I speak for most Eagles fans when I lament the untimely death of Junior Seau... I don't know why such an outwardly successful young man would choose to end his journey at this juncture with a tragic decision to commit suicide. I agree with Brizer that none of us in our right minds can come close to contemplating what a suicidal victim is thinking...or why.
The news of Junior's horrible decision to end his life was only complicated by the sad report of our own Jercules' tragic experience of discovering his beloved Gramps (age 90) collapsed in the bathroom after suffering a fall and a broken hip.
Just a bad day all around...a day to remind us that life is short, and that the joy of living is even shorter...
I tried to take solace in the thought of a young local guy getting a free agent shot with the Eagles...you know, the whole death and re-birth thing...
Kevin Kroboth, safety, Temple, 6-0, 195, 4.6 in the '40, a local boy from Nazareth, Pa., was signed by the Eagles yesterday as an undrafted free agent...
Kroboth had a personal workout at the NovaCare Complex in March and thought he made a good enough impression, but when he wasn't drafted and nobody reached out to sign him the next day, he wasn't so sure anymore.
"It was disappointing," he admitted. "I had been waiting because a couple teams called before the draft, saying they were going to try to draft me in the late rounds. But I know how it works. It's a business. Sometimes they know if you're not going to get drafted and then they can get you for less."
Kroboth played cornerback at first for the Owls, before switching to safety, and he has extensive experience at both spots. As a senior last season, he was one of nine players to start every game for the Owls.
Leo Pizzini (former college safety) will have some good scouting opinions on Kroboth, I'm sure. Right now, I'm thinking the Eagles will still try to pick up an experienced veteran in the veteran free agent market to add one more solid strong safety to the mix. We can roll with Coleman and Jarrett back there, but...consider that Kroboth basically replaced Jarrett at SS last year at Temple.(Kroboth started all 12 games last year at safety for Temple. He is second on defense with 71 tackles, a team-best six break-ups, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery. He had a career-high 12 tackles in the win over Army, including a career-best 11 solo takedowns. Kroboth led the nation in interceptions in the first week of the season following a career-high two interceptions in the win over Villanova.)
Meanwhile, I'd like to take another look at the the Eagles' pick of Nick Foles at QB in the 3rd round... and also the later-round picks...
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles (3rd Round) likely won’t ever leave the sideline this season and is not regarded as Michael Vick’s successor.
“We didn’t pick him in the first (round); we picked him in the third,” Reid said Friday night. “This isn’t to replace Mike (Vick). That’s not what I wanted to do with this pick. I wanted to get another quarterback. We all know that’s a pretty important position, so if you see one you like, you snag him up, bring him on board and let him compete.”
Reid has taken a similar approach with other quarterbacks.
Foles was the sixth quarterback drafted by the Eagles since Reid came aboard in 1999. Donovan McNabb, Reid’s first-ever pick, was taken second overall to become the leader of the franchise. In 2007, Reid traded out of the first round and grabbed Kevin Kolb in the second round with the idea of grooming him to replace McNabb.
Kolb entered 2010 as the starter, but his concussion suffered in the season opener against Green Bay paved the way for Vick to take over and for the Eagles to trade Kolb to Arizona last offseason.
A.J. Feeley (fifth round, 2001), Andrew Hall (sixth, 2004) and current backup Mike Kafka (fourth, 2010) were never expected to be saviors. Feeley was eventually traded, which is the same fate that may await Kafka should he lose his roster spot to recently acquired veteran Trent Edwards or Foles. That scenario could also be in Foles’ future.
Later-round picks that make sense:
Judging by previous drafts, the players the Eagles selected in the later rounds may turn out to have the most impact. In addition to 4th-round pick CB/PR/KR Brandon Boykin, they also drafted Purdue tackle Dennis Kelly (fifth), Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt (sixth), Miami guard Brandon Washington (sixth) and Kansas State running back Bryce Brown (seventh).
The Eagles’ starting lineups last season featured players who were taken in the latter rounds of recent drafts. Tight end Brent Celek (fifth), linebacker Jamar Chaney (seventh), defensive end Trent Cole (fifth), guard Todd Herremans (fourth), center Jason Kelce (sixth) and linebacker Brian Rolle (sixth) were all taken in the later rounds...Of this year’s crop of late pickups, Boykin is considered to be the brightest prospect. The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder was ranked as a potential second- or third-round pick but dropped in the draft after suffering a broken fibula at the Senior Bowl. He is expected to challenge veteran Joselio Hanson for the No. 3 cornerback spot and also may be the Eagles’ top kickoff returner. He averaged 22.4 yards as a kickoff returner during his senior year.
“I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t drafted higher,” Boykin said in a conference call. “But nonetheless, all I was asking for was an opportunity and I’m glad I got that. All I can do now is make the best of it and come in and compete.”
