Then you find out it was YOUR team, and YOUR head coach and HIS FAMILY affected by the tragedy...
At training camp at Lehigh University between practices Sunday, fans milled around the merchandise tent, some stating "What?" and "That's crazy!" upon being told of the news about the tragedy.
Others, who had already heard the news, said they were stunned and saddened.
"I'm heartbroken for his family," said Jason Turner of Lincoln, Pennsylvania, who heard the news on the radio while driving up to camp. "This is some sad news."
Garrett and Andy...
Reid's last instruction to the team before he took a leave of absence to bury his son was to "keep practicing"...
Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo oversaw the team's practice Sunday and will oversee the Eagles until Reid returns, the team said.
The Eagles' first pre-season game is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. The team's season opener is Sept. 9 at the Cleveland Browns.
There was a palpable sense of sorrow and shock among the players at Sunday's practice. Even though I was merely watching the afternoon drills via video podcast, I got a feeling that most of the players were not overly concerned about their jobs or their craft during the proceedings.
They were worried about their "Dad" ---Big Papa Bear Andy--- and a lot of them were thinking about their own kids.
Yes, the Eagles as a team and the Eagles community of fans as a whole are pretty down right now. There's no getting around it.
But when Andy Reid returns to the team---and I believe he will return prior to Thursday's night exhibition game with the Steelers--- I think he will have a message for all of us that will be eerily similar to a poem written by the Englishman John Donne over 400 years ago... Many of us were forced to read this poem in high school English class. I never truly appreciated the meaning of the poem until now:
Death Be Not Proud
Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.
I'm not sure, but I think this poem means "Carry On"... Not so much to deny the tragedy of Coach Reid's and his wife Tammy's losing a son, but to instead bundle up all the pain that this team and its fans feel right now and throw it back into the face of Death.
None of us gets out of here alive. But we sure as hell can live with a vengeance for death while we're here...
I think the Eagles as an organization are going to embark upon the 2012 season with a grief-driven sense of vengeance. There is no justification for holding anything back in total support of Coach Reid's game plan now.
[Note: One of the most emotionally moving messages of sympathy for the Reid family on Sunday came from Tom Coughlin and the ownership of the New York Giants... which tells me something about the genuine class that still exists in the NFL East...]
We've taken care of everything
The words you hear, the songs you sing
The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes
It's one for all and all for one
We work together, common sons
Never need to wonder how or why
Bunt,..why do you continue to elect to embarrass yurself with inane remarks with no substance and no relevance to football propriety? Your lame personal attacks are pathetic and frankly laughable,..not in a good way. Perk up,..and aim for at least a 6th grade mentality. Your posts would bore a bore. you wanna make a point ol boy... lets re do what you said in people terms not trying to sound over educated... Hey Andrew, why do you make stupid and ignorant remarks towards me that have nothing positive and are not directed towards football... your personal attacks on me quite frankly are useless and mean nothing to me why don't you set bar higher for yourself? your posts are somewhat boring... perk up... say that and you got a point...
Off to go stuff my fat jowls wiff some of my mom's spaghetti and garlic bread. (mouth watering)
Later to all my COD homeboys!
@Jerky I love my mommies spaghetti.... right on... that should be are trade mark, not,.. carry on...it's right on... we came up with it and its original,.. no "outside party" inspired it...
@PPW potatoes with french onion soup mix, adding onions and a few drops of water for moisture so the mix doesn't burn from being dry...
Wow,.they now have quorum status,..and no one else. Nite ladies,..enjoy yur marshmallows and sour balls.....you deserve each udders........GK.
@briview actually they are invited over t bones... you have worn out your invite... TJ we got an extra seat with "neutral" written on it for youse...
@briview You can join but me and Beans have to be the ones to jump youse in.
@briview Pffttt.. You are NOT allowed in our Cool gang
@PPW HEY YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@PPW best MOVIE EVER
@PPW A Goonies reference? Sloth like Chunk!!
@PPW how was your weekend...?
@PPW you again.... Hi?
so what do you guys think of my avi... its a pic of my BBQ i took from the other night... 2 15+ oz t bones me n my bro got... screw drugs, we eat t bones a weed now... cheaper than drinking and doing other shit...
@Dr Funt Looks like you guys weren't screwing around.
@Jerky the meat you see was 45 bucs LOL
@Dr Funt I like it, but my digestive tract,...not so much...
@Jerky me too! oops...
@Dr Funt I like my sausage ASPICY, just don't let anyone else know...
@Jerky yep with french onion soup mix on em with onions and few drips of water to add moisture... and sausage is coiled mild italian......
@Dr Funt I can believe it, actually that seems kinda cheap, what cut was the beef? Are those baked potatoes on top?
@beanstalk A dab'll do ya.
@Jerky O brother...what next? Silly Brizer Award of the week... Awarded perpetually to (drumroll...) Brizer!!!!!!
@Jerky C.O.D. We Need to UrbanDict that shit So we can get T-Shirts... Badges next..
@beanstalk He does deserve to have an award exclusively devoted to him. Ya know, seeing as I'm a proud member of the COD.