Mirror Image: Eagles and Cowboys Are One and the Same This Year

Mirror Image: Eagles and Cowboys Are One and the Same This Year

In the past, Philly fans and Dallas fans have had a lot of fun mocking each other through the years. The Cowboys haven't fielded many serious contenders since the mid-90's, but they always have those five Super Bowls to fall back on. So far this season however, there hasn't been much back and forth between the two camps.

Instead, their fans are actually commiserating together.

The 2012 iterations of these storied franchises are like a mirror image. Both teams are 3-5. Both offenses are potent, but have trouble putting points the board. Both are led by turnover-prone quarterbacks who haven't won many big games. Both offensive lines stink. Both locker rooms have players with huge egos or bad attitudes. Both trainers' rooms are beginning to overflow with key injuries. And both head coaches are under siege, at risk of losing their jobs before the year is out.

And so this Sunday, instead of a classic NFC East showdown with playoff implications for one or both clubs, Philly and Dallas will be squaring off to decide which squad is less terrible than the other, and whose season is one step closer to officially being finished. Yet if you polled each fan base on who was going to win the game, you would probably get the same majority on both sides of the aisle: the Cowboys.

That's how pathetic the Eagles have been lately. Their losing streak has reached four, and they were blown out of the water in their last two tilts. The offensive line is disintegrating, and the defense looks like they've quit. Few folks around town are still clinging to their faith, and a sizable portion might even prefer the Birds lose.

I polled one Cowboys fan myself though, somebody who has been down on his team since before the season even began, and he was taking Dallas to win, too. It wasn't a pick made out of confidence in his own team. It wasn't to dig at a Birds writer. It wasn't trash talk or a pissing contest at all, because frankly the Cowboys aren't going anywhere, either.

For the first time I could remember, Philly fans and Dallas fans had something in common: both of them are rooting for inept losers that are heading nowhere fast toward uncertain futures. There was no fun to be had for anybody, and the conversation quickly changed.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.