Philadelphia Eagles 2013 off season frustration!!

You will have to forgive me; I live with 3 girls, all of my friends root for the Vikings and only my dog listens to me cry about the Eagles, so…. I need to vent.

Here’s the deal, I hate the new coaching staff. I know I know, hate is a strong word but please try and remember, I’m venting. For the first time in 14 years the owner had a chance to change the culture in Philly and bring us back to those old Philly teams that brought the big hits.  I really thought those days were coming back but then…… we hire Chip Kelly. The great college offensive mind that has done little to help his D’s. This smells just like when the Redskins brought in Steve Spurrier and the gimmick O that was to change the pro game forever. Guess what…. Spurrier failed and crawled back to the college ranks where he belongs.

But, after some stat checking and some prayer, I got behind the Kelly hire with 1 hope…. The new Defensive Coordinator he would hire would be a seasoned pro, an aggressive monster that would bring us back to the glory days and Kelly could tinker with the O all he wanted. So… who is this new D.C? An assistant from one of the Super Bowl teams? An elite mind who has been a D.C for many years? How about Lovie Smith? No.  A Browns coach. Yes… those Browns. Because when I think Defense, I think Browns… don’t you? Billy Davis, the Browns LB coach will now be running my Philly D.

Now, to be fair, he was an assistant under some of the great Steelers D’s about 10 years ago. Also, he went to the Superbowl with the Cards a few years back but as a D.C. he has been soft. 2 times he’s had NFL D.C. jobs and has 2 times failed miserably.  I won’t list his stats but basically, its bottom of the barrel all over the board. Honestly folks, I’m losing my mind. To think, Gus Bradley was on a plane to Philadelphia to be our head coach as Roseman (the guy that’s now running the Eagles) was in a room begging Chip Kelly to reconsider and take the job. How can this be?

So… here we are, I had high hopes for this off season and now…. I am crushed. Can they get better? Sure. Will I get behind them? Of course. But I have to be honest and say….. I’m not expecting big things from this team any time soon.

Don’t worry, I know we mostly blog about ministry and I don’t expect anyone to tune into this one other than to rejoice at my misery (I’m looking at you Dave) but I had to get this off my chest. Thanks.

God save the queen…. No, God save the Eagles,

Stevo

I will also be posting part 2 of this series later today. 

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The Spiderman review

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I have a confession to make- I go to midnight showings of movies… a lot! It’s something I picked up from my good friend and fellow wollcott blog poster Dave. Don’t worry, we don’t dress up in costume or anything like that but we do go… and we do pay crazy money to see what Hollywood is up to.

Well, it happened again last night for the movie “The Amazing Spiderman”. I smuggled a bottle of water in as always and brought along my buddies Dave and Kirk to see the show.  Ever since I head they were rebooting the series I’ve had one thought- it’s just too soon!!! They should have put it on the shelf for another 10 years before they did this. For months I’ve seen the previews and I knew what they were trying to do, I knew they wanted to go darker. It’s what was done on the Batman films and Hollywood is trying to capitalize on their success from that project.

Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman is a bit darker, a bit more edgy, tons more mysterious than its previous actor Toby Maguire and he did a great job making you root for him. He’s more skater and less dork that is at least until he smiles. For sure, he was a good choice to replace a stale Tobey. But the story line was far from amazing in my mind. Boy gets picked on, boy meets girl, boy gets smitten and bitten, boy goes flying/skating (I loved the twist on that), boy beats bully, boy beats monster.

There were hardly any changes from the 2002 Spiderman; Other than a new girl, Gwen Stacy, and a new villain, Lizard man, you’ve already seen this movie.

Listen, I’m not saying it’s a bad movie, it’s not. It was fun it was exciting, but the story was very unoriginal. I would have much rather they picked up the story from after Spiderman 2. They could have used Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane and created emotional conflict for us the viewer. They could have used Lizard man if they wanted, but telling me the story of Uncle Ben and “responsibility” all over again was beyond predictable, it was boring.

There were moments of greatness though, the alarm clock smash was brilliant and the scene with flash and the basketball was genius. All the actors were top notch and the fight scenes were done well so it was not a waste of money.

Overall I give it 3 foursquare balls out of 5. If you’ve never seen the first one you should be good to go. If you have, drink lots of caffeine before you go.  

Stevo

 

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