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19 minutes ago, BigEFly said:

As always, thanks for the recommendations.  I have been enmeshed in genealogy research of late so a lot of my history reading and research have been century old documents like diary notes, wills, land conveyances, court documents census documents, old local histories and Scandinavian church records and censuses.  If my translation of the word for wife from Norwegian is correct, it is "gift”.  That  translation has had me immersed in reading US legal histories, court opinions and treatises on the development of women from chattel property, subsumed from father to husband, to their status today (still not fully equal, even under the Constitution).  Very little in property rights other than life tenancy until 1848.

Toll’s work sounds fascinating. The development of the Warlords from the time of the invasion of Manchuria, which in some ways was a reaction to events from the Sino-Russian war is pretty interesting.  Less known than the rise of Hitler and the National Socialists and the rise of the Fascists in Italy and Spain.  I added it to my list.

That sounds fascinating. Your translation of the word for wife makes a certain amount of sense (I say this not knowing a word of Norwegian) . The gift of a dowry to the groom, or groom's family would fit right in with that.

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1 hour ago, Alphagrand said:

Of course Wentz can be criticized.  Putting out a hit piece on Wentz with a headline that he is the reason the Eagles may not hire Duce to be head coach, however, is pure horse manure and garbage reporting.  Does he actually think Duce is the only coach available that holds players accountable?

Asserting that the Eagles are incompetent because they couldn’t hire Saleh — B.S. — Saleh interviewed with lots of teams

Asserting the Eagles are incompetent because they couldn’t hire Arthur Smith — B.S. — Smith interviewed with lots of teams

Asserting they’re incompetent because they got turned down by Lincoln Riley — B.S. — Riley is already at a top-10 earning NFL head coach salary and wouldn’t get fired at OU in the next 20 years.

Just trash reporting, because he thinks the Eagles should have hired a head coach in five minutes — even after being told by Lurie himself what the process was going to be.

Don’t disagree with your view on the article.  My response was to Thrive’s post, not the article. But I was saying early in the season and last season that Wentz had some flaws he needs to fix.  Chris Long agrees with me.  I have also wanted Press Taylor gone.  I think he is an enabler, not a position coach.

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28 minutes ago, jwill2420 said:

I’m sorry but this just doesn’t impress me. You always hear these type of praises from HCs about their guys. 
 

These Guys are alway given such big credit and most flop. Most never even heard of this guy till he interviewed now he got all the cred? Idk man. 

just pointing out there was an article written by the athletic stating the fact he was going to be a good head coach back in October. He also was a candidate for the Browns job last year. So obviously the league has known about  him. Fans most likely not unless you are a colts fan or a divisional opponent  

also are you are going to use that against every candidate? That’s how it should be. Can’t just pick sirianni and challenge him with it and then not do it to others. 

honest question who has mcdaniels/Patriots developed in terms of drafted and UDFA young offensive skill players since being back in New England in 2012? Gronk had a 1300+ yard season and 17 tds in 2011 without mcdaniels. Hernandez was already good. And their oline was struggling so bad they re-hired the retired OL coach ans he fixed the issue. So it’s really Edelman and James white. It really helps that Tom Brady has been great because the New England Patriots have an exactly done a great job with the development of young skill position players and it showed how much this year and last year even with Brady. 

Where the Eagles are in their rebuild they need somebody who has had a hand in doing a good job at developing young players. The patriots have actually not been overly great at it since 2012. it’s another reason why Brady left for greener pastures besides belichick rift 

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36 minutes ago, Iggles_Phan said:

I think some of the folks around here are secretly fans of 'say yes to the dress'... my wife is obsessed with that show and watches it on her phone.. and I can't for the life of me figure out the allure.

I had the pleasure of watching Housewives of Orange County last night because I told my wife I recorded the Sixers game to watch later.  Yeah....I wanted to swallow bleach.  

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10 minutes ago, QBhunter58 said:

I feel you. I was never a super sports guy outside football, so my time commitment was minimal. But I still watch the Eagles when they are nationally televised. Outside of the birds and my Gerogia dawgs I dont watch football games, and even then, I do a bit of work during that time. I do my daily google searches for the some combination of the eagles, 76ers, phils, and flyers when I have free time, but it is not a priority. I will still ride with the birds till I am gone though, I love the team and the community too much to ever stop. I hope they get exciting soon as well, its always nice to have an extra little pep in the week when your team is fun to watch. 

I mean I’ll always love the brand the Philadelphia Eagles, that will never change. But life is too short to invest hundreds of hours into something that makes me miserable. My perspective on that changed. I got horribly sick in 2010, I almost died. And once I got better one of the things I realized is that I spend like 80% of my free time on sports. Hundreds and hundreds of hours a year. I’ve neglected countless interests and hobbies. So I made it a point to spend more time on them.

