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Featured Eagles Picture – Football: Jets-v-Eagles, Sep 2009 – 65

Just a little diversion from all of that Eagles news and information you’re soaking in.

Here is a random picture from Flickr that is tagged with “Philadelphia”. If you like what you see, you should check out what other pictures the photographer has to offer.

Football: Jets-v-Eagles, Sep 2009 – 65
Eagles NFL
Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in an undated (mid-Aug 2011) blog titled "Do You Love Football? Why Not Become a Football Coach!" It was also published in a Sep 12, 2011 blog titled "The Real Reason No NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL Players Have Come Out Yet."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published as one of several illustrations in an undated (late Apr 2012) Mashpedia article/blog titled "Football."


I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that, until last night, I had never been to a professional football game in my life. Baseball, basketball, and tennis: yes, of course. High-school and college football games: sure, though that was a long time ago. Indeed, the last college football game I watched (in person) was in the mid-60s, when I was invited to the annual Harvard-Yale game by a Radcliffe student I had begun dating — a development to which my MIT college roommate reacted, in shock, by howling, "Radcliffe? You’re dating a Cliffie? She must be a pig!" After which he pulled out his flute, every time he thought she might be present when he returned to our off-campus apartment, and played "Old McDonald Had a Farm" until he collapsed in gales of laughter on the stairwell. Highly inaccurate, I hasten to note, and totally unfair. But I digress…

Anyway, a freelance writer, Mitch Ligon (whose photo you can see here in one of my Flickr sets), invited me to accompany him last night to the New York Jets – Philadelphia Eagles game out in the New Jersey Meadowlands — another first-time experience. I was given a photographer’s press pass, which gave me access to the locker rooms, press box, various other "inner sanctum" locations … and, most important, the football field itself. I was given a red jersey to wear, told to stay outside the yellow dashed lines that ring the field, and turned loose for the evening. I felt somewhat inadequate, because I knew that the "real" professional photographers would be equipped with high-cameras and monstrous telephoto lenses beyond anything I had ever touched, or could possibly afford; and even though my Nikon D300 and 70-300mm zoom lens is fairly respectable in amateur circles, I had no idea if I would be able to take any decent photos at all…

The other problem is that I know little or nothing about the nuances of football, beyond the obvious fact that the quarterback either passes the ball, or hands off to someone who attempts to run the ball downfield. Punts and field-goal kicks are also a familiar concept, but if you don’t have a good anticipatory sense of who is about to do what to whom, it’s easy to miss the "moment" when the perfect shot might be available. Also, I didn’t really know anything about the players, aside from the respective star quarterbacks: Philadelphia’s controversial Michael Vick, and New York’s newly-named starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. I had looked at the team rosters on the Internet before the game, so at least I knew their jersey numbers (#6 for Sanchez, and #7 for Vick, as you’ll see in the photos) — but the "action" was often so far away (at the other end of the field) that I couldn’t tell whether the starting quarterback, or one of the substitutes, was making the plays.

Nevertheless, by the beginning of the second quarter I was feeling a little more comfortable — if only because I found it easy to follow along behind the other professional photographers as they marched (or ran) from one end of the field to the other, in order to get their equipment set up for what they expected would be the next great shot. By the end of the game, I had taken 1,100+ photos, including several of Michael Vick in a post-game locker-room interview; and from the sound of the clickety-click-clack of my fellow photographers, I could tell that many of them had taken several thousand. I’ll spare you the technical details of my feeble attempts to get some decent shots; I had picked up some good tips from the sports-photography chapter of Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography, and I did my best within the limitations of my equipment and my lack of familiarity with the situation.

