Will Terrell Owens Steal Christmas?

Will Terrell Owens Steal Christmas?

Somehow, I don't see Terrell Owens' heart inflating to three times its normal size -- his ego on the other hand, perhaps.

It's the rematch we've all been waiting for.  If you told Eagles fans they had a chance to win the division after Donovan McNabb went down, we would have thought you were a moron.  But here we are, it's Christmas and the Eagles are in Dallas to go up against the Cowboys.  If the Eagles win, they put themselves in position to win the NFC East.

On October 8th, the Birds had Donovan McNabb running the show while the Cowboys were "led" by Drew Bledsoe.  Jeff Garcia has stepped in and managed the team nicely in Donovan's absence, but Tony Romo has been a tremendous upgrade at QB for the Cowboys.  This is the biggest difference between the October 8th meeting in Philly.

If you're looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me... I'd like to see Terrell Owens -- well, I'll let Clarke take it from there. 

>>Hold the goose; this Christmas, it's the Birds [Inquirer]

>>Eagles cherish big Christmas game but miss the family, too [Inquirer]

>>Previously: V is for Victory, not Vicodin [The 700 Level]

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.