Friday, February 03, 2006

Trade McNabb

Those who know me are probably stunned by the title of this entry. McNabb is not just my favorite player on the Philadelphia Eagles, he is my favorite player in the NFL.

But the time has come to trade him... and not for the reasons the Philadelphia media and fans want you to believe.

Since the day the Eagles drafted McNabb, the city of Philadelphia has had it in for Donovan. Recall that the highly touted Ricky Williams entered the draft that same year, and Eagles fans wanted the running back desperately. By drafting McNabb, Andy Reid sent the clear message that he did not care one iota what the fans thought was the best thing to do... and they booed loud and long at the grievous betrayal.

The fans, especially in Philadelphia, know best.

Since then all McNabb has done is become the greatest quarterback in the history of the franchise. There is absolutely no argument any sane person can make to the contrary.

But every Philadelphian was lying in wait... biding their time, determined to find a way to prove themselves correct.

Never mind that since then Ricky Williams became the NFL's best recognized holistic healer. Never mind that once McNabb threw 4 TD passes on a broken ankle. Never mind that McNabb took the Eagles to 4 straight NFC championship games and the 2nd Super Bowl in team history (one a lot closer than the first one). Never mind that McNabb handled the T.O. disaster during the season last year with as much quiet dignity as one can muster in such a situation.

Nope. None of that matters. He needs to be traded.

Why? Not because of the things he said in the now infamous interview earlier this week. Not because he threw out a couple of doozy one liners that, when read on paper, sound a lot worse than they really were when spoken out loud (after all, McNabb has always been a bit of a joker, and you can see him smiling when making some of those comments if anybody bothers to watch the video footage). Not because the Philadelphia fans say so and will stop at nothing to prove, even after all these years and all those victories, that they know best.

No, McNabb needs to be traded because I like him too much. I can't stand to see him getting buried like this. As much as it pains me to say it, I want him to play somewhere else. I want him to play in a city that will appreciate what he brings to a team. I want him to play in a city that will wish for his success rather than wait for failure.

I am losing my love for the city of Philadelphia and its idiotic fans, my friends. I am sick and tired of seeing the best players in Philly constantly run out of town. At this point, Eagles fans DESERVE TO LOSE.

There, I said it.

So please, trade McNabb and end this misery.

And while you're at it, please trade Allen Iverson and Bobby Abreu.

12 comments:

John M said...

Hater! And besides you don't really mean it.

LastBestAngryMan said...

I think he does mean it. And I think he is probably right.

Not being a Philadelphia sports fan, I cannot really relate. But when was the last time a city was blessed with stars the likes of McNabb, Iverson, and Abreu all at the same time, in three different sports? And the way Philadelphia fans choose to deal with them, to react to them, is pretty ridiculous. Are you all that caught up in being bitter and hateful that you cannot give your unconditional sports love to a guy like McNabb or Iverson?

I think you're probably right, SK. The best thing that could happen to McNabb is to get traded to the Chicago Bears, so he could play out his career in his hometown, in a city that'll love him, in front of fans that won't boo him.

karri said...

I don't know anything about football, and I don't follow it, but isn't McNabb the guy who choked so badly during the SuperBowl last year? If he is, I am surprised he is still in Philly at all...

robustyoungsoul said...

If 30 out of 51 for 357 yards and all 3 touchdowns scored by the Eagles equals "choked so badly", then yes. If losing the Super Bowl by 3 points equals "choked so badly", then yes.

However, he also threw 3 interceptions in that game. So I suppose it depends how you want to look at it. Nine out of ten choose to focus on the interceptions.

It should also be noted that New England averaged over 5 yards a play on offense in the Super Bowl. However, I haven't heard anybody claim the defense "choked" yet.

It takes a team to win, and it takes a team to lose.

LastBestAngryMan said...

It does indeed. And if anyone 'choked' that day it was the Eagles vaunted defensive coordinator and his unabashed love for blitzing. Quite simply, in the 'game within the game' of offensive and defensive play-calling, Charlie Weiss ate Jim Johnson's lunch.

chornbe said...

Sing it loud, sing it proud, my bruthua.

Mia said...

Maybe the fans that really love the team and McNabb aren't as loud and obnoxious as the ones that Philly is known for.

But listen... we're out there.

In a frustrating league that is rarely about sportsmanship, McNabb is what keeps me coming back.

Anonymous said...

From the inside - Donovan will be traded in the off season -our team will seek a new QB by March

Anonymous said...

Well, I agree with you in this regard-- whoever is to blame (and I actually think there is blame to go around that includes the fans, the fanchise management and McNabb himself) the McNabb-Reid era has jumped the shark. Save everybody some face and put an end to it before it gets really 'Philly ugly'.

CS said...

I love this post...even though it is a year old, it couldn't be more topical.

I am a Philadelphian born and bred, and I too am ashamed of my hometown's fans. Nothing has ever been good enough for them when it comes to Reid and McNabb. How can these folks forget all of the unforgettable 3-13, 4-12, 5-11 seasons when we were searching for a QB post-Randall.

I am with you. Once Donovan is cut/traded, I'm done with the Eagles...and I'll go out and buy a new #5 jersey.

Anonymous said...

yeah...thats true... but where ever mcnabb goes, westbrook has to go to.

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