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One small step towards football season: Eagles preseason opponents announced

Friday, April 10th, 2015

by Brandyn Campbell

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2015 preseason opponents were announced on Thursday, getting us one small step closer to football season.

We don’t know the exact dates and times, but we know the opponents and where the games will take place. That’s all we really need right now. A morsel to whet the appetites of hearty fans.

The preseason will begin for the Birds with a home opener against the Indianapolis Colts (game held between August 13 – 17). Week 2  (Aug. 20 – 24) will see the Eagles face off against the Ravens in Philadelphia. In Week 3 (Aug. 27-31), the team hits the road to Green Bay for the all-important dress rehearsal for the season, and they will round out the preseason against the Jets in New Jersey (Sep. 3 – 4).

That’s a schedule stacked with playoff winners from last season (Colts, Ravens and Packers). It may just be the preseason, but at this stage any football is something to be excited about. Full details of the schedule will be released later in the offseason.

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports

Jobs on the line in Philadelphia Eagles’ final preseason game

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

by Brandyn Campbell

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The Philadelphia Eagles will face off against the New York Jets tonight at the Linc to end their 2014 preseason. While the game will have little bearing on the regular season, it will make an impact on dozens of lives. Players on both sides of the ball must fight with everything they have to gain a spot on the 53-man roster. Can they be good enough, strong enough, and fast enough? Their life’s work depends on it.

Between the end of tonight’s game and Saturday at 4 pm, the Eagles must trim their roster from 75 to 53 players. While some of these men may get a chance with other teams, this is as far as the NFL road goes for many. It will be a bittersweet night that will see Labor Day weekend begin with layoffs for 22 men in Philadelphia.

Chip Kelly doesn’t like this part of the game, but it’s his reality as an NFL coach.

“As we told these guys from Day 1, Goal 1 for us is that you make this football team. But then Goal 2 for us is that you make another football team with the exposure you get here. Hopefully, we prepared you for that. Hopefully, those guys get a chance to catch on . . . That’s what it’s about.”

There are plenty of Eagles players who are on the cusp and whose performance in this game will decide their futures in Philadelphia. Here 5 such players:

LB Emmanuel Acho: He’s been in this very spot before. Acho didn’t make the 53-man roster last preseason, but was brought in late October after injuries on the team and played in six games. Has he shown the Eagles enough to make the cut this year?

WR Ifeanyi Momah: Another player brought to Philadelphia in the 2013 preseason only to be cut. Momah used the time last season to keep working and training. The diligence earned him a return invitation to the Birds for the 2014 offseason. The 6’7″ wideout’s size continues to make him an interesting option who may find an opportunity on special teams.

S Ed Reynolds: This year’s fifth-round draft pick has averaged only 15 snaps in the first three preseason games. That’s not much to go on. Malcolm Jenkins and Nate Allen have their starting spots reserved. Earl Wolff and Chris Maragos will be back. Where does this leave Reynolds? He’s going to have to show the Eagles coaches tonight a glimmer of something that indicates he’s a keeper.

CB Curtis Marsh: Marsh is another player familiar with the Eagles. Drafted by the Birds in 2011, he was released last year and signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013. Back in green in 2014, he’s seen stud performances in practice overshadowed by disastrous in-game outings. Will he show something versus the Jets to show Philadelphia he’s worth another shot?

WR Damaris Johnson – His speed and agility caught everyone’s attention when he joined the Eagles in 2012, but tonight may be a wrap for Johnson on the Birds’ 53-man roster. If cut, don’t be surprised to see him return to Philadelphia’s practice squad.