What impressed me most about the whole experience was the scale of modern professional football — the scale of everything. It’s one thing to read that there are 80,000 people in a football stadium; it’s another thing to actually be there and hear the simultaneous roar of those 80,000 people as a quarterback is sacked or a long pass is completed. It’s one thing to read that a professional football player is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 350 pounds; it’s another thing to stand next to several dozen such giants. Heck, I thought there were only 20 or 30 such giants on each team; I had no idea that there were 64 of them (a number which will be pared down as the pre-season comes to an end), or that there might be 20-30 different coaches. And then there are the hundreds of "staff members" scurrying around all over the place, carrying out their various duties and assignments; and there are the security guards and State Police, who spent most of the time scanning the stadium crowd rather than watching the players, presumably watching for scuffles or fights or … well, who knows what. There are cheerleaders too, in this case bearing the official name of New York Jets Flight Crew; I had expected half a dozen, but there were two dozen perky, long-haired beauties, with permanently frozen smiles, who who danced and pranced before the crowd at every conceivable opportunity.

All of this has resulted in the photos you’ll see in this album. I had to delete roughly a hundred of my original images, because they were out of focus, or because a referee decided to walk in front of my camera at the wrong moment; and another 900 were "okay," but not terribly exciting. I’m sure that none of them are as crisp, sharp, and well-composed as those taken by the Sports Illustrated photographer and the other professionals on the field; but I did end up with 72 "keepers" that I hope you’ll enjoy…

… and, yes, I probably will attend another football game or two in the years ahead. Whether I’m lucky enough to get down on the field again is anyone’s guess….


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Cool Eagles Photo – 67321

Just a little diversion from all of that Eagles news and information you’re soaking in.

Here is a random picture from Flickr that is tagged with “Philadelphia”. If you like what you see, you should check out what other pictures the photographer has to offer.

Philadelphia Eagles Shirt
Image by Student Sports
Philadelphia, PA : FEB 12, 2012: Player at the Nike Football Combine at the Philadelphia Eagles training facility in Philadelphia, PA.


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GET EAGLES GEAR NCAA Georgia Bulldogs Clip Board Model: 74369011, Model: , Sport & Outdoor


Every Eagles fan needs to have a collection of amazing Eagles stuff, right?

So, every couple of days I’m going to show you some stuff you might be interested in.

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NCAA Georgia Bulldogs Clip Board Model: 74369011, Model: , Sport & Outdoor

  • Made of 100% polyester
  • Measures 60-Inch by 80-Inch
  • 12 Man graphics
  • Features team color binding around edges
  • Machine washable

The 9â⒬ x 12â⒬ wood Clipboard features a 1/8â⒬ hardboard, a sturdy metal clip with a retractable hanging hole, and a full color graphic laminated with a tough matte plastic surface. Made in the USA

Price: $ 81.00

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The Eagles Have A Tall Order Ahead Again

The Philadelphia Eagles started this season 3-0 despite the fact that they traded away their presumed starting QB 8 days before the season began.  The team looked solid behind their rookie quarterback Carson Wentz.  All was great in Philadelphia.

But things came back down to earth a little bit in the last two weeks, and according to NFL odds makers who have the visiting Minnesota Vikings favored to win this Sunday (see american football odds according to william hill if you want to look into more odds), the losing trend could continue further.

So far this season, the Vikings have lost their starting quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater), their superstar running back (Adrian Peterson), their starting left tackle (Matt Kalil), haven’t had their starting defensive tackle (Sharrif Floyd) since week one, and played last week, and possibly again this week without their best wide receiver (Stefon Diggs).  It would seem that beating the Vikings isn’t all that tall of a task.

So far this season, though, no one has been able to beat them.

The Vikings will come into this game with the second ranked overall defense, giving up only 287.6 yards per game.  They’re holding opponents to a league leading 12.6 points per game, outdoing the next best team by nearly 3 points.  They’re ranked #3 in the league in sacks, trailing the leader by only 2 despite the fact that they’ve played one less game.

Their defense is a beast.  When Minnesota comes to town, it doesn’t even matter if they have a 30th ranked offense.  It will be enough.

