We need to fill some space here, so I'm hearkening back to the Wildcat days and busting out Sports Briefs. Got a few things that might be overlooked:
The world's first $24 million long reliever: The Phillies are considering yanking Adam Eaton from the rotation. (And can you believe that other note about Jose Mesa being sort of good?) Please do! More room for J.D. "the Real Deal" Durbin, who apparently nicknamed himself in A ball! (Scroll to the fourth paragraph.) He also got his first win on my birthday and recently shut out the Pads.
The Eagles open the preseason tonight in Baltimore: D-Mac's not playing, thank goodness. They ought to just treat him like the Chargers are doing to LT: no preseason snaps whatsoever. He's in his ninth year and he popped an ACL last season while running out of bounds: he doesn't need the reps.
However, tonight does offer the first look at Kevin Kolb (pronounced to rhyme with cob, by the way -- remember that, in case McNabb and Feeley both go down with injuries this year. Another thing to remember if that happens: I don't want to be resuscitated.) I never thought I would say this, but I'm glad the game's in Baltimore. The last thing he needs is to throw a few picks and get booed off the field at home.
Personally, I'm much more interested to see the rookies who might play this year: Stewart Bradley, Tony Hunt, Brent Celek, and, dare I dream, Nasty Nate. The Birds are also relying on a lot of second-year guys who need to perform: Bunkley, Avant, Baskett, and Gocong. And it'll be nice to get a glimpse of their big free-agent signings, Kevin Curtis and Takeo Spikes.
My prediction: Philly 28 Baltimore 17.