Eagles vs A team formally known as the 49ers.

This game has all the markings to be a huge ass whoopin.  Let’s just break down some of the Rankings for both teams.

  1.  49ers Offense is #23 in the rush.  Eagles Defense is # 1 Against the run.  ( Edge Eagles)
  2.  49ers Defense is #29 against the rush.  Eagles Offense is #4 in the run ( Edge Eagles )
  3.  49ers Defense is #32 against 3rd down conv.  Eagles offense is # 1 for 3rd down conv.  ( Edge Eagles)

Listen the list goes on and on in favor of the Eagles.  The 49ers have to travel to the East coast and play in conditions that will be favorable to the run game.  It’s supposed to rain Sunday which means we should see the ball in the running backs hands a lot.  This game isn’t even going to be close.  The Eagles will dominate the game clock and run the ball most of the day.  The Eagles will easily reach their 6th straight victory and start to prepare for the Broncos to come to town.

Lastly I would like to address all these people (Cowboy Fans) complaining about the schedule we have.  Sorry but we can’t play the Patriots 16 times a season we have to play the teams on our schedule.  Instead of complaining about who we are playing start complaining that these teams can’t d beat us.   See you in a couple of Weeks.

Final Score 34 – 6.

GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s Gonna Be OK Sixer Fans

If 76er fans are worried about the start so far this season they shouldn’t be.   I originally posted that this team could be the 7th seed this year and I still think that.  They have had a tough start but to their defense every team ,except the Pistons who they beat,  were in the playoffs last year.  Not only were they in the playoffs but they all made it to the Semis or better.  That is a tough start for any team.   Stay with them, this season is going to get real fun real soon.

Washington – Conference Semis

Boston – Conference Finals

Toronto – Conference Semis

Houston – Conference Semis

The Italian Job

Years ago I had the fortune of spending three weeks in Vicenza Italy.  The living conditions were ok, well actually kinda of shitty but that just made it that much more memorable.  The people weren’t to bad either, only a few times did we get hissed at.  Yeah hissed, you read that right.  They would hiss like fucking cats, weird but only a couple of people did it.  This trip changed my mind about wine also.  I thought that it only came in a box.  The food, the drinks, and the experience was amazing.  I’ll try to keep the story limited to the adventures of the 4 horseman.  This is a group of characters who have been friends for long time and all have contrasting personalities.  The group consisted of the following people:  DP KILLA, TAL, CHIZ, and Myself.  I have had many nicknames along the way and depending on who I was with it could change daily.  Some include MAC, Rizza, RIZ, and later down the road Thee Time Traveler.

TAL spent most of his days laying half-naked in his bed trying to get people to look at his newly formed hemorrhoid.  It looked like a tongue sticking out of his ass.  Nasty bastard.  When you got near his sleeping area he would be lying there in his red shorts rubbing his belly and would eventually ask if you were going to finish your food.  We had to continuously give the bear food and alcohol or he would get board and start to fuck with people.

DP Killa was our designated bus driver and would spend the day driving the bus all over Italy.  He didn’t know where he was going but didn’t care.  This man is the king of spontaneous and when he gets locked onto something he just goes with it.  Normally it involves convincing me that it is a good idea and it will totally work out.  I hesitate most times but eventually give in.  If I don’t give in then he just does it anyway.

Chiz is a different animal all together.  This oversized Grasian (Greek Asian) is normally good after a work out.  Not as spontaneous but once it gets alcohol in it, it becomes an uncontrollable machine.  He has a certain smile that will indicate he is juiced up and probably going to take his shirt off.  BIG Fucker.  TAL and Chiz are notorious for there fights.  At some point TAL will either ask or let Chiz punch or slap him in the face.  The Grasian never hits him as hard as he can out of fear that he would kill him.

Then there is me, the guy that gets pulled in all different directions usually ending in doing something with DP Killa.  TAL falls asleep early, Chiz gets nuts, and DP wonders off. I usually will wonder off with DP because our personalities are so close to one another.

It didn’t take us but a couple of days to get adjusted and start venturing out finding things to get into.  The area we were staying at was very rural and there wasn’t much around us.  The building that we stayed in was about two bricks away from being condemned and had no air conditioning.  Fuck it got hot in there.  The only good part about this was that it made us go find shit to do.

