Owens In; Westbrook Not

Owens In; Westbrook Not

T.O. did exactly what I expected him to do, he showed up for training camp.  Brian Westbrook, somewhat unexpectedly,  decided not to show up for the first team meeting on Monday.  It's unfortunate that BWest hasn't gotten a deal done.  The word on the street was that with new agent Fletcher Smith, who also represents Super 5, Westbrook was close to inking a new longer term deal.  Straight from ESPN:

Owens arrived shortly after 6 p.m. Players were due to report by 7 p.m. for a team meeting. Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook
didn't show up, even though he said earlier this summer he wasn't going
to hold out. Westbrook signed a one-year, $1.43 million contract in
June but wants a long-term deal.

"We've been very aggressive in
trying to secure a long-term contract for Brian. We had thought we were
making good progress in that regard. Unfortunately, Brian made a
counterproductive and almost unprecedented decision to not report to
training camp," the Eagles said in a statement.

Corey Simon is also holding out, but we saw that one coming.  Found this interesting bit on Westbrook over on the Eagles Message Board, can't be 100% certain its accurate, but it's food for thought:

Per a little-known league rule, if Westbrook stays out past August
8, he will forfeit the ability to become an unrestricted free agent in
2006. Players under contract who fail to report within 30 days prior to
the commencement of the regular season lose a year of service credit.

Anyway, is that Koy Detmer holding up the microphone in the T.O. pic (from Eagles.com)?  At least we now have the Eagles to help us drowned out our Phillies sorrows.  Real practices get under way Tuesday.  You guys like my artwork on this one?



Union drop season finale, but still clinch playoff spot

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Union drop season finale, but still clinch playoff spot

CHESTER, Pa. -- With little to gain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Union went into Sunday’s match looking for a spark.

Instead, they found more of the same.

Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his scoring dominance over MLS, as the Red Bulls easily dispatched the lifeless Union, 2-0, in the regular season finale at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union, who have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2011, enter the postseason riding a seven-game winless run and three-game losing streak. They will face Toronto FC in a one-game playoff at BMO Field on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Red Bulls clinched a first-round BYE and the No. 1 seed in the East.

With the playoffs practically clinched heading into the match, Union manager Jim Curtin selected to start Roland Alberg for Tranquillo Barnetta, Fabian Herbers for C.J. Sapong and Eric Ayuk for Chris Pontius.

But the fresh legs wouldn’t help the Union, as Wright-Phillips notched his 24th goal of the season in the 26th minute. Aurelien Collin split the Union defense with a brilliant pass that broke the MLS leading scorer on a breakaway. Chipping the ball over an aggressive Andre Blake, Wright-Phillips followed up the volley for the 1-0 Red Bulls lead.

Alex Muyl doubled the Red Bulls’ lead in the 57th minute.

Though he didn’t need the scoring effort on Sunday, for the second time in three seasons, Wright-Phillips won the MLS Golden Boot for the most goals, edging out New York City FC’s David Villa. Luis Robles earned the five-save shutout.

What in the world was Carson Wentz wearing after win over Vikings?

What in the world was Carson Wentz wearing after win over Vikings?

While Carson Wentz may not have got a failing grade for his play on the field against the Vikings on Sunday, he bombed the sartorial decision he made postgame. 

Wentz wore a bold blue check sports coat over what looked like an Under Armour v-neck.

The consensus on TV and Twitter may have been that Wentz bombed, there was one big supporter in the locker room.

According to a source, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie actually complimented Wentz on the blazer after the win.


Future Phillie Mike Trout was loving the Eagles win, sung the fight song

Grading the Eagles' 21-10 win over the Vikings