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    Snorkeling in the gulf of Mexico, shelling on the beach, and relaxing with a Corona. Oh and following my Eagles.

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  1. Pulling for Aaron Grymes to at least be a backup if he doesn't win a starting position. The talent in the Canadian league is not as good as the NFL talent but the field of play is wider. Grymes excelled in Canada defending that wider field. He may only run a 4.6 40 yard dash but he must have done something right to defend that wider field. I believe he makes up for the 40 yard dash with his skill set.
  2. It doesn't surprise me that Wentz and Matthews went to Haiti to help out. Both these guys are grounded in their faith. My grandson went over for a week two years ago and volunteered his time in an orphanage. It has changed his life forever. When he got to his destination he told me it was so overwhelming he didn't know where to start helping out. Unfortunately this situation isn't going to change without a change in their government. US citizens are the most charitable people in the world but the money they have donated to the cause ( Clinton/Bush) Haiti fund, has been squandered and pilfered by the Haitian government and the people have gotten very little of it. The amount of money donated worldwide through the years to help out these folks should have been able to change their dilemma drastically. Somehow, someone is going to have to figure out a way to get around the crooked government to help these folks out.
  3. Eagles' Brandon Graham is the proof that Nelson Agholor can be saved | Bob Brookover http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/Philadelphia-Eagles-Nelson-Agholor-Brandon-Graham-saved.html
  4. Think I could live in Englewood GB. I like Bradenton but think I could live there as well.
  5. Outside Linebacker Nigel Bradham Over five NFL seasons with two teams, Nigel Bradham has toiled in relative obscurity. He was viewed as a capable linebacker but not much more than that. When Bradham hit free agency a year ago, the Buffalo Bills didn't exactly roll out the red carpet in an effort to keep him. Bradham found a new home in Philadelphia, and in that new home the light bulb appears to have come on. Not only did Bradham top 100 total tackles for the second time in his career while setting a career high in solo stops, but his level of play increased significantly. Back in 2014 (Bradham's last 100-stop season) he graded out 11th at his position at Pro Football Focus. Last year, that ranking bumped all the way to fifth, ahead of the likes of Jamie Collins of the Cleveland Browns and Lavonte David of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not bad given that Collins probably makes more in a month than Bradham does in a year. Bradham's had difficulty staying out of trouble off the field (he was suspended a game back in 2014 and currently faces both misdemeanor weapons and assault charges), but given that the Eagles didn't make any moves to back him up, the team appears confident he'll be exonerated. Hopefully 2017 will bring a raising of his profile on the field combined with a lowering of his profile off it. It's depressing when a talented young player just can't get out of his own way.
  6. Cornerback Eric Rowe It's very difficult to pinpoint a player for the New England Patriots as a "secret." The Pats are one of the most scrutinized teams in the NFL. Now if they were hurt it would easy, because at that point Bill Belichick's shroud of secrecy would descend around them. However, given the huge contract signed by Stephon Gilmore and the trade talk involving Malcolm Butler, young cornerback Eric Rowe has gotten lost in the hooplah surrounding his teammates. While Gilmore got all the cash and Butler got all the publicity, it's actually Rowe who allowed the lowest percentage of passes thrown in his direction to be completed in 2016. As a matter of fact, according to Pro Football Focus Rowe's completion percentage against of 48.9 trailed only Minnesota's Xavier Rhodes among corners who played at least 400 snaps in 2016. The Patriots acquired Rowe a year ago from the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional draft pick. Yes, another trade by the Patriots that they won going away. Yes, that's getting old for the other 31 teams in the NFL. And yes, having depth at corner like Rowe, who had 26 tackles and an interception last year, is just one more edge the NFL's most loaded club has entering the 2017 season.
  7. Paul Domowitch @pdomo Doug Pederson said Eagles may use more 2-back sets this season. Aside from g-line situations, they used 2-back just 17 times in '16.
  8. Venice is a boating community. The town has a lot of canals and bridges in it. A little too expensive for a retired guy like me but tourists like to look for shark teeth on Venice Beach as there are plenty of them to find. The Gulf current flows in a way that strategically washes them up in that area.
  9. It took Lane Johnson just one day to figure it out: Derek Barnett might be pretty good. The Eagles' right tackle went up against the 14th overall pick in last month's NFL draft several times during Tuesday's first OTA practice and the young pass-rusher more than held his own. Johnson was a guest on the Quick Slants Podcast with Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and he said he was impressed by Barnett. "I had a chance to go against him today," Johnson said. "He's got a few moves in his arsenal just from being a rookie. I expect a big year from him just from seeing him go against other guys, me going against him. He's a very talented guy." What specifically impressed Johnson about Barnett? "He can get real low, dip that edge and shave a lot of yards off when he's rushing the passer," Johnson said. "Everybody was talking about Myles Garrett being the best rusher in the class, but I think they underestimated Derek."
  10. Its easy to root for a guy like Trey Burton. He gives back his time to the kids coming up in high school football. Every year he sponsors a 7 on 7 at his old high school Venice and invites other schools to participate. My grandson spent some time with him two different years while he played for Manatee and really enjoyed the experience.
