sacks, 6.5 hurries, four quarterback hits and drew two holding flags.

Scouts might be confused because he’s built like a 244-pound square, not like the athletic stud suggested by his workout numbers. But he’s a good power and leverage guy, and he’s flashed a bit as an inside crasher.

The strange thing is that there may not be room for Hunt on the roster after the Eagles drafted Vinny Curry and picked up Monte Taylor off waivers. If they cut him, there’s going to be a very promising pass-rusher out on the open market for almost no cost. Anybody looking for one of those?

The only thing I don’t agree with is the part about having room for him.  The Eagles will make room for Hunt because he will not be released.  They will likely keep 10 defensive linemen, and the most likely candidates are:

Cole, Babin, Jenkins, Cox, Patterson, Curry, Dixon, Landri, Graham…and Hunt.

Monte Taylor?  I don’t think so.  I also think Tapp will be the odd man out…but that’s for another article.

Back to the entertainment news…

A little less than two weeks ago, backup RB Dion Lewis was arrested for pulling a fire alarm at a Hampton Inn hotel in Albany, NY.

This wasn’t just a simple arrest though…this was a felony arrest.  Lewis was charged with “falsely reporting an incident”, which is a low-level felony.  He was also given a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment of property.

I understand the seriousness of what Lewis did — he could have caused a mass panic which could have led to any type of injury to someone who was trying to rush out of the hotel.

However, when you label “pulling a fire alarm” as a “felony”, it just doesn’t sound right.  I guess I just equate pulling fire alarms to an immature high school prank, not an act that can make you a convicted felon.

Now for a little bit of news regarding two former Eagles players…

Jeremiah Trotter is going Hollywood on us and making his acting debut as Big Ben Jones in the movie “The North Star.”

Apparently, it’s a movie based on a true story about a slave who makes an escape from a Virginia plantation to Buckingham, PA in the year 1848.

Not only is this Trotter’s acting debut, but he’s also the lead character.  Talk about jumping right in!  He was known as a downhill player who liked to be aggressive and attack the line of scrimmage.

I guess he’s taking the same approach to his acting career.

Though I can’t see him being mentioned in the same breath as Denzel Washington or Tom Hanks just yet, but I’ll be interested to see if his acting skills are better than say, Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Another former Eagle making headlines recently is Asante Samuel.  A few days ago he started a Twitter war with Eagles fans when he tweeted the following:

“Who wins in a bird fight a Falcon or Eagle? #riseup”

Then, he followed that up with several other tweets after receiving what I’m sure was some constructive feedback from Eagles fans…

“I need some more Falcon followers to get these Eagle’s off my back. They going hard! But they will turn on them like they always do.”

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“So if the Eagles don’t have a winning season y’all not going to turn on them???”

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“Last time I played against the Eagles I had two interceptions and 1 for a TD. #justsaying What was they thinking!”

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“Talking shit is first nature. Y’all know that. Duhhhhhhhhhh”

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I don’t know who wins the bird fight, but I’d put my money on Eagles fans winning a Twitter fight with Samuel.  And in a real fight, all they’d have to do is carry a football and run at him…

Ah, I’m going to miss this type of talk from Samuel though.  He was nothing if not entertaining in that department, anyone who’s seen him at training camp will know what I’m talking about.

Lastly, I’ll send you off with a tasty little news nugget for those of you who might enjoy the sexier side of the Philadelphia Eagles…the new cheerleader calendar!

These ladies make the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders look like a bunch of moo-moos!

 

 

 

 

 


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