Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 165 Comments »

Reports say the Eagles have put RB Dion Lewis on the trade block.  The Inquirer report mentions a lack of size as being an issue.  I’m curious about that.  Chip Kelly had good success at Oregon with smaller backs.

It could be that the Eagles have other reasons for dealing Lewis and are just leaking the size issue as an excuse for the move.  If another team thinks that is the only concern and they’re fine with the size, maybe they’ll be interested.  I can’t imagine another team will be willing to deal for Lewis, though.  After 2 years, Lewis has only shown flashes.  While he has looked good at times, RBs are a dime a dozen.  Undersized RBs are even easier to find.  Why give up something for him?

I think Chip Kelly could simply have interest in adding another RB and just isn’t into keeping Lewis.  There are some good RBs in this class, even though there aren’t any elite runners.  The Eagles have checked out a variety of RBs.  The most interesting is South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore.  He’s coming off a horrible injury, but has major talent and upside.  Adding a RB with return skills would also make sense.  That’s one area where Lewis never showed progress.

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This is visit week at the NovaCare.

Check out this note from Tony Pauline:

“Gavin Escobar/TE/SDSU visiting Philadelphia today then Carolina & Cleveland…i hear lotsa interest from the E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles for Escobar”

Reuben Frank reported on several visits.  DE Ziggy Ansah and QB Geno Smith were in town today.

“Also, according to a league source, Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher are scheduled to arrive Wednesday evening for their meetings with the Eagles. Additionally, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, a Philadelphia native, is scheduled for a visit on Friday, and the team is also set to meet with Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel sometime in the next few days.”

The Eagles are being very public about all of this.  That tells you there is major smokescreen action going on.  It doesn’t mean the Eagles aren’t interested in all of these players, but it does mean that a few of them are red herrings.  The Eagles don’t like some of the players, but want other teams to think they do.  This is to help with potential trade-down scenarios and to keep other teams from trading ahead of the Eagles if there is a player they covet.

I don’t think the Eagles are interested in Geno Smith.  I also question the interest in the OTs.  It feels like that is partially being done to get a desperate team to move up for one.  Sounds like Miami could be a team to watch.  Whether they are willing to pay the price to get to #4 is a tough question.

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DT Mike Patterson signed with the Giants.  I know we all hate the Gmen, but I do wish Patt well.  He was a good Eagle since 2005.  He played in a 1-gap system, a 2-gap system, and the Wide-9.  Patt never complained and always did his job well.  He’s a pro’s pro.  Guys like Mike Patterson are an underrated part of the reason that I love the NFL.

It is interesting that the Giants now have Patt and Cullen Jenkins.  Go get Darwin Walker and trade for Brodrick Bunkley.

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Personal update…

A few of you have inquired about my well being due to my recent inactivity.  I wish I had a funny story or some good news.  Things have been rough.

My dad started to have some health issues in late February.  He was diagnosed with lung cancer in early March.  I spent a lot of the month hanging out with my dad and family.  Sunday the 24th was a good day.  My aunt came down from D.C.  My sister came to town.  The whole family was able to gather and spend the day with my dad.  He had just completed his first round of chemo and amazingly seemed to handle things okay.  We got to joke around, tell stories (some even true), and there was a sense of optimism.

Unfortunately that was the last good day for my dad.  He went downhill very quickly and passed away on Tuesday.  He was 71 years old and I’m thankful that things went quickly.  He didn’t suffer.

I’ve done as much football writing as possible during this period because it served as a great distraction.  Interacting with you guys and writing 5,000 times about Geno Smith has been a blessing.  I am completely off schedule with my draft notes, rankings and the ScoutsNotebook stuff.  For the past 15 years, a March Saturday for me meant studying draft prospects, writing profiles, and things of that nature.  This year, March was spent in a hospital room talking to my dad about the past, present, and future.

My dad wasn’t an Eagles fan.  He grew up all over the world and really was a Game of the Week kind of fan when it came to pro football. On Saturdays, he loved to watch Navy and Oklahoma.  Maybe the hardest night ever for him was the 1986 Orange Bowl between Oklahoma and Penn State.  He loved the Sooners.  I loved the Nittany Lions.  He couldn’t enjoy the Sooners 25-10 win and National Championship because he could see how it crushed me to watch PSU l0se.  That might be the strongest test of a father’s love. His team wins the national title and he can’t so much as even smile about it.  I’m sure he talked it up big time at the office, but he spared me.  And that’s important when you’re a teenage kid who truly lives and dies with your sports teams.

