Stop-Gap Linky – September 2, 2011 – Of Injuries, Former Players or both

As you can read in the post directly below this one, it appears that Jimmy needs his beauty sleep today, so you will have to do with this abbreviated stop-gap linky post.

And don’t go looking for Jimmy’s cartoon images for each team – they keep crashing this linky edition.


Late heroics lift Giants over Patriots in preseason final – Bart Hubbuch, New York Post

The Patriots’ starters bullied the Giants’ second string defense in the first quarter to the tune of 17-3 before the Giants rallied late in the game to pull off an 18-17 win.

LB Clint Sintim suffers devastating knee injury – National Football Post

Just back from a torn ACL, Sintim suffers another major knee injury. The Giants have been hit hard by injuries so far this year, and this is another unfortunate addition to their already long injury list.

Steve Smith: Eagles wanted me more. John Fennelly, Giants Football Blog

Jimmy said earlier that the Steve Smith reports were going to pop up following the Eagles vs. Jets game, this is one of the early ones.

Rest of the East after the break


Is Fred Davis the Redskins’ V-Factor? – Kevin Ewoldt, Hogs Haven

By now you all know that Jimmy has a special place in his heart reserved for KC Joyner and Jimmy shows a lot of love for Joyner in his latest epic rant on BGN.

In his latest ESPN Insider piece, Joyner just picks one player per team who he thinks is “impossible to game-plan against” and will ” make an offensive or defensive coordinator’s game week prep seem like one long nightmare”. Perplexingly, he picks Fred Davis for the Redskins, a guy who saw only about a third of the Redskins’ snaps last year. Perhaps that’s the whole trick. Try game-planning against a guy who’s not even there most of the time…

Haynesworth can’t say enough about Patriots after debut –

Seems like Haynesworth is happy to be with the Patriots and tells the equally happy Patriots faithful all sorts of nice things, including this absolute nugget of a soundbite:

I’m going to play as hard as I possibly can, and when I get gassed, I’m going to come out.

No kidding.

Michael Lombardi picks Redskins to win NFC East –

Lombardi is the lone guy in a 7-man panel to pick the Redskins to win the NFC East. In a similar poll on ESPN, not one of the 12 writers (and yes, I use that term loosely) assembled there picks the Redskins. Bummer.


Vick: “You can’t design a defense to stop me.” – Michael Silver, Yahoo Sports

I realize of course that this blog is frequented by more Eagles fans than fans of any other NFC East team, so I won’t comment any further on this. But I’ve got that article bookmarked. Three separate times.

Vince Young tweaks hammy, not expected to sit out long – Matt P., The 700 Level

By all accounts, up until his injury, Young had been having a very solid game. Mike Kafka came in and apparently also had a good game, prompting Sam Donellon from to opine that the Eagles’ backup plan looks good.

11 out of 12 ESPN panelists pick Eagles to win the NFC East

Not one has them winning the Super Bowl.


Jerry Jones hints kicker competition is decided – Charean Williams, Star Telegram.

The Cowboys have had an incredible six (!!!!!!) kickers competing this year for one kicker spot. Not one of the six delivered a convincing performance.

When in doubt, go for the stronger leg, so it looks like incumbent David Buehler may have the job.

Rookie Raymond Radway breaks leg in 17-3 loss to Miami – Gerry Fraley, Dallas Morning News

Radway broke the fibula and the tibia in his leg on a play with 3 seconds left on the clock in the 4th quarter. He’s already been operated on and will spend the rest of the season on IR.

Rob Ryan’s defense last in preseason takeaways – Gerry Fraley, Dallas Morning News

One interception, 77 points allowed. On a points per game basis, that ranks the Cowboys 16th in the league. For what it’s worth, last year they ranked 31st.


  1. great stuff man,i always loved your blog,always find great stuff to read in here,was really helpful for my researchs

  2. Ryan says:

    Lombardi didn’t only pick the Redskins, he also picked the Titans to win their division. What exactly do and give to their sports ‘writers’, is it crack or some new drug we haven’t even heard of yet.

  3. Euler says:

    I looked at Joyner’s picks for all of the East, and I don’t think that I agree with any of them. I like him giving Maclin props and he’s my favorite receiver on the team, but I think someone like Shady would better fit that description.

  4. cwel87 says:

    Eagles? Not one ‘expert’ has them as their Super Bowl pick?

    Under the radar, baby! Woo!

  5. Dan in Philly says:

    I severely dislike the attitude “I’d rather be wrong than boring” as Silver states. Putting that aside, if football were simply a Madden game, I would agree the Vick and Co have too many weapons to stop. But since it’s a real game played with real people who can get their bell rung, the way to stop that team is to stop Vick, meaning to hit him early and hit him hard and hope that reduces his effectiveness, even if he beats you as you are hitting him.

  6. Dan in Philly says:

    I severely

  7. The Legend says:

    I wonder who picks for ESPN the magazine because they have the Eagles as champs in there latest issue

  8. “Perplexingly, he picks Fred Davis for the Redskins, a guy who saw only about a third of the Redskins’ snaps last year. Perhaps that’s the whole trick. Try game-planning against a guy who’s not even there most of the time…”

    Haha, awesome. And thanks for filling in!

    1. Jalarsen1 says:

      “Try game-planning against a guy who’s not even there most of the time…” Loved that one too

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