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Saverio Rocca: Where Aussie Rules Football Meets the NFL

I won’t even begin to explain the dudes stats, but I think the story is pretty cool. And this is definitely one of the best leads to an article I’ve read in quite some time. From the Philly Inquirer

The Eagles signed a potential future Hall of Famer this off-season, and nobody seemed all that excited about it.

Well, yeah. If he ain’t catching 65 yard bombs from Donovan McNabb, then what’s there to be too excited about? But this actually sounds pretty cool. Saverio Rocca is his name, and he’s trying to make it as — ready for this — the new Eagles punter. Woohoo. And OK, I lied, here are his stats: with the Magpies and Kangaroos, Rocca had 748 goals in 257 games — ranking 12th all-time in Australian Football League history. Obviously he’s not going to have a huge impact on the game, but can you blame me for being mildly excited about this? I mean, just look at that picture — Aussie Rules is a real man’s game!  But on a serious note, I think it’s great for the game to incorporate some of the most talented players from around the world.  Baseball, basketball, and hockey already do it, why not football too?

Did Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb Kiss and Make Up?

The Eagles franchise made a statement on Saturday when they selected Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb in the second round of the draft. Their message was clear — Donovan’s future with the club is uncertain. And to be sure, it’s not because of a lack of talent. Rather, it’s an issue of health and age. They have a responsibility to best protect the interests of the organization. At the same time, they have hurt McNabb’s feelings no doubt — insulting him by using their first selection on a player to back him up (and eventually replace him).

McNabb has been avoiding the media recently in order to concentrate on his rehab — makes sense. But there’s no doubt McNabb is not happy, and the Eagles have put themselves in a compromising position by offending their starting (and possibly no longer franchise) quarterback. Check this quote out from Reid:

On Saturday evening, Reid said he had tried to speak with McNabb and had left a message telling him not to worry, that the selection did not herald the beginning of the end for the 30-year-old player Reid selected with his first Eagles draft pick, second overall, in 1999.

Actually, that’s exactly what it means. McNabb probably has two years tops remaining with Philly unfortunately — that’s just my guess. The two also apparently met on Tuesday, but there’s no report regarding the topic of their conversation. I can answer that — Reid has a lot of ass-kissing to do if he wants his starting quarterback to be happy next year.

Eagles Fans want Andy Reid Out!

While you’re in the mix, check out my blog and podcast over at www.nbx.com.  I had a few things to say about the QB play in the happening Colts/Ravens game.  You know something pretty underrated?  You know what we need a whole lot more of in the NFL?  Touchdownless games.  That’s why the NFL gave us Baltimore/Indy yesterday. 

Anyone catch this in the FOX telecast Saturday of the Saints/Eagles game?

Someone’s getting fired! 

Andy Reid apparently missed Freddie Mitchell yesterday.  How else can you explain punting on 4th and 15 with less than 2 minutes in your season?  Either that or he has some blind confidence in his defense.  The rumblings on the Philly boards already want the splended man fired – that coming from the shocker of the year category. 

“Not running Westbrook inside the 5 yard line was inexcusable. The punt was the last straw. Pure chickenshit football.  Enough is enough. Actually, this time it is more than enough. That yellow-bellied, blob in black doesn’t belong on the field.  Resign now!”

“I’ve never seen such a horrible game-day coach. his game-day fuckups are easily worth 2-3 games a year. at least. tonight, he ended the season.”

There are also rumors swarming on those same message boards that defensive coordinator Jim Johnson resigned, per Philly sports radio station 610 WIP.   


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