Then it really hit me when I was watching say a Sixers game or a Phillies game that I knew I wasn’t enjoying. And not only not enjoying but spending the entire game frustrating and cursing at the tv. And I asked myself is this how I want to spend 80% of my free time? Watching something I don’t like just because of some weird obligation? I just decided eventually that I’m only going to watch if I find the product entertaining and/or feel there’s hope for a championship or at least in the road headed toward one.

Even this past season, for the second half of the year, the Eagles for me were basically background noise while I was reading. I have this massive stack of books in my backlog that I let grow to absurd levels and finally have gotten around to reading them.

In life, do what makes you happy. As long as you follow that, it’s hard to go wrong 😁

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13 minutes ago, jwill2420 said:

I’m sorry but this just doesn’t impress me. You always hear these type of praises from HCs about their guys. 
 

These Guys are alway given such big credit and most flop. Most never even heard of this guy till he interviewed now he got all the cred? Idk man. 

There’s an SI.com article from last September that lists Sirianni among the best HC candidates; it actually hits on many of the coaches that got hired this cycle.

If Lurie called up Frank Reich (or vice versa) and got a recommendation to interview Sirianni, props for doing so.

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41 minutes ago, e-a-g-l-e-s eagles! said:

Just saying Campbell’s presser is going to be hard to beat that was straight up awesome 

 

We can only hope whoever we hire talks about curb stomping the opponent.  

Side note, I think it's pretty cheesy to try to embody what a city is.  

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1 minute ago, bpac55 said:

We can only hope whoever we hire talks about curb stomping the opponent.  

Side note, I think it's pretty cheesy to try to embody what a city is.  

But it explains the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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40 minutes ago, e-a-g-l-e-s eagles! said:

I believe his dad and brother are/were also coaches

Correct, and I think he played at Mount Union.  For those who don't follow college football, up until recent with Wisconsin-Whitewater, Mount Union was the Alabama of D3 football.

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3 hours ago, Bacarty2 said:

1) Who knows what OBJ is, he got hurt. We shall see next year, and I'm okwith calling him top 10

2) Yes I think the guy whos tied for 50th in the league in catches, 3rd on his team in catches and really only had 1 monster game is a JAG RIGHT NOW 

Finally, I dont think you get what a comparison is. When you lump something together. It means your comparing their similarities. When you say "if you dont want A, you must not want B" because theyre both letters is a broad comparison that isnt true. Just because I dont like Dog Sh!t flavored ice cream, doesnt mean I dont like any other flavored  ice creams. Just because they both run 12(comparison of similarities ) doesn't mean there the same, or you cant like 1 or the other. 

 

have a good one bud. 

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4 minutes ago, bpac55 said:

We can only hope whoever we hire talks about curb stomping the opponent.  

Side note, I think it's pretty cheesy to try to embody what a city is.  

Guy is funny

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2 minutes ago, Alphagrand said:

There’s an SI.com article from last September that lists Sirianni among the best HC candidates; it actually hits on many of the coaches that got hired this cycle.

If Lurie called up Frank Reich (or vice versa) and got a recommendation to interview Sirianni, props for doing so.

This. If you don’t think they called Frank reich and asked him about him then you are crazy. Now Frank reich is going to speak well of him. However so is everyone in the New England Patriots organization of mcdaniels. So is everyone in the eagles organization with Duce. So is everyone in Tennessee with Arthur smith.

However since Frank was on the Super Bowl team and constructed his own staff they probably trust him a lot with what he says. (part of the reason i think there was a BS report saying they were going to fire him after the first season. I believe they might have had discussions about if things don’t improve in 2017 they might move on from reich). Probably why howie likes mcdaniels cause Jedd fisch is his good friend from college and is friends with mcdaniels. 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Diehardfan said:

Guy is funny

I hope he doesn’t lose that sense of humor. I feel like the lions could do that to a person. 

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1 minute ago, bpac55 said:

We can only hope whoever we hire talks about curb stomping the opponent.  

Side note, I think it's pretty cheesy to try to embody what a city is.  

Agreed it kinda is. However, I think saying it is cheesy. Embodying it is awesome... There is a reason we live guys like Dawk, A.I., Michael Jack, and smoking Joe. It goes beyond them simply being good, they 'got' what it was to be a Philadelphian. And those guys all let their actions speak for themselves.

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32 minutes ago, eagle45 said:

I don’t think enough people are emphasizing the fact that they didn’t want to fire Doug.

