The NFL has announced the 2007 schedule, so it's time to start planning those Eagles road trips. Right off the bat we have a winner at Lambeau. Since it's in September, the Tundra won't be frozen yet, and Simmons tells us we should all see this place at least once. Other than that, the New Orleans road trip will be a tough sell to the family, since it's December 23rd, but New England on November 25th could be a good second choice. The NFL showed the Birds some prime time love, with two one MNF (Update: the schedule says Monday for Dec. 2, but it's a Sunday; now I feel robbed) and three games on Sunday nights.
As far as the actual schedule goes, it doesn't look too bad. Of course, we were all wrong about the easy front end and impossible back end last year, but it's in our nature to speculate on such things. The first three games should be wins, which is good, considering the Birds may be without McNabb to start the season; we're still not sure. The Tiki-less Giants are looking like they may even be worse than last year, but game 4 is at their house, so it's a toss-up. Week 5 is way too early for a Bye week, so that sucks like having 3rd period lunch.
I'd say the middle of the season, despite having some tough matchups, isn't bad, because Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and Seattle are all tough places to play, and they're all home games. The Jets could be tough in week 6 though. At New Orleans in late December will obviously be tough, especially if they still have the voodoo going from last year, but hosting Buffalo will be a nice day to rest the starters. That's right, I said it.
I think they win the division at 10-6. What do you predict?
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 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.