I made it back home late last night. Traveling home was a bit of an adventure and I was too tired to write up any notes.
The South practice ended yesterday at 3:25pm. Jimmy and I walked around trying to see if we could find Eagles scouts talking to prospects. That lasted for about 10 minutes before we had to leave. Both he and I had a 5:30pm flight out and that was from Gulfport, MS which is 70 miles away.
Jumped in the car and headed to Gulfport. Traffic was heavy and more than a few idiots sat in the left lane going at or under the speed limit. Then I had the bad luck to get behind a cop for 10 miles. He wanted to fly, but the cars ahead of him got bunched up and were scared to go fast. Ugh.
Finally parked the rental car at 4:45pm. Turn in the keys for that and go print out my boarding pass. Walk up to security at 4:55. There are 2 people ahead of me. There are more than 5 TSA agents. Unfortunately, these are the most thorough TSA employees in history. The kid screening bags found reason to re-screen 3 bags. He stopped the scanner and checked those things as if the president and the Pope were going to be on the plane. They physically searched my bag and then re-screened it. I did have dirty underwear in there, but that’s it.
Finally they let me go (I know how Moses felt several thousand years ago). It was probably 5:15 by this point. My flight is due to depart in a matter of minutes. I’m nervous. Go running to the gate. Walk on the plane and it is less than 1/4 full. Jimmy is sitting in his seat and more relaxed than Nnamdi Asomugha at a wine tasting. Jerk.
I had a chance to relax and get situated. Then the captain announced that we had an oil leak. He had called maintenance and the guy would be there in 30 minutes. I can only imagine the guy had to finish watching Judge Judy before he could come save us. We ended up sitting there for an hour as they fixed the plane and decided it was safe to travel.
We arrived in Atlanta at 850pm, one hour late. My connecting flight was leaving at…850pm. Luckily there was another flight to Raleigh. I walked out of my plane and went up half a mile to the new gate, where they were just starting to board for that flight. Once on that plane, things went smoothly.
The moral of this story…it is all Jimmy’s fault for making fun of Duke WR Conner Vernon.
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I’m going to write up yesterday’s practice notes and post them. I’ve got a few Eagles things to cover as well.
I’ll have my long form Eagles stuff going up in the next few days. Lots of thoughts and ideas. Who knows…some might actually be good.
Check back later this afternoon for some actual Eagles content.
As for now… Sheil has up the latest on the coaching staff. I haven’t talked much about some of these names. I’ve got some thoughts, but quite a few are new to me. I do like the fact the staff is a mixture of college and pro guys and from all over.