Doug got fired because he did a 180 and said he’d no longer be a puppet who would let them pull the strings.  Had he not done that, he’d still be the HC.  
 

They aren’t really "settling” for other guys.  From my viewpoint, they will actually get exactly who they wanted all along...whomever it is that will allow Lowie to run the team.  That’s what they want and that’s what they’ll get.

I agree, the reports said they never planned on having an opening. Lurie went against advice of his people and pulled the plug. Each week the Eagles just look worse and worse. I just want the bleeding to stop. Something to get excited for.

Hiring the protege of the protege of the man you fired is anything but that. And they tried to fire Reich after 2016 and Doug saved his ass. Then hiring the protege of the guy you tried to fire who you now apparently greatly respect when they wanted to fire him after 2016? It would show cluelessness and a total lack of direction.

Hey, McDaniels has flaws and is risky as hell but at least it would show they had a guy in mind and had a plan. Sirianni would confirm they had no plan and just winged it which in itself would be disconcerting, irrespective of Sirianni himself and his abilities as a coach.

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2 minutes ago, Diehardfan said:

Guy is funny

Well when you go to Philly it's both the team and the fans

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5 minutes ago, Diehardfan said:

Guy is funny

Philly fans.  Hold my beer....

check that, let me throw it at you.

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9 minutes ago, Sack that QB said:

I mean I’ll always love the brand the Philadelphia Eagles, that will never change. But life is too short to invest hundreds of hours into something that makes me miserable. My perspective on that changed. I got horribly sick in 2010, I almost died. And once I got better one of the things I realized is that I spend like 80% of my free time on sports. Hundreds and hundreds of hours a year. I’ve neglected countless interests and hobbies. So I made it a point to spend more time on them.

Then it really hit me when I was watching say a Sixers game or a Phillies game that I knew I wasn’t enjoying. And not only not enjoying but spending the entire game frustrating and cursing at the tv. And I asked myself is this how I want to spend 80% of my free time? Watching something I don’t like just because of some weird obligation? I just decided eventually that I’m only going to watch if I find the product entertaining and/or feel there’s hope for a championship or at least in the road headed toward one.

Even this past season, for the second half of the year, the Eagles for me were basically background noise while I was reading. I have this massive stack of books in my backlog that I let grow to absurd levels and finally have gotten around to reading them.

In life, do what makes you happy. As long as you follow that, it’s hard to go wrong 😁

I’m all for doing what makes you happy and you having that epiphany when you got sick and not spending time on something that makes you frustrated, mad or depressed. However every sports franchise has their ups and downs. Philadelphia probably more so then a lot of sports franchise around the country. frankly we’ve been dealt a difficult hand as we’ve had some bad owners at times, bad general managers and just some bad luck and bad teams. It is what it is  i still come here rain or shine cause i love talking to people on this community and learning more and venting and sharing opinions or stories with them  

No offense but kind of sound like a fair-weather fan that only wants to be around when they are doing well and not here when they stink. Or only have interest when they are playing good and no need for them when they are bad.

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5 minutes ago, Sack that QB said:

I agree, the reports said they never planned on having an opening. Lurie went against advice of his people and pulled the plug. Each week the Eagles just look worse and worse. I just want the bleeding to stop. Something to get excited for.

Hiring the protege of the protege of the man you fired is anything but that. And they tried to fire Reich after 2016 and Doug saved his ass. Then hiring the protege of the guy you tried to fire who you now apparently greatly respect when they wanted to fire him after 2016? It would show cluelessness and a total lack of direction.

Hey, McDaniels has flaws and is risky as hell but at least it would show they had a guy in mind and had a plan. Sirianni would confirm they had no plan and just winged it which in itself would be disconcerting, irrespective of Sirianni himself and his abilities as a coach.

How? His team wasn’t in the playoffs and they didn’t even interview him first. He was like down the line. How do you know that jedd fisch (howie’s college roommate) who worked with mcdaniels last year didn’t call Howie Roseman and say hey you should interview Josh McDaniels. they didn’t even have him on the list until then. That doesn’t seem like the plan. That seems like somebody who howie is friends with told him about them and they went and interviewed him.

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14 minutes ago, bpac55 said:

We can only hope whoever we hire talks about curb stomping the opponent.  

Side note, I think it's pretty cheesy to try to embody what a city is.  

Reminds me of the classic Simpsons episode when it used to be funny.  Route 401!

There was more than one rock concert I went to as a kid that was identical to the first half of this clip

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4 minutes ago, Sack that QB said:

I agree, the reports said they never planned on having an opening. Lurie went against advice of his people and pulled the plug. Each week the Eagles just look worse and worse. I just want the bleeding to stop. Something to get excited for.