Thanks for your patience as I work my way through this.  My dad’s funeral is Saturday.  Between now and then, I’ll be in and out.  My dad was a big football fan and he’d want me to write as much as possible.  Plus, it is a good distraction.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk on egg shells.  You can still disagree with me and rip my posts that you don’t like.  Just save the harshest words and throw them at Jimmy Bama for the next couple of weeks.  He can take it.

Hopefully my head will be a bit more clear on Thursday morning and I’ll get a good, long post written.


  • Kyle Toy

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Take the time you need to grieve. I will pray for you and your family.

    • Kyle Toy

      Tommy, what is your opinion on how far you would be ok with the Eagles trading down? Its not often you get the #4 overall pick.

      What if the Eagles traded from #4 to #12 and picked up the Dolphins 2nd and traded again to the mid 20’s with the Vikings for a future 1st? Is that ok with you or at what point do you think its time to pick up a cornerstone player?

  • ShadyCrockett

    Sorry for your loss, Tommy. As I’m sure all readers will echo, take all the time you need…and know that we are frantically refreshing the page waiting for your return.

  • First time posting, but simply had to give condolences on your loss. As much as I read your writing, I feel like I almost know you. My compulsive checking of both your websites can certainly wait, as your loyal fan base will be here after you’ve grieved.

  • Dale Batie

    Family always comes first. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family on your loss.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • Iskar36

    Tommy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family all the best.

  • My condolences Tommy. I wish you the best through this difficult period.

  • Lewwyn

    I was worried when I didn’t see any updates from you the last few days, and I’m sad to have that confirmation. I am sorry for your loss, and I am happy that you’re able to remember the good memories you had with your father. Your story of your father and his Sooners is really special. Thank you for sharing. Write or don’t write, do whatever you need to do, we’ll all be here for you in the meantime. I’ve never really posted here (maybe once), but I love your work and it means a lot to me. I’m living in China and everything you write helps me stay connected with my Eagles and in part with home. So remember people are out there for you even on the other side of the world. My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss.

  • Cliff

    Tommy, I’ve been reading you for years and your writing style seems so personal that it’s easy to consider you part of my own family. In that crazy uncle sort of way. God bless you and your father. I’m sure he knew how great a job he did on his son.

  • Condolences, Tommy.

    Your dad did a great job.

  • saltyyambag

    Condolences Tommy.

  • DamonL86

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • Mac

    Glad to hear his passing was quick and peaceful. Its a blessing that you can keep his memory alive and honored by your work. Definitely praying for you and your family.

    Jn 14:2-4
    2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

    • Sb2bowl

      Great verse, Mac

  • ceedubya9

    Prayers out to you and your family, Tommy. A day isn’t right without one of your posts, but family is top priority right now so take the time that you need.

  • phillychuck

    Sincere condolences Tommy. I feel like I know him from what you wrote. You were very lucky to have him.

  • CampDracula

    Tommy, grief takes a long while. A lot longer than society thinks. Take the time you need. And as much as I love reading this every day, I’m sure I’m not alone in encouraging you to post here only when it’s good for you. Take care of yourself and your family and we’ll look forward to reading whenever and however you need to write.

  • My prayers are with you and you family…spend time with the family and take some time out for you. We will be here when you return, its not like anyone else can provide the funnies, the in-depth analysis and the nuggets on a reg. basis the same as you. We really appreciate the fact that you are even coming up here to fill us in on whats going on, you def. didn’t have to, but it makes us as readers and fans of your work feel important and shows how much you value us. Thanks and get some rest.

  • Sb2bowl

    Sorry Tommy. Prayers and respect for you and your family. I’m terribly sorry for your loss

  • A_T_G

    Echoing what has been said, I am truly sorry for your loss. I don’t have any PBR, but I’ll raise a pudding cup to your and your family’s difficult time.

  • poetx99

    wow. My condolences to you, Tommy. May God grant your father rest and peace. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Tumtum

    Very sorry for your loss Tommy. Your dad sounds like a great guy, your are lucky to have had em bud.

  • Matt

    Very sorry for your loss Tommy.

  • My condolonces Tommy.

  • I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Sb2bowl

    Tommy (sorry for the double post)

    It serves as a reminder to all of us, and to you, how everyone that is associated with your blogs has been, is, and continues to be influenced and touched not just by your writings, but also by the community that you have developed.

