Jeff Garcia Mania?

Jeff Garcia Mania?


Jeff Garcia has taken this Eagles team from wondering what kind of draft pick they could get to the brink of a division title with a very good chance of making a Super Bowl run to boot.  There is no arguing he has performed better than all of our expectations.  His acuracy has been something the Eagles have been missing.  What I don't undertand is all of this hoopla around there being some sort of quarterback controversy next year when Donovan McNabb comes back?

Even Wilma McNabb felt the need to chime in on things after the Eagles memorable victory on Christmas.  From Wilma's blog post titled "Bittersweet":

The win this week was great and I could actually say that's what I
wanted for Christmas. Yes, now we have solidly beat the Cowboys with my
son and without him. But I can hear you asking, mama McNabb what are
you really thinking? Well here it is, the real deal. Its kind of bitter
sweet for me as my son, the quarterback sits out on injured reserved
watching the game during his rehab. I polled my family too and they
feel the same. We want our team to win and even go to the Superbowl and
win it in Miami especially if they continue to play as they have. But
oh oh, if they win the Superbowl without my son, what would be the real
outcome with the fans? Will they crucify him?

Now, I'm all for a player having a wonderful relationship with his parents, but yo Wilma, this isn't how you go about things.  Trying to preemptively strike against a few Philly fans who may crucify your son if Jeff Garcia does what Donovan couldn't do is not the way to go.  This isn't the first time you or papa McNabb have been a little too outspoken.  Bringing up the handful of morons who booed your son on draft day over and over is getting a little old.  The Eagles stomping of the Cowboys in Dallas on Christmas was one of the biggest wins the Eagles have had in years, don't go saying it was bittersweet because your son was sitting at home.  Sure, feel bad for your son, but don't tell the world about it -- especially Philly fans.  You're making him look weak.

What I want to know is who actually thinks Jeff Garcia has any shot of being the QB of the Eagles next season if Donovan McNabb is healthy?  And who is going to pony up 75 bucks for a Jeff Garcia jersey?  Let me settle this for all of you who may be confused.  If Donovan McNabb is healthy next year, he's the one taking all the snaps.

I'm going to say something that may have seemed crazy a few weeks ago.  Jeff Garcia could lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl.  But next year, this is still McNabb's team.  Can we forget all this garbage and enjoy this surprising ride we're on?

>>Jeff Garcia Jersey: $74.99 [Eagles]
>>Fans Sharply Divided on Garcia-McNabb [NBC 10]
>>Bittersweet [DonovanMcNabb.com]
>>Garcia won't let Eagles have QB controversy [Mercury News]

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits and the Minnesota Twins roared back to beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 Monday night.

Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Baltimore bullpen.

A two-run double by Kepler helped the Twins knot the score in the fifth, Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth and Sano added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the Twins, who reached season highs in runs and hits (21).

Adam Jones hit a three-run drive in the second inning off Kyle Gibson (1-4) for Baltimore (see full recap).

Peacock, Astros 1-hit Tigers
HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock and three relievers combined for a one-hitter and Jose Altuve provided the offense with an RBI double to lead the Houston Astros to 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Peacock was solid moving out of the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Dallas Keuchel. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He was lifted after walking Tyler Collins with one out in the fifth inning.

Chris Devenski (3-2) took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win before Will Harris pitched a scoreless eighth. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save to allow the Astros to bounce back after being swept by the Indians over the weekend.

Detroit's only hit was a single by Mikie Mahtook with one out in the third on a night the Tigers tied a season high by striking out 14 times. The team's only baserunner after Collins was Victor Martinez, who was plunked with one out in the seventh. But Houston still faced the minimum in that inning when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to end the seventh.

The Astros struck early against Michael Fulmer (5-2) when George Springer drew a leadoff walk before scoring on the double by Altuve to make it 1-0 with one out in the first (see full recap).

Homers help Yankees top Royals
NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter homered, and the New York Yankees once again downed Jason Vargas by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Monday night.

A reversed umpire's call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven.

Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the lefty fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in the New York lineup (see full recap).

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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