  11. One of these days Stine I may take you up on that. When I lived in York PA I attended two or three Eagles games a year at the Vet but have never been to the Linc for a game. I have been to the Linc for a Jimmy Buffet concert right before I moved down here to Bradenton. LOL Since I have been down here I have been to two games against the Bucs and one game against the Dolphins. I am waiting for the Eagles to play the Jags down here so I can say I have been to all three stadiums. Unfortunalely I don't get back to PA normally during football season. I always come up sometime during the summer so I can watch and visit my elderly parents and let my brother go away on vacation. He normally takes care of them. My dad is 90 and my mother is 87. Welp, I normally make it down to Florida once a year to visit my best friend in Clearwater. Not sure about this year though as I have another wedding to attend in October so may not have the vacation days left... Clearwater is an hour drive for me. I go up to see a couple spring training games every year. I still like my baseball since it was my best sport. I played baseball with Greg Gross before he got drafted by the Astro's and ended up playing with the Phillies. That was the nice part about being at game six when the Phillies won the Series in 1980. I got to see Greg Gross play and win a World Series as well as the Phillies. I also played baseball with Butch Wynegar who played for the Twins and Yankees. Don't know if you remember him or not but he was a switch hitting catcher that was drafted in 1976 by the Twins. The Phillies scout who was in charge of our area at the time was Dutch Dorman. He watched me many times but I couldn't quite make the grade. Every time he put the stop watch on me running from home to first, I was too slow for what they were looking for at the time. LOL Dreams die hard but I was always grateful that Mr. Dorman leveled with me and didn't keep me hanging on. It let me move on with my life which turned out pretty good anyway.
  12. One of these days Stine I may take you up on that. When I lived in York PA I attended two or three Eagles games a year at the Vet but have never been to the Linc for a game. I have been to the Linc for a Jimmy Buffet concert right before I moved down here to Bradenton. LOL Since I have been down here I have been to two games against the Bucs and one game against the Dolphins. I am waiting for the Eagles to play the Jags down here so I can say I have been to all three stadiums. Unfortunalely I don't get back to PA normally during football season. I always come up sometime during the summer so I can watch and visit my elderly parents and let my brother go away on vacation. He normally takes care of them. My dad is 90 and my mother is 87.
  13. The one I attended that stands out is the 1980 NFC Championship game against Dallas. I was dressed in my hunting woolrich clothes with my winter insulated boots on and was still cold. The temperature was 12 degrees with a wind chill of minus 5 degrees. I had to get out of my seat numerous times just to get the circulation going in my numb feet. The outcome was definitely worth it though. That same year I was at the vet when the Phillies won the World Series against the Royals. Still have those ticket stubs.
  14. Win. Rinse. Repeat. The Dallas Cowboys had a great 2016 season by most measurements. Their 13-win campaign was all the more impressive given that it was spearheaded by a pair of rookies in quarterback Dak Prescott and tailback Ezekiel Elliott. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told ESPN's Todd Archer he expects the team's rookie revelation under center last year to be even better in 2017. "He is relentless," Jones said. "It means a lot to him. It's a huge priority for him obviously to be great. I think it's all in front of him. Each year it's going to be better." That's the problem. The idea that each year is going to be "better." Elliott led the NFL in rushing as a rookie, topping 1,600 yards on the ground and averaging over five yards a carry. But he also touched the ball over 370 times (there's that number again) including the playoffs, his third straight year with a heavy workload. There's also the cloud of the NFL's long-running investigation into allegations of domestic violence against Elliott. The 21-year-old hasn't been arrested or charged with any crime, but the league's investigation is still open. Prescott was essentially flawless as a rookie, completing over two-thirds of his passes and posting a passer rating of almost 105 while throwing only four interceptions. But he also benefited from the league's best ground game and offensive line. If Elliott takes a step backward in Year 2 of his NFL career that would shift more pressure onto Prescott. That shift could cause a backslide of its own. Sky-high expectations go with being a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo can tell you all about that. The performance of Elliott and Prescott in 2016 just raised the bar that much higher. But to expect perfection is to beg for disappointment, and it isn't hard to imagine a scenario where everyone asks what's "wrong" with the Cowboys just because their two young stars aren't standing on their heads every week.
  15. Big Apple, Big Pressure The New York Giants made it back to the playoffs last year, in large part because of a re-tooled defense that went from one of the NFL's worst in 2015 to one of the league's best in 2016. NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest said (via Dan Benton of Giants Wire) that defense plus New York's new faces on offense equal a Super Bowl contender. "It's too early for me to talk about Super Bowl, but if there's any team that's built to play in the Super Bowl the way they put this team together, the Giants have an opportunity," McGinest said. "You look at the offensive weapons they added this year, Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, those are two players that will open this offense [up]...That for Eli takes it to another level. But the way they've been winning their championships is through the defense. The front seven, hard [and] tough football, stopping the run, getting after the quarterback and good football on the back end." McGinest's job is to make predictions just like that, and it's not a huge reach. The Giants were 11-5 in 2016, and there isn't a team in the NFC who's a runaway favorite like the Patriots are in the AFC. But this is far from a flawless team. Yes, the Giants added receivers on offense, but the line is still a question mark. Eli's going to need those receivers, too—THE GIANTS ARE ABOUT HALF A STEP THIS SIDE OF HOLDING RUNNING BACK TRYOUTS IN THE PARKING LOT OUTSIDE MET LIFE STADIUM. Like most of the contenders in this article, the biggest distraction facing the Giants is one they deal with every year. They are expected to be good. Expected to not only advance to the playoffs but also make noise once they get there. That could make for some uncomfortable questions if the team starts 2-3 again.