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports

NFL Preseason Mash Ups: AFC East Personas

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

by WingFan






Team: New England Patriots

Persona: George Clooney

GCIn the entertainment business, one marquee name deserves another.  The New England Patriots have won three Super Bowls in the new millennium and are considered by many to be the league’s most recent dynasty. The Clooney factor is as follows: their quarterback is golden boy Tom Brady, their first lady is Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, and their head coach is master strategist Bill Belichick. Prior to the 2000s the claim to fame for the Patriots was nearly being shutout (scoreless) in the 1985 Super Bowl by the Chicago Bears.  Before the television show “ER”, Clooney’s claim to fame was his occasional appearance as Booker Brooks on the television show “Roseanne” – a role as line manager at Welman Plastics. Yeah, that’s basically a shutout.  Clooney landed “ER” and the Patriots landed Belichick. Both scenarios produced fertile ground from which success could blossom.

In 2001, “The Danny Ocean” days began.  Both Clooney and the Patriots rattled off a trifecta of blockbuster performances.  The Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2001 and then back-to-back in 2003 & 2004. Clooney did Ocean’s Eleven and then came back with Ocean’s Twelve and Thirteen, leading 10 other all-stars like he was Tom Brady.  After winning three Super Bowls, the Patriots continued their winning ways by taking home eight more AFC East division titles in nine years, producing an undefeated regular season, and appearing in two more Super Bowls – though they lost both.  The Patriots and Clooney played some spy games too.  Clooney took on a controversial role in the suspense thriller Syriana while the Patriots took on a controversial role in “Spy Gate” – an NFL investigation into the Patriots practice of videotaping the opposing defenses’ hand signals and basically telling Tom Brady where to throw the ball next.

They’re cashing-in on the success, having some fun, and dating some models.  Tom picked up Gisele, and George picked up the rest.  Relationships with The Patriots and Clooney can be a risky proposition, as both of them tend to only date for a couple of years before they move on to another teammate.  The tabloids take their shots every now and then, but the Patriots and Clooney do a great job of keeping their private matters private.  Bill Bellichick is not only a master strategist, but he’s also a master at giving up zero information to the public. This talent is passed down to his team like a Jedi force.  Clooney is often found speaking more about his philanthropic work than his private life.  Clooney recently got married to a bombshell in England and the Patriots signed cornerback Darrell Revis, who plans on preventing bombs from shelling New England.  At some point, Gravity might bring them back down to Earth but for now they’re still chilling in the highest stratosphere.


Team: New York Jets

Persona: Nicki Minaj

NMHave you ever seen the way Nicki Minaj talks down to Mariah Carey on American Idol?  Me neither…but with a last name like “Minaj”, I would think she’d take a liking to the voluptuous Ms. Mariah.  The thought of a pop rapper talking down to a pop legend success is insane – that’s the NY Jets.  Seriously, Nicki is just starting to figure out what her worth is while Mariah knows exactly what her worth is – it’s measured by Forbes every year.  The Jets won Super Bowl III back in 1969, which does help to make them popular, but they’re no Mariah.  Unfortunately, one Super Bowl and a couple American Music Awards don’t really equal Mariah’s Five Grammy’s or The Patriots 3 Super Bowls!

So why do the Jets and Nicki feel so compelled to mouth off to George Clooney or Jay-Z like they’re Drake?  The simple answer is that trash talk comes with the territory.  Nicki talks big because that’s part of the Hip-Hop culture.  The Jets talk big because that’s part of the NFL’s culture.  For a deeper answer as it pertains to the Jets, you have to start by looking at the ownership and work your way down.  Jets owner, Woody Johnson, is relatively new to the NFL and he wants to own the back page of the NY Post – a space typically reserved for the biggest story of the day in NY sports.  Nicki Minaj wants to own social media like it’s the back page of the NY Post.  The NY Giants are often the subject of the back page headline and Woody wants to change that.  Nicki wants the headlines like Woody Johnson.  Aside from her music, she uses her choice in fashion to accomplish her goal.  Woody uses his choice in hiring to accomplish his goal.  Woody hired a foul-mouthed head coach named Rex Ryan and Nicki acquired some very bright outfits for the red carpet.

