Random notes from around the NFC East: Is effing Skip Bayless going to be doing commentary on my beloved video game?

– 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.

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  23. phillyangst says:

    Madden 13. Skip Bayless. Muting. Or. Min (volume). Works every time.

    1. norman says:

      The audio last year was terrible anyway. Crap never matched up and I ended up playing it on mute anyway. Made the woman happier too

  24. ATLeagle says:

    maybe there will be an unfollow button. When you lose, you can take out your virtual passive agression by stopping to follow Skip.

  25. bula says:

    now that TO doesn’t have drew rosenhaus holding him back, i’m sure that his return to prominence is imminent

  26. Eric says:

    I wonder if the tickets for autographs will still only be offered early in the morning despite the flip.

    1. Good question. No idea. I can find out tomorrow. I would think morning only, but that’s just a guess. Players aren’t going to want to sign autographs after having a second practice, with hitting, in 95 degree weather.

      1. Tracer Bullet says:

        There’s two ways to look at the switch: 1) With fewer practices in pads and fewer practices overall, Reid wants to make them as grueling as possible for the sake of conditioning or 2) They want fewer fans at practice is this a sneaky way of doing it. It’s one thing to get up ridiculously early, to drive 90 minutes without traffic and enjoy moderate temperatures. It’s altogether another to battle midday traffic on 76 to sit in the blazing goddamn sun. Or they’re thinking that fans will still come up in the morning and stay all day, thus spending more money on concessions.

        It’s possible I’ve expended too much effort thinking about this.

        1. ICDogg says:

          “It’s possible I’ve expended too much effort thinking about this.”

          And yet, I was thinking the same.

        2. ICDogg says:

          Another more innocent possibility is the desire to reduce traffic in the area during the morning.

        3. Jason-E says:

          I think you’re first line of reasoning is probably the correct one. If they didn’t want fans there, they’d either make it private or hold it at the novacare complex. I’m sure the idea of people buying concessions all day long was in their thinking as well.

  27. Southern Philly says:

    The fake tweets will probably be more rational than anything Bayless actually says.

  28. Peter says:

    Looks like it’s just fake twitter stuff from him. Presumably mainly telling the player to start/sign/trade for Tebow.

    1. I don’t even want to see his face.

      1. Peter says:

        no one does, it’s just EA flaunting how badly they can mistreat us but we’ll still buy Madden games

        1. iskar36 says:

          It’s incredible how the game in many aspects gets progressively worse each year. The best year for Superstar mode was the 2nd or 3rd year it was available. Now, it is almost worthless to play. Franchise mode has lost a ton of features over the years as well. And lastly, they have stripped the game down to the bare minimum when it comes to controlling players. The “new” passing feature they are promoting was a feature that they had available something like 6 years ago then took away. I think Madden use to be an unbelievable game. Now, I just wish another football game was available to provide legitimate competition and hopefully push EA Sports to provide a game with actual quality.

          1. norman says:

            Fuck you, EA. Fuck. You.

            As a guy who annually buys 2x Maddens (one in august, one in feb when my original disc breaks), I’m done. Fuck you.

            Franchise is my baby, its 90% of what the game is. Be it solo or with a bunch of buds, its what makes the game more than just a COD quickmatch. I don’t need Skip Bayless, I need to have a greater level of customization. Twitter feeds? How about scouting that doesn’t suck.

            Fuck you, EA. And fuck you NFL for selling them an excluse license. NBA2k kills EA NBA Live- they’d do it for NFL too.

          2. Jason-E says:

            Yeah. The game started sucking when they launched on the next gen consoles. Madden for PS2 was awesome. PS3, not so much.

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