– We already know this, but the NFC East is the most popular division in the NFL. What’s surprising is how high the percentage of the fans’ favorite team is in the bEast.
– Not sure how many people care about this, but the Eagles are planning on having their tougher practice sessions (with pads) in the afternoon this year, with their walk-throughs in the morning. Last year, it was the reverse. This is bad news for me (a morning person), but it’s even worse news for the players, as it gets BA-RUTALLY hot over at Lehigh in the afternoon in August. I had already known this was possibly in the works, but Howard Eskin confirmed yesterday:
– I’ll be back at Eagles OTAs tomorrow, just FYI. Might be there on Thursday, too. Follow BtB on Twitter for updates during practice, please.
– I’m incredibly bummed out by a sneak-preview Madden screenshot of RG3, courtesy @BurgundyBlog:
Skip Bayless doesn’t really bother me. He used to. I’ve learned to just completely tune him out. I also started to think that he’s become so ridiculous in his assininery, that most folks were doing the same. But now he’s going to be doing commentary on my video game? I can’t even tune him out anymore even if I want to? Are you kidding me? Fuck you, EA Sports. I mean that. Fuck. You.
More after the jump…
– Watching NFLN this morning, Osi Umenyiora apparently said that he doesn’t care if he gets franchised after this season, ruining this entire thing I wrote a couple days ago. Thanks, Andrew Brandt.
– William Beatty hasn’t been able to practice at Giants OTAs because of a back issue. Beatty has had a broken foot, a fairly severe eye injury, and now back issues in his brief NFL career. The eye problem was kind of a freak thing, so I don’t want to go as far as to give him the dreaded “injury prone” moniker. But back issues are messy. They linger. Beatty is very critical player to the Giants. If he can’t play, the next guy up is 2011 4th round pick James Brewer. Brewer has 0 career snaps.
– A few months, Cowboys DE Jason Hatcher said they didn’t have any team leaders. Now, apparently, they do. Lesson learned for players like Hatcher, who are noteworthy enough to be interviewed my major media outlets, but not so noteworthy that they’ll be remembered for anything more than the guy that said “(fill in not-so-thought-out comment).” Say something questionable, the media will ask you about it forever.
– In case you haven’t heard, the NFL has begun hiring replacement refs in case they cant get a new deal worked out with the current ones. Officiating was atrocious at times last season, but I cringe at how much worse it could be with second tier guys.
– Terrell Owens fired Drew Rosenhaus, 7 years too late.