Live from Philly: Waiting on Falcons, Eagles – and Sandy

The skies are ominous above Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Whoa, Nellie. The skies are ominous above Philadelphia and Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Philadelphia — Nobody in the press box is discussing the game. Which does, you’d have to admit, look like a pretty good one. But the weather has superseded all.

It’s not raining at the moment. It’s cloudy, though, and the wind is picking up. The real heavy stuff from Miss Sandy isn’t scheduled — this assumes hurricanes hew to a schedule — to arrive until late tonight. Tomorrow and Tuesday are supposed to be the really rough days, and by that I mean really rough.

The forecast calls for intermittent rain throughout the day, which I guess is good for the Eagles. They have LeSean McCoy to run the ball against a Falcons defense that has trouble against the run, and the Falcons’ own running game remains mostly a memory.

Then again, Michael Vick does have trouble holding the ball on dry fields, and we shudder to think what might happen on a wet track. But what do I know?

Anyway, I’m happy to report that Team AJC — Mr. Ledbetter and I — are in the stadium, and we’ll endeavor to keep you apprised of all developments, meteorological and otherwise. I’d appreciate if you’d ride along, and I thank you, as ever, in advance.

FURTHER READING: 3 observations on today’s tilt — the Falcons’ offense, their receivers and that Philly crowd.

By Mark Bradley

808 comments Add your comment

Benjamin

October 28th, 2012
11:27 am

Checkered flag?

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
11:29 am

Green white checkered. Kudos.

Sam

October 28th, 2012
11:33 am

Are you guys going to be able to take off before the storm hits Philly?

Benjamin

October 28th, 2012
11:34 am

Tell Julio that Benjamin’s fantasy team may be riding on him today. Maybe that’ll give him some extra motivation.

Do it for Benjamin!

[On a serious note, Mr. Bradley, y'all be safe getting back from up there. Sandy looks a lot like my mother-in-law, and she's almost as mean.]

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
11:35 am

Fingers crossed, Sam.

Arno

October 28th, 2012
11:40 am

As some would have it, the 3-3 “underachievers” meet the 6-0 “overrateds.”

Six and O Falcons

October 28th, 2012
11:42 am

Rise Up in Philly!

cousin vicker

October 28th, 2012
11:47 am

How about some kudos to you Mr. Bradley, for picking the Bulldogs. This is one of the sweeter victories of the Richt era. Hopefully the Falcons keep the good times going.

LeSean McCoy

October 28th, 2012
11:47 am

Unless the Falcons’s run defense improved over the bye week, you’ll know how to spell my name after today’s game.

jfreak13713

October 28th, 2012
11:49 am

Tough game on road against Philly team that REALLY needs a win. Flacons win if they don’t turn the ball over and can get Turner going a little better. Pulling for Vick to get things turnd around just not this week!

Go Falcons!

Gamecocky

October 28th, 2012
11:50 am

Mark,good call on the Ga.-Fla. game,have to give credit were credit’s due…..of course a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally………:-) do you think the wind conditions will alter the passin’ game dramatically today in Philly ?

Old devil

October 28th, 2012
11:53 am

I’m at work with no tv, so relying on you guys to keep me abreast of the action…

Steve

October 28th, 2012
11:54 am

The perfect weekend, UGA wins, Falcons win, and Tech loses. Mark nice pick on UGA beating UF. Huge win.

IgglesAllDaWay

October 28th, 2012
12:02 pm

Go Eagles!!!

1990_Champs_GT

October 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

Vick might be the reason we win today. If he hands us the ball, we have to answer with touchdowns.

No excuses today. Keep your foot on their necks for four quarters, and don’t let them up for air!

1990_Champs_GT

October 28th, 2012
12:17 pm

And as a Tech fan, let me say I’m as confident that the Dirty Birds can win in Philly as I am that my Jackets can lose their last four games! Maryland might be iffy, but I have confidence in my boys.

2013 starts now GT! Let’s ensure the Paul Johnson “error” ends…

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
12:22 pm

Thanks, Steve. Just had a feeling.

Then again, I had a feeling about South Carolina against Auburn in the SEC title game. I believe that one ended 56-17.

