I had a friend was a big baseball player
back in high school
He could throw that speedball by you
Make you look like a fool boy
Saw him the other night at this roadside bar
I was walking in, he was walking out
We went back inside sat down had a few drinks
but all he kept talking about was

Glory days.

I guess I just don’t get the Philadelphia Eagles anymore.  Or maybe it’s their fans I don’t get.  I remember a time when they had it.  Whatever IT is.  They were big and strong and moderately charismatic, and if they were in high school, they’d probably be getting all the girls.  They’d direct the power of their Friday night lights toward the girl and she’d simply find it irresistible.

Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
a little of the glory of, well time slips away
and leaves you with nothing mister but
boring stories of glory days

But the Eagles aren’t in high school anymore.  The Dallas Cowboys, a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since forever, showed us that last night, beating them 34-14.  If we’re playing out the Springsteen analogy, the Eagles are that fat, middle-aged balding former high school athlete who used to have the town on a string, but now has some union job in the same town where he grew up.  Never got bigger.  Never got better.  Still trying to leverage whatever he had decades ago.

But the 90’s and early 00’s are over and their successes have passed the Eagles by.  Whatever strength and stealth and drawing power that anDy Reid and Donovan McNabb had is no longer there.  Or if it IS still there, it’s a dim candle only kept lit by people of the Philly suburbs who enjoy living in the past.

It’s time to let Reid and McNabb go.

This afternoon, attention should rightfully turn west.  To Green Bay and Arizona.  To the team in green and gold that a few are even calling the dark horse to win it all.  The glitz and the glam.  The Big Dance.   A team that could “win the whole, goddamn thing.”  – Jake Taylor, pretend Cleveland Indians catcher

And all the focus should rightly turn there.  Green Bay is young.  Strong. Fast.  Lean.  Smart.  And if we’re talking analogies, they’re the Stallion to the Eagles’ broken-down old pony.

And they’re about to get filthy on another team of birds this afternoon.

Bring on the lights.  Bring on the girls.  The Packers are the studs ready for all the attention.

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