    We were all concerned today; something wasn’t quite right and we all knew it. If there’s anything that I (we) can help with, don’t hesitate to ask.

  • Tommy, very sorry about your loss. Condolences to you and your family. I lost my dad to lung cancer in July, so I am familiar with the pain. Wishing you and your family the best during this difficult time. Thanks for sharing taking the time to share with Eagles fans. We appreciate your work and its obviously a labor of love. Again, thanks.

  • Steag209

    I’m very sorry for your loss Tommy, it’s never easy losing a family member let alone your dad. Take as much time as you need to recuperate, we’ll survive without you until you are ready to come back. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  • Mitchell

    Wow. Sorry to hear that Tommy. I knew something was going on cause usually your posts are clockwork. Condolences and thanks for the posts. Still like Eric Fisher at 4 or trade down for Johnson.

  • McMVP

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Tommy. I am glad he didn’t suffer. And I’m glad you had some quality times to say things to each other.

  • goeagles55

    Sorry for your loss, Tommy. Take as much time as you need.

  • My condolences Tommy.
    Next saturday i will light a candle and pray for him.
    I wish to you and your family the best in this difficult time.

  • Sorry about your loss, read you daily from Oregon. Go Birds!

  • Midnight_Greenville

    Tommy, I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Sorry for your loss tommy. good to see you taking it well. best wishes to you and your family.

  • Wow. I’m really sorry to hear this. My good friend and next door neighbor passed away from lung and throat cancer a few years ago. His funeral was the day Kevin Kolb demolished the Falcons. He went through the therapies for about 18 months, and he always seemed fine, but when it started to go downhill, it went very fast.

    Reading about how you got to talk about the past, present, and future with your dad, I wonder if that’s what it’s going to be like with my kids when my days are nearing an end.

  • xeynon

    I’m very sorry to hear about your father Tommy. Much as I enjoy reading your stuff and talking Eagles with my fellow fans in the comments section, football is ultimately just a pastime. Family is life. I don’t think any of us will hold it against you if the output is down a bit for awhile.

  • Ig_l

    Thanks for all that you do for us Eagles fans. Sorry to hear about your father’s passing.

  • Flyin


    Thank you for sharing this with us. My heart goes out to you and your family. It’s a roller coaster ride… Be strong for those that need strength, and lean on others when you need strength. We are here if you need anything.

  • nickross23

    Tommy I’m so sorry to hear about your lose. My prayers go out to you and your family. I like so many on this site appreciate your hard work and dedication for all things eagles, but football can wait family will always come first. God bless you sir in your time of need.

  • Best wishes to you and your family during this tough time.

  • since1961

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Tommy. Thank you for sharing your life with us, as you always share your passions. Lost my Dad the same way, and the hole it left is hard sometimes. But i’ll always remember sharing his joy in ’60. It’s clear you will always remember your Dad and the way he showed his love for you (that Orange Bowl for one thing). The loss’ll hit you at the strangest of times, just keep focusing on that love.

  • My condolences, Tommy. I admire your ability to share personal pain and I am truly sorry for your loss. I wish the best for you and your family in this trying time, and please take the break you need. Cancer sucks, always have and will until long after the day we wipe that terrible disease out.

  • I am very sorry for your loss Tommy. Thoughts go out to you and your Family!

  • Paradox_What?

    My condolences for your loss Tommy. I hope you find some solace in all of our kind words and the fact that the sun will rise again.

  • livingonapear

    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you for all your hard work in the face of difficult times. I’m sure your father was a great man and it seems like he passed it on to you.

  • You have my deepest sympathies, Tommy.

  • EaglesHero87

    I’m sorry to hear about your father, Tommy. My prayers are definitely with you and your family. Please take the time to be with your family and we’ll be waiting until you’re ready to come back. Take it easy and God bless, Tommy.

  • 8paul_c8

    Tommy, man I am so sorry, my heart,prayers, and blessings to you and your family. I have been a DAILY reader for 3 years now, I check both of your sites like a minimum of 5 times a day, I love your knowledge, you give us Eagle fans a REAL perspective on things. Thank you for all you do, but please, PLEASE take your time on this, we all grieve differently, and selfish fans like myself will wait an eternity for your views.. take care my friend….

  • TrentColeHamels

    I’m so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family. My sister is currently fighting cancer and I can relate to how difficult it is.