Rex Ryan’s dad was Buddy Ryan, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach – a man who encouraged fights among players on his own team.  Early on in Rex’s career with the Jets, he made headlines for his use of four letter words on HBO’s football reality show Hard Knocks.  Nicki made headlines early in her career for lyrics that crossed gender roles.  As they have matured, Nicki and Rex have started to tone down parts of their personality.  Nicki’s wigs aren’t from Crayola anymore and Rex seems like he opens a thesaurus every now and then.  Nonetheless, everyone is still left wondering if their bark is bigger than their bite.  Let’s just wait and see.

Team: Miami Dolphins

Persona: Lindsay Lohan

LLFlorida is not only home to the Miami Dolphins but it’s also home to Disney World – a place that’s great for the kids and a miserable parent trap for the parents.  Lindsay Lohan’s debut Disney film was called The Parent Trap.  A child actress could not ask for a more perfect company to work for than Disney.  The Dolphins could not ask for a more perfect season than their 1972 Super Bowl season.  Everything Disney created around Lohan was a win.  Every game the Dolphins played that year was a win.  In fact, the 1972 Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after finishing the regular season undefeated.

For more than a decade Lohan and the Dolphins stayed in “The Magic Kingdom” – basking in the glow of their perfect worlds.  If Lindsay tried television, Disney made it work.  If she tried music, Disney made it work. The Dolphins drafted a legendary quarterback named Dan Marino and Marino carried the Dolphins like Disney carried Lohan.  If the Dolphins needed a first down, Marino made it work.  If they needed a big play, Marino made it work.  The Dolphins practically forgot about running the ball during Marino’s tenure, and still, Marino made it work.  Eventually, all good things have to come to an end, and so Lohan left Disney and Marino retired.  With NFL records for most passing yards and passing touchdowns in his career, Marino became arguably the greatest passer in the history of the game.

After the Disney era, it was bye-bye Fantasy Land for Lohan and the Dolphins.  Since Marino retired in 1999, the Dolphins have experimented with nineteen different quarterbacks – still searching for their next Cinderella.  We’re not sure how many different substances Lohan’s experimented with over the past decade, but the story is the same – still searching.  A consequence of losing a great quarterback is usually the loss of a team leader. The Dolphins substitute leaders recently came under fire when Jonathan Martin, a second year offensive lineman, quit the team because of unprecedented abuses including bullying and hazing.  Without Disney’s guiding light, Lohan has been arrested and placed in rehabilitation clinics for her substance abuse issues.  One thing is for sure; it’s time for Lohan and the Dolphins to finally grow up and get it together.


Team: Buffalo Bills

Persona: Billy Bob Thornton

BBTIt’s hard to argue with a name like Billy Bob in a city like Buffalo, NY.  The Buffalo Bills are as close to a small town team as there is in the NFL and Billy Bob is as close to a small town ego as there is in Hollywood.  Buffalo is still a pure sports city: pure fans that like pure football and appreciate pure sportsmanship.  Billy Bob is an acting purist who has always sought to be the “anti-film” actor, rarely accepting the blockbuster role.  Steering clear of major headlines associated with O.J. Simpson (an iconic member of the 1970’s Buffalo Bills who was the pride of the city until his life fell apart) is testimony to the Bills’ belief in keeping their team as pure as the snow of a Buffalo winter.

Eventually Billy Bob and the Bills found their way into the heat of the spotlight. We’ll call this “The Angelina Era”.  Billy Bob married one of Hollywood’s elite, Angelina Jolie.  The Bills entered their “Angelina Era” in 1991 when they made it to their first Super Bowl, only to lose to the NY Giants in the closing seconds of the game on a missed field goal by the infamous Scott Norwood.  Somehow Billy Bob and the Buffalo Bills are defined by this era despite their disdain for definition. Some of Billy Bob’s biggest acting jobs came while he and Angelina were swapping blood and getting matching tattoos.  Some of the Buffalo Bills best players competed and became legends during their Angelina Era (1991-1995) as they made it to the Super Bowl four straight years. Four consecutive Super Bowls is a unique distinction, both because no other team has ever duplicated the feat, and also because no other team has ever lost four straight times.  The agony of losing four straight Super Bowls could only be matched by the agony of Angelina Jolie divorcing you and marrying someone like Brad Pitt – you’re just never the same after that.