The first place we checked out was a small restaurant down the street that had awesome pizza and cheap wine.  Cheap in that it didn’t cost that much.  So like the heathens that we are we all got our own pies and wine and continued to get fat and drunk.  We basically acted like typical Americans or Vikings.  I assume to most other countries there isn’t much difference between the two.  The one lesson we learned at this small establishment was that tipping was almost offensive.  So we tipped anyway.  We would spend a lot of time at this place and enjoy every night that we got to sit outside and share stories and good times.

Most days also consisted of us traveling to a local winery and filling bottle after bottle of wine up.  Again there is an incredible amount of wine there and the locals treated it like we treat soft drinks.  I thought I was doing some real work when I got a couple of 750ml Bottles filled up when a local came in with a ten gallon bottle on a push cart.  Holy Shit this dude became my idol.

We did find another restaurant along the mountain side that served some pretty awesome food.  We weren’t to sure at what we were ordering because the Chef didn’t speak English.  So we just kept agreeing with him and he just kept bringing food.  Eventually the anti-pasta, pasta, seafood, and meat would run through me.  After the third course it was time for me to shit.  So i went in side and to my amazement the toilet was a squatty potty.  I eyed this thing up for a few minutes and then decided I would take this thing on.  Basically it is a porcelain plate on the floor with grippers on each side and a whole you have to aim down.  So I got totally naked except for my sneakers and aimed as best I could.  On the positive side I didn’t shit in my sneakers.

By far our favorite place to go was called the Blue Club.  This was, how do I put it, the greatest strip club I have ever been to.  Yes I go to gentleman’s clubs.  I am a grown ass man and enjoy a good time.  Judge me I don’t care.  I will not go into all of the details of what this place has to offer but what I can tell you is that TAL had a Romanian women he told he was going to marry, Chiz owed 300 bucks at one point, DP Killa was like a 12 year old, and I may or may not have fallen in love with an Italian Girl named, oh who cares what the hell her name was she was hot.  Sorry honey but I was young and impressionable.  Tal also managed to tickle the gigantic black stripper.  Yeah he was tickling a bouncer, all these women and here this asshole is having a goddamn tickle fight.

When we weren’t causing havoc at the gentleman’s clubs we would head over to Venice.  Traveling with TAL to any historical site is a huge ass mistake.  The king of being impatient he likes to travel as quickly as possible so he can get some where to lay down and nap again.  We got of a water taxi at San Marco square and TAL’s travel guide instincts kicked in.  Now, I had never been here before so I wanted to suck in a little.  TAL had seen it already so it was off to the races for him.  The other thing was that it was pretty touristy there and the goddamn birds were flying all over you.  So we quickly started hitting the ally ways and working our way back to where we had come from.  Along the way we saw some pretty neat stuff and finally stopped an ate along our journey.  More pizza and wine for the group.  Once done it was off again.  The walk was long and it was nice just to take in all the sites and history.

Another great place to go to was Verona where there is a smaller coliseum and Juliet’s balcony.  Yup that’s right Romeo and Juliet.  This place is littered with people trying to sell you junk and gypsies trying to steal shit from you.  Once past them though this is a very pretty town and has loads of history.  I didn’t take TAL to this one so it was cool Me and DP walked all over the place and DP took pictures like an Asian Tourist.

After three weeks of eating, drinking, and traveling we found ourselves broke, tired, and loaded with awesome memories.  I saw some amazing history, a great strip club, TAL Fish hooked Chiz in his mouth, Chiz slap TAL in his face, I used a squatty potty, and watched days and days of shenanigans.  There are far more stories I could tell but can’t because I have to protect the innocent and the guilty.  Plus I think this one is long enough for now.

 

Eagles vs. Redskins II

Throw out the stats and rankings for this one.  The Eagles and Redskins are going to go at it in a classic NFC East battle on Monday night football.  This game will be tough and will come down to a few simple things.  The winner of this game will be the team that controls the clock and commits the fewest turn overs.  Simple right, but that has been the formula this season.  The Eagles will need to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

The Eagles defense will dominate the run once again, forcing the Redskins to throw the ball.  Kurt Cousins can get hot but this week the pressure will be too much.  If the Eagles can find a way to get up by 10 or 14 early in the game it will be over pretty fast.  With the applied pressure and an improving secondary the Eagles will handle the Skins this week.

Once the Eagles get up in the scoring bracket they will shut the game down by pounding the football and converting those third downs.  My guess is the game will get a bit boring going into the 4th quarter tonight.  You better not leave early if you are a true fan.

