Linky, February 19, 2012: A baby Eagle on the way this week

First, a quick note: The wife and I are expecting a baby this week.  It’ll be our first.  The due date was actually last Thursday, the 16th, but the baby (a girl) is choosing to be stubborn… like her grandmother.  If she isn’t born by Thursday of this week, they’re going to induce labor.  Therefore, at some time this week, be it on Thursday or sooner, I’ll be elbow-deep in placentas and whatnot, so it’ll be kinda hard to type.  Just a heads up if I go M.I.A. for a couple days.

Also, no Combine in Indy for me this year, for obvious reasons stated above.  I went last year, and it kinda sucked anyway, so no biggie.  My daughter and I will be watching at home on NFL Network.  It starts on Wednesday, just FYI.

OK, back to our regularly scheduled Linky, after the jump…

Giants and Jets aren’t true NY teams –

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to a recent writer who said “The people of New York had the pride and privilege of one of our home teams bringing home the trophy.”

Hate to ruin your day, but the trophy isn’t currently sitting in your home state of New York.

There is only one New York team, and unfortunately it is known as the Buffalo Bills. All the other wannabes play in East Rutherford, New Jersey! The Giants and Jets used to play in New York. I repeat: used to play in New York!

I’ve been to the Meadowlands several times and last time I looked around I saw New Jersey state troopers, not New York police.

Ryan Murphy

I have a theory about NJ.  At some point in almost every American’s life, you’re going to visit New York City.  The most convenient airport that allows you to get to Manhattan isn’t JFK or LaGuardia.  It’s Newark.  Whether you take the train from Newark into the city, or the bus/cab, the sites along that particular route aren’t pretty.  But that’s usually all you’ll see of NJ if you’re visiting from… say… Podunk, Arkansas.  The toothless, likely homeless, smelly guy asleep next to you on the subway that has clearly pissed his pants is the lasting impression you’ll typically have of NJ.  And for those people that have never set foot in NJ, what do they think of?  It used to be the Sopranos.  Now it’s Snooki and The Situation.  I’m not going to sit here and claim that meatheads don’t exist at beach locations like Seaside, and even more-so, Belmar, but I’d estimate the total population of normal people to meatheads along the Jersey Shore as a whole is probably somewhere around 98:2.  Frankly, if you’ve ever experienced the 4th of July in Newport Beach, California, it’s like a Meathead Xanadu.

I visited the San Francisco Bay area on business a few years ago.  Absolutely gorgeous out there.  That’s probably the only area of the country I’d ever think about living in, other than NJ.  It’s comical to me that my NJ gets pissed on with so much regularity.

I guess my question here is… Do Giants fans living in NJ get at least slightly annoyed that NY takes full credit for the Giants?

Asante Samuel thinks he’s a goner (and maybe even wants to be):

If they trade me where would you guys like to see me go????
Asante Samuel


Evan Mathis is answering question on reddit

Awesome dude.

Shea McClellin: Good player... AND he screams after he makes a good play.

Wes Bunting answers your draft mail – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

Among the other interesting nuggets here, Bunting mentioned that he thought Boise St. DE Shea McClellin could be a good fit in Philly.

CN:  Your reviews on Shea McClellin have prompted more questions about him.  You’re asked to review his position.  I think some people may be wondering if he will fall to the 3rd, or if he’s a solid 2nd rounder in your opinion?

WB:  I would say he’s a more solid 2nd than a 3rd overall.  He does too many things well not to get a look in the 2nd.  And he plays in too many schemes and he offers too much versatility not to get a look in the 2nd round.

CN:  Are you projecting him to go in the 2nd round?

WB:  I think so.

CN:  You say he’s flexible.  Which schemes does he fit best?  Or how does he fit best in each scheme?

WB:  If you’re looking at him as a pass rusher, he’s at his best with his hand on the ground.  Being one of those Eagles wide-9 defensive ends.  At the same time, for a big guy he’s fluid and he can run with backs.  So 4-3 teams can look at him as a strong-side backer and then let him put his hand on the ground on 3rd downs.

At the Senior Bowl, the Vikings coaching staff had him working out with the LB’s.  Mike Singletary seemed to love the kid in drills, which is particularly impressive considering he was a DE working in with guys that played LB all season.

Is Scandrick Dallas’ default option at safety – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

I think it’d be ugly if it went down that way, but Raf makes some interesting points that it could happen.

Mocking the Cowboys’ draft: Corner or OL – OCC, Blogging the Boys

Aggregated Cowboys mock drafts from around the web.

2012 Pro Days schedule – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

See when/where your favorite prospects will be working out for pro teams.

Oddsmakers say Redskins one of the favorites to sign Randy Moss – Ryan O’Halloran, Real Redskins

It never fails – a big free agent or washed-up player hits the market and the Redskins are linked as being interested.


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  19. Smitty2K3 says:

    Congrats Jimmy! My wife and I are expecting our first (it’s a boy) in early April. So I’m right there with you. I’m looking forward to watching the draft with my boy and teaching him all the in’s and out’s of it (you gotta start them early, ya know). But best of luck to you and your wife.

    1. Thanks buddy, back at ya.

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  21. ct17 says:

    Congrats on the baby. My son was born two days before the draft, so I got to watch Aaron Ross be drafted from a hospital room. My wife was in no condition to complain about my TV selection. Kenny Phillips was selected during his first birthday party; I waited until my sister’s boyfriend asked before turning the draft on, and we were in the basement while my wife was upstairs. Thursday draft starts definitely have less life conflicts.

  22. BR says:

    Speaking as a PA transplant to California, if you think Newport Beach is crawling with meatheads, try Pacific Beach, San Diego sometime. It’s like a live-action Affliction catalog. I think they treat the water with HGH.

  23. Anthony says:

    I know you live in a different part of Jersey than I did, Jimmy, but we have vastly different opinions of the state. I grew up on the Jersey Shore, and I feel like NJ deserves all of the pissing on that it gets. I live in Minneapolis now, and I can’t even express how much of a nicer place to live it is. Also, while the ratio of normal people to meatheads is not nearly as bad as people think it is, it’s worse than 98:2. But it’s been getting a lot worse in recent times; the last 10 years or so the meathead population has exploded, especially for the summers.

    1. Where in Jersey did you live?

      1. Anthony says:

        I lived in Toms River, right next to Seaside and Pt. Pleasant.

        1. Ah, right next to the belly of the beast. I grew up party in LBI, less then 20 miles south of you, and the meathead populous is virtually nil, even today.

          1. Anthony says:

            Definitely. LBI is a much nicer beach to go to, but the fact that it takes an hour and a half to get there during the summer makes it a little less enticing. I get really frustrated at the people who come to Point and Seaside and act like that is the end all be all of beach going activities. There are so many other beaches that are so much better even in the same state.

  24. Scott says:

    Congrats on the baby! I have a 3 1/2 month old little girl (born on Halloween) and it has been the most amazing thing I could ever imagine.

    My mother-in-law got me an Eagles diaper bag – I highly recommend it.

  25. Scott says:

    I don’t see the Jersey Shore on there!

  26. DCeaglesfan says:

    Also, sick map of NJ. Do you happen know if you can see other maps like this for other states or regions?

    1. Nah, I think it was a NJ guy that did it.

  27. DCeaglesfan says:

    Congrats on the baby Jimmy. I’ll miss reading this blog but look forward to checking back for some new content in a couple of years! 🙂

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