It's a Triple Shot Thursday Here on WTSL

It's a Triple Shot Thursday Here on WTSL

Ever look something up on YouTube and then spend the next two hours chasing link after link? Yeah, that's what happened to me last night. I was mindlessly looking for some old school Sixers videos (because what else would I possibly be doing on a Wednesday night?) when I came across a mildly interesting video, which led to another slightly more interesting video, which in turn led to some downright amazing videos.

Now, based on the number of times these videos have been viewed it's not like I've unearthed any unseen/unheard of gems. However, when taken together the songs transport you to a time when the teams and athletes in town, for better or worse, strapped on the ear goggles and put out some music.

Hands down the Sixers song above is my favorite. You can't help but tap your Dr. J Converse wearing foot, sing along, and count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Sixers...10, 9, 8, 76ers. Fact, whenever I have kids I am bypassing School House Rocks and will teach my kids to count using this song.

The Phillies are next up with this 1976 track featuring Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Garry Maddox, Dave Cash, and Greg Luzinski. Sure, the guitar intro sounds straight out of Boogie Nights, but from a purely nostalgia standpoint it kind of works. Who am I kidding? This song is awful. The only redeeming part is the "Philllllllies Fever!" chorus. Shameful admission: I tormented my friends by playing this song between every inning of the Phils road games during their 2008 playoff run. I regret nothing.

[Enrico note: Eyyo, Rev: did you skip class this day? And this day? Tsk, tsk]

Creepy Foreshadowing Note: If you listen to the song backwards you can clearly hear Luzinski say "Danny Ozark. Black Friday. Manny Mota"

WARNING: The human ear is not capable of withstanding more than a minute or so of this song. I've never made it past the 1:36 mark.

 

Finally, the third of our triple shot Thursday comes from 1988. The Eagles check in with "Buddy's Watching You". I honestly do not even know where to begin with this one, so I'll play the track (radio term) and then share my thoughts.

 

 Yeah, this needs bullet points.

  • Jerome Brown (RIP) - does Michael Jackson know you've been raiding his wardrobe? Note the immediate continuity issue. JB rocks the aforementioned red and black jumpsuit and then is shown in a closeup wearing a white collared shirt. Production value!
  • Oh, Randall. How does the most amazingly fluid and athletic quarterback I've ever seen double as the worst dancer in the history of dancing? He honestly looks so happy to be there. Randall, Imma let you be you.
  • Mike Quick - in a sea of ridiculousness he still looks smooth. Yes, I am aware of the sweater and mock turtleneck combo he's wearing. He's Mike Quick. He looks cool no matter what.
  • Eriq La Salle aka Daryl Jenks from Coming to America is really rocking out in the control room. Bounce with 'em.
  • Luis Zendejas. In a cardigan. So innocent. So mustachioed. Completely unaware that a year later he'd have a $200 bounty on his head courtesy of Buddy Ryan. Yes, Luis, Buddy's watching you. Jessie Small, FTW.
  • Keith Jackson. For a guy who went to Oklahoma he's not that bad. Bonus points to Randall for chiming in during Jackson's verse with a Flava Flavesque "Yeah, boi". 
  • Reggie White (RIP) The Minister of Defense does not dance. "Reggie White, defensive end. Hit quarterbacks like they committed a sin." He's the lyrical liberator.
  • Wes Hopkins. Kind of scary. Very into the song. Refers to himself as "Wild, Wild, Wes." Wild, Wild, Wes was a beast, but not the smoothest cat ever. He gave his girlfriend a ticket for a seat in the Eagles family section, which wouldn't have been a big deal except that his wife was there too. Oops. Apparently Mrs. Hopkins wasn't afraid to hit either. The most willing dancer of the group. Jazz Hands!
  • Andre Waters (RIP). Probably my favorite Eagle from that era. Looks like he's contemplating hitting the microphone stand.
  • Serious Note: Unbelievable that three of these guys are dead (JB, Reggie, and Andre).
  • Greg Garrity. The sweater. The hair. The mustache. The sunglasses. The jeans. The white sneakers. Quintessential Philly. He could walk around Northern Liberties right now in that outfit and no one would bat an eye. Greg Garrity. Hipster.
  • Roynell Young. An obvious late addition to the group as witnessed by him reading the lines right off the paper. So relieved when he finishes his part.
  • David Little. Ended up in the wrong studio. Was supposed to be across the hall recording a Gary Barbera Dodgeland commercial. Engages in the most awkward high-five/bash brothers forearm smash with Hipster Garrity.
  • Seth Joyner could not make it that day as he was in the midst of a super intense 24 hour scowl.