Of course, the Eagles defense is no slouch either.  They are ranked #6 in total yards, #3 in points per game, and #10 in sacks.

The chances of this being a low scoring game are pretty high.  If the Eagles want to come out on top, they can’t make any big mistakes.

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Awesome Eagles Pic – Image from page 109 of “Bill Nye’s history of the United States” (1894)

Just a little diversion from all of that Eagles news and information you’re soaking in.

Here is a random picture from Flickr that is tagged with “Philadelphia”. If you like what you see, you should check out what other pictures the photographer has to offer.

Image from page 109 of “Bill Nye’s history of the United States” (1894)
Philadelphia Eagles Painting
Image by Internet Archive Book Images
Identifier: cu31924028712069
Title: Bill Nye’s history of the United States
Year: 1894 (1890s)
Authors: Nye, Bill, 1850-1896
Publisher: Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Co
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
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NOT PAID THEIR DEBTS FOR YEARS. ranty deeds to same, reserving only the rights ofpiscary and massacre. Oglethorpe got along with the Indians first-rate,and won their friendship. One great chief havingreceived a present from Oglethorpe consisting ofa manicure set, on the following Christmas gaveOglethorpe a beautiful buffalo robe, on the insideof which were painted an eagle and a portablebath-tub, signifying, as the chief stated, that thebuffalo was the emblem of strength, the eagle ofswiftness, and the bath-tub the advertisement ofcleanliness. Thus, said the chief the Englishare strong as the buffalo, swift as the eagle, andlove to convey the idea that they are just about io8 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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THE MOSQUITOES LIKED THE COSTUME. to take a bath when you cameand interrupted them. The Moravians also came toGeorgia, and the Scotch High-landers. On the arrival of thelatter, the Georgia mosquitoesheld a mass meeting, at whichspeeches w^ere made, and songssung, and resolutions adoptedmaking- the Highland uniformthe approved costume for theentire coast during summer.George Whitefield the elo-quent, who often addressed audiences (even inthose days, when advertising was still in its in-fancy and the advance agent was unheard of)of from five thousand to forty thousand people,founded an orphan asylum. One audience con-sisted of sixty thousand people. The money fromthis work all went to help and sustain the orphanasylum. While reading of him we are remindedof our own Dr. Talmage, who is said to be thewealthiest apostle on the road. The trustees of Georgia limited the size of amans farm, did not allow women to inherit land,and forbade the importation of rum or of slaves.Several of these ru

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GET EAGLES STUFF NFL Philadelphia Eagles 4-by-8 Die Cut Decal


Every Eagles die-hard needs to have a collection of great Eagles gear, right?

So, every once in a while I’m going to show you some stuff you might be interested in.

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NFL Philadelphia Eagles 4-by-8 Die Cut Decal

  • Made in USA
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Licensed Die Cut decals are made of outdoor vinyl, permanent adhesive, image cut to the outside dimension of logo, full color detail is printed with a 3 year outdoor rating. Supplied with a clear liner, clear transfer tape, and application instructions. Made in USA.

Price: $ 8.38

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Cool Eagles Pic – Andrew Johnson and George Washington Items

Just a little diversion from all of that Eagles news and information you’re soaking in.

Here is a random picture from Flickr that is tagged with “Philadelphia”. If you like what you see, you should check out what other pictures the photographer has to offer.

Andrew Johnson and George Washington Items
Philadelphia Eagles Party
Image by Cornell University Library
Collection: Cornell University Collection of Political Americana, Cornell University Library

Repository: Susan H. Douglas Political Americana Collection, #2214 Rare & Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, Cornell University

Title: Andrew Johnson and George Washington Items

Political Party: Federalist

Date Made: ca. 1860-1960

Measurement: Mount: 6 5/8 x 8 5/8 in.; 16.8275 x 21.9075 cm

Classification: Costume

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There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Cornell University Library which is making it freely available with the request that, when possible, the Library be credited as its source.


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