Me I’ll be starting my day off in D3 as always, tailgating with a great group of guys.  Stop by and talk some football.

Predictions for tonight’s game

  1.  Blount over 100 yards rushing 1 TD
  2.  Carson Went goes for 250 with 2 more TD’s
  3. Eagles win this one 31 – 20.

GO BIRDS !!!!!!!!!!

And So it Begins

The Sixers will start their season this year which officially ends the Process and now they can start winning games.  This team will be exciting to watch especially if JO JO,  Joel Embiid, can stay healthy and play 50 or more games.  With his ability and energy he can carry the team almost on his own but putting all that with Ben Simmons who is a near 7 foot point guard and you have something very special.  Ben Simmons may be able to record more triples doubles in his rookie season then Oscar Robertson’s 26 in his rookie season of 60-61.  Crazy, I know, but the guy is huge and loves going inside plus he passes the ball like a point guard.  Hid downfall is that he doesn’t have a consistent outside shot, but that won’t matter much when he is driving to the hoop against 6’2″ in guards.  Markelle Fultz is the unknown in this group.  It is going to take a few games for him to find his place in this offense.  The good thing is that the pressure is on JO JO and Ben Simmons, more Joel then Simmons.

Be ready for a fun season full of drama and action.  Embiid could quickly be the most popular player in the NBA with his outgoing personality and amazing ability.  This team will at a minimum be the 7 seed for the playoffs and coach Brown will finally be allowed to win some basketball games.  I feel bad for that guy because he put his career on hold for the process, and now he gets to finally show how good a coach he truly is.

Predictions:

The Sixers will win between 45 and 50 games this season

Ben Simmons wins Rookie of the Year

Ben Simmons breaks rookie record for triple doubles

Joel imposes his will on the entire league, and every on e is confused out how a man his size can shoot from anywhere.

Brett Brown is vindicated as a really good coach and not a puppet.

OH yeah and the 2018-2019 Free Agents start looking at Philadelphia as a place to play and win.

Eagles vs. Panthers

The Eagles continue to impress. I am trying to hold back my excitement because I want to see them play a higher caliber of talent.  Well would you look at that we get to play the Panthers this week who just so happen to 4-1 as well.  This is going to be a great test for the Eagles.  They have to get a quick turn and have to travel.  This isn’t going to benefit the birds.  Although they have been playing good football their wins have come against some week competition.  The Combined record of their opponents is 10-14 with 5 of those wins belonging to the Chiefs, a game we lost.  I want to get excited but I want to stay realistic also.  If they find a way to pull off the victory this week then they go into a 10 day layoff and play the Redskins on Monday night Football at home.  This will be tough though since they will be missing Lane Johnson and Fletcher Cox.  They will need to do everything they can to keep Cam Newton off of the Field.

For the Eagles to win they will have to dominate the play clock by running the football and converting those third downs. Cam is hot in his last couple games throwing over 670 yards and 6 touchdowns with both games on the road.  This week he is home and unlike the LA Chargers his fans will be there for him.  If the Eagles allow him to get on the field to often at some point he will burn them.  Carolina is only allowing 194 Yards of passing this season which is ranked 5th in the league.  The Run isn’t much better either, they are only allowing 79 yards a game.  It’s these reasons that the Eagles will have a difficult time this week.  Don’t get down on them though they will follow up with a convincing win against those Redskins on Monday night October 23.

 

FINAL SCORE 24 – 20 Carolina

Eagles vs. Cardinals

Eagles are coming off another great football game.  I really like the way they are game planning their opponents and more than anything how active the running game has become.  This helps that the last two opponents were terrible against the run.  The Cardinals are coming into a bad situation this week where they are coming off an overtime victor in San Fran and now how travel to the East Coast to play the Eagles.  This game will not go well for the Cards.

I expect the Cardinals are declining each week in the run game department.  This won’t be any different this week.  Sine the loss Johnson in their back field it will be difficult for them to run the ball against this Eagles Defense.  The part of their offense that is a concern is their ability to throw and our inability to stop the pass.

Non of this should matter though because much like last week the Eagles will do a great job at keeping their offense off the field.  I expect the Eagles to throw the ball more in the first half and then get back to the running game late in the third and fourth quarter.  If everything goes right the second should be fairly boring.  That is a good thing.  This is a team that the Eagles should be and will beat.