Hiring the protege of the protege of the man you fired is anything but that. And they tried to fire Reich after 2016 and Doug saved his ass. Then hiring the protege of the guy you tried to fire who you now apparently greatly respect when they wanted to fire him after 2016? It would show cluelessness and a total lack of direction.

Hey, McDaniels has flaws and is risky as hell but at least it would show they had a guy in mind and had a plan. Sirianni would confirm they had no plan and just winged it which in itself would be disconcerting, irrespective of Sirianni himself and his abilities as a coach.

They interviewed McDaniels, If Sirianni beats him out in an interview wtf does that have to do with not having a guy in mind? This boils down to you stomping your feet because they didn't go with your boy. Your argument is weak. 

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45 minutes ago, Iggles_Phan said:

I think some of the folks around here are secretly fans of 'say yes to the dress'... my wife is obsessed with that show and watches it on her phone.. and I can't for the life of me figure out the allure.

You don’t get excited watching women trying on wedding dresses?  My wife watched it some with my daughter over a decade ago.  I would be walking by the room and hear they were paying the price of a down payment on a house and would say "elope, I will give you the money instead”.

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Just now, BigEFly said:

You don’t get excited watching women trying on wedding dresses?  My wife watched it some with my daughter over a decade ago.  I would be walking by the room and hear they were paying the price of a down payment on a house and would say "elope, I will give you the money instead”.

Remarkably the store's security people frown upon you doing that.

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1 minute ago, greend said:

They interviewed McDaniels, If Sirianni beats him out in an interview wtf does that have to do with not having a guy in mind? This boils down to you stomping your feet because they didn't go with your boy. Your argument is weak. 

Thank you. That’s exactly what it is. 

and how do we even know they had Josh McDaniels at the top of their list or even on the list to start. He wasn’t there first couple interviews. he interviewed 5-6 days after their first round of interviews. Also how do we know that Howie didn’t get a call from Jedd fisch (like Tony Pauline indicated last night) saying to interview him and hire him and that turned the eagles on to mcdaniels when originally they didn’t have him on their top list of candidates. 

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1 minute ago, e-a-g-l-e-s eagles! said:

I’m all for doing what makes you happy and you having that epiphany when you got sick and not spending time on something that makes you frustrated, mad or depressed. However every sports franchise has their ups and downs. Philadelphia probably more so then a lot of sports franchise around the country. frankly we’ve been dealt a difficult hand as we’ve had some bad owners at times, bad general managers and just some bad luck and bad teams. It is what it is  i still come here rain or shine cause i love talking to people on this community and learning more and venting and sharing opinions or stories with them  

No offense but kind of sound like a fair-weather fan that only wants to be around when they are doing well and not here when they stink. Or only have interest when they are playing good and no need for them when they are bad.

I’m always down for chatting Eagles, but watching them is a different story. To me I separate being purposely or naturally bad to being bad via incompetence. The process Sixers were horrible, but they were horrible on purpose. So while I didn’t watch them every night because the product was bad, when I did watch I didn’t get pissed off or miserable because I knew they weren’t constructed to win, so there’s really no purpose in being angry. If anything, I was happy when they lost for draft pick purposes.

And then there’s times where your team say is great for a long time and then just gets old and has to rebuild and sucks for a few years. That’s understandable as well.

But the kind of sucking when you constantly make mistakes and refuse to admit them, actually legitimately try but you’re just aimless and clueless, or not trying at all(John Middleton) then that’s a whole other story. 

For me anyway, psychologicaloh there’s a difference in watching a team that was great but got old and now is bad, vs watching a team where your owner just cut off the funding midway through a build and left the team incomplete and you have to watch them blow games because they didn’t allow any bullpen pitchers to be added, so they’d blow games night after night after night. 
 

One thing I’m not going to do is sit down and when I’m going over things I want to do for the night... ie hang out with friends, read a book, write, watch a new movie or tv series... I’m not going to choose wasting 3 hours watching a team where the owner flat out refused to spent enough money to make it a contender and have me spending 3 hours angry aNd cursing at the tv. That ain’t happening anymore. And if that makes me fairweather then it does. It’s kind of become a negative term in sports circles, but it really doesn’t have to be and it shouldn’t be. I didn’t watch a single Phillies game between 1994 and 2006. I jumped back on the bandwagon in 2007 and then followed it into 2008 and didn’t enjoy that championship run any less. I used to think you had to be there for all the lows to truly understand the feeling of a championship, but that experience to me changed my mind on that stance completely.

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