6 Days of Super Eagles … Days: 4

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And then there were 4.  4 LOONGGG days until redemption for the 2004 season’s Super Bowl.  You remember.  Same Patriots, same Brady.  So close but couldn’t seal the deal, falling to the Death Star by a measly field goal, 24-21.  But fear not Eagles faithful, today’s jersey selection and reason for ‘Birds glory this Sunday are sure to get the revenge juices flowing like Rocky facing Clubber Lang after Mickey’s death.

Day 4 Jersey:  Terrell Owens

Take a deep breath … lots of emotions bubble to the surface when the initials of Terrell Eldorado Owens are muttered to Eagles fans.  T.O. conjures both the best of times and worst of times for Eagle nation.  But make no mistake, this dude will go down in the annals of Eagle’s lure having given one of the most remarkable efforts EVER in professional sports.  T.O.’s on-field prowess cannot be denied.  He averaged nearly 100 yards per game during his short stint in Philly, the undeniable missing piece in Donovan’s arsenal that he never had before and certainly never had after.

But the defining moment that cements him as legend in Linc-ville, emblematic of all that is beloved in our blue collar ethos, was his comeback from a week 15 broken leg to play in the Super Bowl.  And not just play, but nabbed 9 catches for 122 yards… on ONE DAMN LEG!

T.O., your time here was too short.  But for one magical season, (cue Tina Turner) you were simply the best.

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Day 4 Reason for Eagle Victory:  Vigilance

Interesting that with all of the scrutiny aimed at professional athletes off the field that something as rudimentary as signal stealing on the field could still possibly occur.  But according to recent acknowledgment by Steve Spagnuolo, Eagles linebacker coach during the 2004 Super Bowl season, that’s exactly what happened in that razor thin game.  Spags made mention that the late great Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson was convinced of this during the game… that Darth Brady knew of blitzes every time Johnson dialed up pressure – even exotic stunts from defensive alignments the Eagles had never shown throughout the season!  Film review thereafter makes his claim all the more credible and, according to Spagnuolo, factual. (Research credit:  primaMurbase).

Why bring this up now, 17 years later?  Because if we don’t, history will repeat itself.  And that ladies and gentlemen is NOT going to happen.  The Eagles are well prepared this time to avert those prying eyes, going so far as more deeply coded play calls and multiple signalers should the audio system fail.  And on a level playing field, that razor thin 3 point loss 17 years ago becomes a W … which it is going to be this time!

Level playing field … Advantage:  EAGLES

Until tomorrow… time is yours.

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6 Days of Super Eagles … Days: 5

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5 more days.  5 more days until we find ourselves on the RIGHT side of history.  On the right side of sending the Evil Empire packing for good.  A change of the guard is upon us. Much like a young Tom Brady beating the Greatest Show on Turf in the ’01 season Bowl, kicking off almost two decades of excellence, the Eagles find themselves in a similar spot this Sunday.  Brady is 40, still at the top if his game, but Father Time takes a major tick this weekend.  The Eagles have an MVP QB … who ISN’T EVEN PLAYING THIS WEEKEND!  And a coach that will grow with him.  Bright days ahead, boys and girls.

Day 6 Jersey:  Hugh Douglas

Hugh Lamont Douglas played 6 seasons for the ‘Birds, culminating in a final Swann song in the failed Super Bowl run of 2004.  But Hugh is most important for another reason for which he earns a finalist slot in our 6 Days of Super Eagles, Day 5 Jersey:  He reversed the curse of inept pass rushers that the Eagles tried in vain to acquire ever since the heralded Reggie White days.  How can we forget such luminaries as Brandon Whiting, Juqua Parker, Jerome McDougal, Jon Harris, and the epitome of the era, Mike “Almost Got There” Mamula?  With the brief exception of William Fuller, the position was a dumpster fire by anyone’s standards.  The Hughster reversed this trend, and was arguably THE catalyst to a revamped defense that took us to the precipice of greatness 13 years ago.

 

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Day 5 Reason for Eagle Victory:  Familiarity

This reason could end with one sentence:  Each side has two players that has played with the other team – the Eagles have Legarrette Blount and Chris Long … two MAJOR pieces of the ‘Birds success in ’17; the Pats have Patrick Chung and Eric Rowe – two Jabrones that the Eagles cut due to SUCKING!  Add the fact that Blount (offense) and Long (defense) have both sides of the field covered, you cannot deny, Advantage:  EAGLES

You can’t underestimate the importance of knowing the ins and outs of your opponent.  It’s why inter-division games are always so close as the talent gap shrinks due to knowledge of the other side’s personnel and planning.  Look back at the ’02 Super Bowl, won by the Tampa Bay Bucs and new head coach Jon Gruden, beating the Oakland Raiders … who Gruden coached for the previous 4 seasons!  So this is important, REALLY important.  And bet your last dollar that both Long and Blount are front and center of team meetings ever since the trashing of the crying Vikings.

Back tomorrow.  Time is yours.

 

6 Days of Super Eagles … Days: 6

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If it’s not abundantly clear, the primatomma staff are 100% Eagles fans.  So if that’s a turn off to any evil empire Patriot fans, then go back to your cheating, criminal, anti-American ways while 99% of the country enjoys this post.

With the longest week EVER to endure for Eagles fans upon us, we offer you a brief respite from your anxiety leading up to Super Bowl LII.  Over the next 6 days, we will share with you the jerseys we have considered donning in the biggest game of our lives, Super Bowl LII.  Culminating with the winning jersey that virtually GUARANTEES a ‘Birds victory this Sunday!  And as a bonus, each day will feature the reasons why the Eagles will take home the Lombardi trophy.  These reasons are steeped in analytics, objectivity, and – we are under advisement – have been divinely inspired. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

Day 6 Jersey:  Custom

As a rule, primatomma is adamantly opposed to personalizing your jersey with your own name.  Can you say, “narcissistic”?  But that violation is shelved for any customized jersey with special meaning.  So our Day 6 Eagles jersey is an homage to our primaFounder’s 40th birthday (thus the “40”).  Shout out to primaFrenchie for this kind gesture.  Always a crowd-pleaser in your own home, but for the love of Pete, don’t wear your own name on your team’s jersey to the stadium or you deserve a beer shower.

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Day 6 Reason for Eagle Victory:  Offensive Line

Its been said that football games are won in the trenches.  When looking at offensive line effectiveness, you have to look beyond the ranking of each unit by this season’s stats, which ranks both O-lines as a virtual tie.  If both teams have performed comparably, next level analysis focuses on two areas:  1) Experience of the unit, and 2) expected performance vs. opposing team’s Defensive Line.

  • The Eagles have a combined 343 career regular season starts, with the most starts being this season.  The Pats lag with 250 starts. Advantage:  Eagles
  • Looking at the D-Lines both offenses will be facing, the Pats are the 20th ranked run defense in the league.  They give up 4.7 yards per carry… 2nd worse in the NFL!  The Eagles love to run the ball.  Do the math… the Eagles by comparison give up almost a FULL YARD less per carry at 3.8 … which is huge.  While the Pats aren’t as run heavy as the Eagles, they are middle of the pack in terms of sacks allowed.  Translation:  The team that runs the ball better has a decided edge.  Advantage: Eagles

Back tomorrow with more insight.  The time is yours.