This weeks Score will be an easy one  27 -10 Eagles.

She Quit!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a Tuesday afternoon like every other Tuesday.  I called to my wife since it was the end of the work day to find out what we were going to do for dinner that night.  I did not anticipate what she would say when she answered the phone, “I quit, I am so sorry but I quit.”  This cam with of course a lot of crying and that was pretty much the only tangible thing that I could make out.  I told her it was “Ok” and “No Worries.”   How could I be so relaxed, so nonchalant about this, my wife just quit a job she had been at for 8 years and cut our income in half in the blink of an eye.  How did we get here, how did she get so unhappy that the only thing she could think of was to quit.

Lets go back 8 years to figure out how we got to where we are now.  My wife was in between jobs looking for something new and fresh.  She wanted to find something that she could be excited about, something that she could be emotionally invested in.  For my wife it has never really been about money but more about the emotional investment from the company and something that she could be emotional about.  For her, when she goes all in she goes all in.  Her opportunity came to work for a company that had been around for a few years but was recently purchased by a young man who had talent and great vision.  He was a forward thinker and energetic but more than anything he was emotionally invested in the success of the company.  He was the son of the former owner when he purchased the company.  His vision was going to take the company to new heights.  My wife’s aunt worked for the company and was able to get her in working at an entry-level position.  She was excited and liked the idea of a smaller company and was happy to get back to work.  Once she got the job she knew that something was different about this place something refreshing something new.

It didn’t take long for her to begin to spread her infectious attitude throughout the company.  She finds the best in everyone and rarely sees their faults.  That job is left for me.  She would come home at night tell me how great here day was and was generally excited all the time.  She loved going to work and couldn’t wait to see what would come next.  Slowly she began to want more, she could see the company was growing and she wanted to provide more, she wanted to be a bigger piece.  For here she couldn’t figure out what she was going to do, what was she good at.  We talked and talked and she began to ask if I thought she was going to be good at sales.  To me it seemed like a no brainer.  Everything that I had ever saw was that the only natural talent you need to be a sales person was to personable and have the ability to network.  The light didn’t go off in my head it exploded.  I remember having conversations with her about how she was a natural at networking.  She didn’t know what I meant or how it translated.  Simply enough anywhere my wife goes she meets ten new friends, she as a way of making everyone feel important in the room and genuinely thinks everyone is awesome.  I explained to her that if she did the same thing over the phone then customers will come, the only she would need to do is learn the paperwork part, but gaining customers will be almost to easy.  Her boss was the one who originally saw some this and brought it to her attention.  It wasn’t much longer before they began grooming her to become a key player in the sales portion of the company.

Over the years she would come home either sad, frustrated, or excited about new opportunities.  We would sit and talk and figure out of to tackle her new objective.  If it was something she was struggling with we would game plan different approaches on how to over come it.  If she was struggling with being a women in a male dominated world, I would give her perspective on how man react and pursue things.  If she was excited we would toast and enjoy a great night-cap.

The times that she was frustrated was due to various factors, interpretations, or interactions.  One of her biggest gripes with he new-found job was that she felt like she always had to prove herself.  She felt like because she was a women that she always had to do more, always had to sell bigger, always had to be louder, always had to ensure that when something was done people knew she did it.  I didn’t really understand this too much, well because I am a man.  I didn’t have the advantage to see it from her angle so it was hard for me in the beginning to help her.  I would give her advice that I would give another man.  I started to realize that I am showing her how to do things as a man, this is counter productive because she isn’t a man.  You see if we both picked up the phone today and tried to sell the same thing to the same customer the interaction would be incredibly different.  Say the customer was a 45 plus year old man, instinctively in many cases the man will immediately reject the female voice for being unintelligent and weak.  He may try to outsmart her right out of the gate or in some cases be little her.  Same phone call and he hears a mans voice, he most likely will listen for some time and be more passive.  This is society, this is something that isn’t going change anytime soon.  So how do we work around that, she had to become smarter, quicker, and better on the phone.  She began making people feel important, got to know them personally, she began reading and learning new techniques.  She was in love, in love with the company and the vision, and the growth.