Dum-Bass

October 28th, 2012
12:26 pm

I really wonder about people who will fly into an area that is about to be hit with a hurricane. A really big one at that. Seriously, what has happened to common sense and logic these days? Seriously again, we spent our honeymoon in a hurricane in FL years ago, but that’s a totally different situation. We were unaware of it until it was gone. We didn’t leave the room for 2 days so it wouldn’t have mattered anyway!

1990_Champs_GT

October 28th, 2012
12:30 pm

Mark, do you prefer Cheez Whiz or provolone? Good eats either way.

Six and O Falcons

October 28th, 2012
12:30 pm

Enjoyed the World’s Largest Outdoor Gator Beating yesterday.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
12:32 pm

Thanks also to Cousin Vicker and Gamecocky.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
12:33 pm

Forecast is a 70 percent chance of showers at gametime. Winds could gust up to 30 mph.

Not raining now, however.

Big Crimson 75

October 28th, 2012
12:38 pm

Man-hood game for the Falcons today.
We ain’t winning this game playing soft.

The Steelers should go back to the Locker & burn those jerseys!!

1990_Champs_GT

October 28th, 2012
12:42 pm

Watching Fox pregame, and I think Tech should borrow the Steelers’ bumblebee costumes for the rest of the year. Slightly less ridiculous than the Honeycomb Hideout unis we’ve got now.

Johnson should get them as part of his severance package!

mountain_jim

October 28th, 2012
12:48 pm

Here’s another GT alumni hoping that yesterday Homecoming turkey hastens the end of the current coaching regime.

Even when he was winning with Chan’s recruits, I could not stand that jackwagon’s personality or offense.

steven a smith

October 28th, 2012
12:49 pm

Could use “3″ players(veterans) in inclimate weather that would help this football team today. Brandon Jacobs(should trade for him), Albert Haynnesworth, and Plaxico Buresss. Buress is a good “bad weather” receiver. Right now, Haynesworth and Buress have no team.

Steve

October 28th, 2012
12:49 pm

UGA #6 in the new coaches poll. Didn’t see Tech listed.

B

October 28th, 2012
12:51 pm

Are your travel plans at risk? When do y’all fly back?

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
12:53 pm

7:33 p.m. Yes, they’re at risk. Thanks for asking.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
12:55 pm

Eagles are wearing black jerseys.

Crowd just sang, “Fly, Eagles, Fly.” That’s the team song. It’s better than “Skol! Vikings.”

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
12:55 pm

Lots of vacant pews. I can only think some folks took note of the forecast.

mountain_jim

October 28th, 2012
12:58 pm

I would like to see whether Konz could help upgrade the run-blocking on the right-side today.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
1:01 pm

Philly wins toss. Defers until next month

Mableton Falcon fan

October 28th, 2012
1:01 pm

Take a train instead Mark.

1990_Champs_GT

October 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

They changed the name of the World Series this year to “This is why Family Guy isn’t on?”

phil

October 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

We have little chance today….

We’re only 6-0.

The national media won’t shut up about the irrelevant Eagles.

Come on, boys. Have some pride, tackle someone and WIN THIS GAME!!

The Real Falcon

October 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

7-0. To get to it you’ve got to get through it!

1990_Champs_GT

October 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

That wind looks rough. Hope they can run today.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

Alas, Mableton — I live there, by the way — Amtrak is canceling stuff.

Henry

October 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

We’re 6-0 but you’d think we’re 0-6 with the way the media talks about us.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

The wind is not terrible.

That pass by Ryan was, however. Lucky it wasn’t intercepted.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

Ryan to Davis. First NFL grab. Also a first down

Big Crimson 75

October 28th, 2012
1:06 pm

Peter Konz starting.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
1:06 pm

McClure snap infraction. Hard to fathom, given that he’s the one snapping

The Real Falcon

October 28th, 2012
1:07 pm

Konz is at RG, and it getting beat

phil

October 28th, 2012
1:08 pm

Booooooooooo!

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
1:08 pm

Holding on Eagles. First down

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

Babin held Rodgers.

phil

October 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

Hisssssssssss!

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

Wind isn’t awful. Yet.