  • EagleEyes

    I am very sorry to read the sad news, Tommy. While the subject of this blog is the Eagles, I always appreciate the broader over-arching perspective you bring to the table. The sense of humor and general good nature you provide makes for a more personal (but always insightful) read. It’s nice to read sports journalism with these human traits. This site is always such a relaxing distraction from the grind and I hope that you receive the further successes you deserve and are surrounded by support during these difficult days.

    My thoughts are with you.

    – t in toronto

  • bubqr

    Really sorry for your loss Tommy.

  • GvilleEagleFan

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, I know all too well how it feels to lose your dad. I lost my dad almost four years ago, just before I graduated high school. He had cancer, but in his brain. Thankfully he was able to survive for almost three years, all without it affecting his personality at all (an apparently tragic and common side effect to brain tumors). He bled midnight green, and obsessing about the team even though we’re far from Philly was one of the ways he and I bonded. One of the toughest moments I’ve had since he passed was getting a text alert about the Nnamdi signing back in 2011 and not knowing who to call to share in my jubilation. Compulsively checking this site, reading the great discussion that you have with your audience, and recently posting has helped me adjust to life without him more than you can possibly imagine.

    I say all of this on this occasion to let you know that you are doing something that some people may find silly or superficial, but can mean a great deal to the people who read you and follow the team. I’m sure your dad was proud of your commitment to what you do, and I can honestly say that before I saw this post I had checked the site several times today and wondered whether you were ok. Thanks for being a writer who creates such a personal connection with his audience, I’m sorry you didn’t get more time with your dad.

  • 2020


    I want to thank you for your generous nature and engaging voice.

    My first Eagles game was at Franklin Field an 1969, a loss to a Roman Gabriel led Rams, where as a newly minted five year old I walked into the Colosseum of dreams.

    I went with my Dad, Uncle and Grandfather. It was cold and loud and to heat me up they gave me sips of something called Bullshot to keep me warm. (Bull Shot, a vodka, beef bouillon and lemon juice highball drink with Worchestershire and Tabasco sauces, salt and pepper.) Norm Snead, Ben Hawkins and
    Tom Woodeshick, (now that is a scary thought for recent eagles fans), were the stars of the day on offense, but all I could look at was the D. Of course the glory years of Pete Liske and Rick Arrington were to come and relieve us of 9 years of a losing record: NOT.

    What I remember is being with my Dad and my family. What my Dad taught me was family wasn’t just him but the people we loved. Tomorrow morning I am leaving London to be with him and all of my family. All of us have left Philly as a postcode, but all of my brothers and Mum and Dad think of ourselves as…..you know, we’re from Philly.

    I have measured out my life in Eagles games and now my son, who is 21, does the same. I remember the Fog Bowl because it was the last game I ever watched with my sister before she died. (OK the Keith Jackson drop haunts me.) Living in London and only coming back to the States a couple of times a year, my family and I are always looking for a way to be closer to “home”. What you have done on EMB, your continuous efforts with your other pit stops and finally here with Iggles Blitz, is to bring all of us closer to home.

    Your Dad must be so proud of you for making a destination so many wayward, desperate, beautiful, freakish mongrels call home.

    Thank you Tommy.

  • I suspect Geno was given some part of a playbook to learn in Morgantown and they are going to test him on what he learned.

  • May your father’s memory always be for a blessing. Your online Eagles family can wait while you mourn for and celebrate the life of your father in the material world. But we’re here if you need us.

  • My most heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family this week. Your humbleness and agreeable demeanor, especially as seen in your comment and twitter responses, are a reflection of your parents and how they raised you. Good people beget good people and all that 🙂

  • My condolences Tommy.

  • PeterAkkies

    My condolences, Tommy.

  • Tommy, So sorry for your loss. As an avid Eagle fan living across the country becuase of the military, I read your sites daily and enjoy everything you post. I want you to know your fans appreciate what you do.

  • My condolences, Tommy.

  • JB in P-Town

    I have been an igglesblitz/eaglesblog/helmet2helmetshow/fan-demonium follower for many years and I feel like I have known you forever. I figured something was up these past few days and hoped you were recording some new Lawler/Bama reality TV show. So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I didn’t grow up with a father but I lost the closest thing I had to a dad (my grandpa) this past year. The more you love someone the more it hurts. I have learned to be grateful that I had someone special enough to hurt so deep. I will be praying that you will have the peace and comfort that only God can give.

  • Gary

    Jeez Tommy, you’re a strong dude for not letting that affect you the last few weeks. I don’t think any of us would have had any idea.