Billy Bob has vowed to never marry again and he hasn’t really been able find another role as pure as Monster’s Ball or as purely comedic as Bad Santa.  The Buffalo Bills lost all of their Hall of Fame talent after the Angelina Era: pure competitors like Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Darrell Talley, and Andre Reid (look them up).  There is promise though…Billy Bob is dating a beautiful woman and fathered a daughter while the Buffalo Bills have drafted stand out quarterback EJ Emanuel and top wide receiver Sammy Watkins.  Sometimes it’s not about replacing what you had, it’s about moving on without it.


Wingfan, for War Room Sports

Philadelphia Eagles: 2013 Preseason Schedule Released

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

by Brandyn Campbell





We’re in the depths of the long football offseason, but lo!  A slight vision of hope on the horizon.  The release of the Philadelphia Eagles preseason schedule.  Kinda sorta.

It’s something, right?

The exact dates and times are not yet fixed, but in the first preseason under head coach Chip Kelly, the Birds’ schedule will be as follows:




August 8 – 11: vs. New England

August 15 – 19: vs. Carolina

August 22 – 25: at Jacksonville

August 29-30: at New York Jets

While the preseason is typically not greeted by the most excitement, under a new regime it will provide important insights into what Kelly’s plans are for Philadelphia for the regular season, including how the quarterback situation is shaping up at that time.

So.  You ready?  Just four months to go.

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports

The 4th Coming of Bill Parcells: Please, I’ve Had Enough

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

By LeRoy McConnell III

When football enthusiasts hear the name Duane Charles Parcells they may think of a two-time Super Bowl winning head football coach of the New York Giants (’86 & ’90).  His resume in the National Football League places him on that monument of coaches from the Lombardis, Nolls, Shulas, and his protege, Belichicks.  To some, Parcells was a great coach, not only because he won two Super Bowls, but he resurrected two different franchises which makes his legacy even greater.  He brought the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1996, though losing to the Green Bay Packers team.  He also brought credibility to the New York Jets by getting them to an AFC championship game.  Lastly, the two-time Coach of the Year, Parcells is known to leave franchises in a better position than they were prior to him being there.  So, it’s a slam dunk that Parcells should be a rental coach for the Payton-less Saints team this fall.  I mean he can’t possibly @#$# up the New Orleans Saints the next ten months, can he?

The real football coach of the New Orleans Saints is Sean Payton, who as of April 1, 2012 will be suspended from coaching his team because he lied to Roger Goodell about the bounties his team were issuing in the NFL.  Payton has decided before he has to go into hiatus to make his most daring move as a head coach and bring in his mentor to coach his team.  Oh Lord, please, do I really have to listen to the NFL, the “four letter network”, all the sports radio stations and internet sites kissing the Big Tuna’s ring once again?  The Tuna’s head is already enormous, and you know he is loving the fact that his name is out there again.  What tickles me is he has the nerve to react as if he really isn’t interested in coaching again.  I will say it, why not?  Tuna, who cares that you will have to wait another five years before being enshrined?  The five year rule was made because you kept coming back to coach in the first place.  You will have your day in Canton, but I know you can’t resist being on that sideline, especially when you  have a chance to win.  Your protege is reaching out for help.  He trusts you more than anyone to take care of his baby!