Finally, I am kind of relieved that the Flyers have never put out a song. I don't think I'd ever recover from Kjell Samuelsson dancing while wearing that Jofa helmet.

I am sure I missed tons of amazingness from the Eagles video. Feel free to add your observations in the comments. Have any Philly music suggestions? It's an all request Thursday, so leave your thoughts below.

Eagles Mailbag: Bennie Logan, top WRs in draft, Jeremy Maclin return?

Eagles Mailbag: Bennie Logan, top WRs in draft, Jeremy Maclin return?

There hasn't been much Eagles talk recently. The last few weeks have been pretty dead. 

That's about to change soon enough. Next week, the football world will take over Indianapolis for the combine and just after that, free agency will begin on March 9. After that, the draft isn't too far away. 

So let's jump into your mailbag questions: 

Yeah, I think there's a real chance Bennie Logan isn't an Eagle next year. Howie Roseman has been pretty consistent in saying he wants Logan to return, but it's fair to wonder about the price. Logan has now proven that he can play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme, so there will be plenty of teams interested. 

If the Eagles lose Logan, their defense will take a big hit. There's not really a way around that. He's a good player and has been an important part of the line. But with a ton of money devoted to the defensive line over the next few years -- even assuming Connor Barwin isn't back -- will the Eagles pay another? I'm not so sure. 

And I agree that Logan was really good against the run last year. But I think his real value is in being great against the run while also being able to generate some pass rush. I think Beau Allen can be a decent run-stuffer, but he's clearly not the same player as Logan. 

I can't give a real answer here. Sorry. While I don't wholeheartedly agree with the best player available notion, the Eagles also can't prioritize one need over the other in this scenario. There will be either 13 or 14 picks before the Eagles are on the board. 

Really, it's going to depend on which players are left. Are Mike Williams and Corey Davis on the board? How about the top corners? There's a lot of them. If the player the Eagles really want at one of those positions is off the board, they could look elsewhere. And it's not automatic they'll take a receiver or a cornerback. What if they opt for an edge rusher? 

But getting back to corner vs. receiver, there are a couple thoughts: 

1. They'll pick a corner because receivers are far from a sure thing. Roseman made it a point to talk about how the 2014 draft changed expectations for rookie receivers. And the Eagles haven't had much luck recently drafting receivers in the first round. And Roseman has also said that while it might make sense to grab a first-round corner in the second round because of depth, there's often a run at positions where a draft is strong. It would be better to just get the best one. 

2. On the flip side of that, maybe they'll pick a receiver with the idea that at least one really good corner will be on the board in the second round. That would maximize value, especially if they get the receiver they want in the first round. 

That's a long way to say: I don't think it'll be about position as much as it will be about the specific player at 14 or 15. 

This is a tough one. I really think the margin separating these two is so close that the combine could flip them for me. But for now, I'm going with Mike Williams. 

Clemson listed him at 6-3, 225 and I think he's going to come close to that at the combine. And he might not have Corey Davis' speed or quick twitch, but he makes up for it. I really want to see how he performs at the combine; I expect it to confirm my belief that he's the top receiver in the draft. Davis will reportedly not run at the combine because of an ankle injury. 

It's possible a team like the Eagles could fall in love with Davis' deep threat ability. That's clearly what they value right now. But ultimately, I think Williams is the top guy. 

I don't think Ryan Mathews will be back next season. He's 29, coming off a serious neck injury and is way too expensive. The Eagles can save $4 million by cutting him. I expect that to happen and for the Eagles to try to find some younger, healthier talent. 

Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy! Let's get the band back together! 

I understand why the Maclin questions are rolling in. An ESPN column recently suggested that the Chiefs could cut the former Eagle. Maclin is familiar with the Eagles' offense and Doug Pederson, which means the move would make some sense. 

But from a football standpoint, Jackson would give the Eagles what they need more than Maclin. Over the last couple years, Maclin has really been utilized in the slot, which happens to be where the Eagles' only decent receiver plays. Sure, Pederson will move around his receivers, but there are probably better fits out there for the Eagles than Maclin. If he does become a free agent, though, it's at least worth inquiring. 

Former Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans joins 49ers coaching staff

Former Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans joins 49ers coaching staff

About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans. 

Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach. 

The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff. 

After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012. 

While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well-thought of in the locker room and throughout the building. 

While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense. 

Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.