Live from the Linc: The Falcons look to deal Philly another ‘L’

The Linc: You have to like a stadium named after a "Mod Squad" character. (M. Bradley photo)

The Linc: You have to like a stadium named after a "Mod Squad" character. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Philadelphia – Father Anthony of  St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Essington, Pa., admitted at 8 a.m. Mass he’d been depressed by the Phillies’ loss last night. But the folks outside Lincoln Financial Field — the Linc, in local parlance — this morning didn’t seem too devastated. Indeed, today offers a case study in the sporting dynamics of a city. To ask a question often asked: Who owns Philly — the Phillies or the Eagles?

The Eagles play the Falcons at the Linc today. The Phillies play the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS at Citizens Bank Park, which is just across the street, at 8 p.m. tonight. (Traffic alert!) And the Phillies have become the hottest Philly team at the moment — 134 consecutive sellouts at CBP. But the Eagles were Philly’s team way before the Phanatic was hatched from his egg. (Or his pod. Not sure about the gestation process of Phanatics as a species.)

The Eagles are the team of Bednarik and Retzlaff and Jaworski and White and Cunningham, meaning their tradition goes back a ways. (And the Phillies, for all their recent winning, were the first club in the history of baseball to lose 10,000 games.) The Phillies are chic, but the Eagles have roots.

Doubtless you’ve heard about the fluctuations involving Eagles quarterbacks: Donovan McNabb was the quarterback last year, but he got traded; Kevin Kolb (pronounced “Cobb”) was the No. 1 quarterback on Opening Day, and then Michael Vick, of whom you’ve heard, got promoted after Kolb got hurt. Then Vick got hurt, and Kolb will start today. But there’s a chance Vick will play.

UPDATE: There’s less chance now. Vick has been designated as the Eagles’ emergency quarterback, which means he can’t play unless the first two get hurt.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Vick will be late arriving at the stadium.

Why I'm in hog heaven today. (M.B. photo)

Why I'm in hog heaven today. (M.B. photo)

And there are some who work for the Falcons who believe Andy Reid went beyond the call last Dec. 6, when he inserted Vick as a backup in the Georgia Dome and called more exotic plays than might have been necessitated by the game. (The Eagles won 34-7. Matt Ryan, who’s from Philly, didn’t play due to turf toe. Weird, these connections.)

More connections: Both Vick’s playoff runs as a Falcon ended in Philly, the second one on a snowy Sunday here in January 2005. Vick’s last start as a Falcon — and Jim Mora’s last game as Falcons coach — came in the Linc on Dec. 31, 2006. (Happy new year, Jimmy!)

By winning today, the Falcons could stamp themselves as the best team in their conference. They’re the highest ranked NFC club in the various online power ratings, but they’ve beaten only one opponent of consequence. (New Orleans, duh.) The Eagles are a team of consequence. They might not be as good as the Phillies at the moment, but they’re still pretty stout.

And with that, the figurative floor is again open for comments, questions and Installment 315 of the Ryan-Vick debate. And I should warn you that I’m in a pretty good mood this morning: The Linc press box has an entire cooler full of free Snapple. It is, for that reason alone, the greatest press box ever.

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Freshmaker

October 17th, 2010
11:38 am

Gooo Falcons! I think they take this 27 – 21.

GEORGIA

October 17th, 2010
11:39 am

2ND DAMN CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR LOL

Freshmaker

October 17th, 2010
11:39 am

Was looking forward to seeing how our defense would handle Vick now that we’re a lot faster, but oh well. I just hope we come out of this with a W.

Freshmaker

October 17th, 2010
11:40 am

I’m kinda shocked that I got first, to be honest. I actually read the whole article before posting lol.

Time

October 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Any word on if Abraham is active?

Brock

October 17th, 2010
11:43 am

Would like to see Coach Smith put the pedal down and not let up after that stunt Reid pulled last year.

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2010
11:44 am

Abraham is active, Time.