As time went on she began traveling more, becoming bigger part of the company, yet a hole began to grow.  She still felt like she had to prove herself, felt like no matter what she was always going to be a step behind, yet the path was invisible.  She couldn’t see where it was going, who was in the lead or how to catch up.  This invisible path was distracting, it made her unhappy, and she didn’t know how to put into context what this path was doing to her.  As the company began to grow to new heights, more employees, and more money, she began to felt the path getting longer, steeper, and more difficult to climb.  The personal conversations with her boss began to diminish, tempers from both sides began to increase, and the excitement dwindled.  The women who was excited to go to work everyday found that she didn’t want to go anymore.  Found that the invisible path was getting to steep, to hard to climb.  Her greatest champion now her hardest competitor.  She was constantly under the strain of ” Getting the Whale” but was not getting the guidance of how, but more the question of when.  She has customers lined up with major projects going forward yet it was time-consuming and never in her full control.  This makes it hard to succeed but the future was bright.  She was coming to a conclusion though that it didn’t matter now, the excitement was gone, the emotional investment was becoming to painful, she was unhappy.  This was never about the money for her, it was always about the emotional investment.

Just days before she quit her job the company had celebrated 25 years of being in business.  This was a major milestone for the company, it had survived some terrible economic times and was at its height, and on that night everyone smiled.  Even she smiled.  The smile seemed weak, and forced though.  Something was gone from inside, the spark had vanished, her time was coming to an end.  Just days later her and her boss would have an argument, not uncommon in the business world, but it was at that passionate moment she said those words, ” I QUIT.”  She cleaned out her office packed up her car and began to drive home.   The pain that she felt was almost the same pain you would feel if you had just split up with a long-term boyfriend or girlfriend, you knew it was going to hurt but it was the right thing to do.

The next day she would attempt to go back to the company, but it was over.  Things changed on both ends and the split would become mutual.  The pain on both sides will be there for a bit but both will overcome and move on.  She felt the initial pains, asking questions like what are we going to do, where am I going to go, what will I do next.  So now we plan, we take our time.  I consider her time at the previous company he education, she learned what it takes to succeed and fail.  Failure is a critical part of becoming succesful and now she has seen it.  Her next job has to be something that excites her, makes her passionate, and provides her emotional value.  Her biggest hurdle going forward will always be chasing the Invisible Path, chasing the challenges that she can’t see.  I know she will be great again, I know she will find her way, I also know that her infectious love for people is what will continue to make her amazing.  Her education at the former company didn’t just make her great, but taught me a lot as well.  It’s what drove me to write this, that I can see past the physical and gender differences that exist and try to find what is in the whole package not just how it’s wrapped.

Keep Challenging the Invisible Path, Keep Challengin Your Self, Always try to Fail, In the end you will Succeed.

Eagles vs. Chargers

Eagles squeezed out a great win last week against those hated Giants.  Jake Elliot made the field goal of a life time from 61 yards out.  That may have been the back breaker for the Giants season.  The score didn’t go the way I thought but they did get the win and Corey Clement got a touchdown.  I figured he would see some time but didn’t think he would get in the end zone.

This week the Eagles a trap game.  The Chargers have lost their last 8 games but by small margins.  They just keep finding ways to lose.  The Eagles have to travel out west after a big emotional division game.  The smart bet would be to go with the Chargers at home, if you can call that a home.  The Chargers are #11 in Pass offense and the Birds are #25 against the pass.  If they can’t keep Phillip Rivers off the field then he is going to touch our secondary.  Fletcher Cox is out this week which means Timmy Jernigan will draw the double team.  If the front four can’t get pressure it will cause for a long day.

The way to keep Rivers off the field will be to control the clock and run the football.   The Chargers are #31 against the run this year.  That will be the achilles heal this week.  The Eagles have to run the ball, I say again they have to run the football.  Expect a heavy dose of Blount, Smallwood, and Clement this week.  Hopefully the Eagles will have more runs then passes this week.  Crazy I know, every expects Carson to throw 50 passes each week.  If they are truly game planning their opponents each week then they will run the ball.

This weeks prediction is Eagles 24 Chargers 17.  Go Birds.

Eagles vs. Giants 

Last week we got the winning score right just the wrong team.   Some will argue this week that the birds are getting into a trap game but that isn’t the case.   The Eagles will handle the Giants easily today.  The Giants can’t stop the run or the rush.  Expect Barnett to get another sack today and hopefully we see a lot of Blount today.  I think we will see  Cory Clement should get a few touches also.  Today’s score 30-10.   Go Birds.