This is a note to “Them Saints Fans” (Who That!).  I pray that the Big Tuna takes Sean Payton’s offer to coach your football team this fall.  As a Cowboy’s fan, I would endorse him myself.  I pray that he takes over your team and destroys it the way he did MINE!  The best thing about Parcells being the Dallas Cowboy coach was the day he QUIT!  His friends in the media announced his retirement, that’s funny because the man QUIT!  Mike Rhyner from the Hardline calls him “The New Jersey Con Man” because he is an individual that we thought would bring credibility back to the Dallas Cowboys organization and all he did was defecate all over Jerry Jones.  I have never seen the hands-on owner, Jones, so miserable as when the Con Man was the coach.  He paid Parcells handsomely right after his divorce settlement in 2002.  Those fat pockets didn’t generate any playoff victories, as he went 0-2 in his tenure.  I remember listening to his hour-long radio show, daily, doing more talking than coaching.  He wouldn’t allow any staff members, players or Mr. Jones to speak with the media.  It was The Con Man’s show.  The only coach that could get away with that is former coach Jimmy Johnson, who has the skins on the wall with the legendary status here in Dallas.  Bill Parcells was a joke down here in Texas and I promise you Jerry Jones couldn’t have been happier by his exit.

Once Parcells retired from the “Big D”, he found another fish in Miami.  At least he had some sense not to go back into coaching because of the failure in Dallas; heck his last playoff win was in 1998 as the New York Jets’ coach.  The Miami Dolphins organization must have been under the influence giving the Glorified Gym Teacher (thanks Mike Rhyner!) the keys to the kingdom by announcing him as the Executive Vice President of Football (fattening his pockets once again).  Didn’t the Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, teach anybody anything?  The Con Man cried about not having enough input in player personnel decisions.  Upon his departure, Parcells famously stated: “They want you to cook the dinner; at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries”.  After Parcells departed New England, Kraft brought in a guy named Belichick, and the rest is history.  The Glorified Gym Teacher took over the Dolphins, gutted the coaching staff and team, put his usual Parcells guys in place (he does this everywhere he goes), and by accident in year two, the team won the division, though losing in the first round of the playoffs.

Bill Parcells is a popular guy.  He looks comfortable as an analyst on ESPN and should consider staying there.  I know all coaches have that burning desire to get back into the game when an opportunity comes available.  The Con Man, Glorified Gym Teacher is 70 years old.  We have seen that father time passes both athletes and coaches.  His act, truthfully hasn’t worked in two decades.  His name holds plenty of weight but if you are Sean Payton, step back and ask yourself what has he done lately?  Close your eyes and what do you see?  Nothing.  As a fan, I have already had a mouth full Tuna.  No more please.

LeRoy McConnell of “A Fan’s Point of View”, for War Room Sports

The Tim Tebow Experiment

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

By Brandon Pemberton

The Tim Tebow debate has been an ongoing topic since he was preparing for the 2010 NFL Draft and it has been a hot topic during the 2011 NFL season.  Tebow is arguably one of the top 20 college football players of all time, was a great leader of men at the University of Florida, and a model citizen from what we know.  With all that said, he had flaws as a passer in college that I and others thought would hinder his ability to be a solid quarterback in the NFL and a successful passer in or out of the pocket.  Many call my opinions and the opinions of others “hate”, but it’s far from it.  I just call things the way I see it.

The Denver Broncos felt pressure from fans to start Tebow during training camp, but decided to go with last year’s starter Kyle Orton instead.  Head coach John Fox felt as though he was the more accomplished passer and would give them the best chance to win.  Denver went 1-4 in his five starts at QB and going into the bye week, Fox let it be known that there might be a change.  Eventually Tebow was named the starter and he would get his chance to prove that he could play in this league.

In four starts, Tebow has a 3-1 record and the Broncos are a game out of first place in a weak AFC West division.  The Broncos have had to totally get rid of the passing game because their starting quarterback has below average ability passing the ball.  Here are Tebow’s passing stats in his four starts: 43-95 45%, 526 yards, 6 TD’s, 1 INT, and a passer rating of 79.5 to go along with 14 sacks.  Can I ask you a question?  If I read you these stats without telling you who the player was, what would you say?  You would tell me he stinks and will never win in this league with those types of passing numbers, right?  He is horribly inaccurate, holds the ball too often, and has problems delivering the ball on time.  With those deficiencies, there’s no way in hell he’s the quarterback of the future in Denver or for any other NFL franchise.