GEORGIA

October 17th, 2010
11:44 am

@TIME YEAH I LOOKED DIS MORNIN BUT I HAD 2 DO SUMTHIN REAL QUICK AND DEN IT SAID U POSTED I UZ LIKE”NOOOOOO” LOL

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2010
11:45 am

Kudos, Freshmaker. I’d advise against reading anything I write, however.

Brock

October 17th, 2010
11:46 am

damn mark. now i gotta run to the store and get some snapple. you should go into sales.

Terrell in The A T L

October 17th, 2010
11:46 am

Everybody that truly love Mike Vick!

THE MAN is going to destroy Arthur Blank and the Falcons again this Sunday! And what we need to do as a community is come together to show our support and our solidarity and our love for the special human being that put this city on the map!

Let’s everybody put on your #7 jerseys this weekend Falcons or Eagles and let us all show all the haters that we all know and remember who the real face of football in this city is and remind Arthur Blank of all the people who remember what he did to the greatest athlete in the history of this whole state!

When we go out and about this weekend while showing our support for Mike by wearing our jersey let’s all do the following together to show we are united and that we are strong.

* When you go out to the mall to do your shopping walk as slow as you can so that all the haters will be stuck behind you and they will see that 7 IN THEIR FACE! They will remember who they REAL QUARTERBACK is!

* You go into one of them stores and start singing out loud about #7 while wearing your jersey or however you feel lead to do. There ain’t nobody going to take away mine or your right to free speech. Make all them haters know how you feel!

* If you go to the movies be sure to say your love for Mike loud and proud during the movie so all the haters won’t be able to enjoy the movie and will have to sit there and think about what this city lost.

* When you get out on the highway don’t use your turn signal when you make turns or change lanes so all the haters will be confused about where you going – You will be just like Mike do when he dodge line backers and won’t no body be able to guess where he will zig zag next.

* When you got out to get you some lunch back your rides into as many parking spaces as you can so all the ignorant haters won’t have nowhere good to park.

* After you have your lunch in your ride and throw your bones out the car window be sure to get to to arrange them so they spell out MV7 and so all the haters will see it and be forced to RECOGNIZE! when they walk by and see it.

Together we are strong! And we can send a message to EVERYBODY that MV THE MAN is back and he is to take care of business once again! Show all them sorry people that just want to hate on Mike for NO REASON what’s up!

WE LOVE YOU MIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brock

October 17th, 2010
11:48 am

Terell- ever tried decaf?

Brock

October 17th, 2010
11:49 am

and Vick ain’t playin today. Please research before writing your next novel.

Dontavius Supremo

October 17th, 2010
11:50 am

Not sure why anyone would “love” Vick?? What’s he done of any importance? Let me know when he achieves anything.

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2010
11:51 am

Sean Weatherspoon is inactive for the Birds.

Dr. Warren

October 17th, 2010
11:52 am

Ummm….Terrell….did you read the article, bro?

Andy

October 17th, 2010
11:55 am

Man, Vick isn’t even playing and we have dopes on here going on about him and how awesome he is. Well, if he was that awesome he wouldn’t have gotten hurt.

Brock

October 17th, 2010
11:56 am

am I the only one who thinks Terrell’s post was very sterotypical.

bigslow

October 17th, 2010
11:56 am

that was funny terell

bigslow

October 17th, 2010
11:56 am

now back to the bussiness at hand

Brock

October 17th, 2010
11:57 am

stereotypical…just in case we have a spelling nazi on board.

Frozen Rope

October 17th, 2010
11:58 am

Go Falcons,, I’ve got my Michael Vick dog chew toy out,,, just in case

bigslow

October 17th, 2010
11:59 am

can we please start fast and keep our foot on the gas. they can’t play from behind

Andy

October 17th, 2010
11:59 am

Mark

Is the emergency QB an official designation made to the NFL? Whose the Falcons’ emergency QB?

Dr. Warren

October 17th, 2010
12:00 pm

MB–Andy Reid vs. Mike Smith head-to-head today. (Not literally). Who has the edge?

