31 July 2013

Sail On, Big 5

By now I'm sure you heard that Big 5 retired as an Eagle on Monday, and that the Eagles are going to retire his number when Andy Reid's Chiefs come to town on September 19. 

I know there's been a lot of controversy about Donnie Mac over the years. His critics called him a choker who could never win the big game.

Well, if you've followed this blog at all, you know I've always been a Donovan apologist. In his official retirement press conference, owner Jeff Lurie called him both a "franchise-changing QB" and "the greatest quarterback in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles." I agree wholeheartedly.

As Chef Spouse points out, the numbers don't lie. McNabb is the franchise leader in:

Regular season wins (92)
Playoff wins (9)
Passing yards (32,873)
Completions (2,801)

He's also one of only three players in NFL history to amass more than 35,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards, joining John Elway and Fran Tarkenton.

And he brought us a lot of great moments and great memories: winning his first career start (against the Skins), rushing for 125 yards against same a year later, winning his first playoff start (against the Buccaneers), 4th-and-26, throwing for four touchdowns on a broken leg against the Cardinals, the epic scramble against Dallas (that finished with a DEEP completed pass), the 44-6 beat down against same (that shot of Tony Romo facedown on the turf after the 3,254,463rd sack he'd taken that day was Chef Spouse's desktop wallpaper for, like, three years),

And, of course, this:

Or you could just watch the video over at PhiladelphiaEagles.com

As I recently pointed out to Chef Spouse, it was a great decade to be an Eagles fan. And it is the ending of an era.

Thanks for everything, 5. 

26 July 2013

2013 Season Football Party Schedule

It's July, the Eagles are at training camp, and it's time for me to start gearing up for the 2013 season!

First order of business: when will the monthly football parties be in 2013?

Sunday, September 8

Although the Eagles don't start their season until week one's Monday Night Football matchup with the Redskins, we'll host our first party on opening day. (And please, don't even start with me about the Thursday night game on September 5. The NFL is just doing that to piss me off.)

Sunday, October 20

October is a big month for the Birds, with three divisional games. I'm opting for hosting the day they play the Cowboys at home.

Sunday, November 17

The Eagles will be hosting the Redskins in their second matchup of the season.

Sunday, December 1

This will also be the date of the Spark holiday party/annual pre-ASAE Technology Conference football party. The Eagles will play the Cardinals, and we'll be hosting a lot of out-of-towners.

As usual, we'll be ready for you any time after noon on game day. I'll post the game viewing schedule and menu in advance, so you can choose appropriately for what you'd like to contribute. Not sure what to bring? Booze is always appreciated.