McNutt, 6-feet-2 and 216 pounds, could challenge Jason Avant and Riley Cooper for playing time as a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver behind starters DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Bryce Brown is the most intriguing of the Eagles’ draft picks. The 6-foot, 220-pounder started his college career at Tennessee. He was the No. 2-rated recruit in the country in high school behind Trent Richardson, who starred at running back for Alabama. Brown transferred to Kansas State after his freshman year, sat out 2010 because of eligibility issues and then played in just two games for the Wildcats before quitting the team over a dispute about playing time.
Reid said that after talking with people at Kansas State the Eagles decided to gamble on Brown rather than try to sign him as an undrafted free agent and get into a “bidding war” with other teams.
All jokes aside - you guys (and girls) all have your hearts in the right place.
Palm was lurking and reading briefly few times.
Proud to be part of you - hope you SOBs don't figure me out too quickly.
So - I had a small result from my Cats.
Put Symbols of all of the Teams in the playoffs around the litter box. All of the cats have peed on the Rangers and Kings symbols.
Funny thing though - the Cat that pooed on Igwanedu's picture for the Mach....he is constantly circling the St Louis Symbol..........
Palm,..all kidding aside,..I truly appreciate at least 29% of yur posts ,..in a big way. That's pretty impressive for this BORED,..guvna'. Keep on truckin'........GK.
Palm has had a MISERABLE day and a half. Not to get technical but a piece of equipment that had Gremlins. Palm has been killing Gremlins for last 2 Days.
1) Palm knows he is old, outdated and obsolete.
2) 26 Year-old engineers are arrogant - specially when they know they're dealing with an old F**k.
3) Palm does not like this....no Sir..not one bit.
4) At the '11th' Hour - Palm looks like Bruce Willis in the Armageddon movie, throwing out parts from that truck - young engineers falling to the floor with stomach cramps - warning the Palm that he has lost his mind (like I don't know that).
5) Palm drove home tonight - smiling - 'equipment' working, 26 year-olds sitting on the floor making new drawings.
Come on Flyers !!!
Beaner,..who i like/hate,.has found the achilles heel of our boy,.Brozer. And Brozer don't like it. It's kinda funny. Keep up the good work ,..guvna'. The Bored remains,....unbiased,..but always alert.
Get out pens/pencils/calendars:
Heres the sched for Lehigh and Spring Practice
Pack your bags for Lehigh University, Eagles fans!
The Eagles announced on Thursday that rookies, quarterbacks and injured players will report to training camp on Sunday July, 22. The remaining veterans will see their summer vacation come to an end as they report to Lehigh University on Wednesday, July 25.
Training camp will continue even after the first preseason game, which is set for Thursday, August 9 at home against Pittsburgh. Training camp is scheduled to break on Wednesday, August 15.
Exact practice times and autograph schedules will be announced at a later date.
Spring practices kick off Saturday, May 12 with the rookie mini-camp at the NovaCare Complex. Full-team Organized Team Activities take place May 22-24, May 30-June 1 and June 4-7. The full-team mini-camp will be held June 12-14.
@AbeLinc64 Thanks Abe....my calendar has been duly marked...
What happened to Beans? He had some good football posts and some good humor but then 'SNAP' he's become very combative. Too bad.
Una otra vista de la tragedia del Junior:
"For some people, the interval of maximum professional achievement occurs in their 20's and early 30's. Obvious examples include pro athletes, entertainers, creative artists, warriors... Their professional decline may be rapid, and by age 40 or so, their feeling of self-significance is tested, ego may be shot, and the person is toast."
"Most of these people accept the new reality in which they perceive themselves as just occupying space and achieving nothing of significance. They accept their reduced station in life."
"Some don't accept the long decline. They choose to take charge of their death like they took charge of their life."
"In a politically incorrect way, committing suicide is one of many of the peculiar traits that distinguishes human beings from animals."
---de "Police records show Mike Flanagan had threatened suicide before"... http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums
Cowboys n Giants got some new toys at TE that Eagles D will have to match up against.. DAL James Hanna n NYG Adrien Robinson the guy i had in my MACH..
Wait.....I thought we was starting a motorcycle gang? Bri's out....of course....for obv reasons. We could do a road trip over to Frenchies......for croissants and coituses and what nots.
fuck off BB
@atvcar HaHa....as soon as you say any word....that starts with the letters G and A...He feels the need to proclaim to the world that "he's not gay". Somebody says "gaitkeeper"...and before they get to the 'T'...he's going off about not liking gays. Straight guys can joke about gay shit. Its what guys do. That guy........has got that closet locked up TIGHT!
@Harry Pianos @Brozer8 @beanstalk is datguy so fond of cursing too? Make no mistake I'm no prude, and love the occasional F bomb for dramatic affect... but when done over and over... welp, annoying is one word for it.
@beanstalk HAHA....I don't know why this annoying, slow witted dolt is so infatuated with me....I've never even heard of him! I musta hurt his feelings somehow...and now like a woman scorned....he keeps nipping at my ankles. He's either a worse personality of DatGuy....or somebody else alltogether. Either way....I swear Ill stab myself in the ear wiff an icepick if I have to keep listening to him
@Brozer8 better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a dumb fuck, than to open your mouth and be proved one???