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

John Parker Wilson is the emergency quarterback, Andy.

And I believe Reid is 2-0 against Smith, Dr. Warren.

Shm

October 17th, 2010
12:07 pm

Falcons=overrated
Eagles=underrated
Eagles 27
Falcons 17
Matt Ryan exposed in his hometown for the fraud he is.

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

Not to say that the Eagles’ QB issues have become Kafkaesque, but the No. 2 man is Mike Kafka.

Dr. Warren

October 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

In the battle of the Birds, Mark, which helmets and uniforms do you prefer? I have to go with the Eagles’ helmets and the Falcons’ uniforms.

Todd

October 17th, 2010
12:10 pm

hey terrel
go jump off a 285 overpass idiot. losers like you and vick disgust me. go back to the hood, hoodrat

Michel

October 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

That’s just like Terrell! Go to the mall, don’t spend any money and annoy people! People like Terrell are just wonderful!

country boy

October 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

Just when I was thinking I wouldn’t have to endure blogs from mouthy Gator fans for a while… dummy Terrell shows up.

Dr. Warren

October 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

If Kafka turns into an insect midway through the fourth quarter, then this time Vick is gonna put the Falcons on “Trial.”

Falcons, Class of the NFL

October 17th, 2010
12:13 pm

This is the toughest game on the schedule thus far (Sorry, Saints). Let’s hope that we can stuff it to them. Go FALCS!!

maxina

October 17th, 2010
12:13 pm

Terrell wrote a joke and riled up the natives. Let’s talk football.

falcondawg

October 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

Sure glad we don’t have to face MV7! I’d much rather deal with Kolb, especially since Spoon is out. With Vick, we need all the speed we could muster!

falcondawg

October 17th, 2010
12:15 pm

Did anyone actually read the book written by Terrell? I read the first two lines and went to sleep.

Willy

October 17th, 2010
12:18 pm

…and Wilbert Montgomery and Mike Quick

Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2010
12:18 pm

Dr. Warren making literary humor.

maxina

October 17th, 2010
12:19 pm

If Terrell wasn’t talking football why worry about it.

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Mark Bradley

October 17th, 2010
12:19 pm

I’ve noted it above, but in case you didn’t see: ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is reporting that Vick is late arriving at the Linc.

Dr. Warren

October 17th, 2010
12:19 pm

Win or lose today, let’s all be grateful that Arthur Blank owns the Falcons and not Al Davis. The guy is nuts>>>>>>

http://myespn.go.com/s/conversations/show/story/5695925

Willy

October 17th, 2010
12:20 pm

One of the best Falcons games I ever watched was against Vermeil’s Eagles in 1980. They were clearly the two best teams in the NFC that year. It ended 20-17 Falcons.

reckingball

October 17th, 2010
12:22 pm

Eagles are 24th in the NFL is defense against the run.
Falcons are 2nd in rushing, in the NFL.
Eagles Oline has allowed 19 QB sacks, tied for 2nd most in NFL.

Eagles Offense will be on the field approx. 20 minutes.
Falcons 34—-Eagles 6.
GO FALCONS!
RISE AND SHINE!

bobby

October 17th, 2010
12:26 pm

No way I will watch a game that MV plays in.

Miley Cyrus

October 17th, 2010
12:26 pm

what is it with the wardrobe selections of these clowns on espn

Smiling Jack

October 17th, 2010
12:27 pm

Terrell, go love on your delusional self!

blazerdawg

October 17th, 2010
12:27 pm

Willy, that game was awesome. I remember the 1978 Falcons playoff win over Philly in the old stadium was a good one too….philly missed a game winning field goal in that game and will miss a game tying one today…Falcons 24, other guys 21.

Bubba

October 17th, 2010
12:28 pm

Uh…I’m pretty sure the post by “Terrell from the A T L” was a cleverly written joke, albeit somewhat thinly disguised racism. Lighten up folks.