I had forgotten how much fun OTA coverage can be for Eagles fans. We didn't get any OTA's or minicamps last year either...and we missed out on a lot. The NFL should realize by now it must at all reasonable cost avoid interruption of year-round events and coverage. There's too much fan interest to risk alienating it. For now, the league is getting a pass from fans on last year's lockout and work stoppage...just don't let it happen again.
A bit of the outdoor scene at yesterday's voluntary OTA minicamp at NovaCare Complex in Philly...
The thing that struck me most about being away from the computer for most of the day was how much live commentary on the OTA's I was missing here... thanks to relays by Kenny, Boner, Blas, Spiffo, JB, Don Pardo and a host of other friends who were watching live reports from PE.com and also forwarding tweets from Geoff Mosher and Jeff McLane...
Man, this Twitter thing becomes more meaningful when an inside reporter can give instant descriptions of an essentially non-televised event. Since the OTA's are not open to the public, this access to live reports from the inside guys becomes a new and exciting experience.
As McLane sums up pretty well:
"The practices are voluntary, but most veterans are expected to be there. The camp mostly focuses on passing and falls well short of the grueling training camp work Andy Reid puts his squad through. But it’s our first chance to get an impression of new players, guys returning from injury and the young players who have yet to have a full offseason (meaning 2010 and 2011 draft picks). We can gauge how they are moving and who has gotten bigger or slimmer and get a very initial glance at the depth chart."
I admit I was hanging on the "delayed broadcast" of every word of the tweets from the practice field as I was going over the commentary of our readers here.
Some things I learned: Babin and Jenkins didn't show up... the offense "scrimmaged" [in shells and shorts, no real "contact" or "hitting"] against the defense, 11-on-11... Jamar Chaney was cleared to practice, and he lined up at WILL (weak-side LB), while the acclaimed rookie Mychal Kendricks lined up as first-team SAM (strong-side LB), which got a "hmmmm" out of me....Trent Cole beat Demetress Bell badly on an outside rush move...Vick, Kafka and Edwards were bombing away on deep patterns with mixed results... Nnamdi covered DeSean deep on a play and covered him well...Marvin McNutt made an impressive reception under defensive pressure from Curtis Marsh...and lots more good stuff like that.
When I get back from this break, I'll get you some links to the best links I can find to recap the highlights of the OTA sessions.
In the meantime, what our commenters are saying right now below the Livefyre line may give you the most relevant feedback and analysis on anything that can be logically taken from the "Twitter" coverage and other sources. I'm just real glad we have OTA's to talk about this year...
Hey Fields wasn't XMen Origins supposed to be series on all the characters? Not all characters but several?
@PPW the thing with wolverine is his story is so fleahed out that they didnt have to change anything. Its one of the best origins in comics. And they had so many pointless cameos that it ruined otger characters.
@PPW Yes, but wolverine was so jacked up they stopped trying to make more. They were supposed to do magneto origins after wolverine.
I heard that Ron Howard is going to help direct Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic Western; The Dark Tower. This is truly an ambitious project TBT. I can't wait.
@Jerky you ever read it? Its great. They were originaly talking about making 4 movies and a t.v show. The tv show would follow the movies so that you would have to watch them both. Im a big stephen king fan, the dark tower is really good. And he tied a bunch of his other books into that world.
Ben Affleck will be developing a feature length film adaptation of The Stand. Release dat hasn't been announced yet. he's going to make it into a trilogy, nice.
@Jerky @Demappulls! Ya, and i try hard to avoid that because honestely it botgers me for a while thst i didnt finish it.
@fieldsr69 I remember back in the 90's when they tried to make a The Stand television series, it had Molly Ringwold in it, also Gary Senise. haha, the good old days.
@Jerky they were talking about Vego Mortinson playing him but that was a while ago. That would have been awesome.
John Carpenters "The Thing" is tge greatest science fiction movie ever made. Inpart because of its simplicity. "I dont know, cause its different then us see. Cause its from outer space." That explination is as awesome as any, in any movie. Not to mention Kurt Russell was a boss, was with hot ass Goldie Hawn for ever and drafted into the Majors (angels i think.) One of my favorite movies.
For game 7, i propose we write D.Stern & have him bring out 'The Boston Strangler' to kick the festivities off with a brief choke hold on Garnett...whoswifme???
Making some Tom Collins mixed drinks.
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon of sugar
2 OZ of fine gin
Shake and add ice
A couple of splashes of club soda
couple slices of strawberries.
Atv... if youre around, wolverine is my favorite, absolute hands down. The movie not only butchered his origin (whitch in the comics took 20 years to reveal) but it made him half a bitch. Even more of a bitch then the xmen movies maed him. but it wasnt enough for them to ruin Logan, they went ahead and ruined deadpool to! How, seriously, do you ruin the two baddest assed characters in youre whole matvel universe in less then 2 hours. It was heart wrenching. They are making another wolverine, it will be set in japan, im hoping they dont ruin this one to.
@fieldsr69 Gavin Hood. The same guy who made the Stargate SG-1 TV series was not worthy enough to tackle the Wolverine Origins movie. Hopefully he isn't helping out on this new one.
@Jerky i want to say its a good director but i would have to google it. There have been some issues getting the movie made but i cant see how it could be worse then the first one.