In addition to the phrase “Dream Team” that it seems the 2011 Eagles will forever be linked with (positively if the Eagles win the Super Bowl, derisively if they don’t), there’s another phrase that seems to continuously rear its head – “All in.”
Hell, Joe Banner even used it:
“Somebody wrote the words ‘The Eagles are all in,’ and that’s how we look at it. We’re doing anything and everything we can, we’re being aggressive about it, and the expectations are high.”
I’m not sure if Joe Banner watches the World Series of Poker on ESPN2 at 3am, but the phrase “All in,” at least in poker, means risking all your chips on one hand. If you win, you win big. If you lose, you lose everything. But is that really the situation here?
I’m not sure I understand the term “all in” as it relates to this Eagles team, at least as far as what “all in” means in poker. For one, despite all the free agent signings, the Eagles remain one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Ten players will be 30 years of age or older when the season begins, but only 1 will be over 31, and none will be over 33. The Eagles’ oldest players:
– Juqua Parker, DE – 33
– Jamaal Jackson, C – 31
– Michael Vick, QB – 31
– Jon Dorenbos, LS – 31
– Donald Lee – 31
– Jason Babin – 31
– Nnamdi Asomugha, CB – 30
– Cullen Jenkins, DE/DT – 30
– Asante Samuel, CB – 30
– Joselio Hanson, CB – 30
It was a really good team with a solid foundation before the new influx of free agent impact players – It’s just better now. Is this team going to suddenly be terrible if they don’t win the Super Bowl this season? Don’t count on it.
In poker, is there a way you can bet all your chips, but if you lose, you still get them all back and can try again? Is there any term for that? Because really, that’s what the Eagles are doing.