Tim Tebow and the Broncos have been winning games by running the read option offense for now, but can you seriously tell me that they can win like this consistently?  The life span of an NFL running back is about 3-5 years if he’s lucky, so there’s no way this guy’s going to last, taking these hits.  Quarterbacks are protected in the pocket as passers, not when you are running the option; they are treated like a running back.  It’s only a matter of time before he gets knocked out while running the ball or after pitching the ball to one of his backs.  NFL players are too big, too fast for this style of offense to work week to week, let alone for years.  This is the NFL, not West Point, not the Naval Academy, and not Colorado Springs, Colorado.  2-8 for 69 yards passing is not going to win you a Super Bowl.

I received all the confirmation I needed when it comes to Tebow yesterday when I read the direct comments from his head coach when asked about his team’s new offense: “If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.”  There you have it folks, even his own coach knows his limitations.  It’s blatantly obvious people.  Just watch tonight as the Jets defense makes mince meat out of Tebow. I’m not the type to toot my own horn, but as I told Philadelphia Eagles fans when Casey Matthews was drafted that he couldn’t play, I said the same about Tebow and his long-term ability to win games.  He had a nice run, but tonight he and this option offense will be exposed.

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Brandon Pemberton of Brandon on Sports, for War Room Sports

A Fetish on the “Rex” Level: Rex Ryan and FEET

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Can They Live?

I’ll be brief.  I would simply like to know why it is that Rex Ryan recording his wife twinkling her damn toes is national news.  Have we sunken THIS far as a society that these kinds of things are amongst the most interesting things going on?  What that man does in the privacy of his OWN home, hotel rooms, and apparently HIS automobiles, with the usage of his OWN damn camcorder, IS THAT MAN’S BUSINESS!  We should all be ashamed of ourselves.

(*stepping down off my soapbox*) Now back to our regularly scheduled program. As you were folks.

Devin “Dev” McMillan of The War Room, for War Room Sports

P.I = B.S

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The average fan watches football and enjoys the action the hard hitting (II) all of the excitement and believes that NFL football is the greatest sport. It has become America’s favorite sport. But from and existentialist point of view I believe that Pro football is a great game but there are certain rules that sometimes ruin an entire game.

Rarely will you hear me say NCAA college football has it right considering how many things I personally believe they do wrong. But watching football over the past couple of weekends has made me realize they have at least one thing right, and that is the penalty for defensive pass interference.

In the college game the offense gets 15 yards and an automatic first down on defensive pass interference. When you juxtapose that rule with the pro game you will see what I mean. In the NFL when a defensive player is called for pass interference the offensive team not only gets an automatic 1st down but they get the ball at the spot where the interference took place. THAT’S A JOKE!!

There is a problem with how the NFL handles pass interference on so many levels. First off wide receivers are so much bigger than cornerbacks these days (II). And the rules are in favor of the wide outs due to changes in the game. Not only that but these 40 and 50 yard pass interference penalties are causing teams to lose games. Most of the calls made by the officials are subjective anyway; I mean if they wanted to, they could call holding on almost every play.

With that being said, games shouldn’t be loss due to bogus Pass Interference calls. A couple weeks ago I saw my own Broncos get a 49 yard Pass interference call that helped them win the game. A 49 yard penalty? Seriously? Well I guess it’s only right that yesterday my Broncos lost a game to the Jets due to a bogus pass interference call on fourth down.

If I were a struggling offense I would just throw the ball up and force the zebras to make a call. This current rule is deplorable! I understand the NFL’s need for scoring but for the biggest plays of the game to be pass interference calls is asinine. I just hope a playoff game or super bowl doesn’t get decided on a pass interference call. If it does just remember you heard me complaining on 10/18/10. With all that being said it could be worse. They could be like NBA refs.

Jimmy Williams