Place Your Bets: The When Will Andy Reid Get Fired Pool

Place Your Bets: The When Will Andy Reid Get Fired Pool

The 2012 Eagles have been reduced to the NFL’s version of
enhancement talent. They’re down to two healthy starters on offense, and have
already begun chopping off limbs on defense. Honestly, what more is there left
to say? At this point, we’re just counting down the days until it’s over – in
my case, quite literally.

Once it became clear Jeffrey Lurie wasn’t going to give in to
pressure from fans or members of the local media who started calling for Andy
Reid’s mid-season firing purely for the sake of firing him, I became
increasingly curious about when. What is the right timing? I’m talking down to
the day.

In fairness, this is inevitable, right? My intention here is
not to be callous, but even Andy couldn’t possibly survive this, not in light
of the owner’s ultimatum – could he?

I’m just a guy who writes about the Eagles, wondering when we
can all move on. So awhile back, I broke out the calendar and attempted to
pinpoint the time and day the announcement would come. I took into account the
possibility Reid might get canned early, but amid increasing reports he is expected
to finish the season, I am finalizing my prediction today.

December 31 at 12:00 p.m.

Barring an inconceivable playoff run, the Eagles play their
last game at the Meadowlands on December 30. Reid delivers his usual day-after
(and presumptive year-end) press conference at noon, joined by none other than
Lurie. The two of them discuss the split, Reid rides off into the sunset, and
the Eagles start 2013 with a clean slate.

It all seems so perfect – minus the part about the possible
3-13 finish, of course.

I suppose Reid could still get canned before the season is
out, perhaps after their current stretch of four games in 18 days ends against
Cincinnati in two weeks, or the news could be handed down as the clock ticks zero on
their season in New York, wasting no time in ushering out the current regime.

That's my prediction, and I'm sticking to it. What's yours?

Who knows, maybe Reid will be welcomed back for a 15th season after all.

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

BOX SCORE

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.