  • Eric Dein

    Read all the time but hardly ever post on here. Have a ton of respect for you and I think you are one of Philly’s most knowledgeable writers. The internet is weird that you can reach out easily but its never exactly clear who’s reading it. As strange as it is, know that I’m one of many people who feel a connection to you without ever meeting you. My condolences.

  • laeagle

    Thoughts with you.

  • Daniel Miller

    Sorry Tommy. My thoughts are with you. I am a longtime reader, very infrequent commenter, but we are all part of the extended Eagles fam.

  • ICDogg

    Condolences, Tommy.

  • Michael Spurling

    Tommy – you were always somebody I could turn too after a tough Eagles loss ( playoffs and Super Bowl espec. ) Your rational thinking and writing and somewhat hopefulness always seemed to help my mental state. I would be really angry and frustrated after games – and it helped to get another side of the Eagle state of mind who was also a huge and very knowledgable fan. Football and sports are just games – they are a diversion. Family and friends are always the most important. Im sorry for you and your families loss. Prayers and well wishes to you.

  • GermanEagle

    I am very sorry to read that. My thoughts are with you, mate.

  • ian_no_2

    Condolences Tommy

  • NoDecaf

    Tommy, there are no words enough. Sincerest sympathies to you and your family as well as apologies for my cavalier attitude. You were missed.

  • Sorry for your loss. I lost my father this past August. Even though we could see it coming, I was not prepared for the impact it would have on me. A father has a special place in a child’s life.

  • Tommy, I’m very sorry for your loss.

  • Adrian Ahufinger

    My condolences, Tommy.

  • lilmc

    Sorry for your loss Tommy. Thoughts and prayers for your family. Thanks for all of your hard work.

  • Tommy my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Stay strong brother!

  • Julescat

    Godspeed to your dad

  • GGeagle21

    I see this the same way Tom does..Geno and the OT’s being the smoke screens….Miami is said to be in love with Lane. man I would love Gavin, an explosive, big weapon who holds his own in the blocking game….whee do I sign up? Lol

  • GGeagle21

    Condolences man…I know what it’s like to lose your dad. My best to you and your family

  • ohitsdom

    Praying for you in the family Tommy, sorry for your loss…

    As for the harsh words, Jimmy is a real jerk sometimes.

  • My thoughts an prayers are with you and your family, Tommy.

  • miked718

    You’re a good man Tommy, your Dad sounds like he was a good man too. I hope your family makes it through this difficult time okay.

  • knighn

    Tommy / GoEagles99,

    I have been a fan of your writing and reviews for a long time. It started out on the EMB. At first I was like: “Who is this guy writing these incredible long game reviews and why is everyone reading them?!” Then I read one. And another one. What became clear to me, quickly, is that you know an awful lot about football. Your weekly reviews became “must-read” material. However, one of things that impressed me most was not your knowledge, but your demeanor on the EMB. I never saw you put down another message board member, regardless of how ignorant that member was. You were also incredibly generous with your time, answering questions as much as humanly possible. It’s a trait that has followed you through your numerous articles, sites and blogs. You are good people, Tommy.

    It has been many years since I’ve regularly spent time on the EMB. In that time I have been happy to see that the Philadelphia Eagles finally gave you your own column, and I was even happier to find that you have plenty of other material out on the Internet. Years later, your postings are still “must read” material.

    I am incredibly sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my own father, unexpectedly, 18 years ago, before my 21st birthday. It was the toughest thing that I have dealt with in my entire life. Years later, it’s still tough to recall, but it has also become easier to remember other parts of my Dad’s life, both the good times and the bad. I am thinking and praying about you and your family. Please grieve however you need to grieve. If you feel like you need to be here, we’ll be happy to keep reading whatever you have to say. If you feel like you need some time away: no worries – you have been taking care of fans in need of an Eagles fix for years. You deserve as much time as you need and then some. We’ll all be here whenever you get back.
    God Bless You And Your Family,
    Jon / Knighn

  • Tommy,

    I went through a similar thing four years ago. I have a picture of my dad by my desk, and think of him often and try to live up the the standards he set.

    He too chose badly with football and was a niners fan. (40-8 was a great day) In his later years he secretly cheered for the Eagles for me.

    Anyways, hang tough and remember you were really blessed to be able to spend the time with him in his last days. He was blessed with that as well, there is nothing a father wants more.

    When you get fully back we still won’t know what defense we are running, Megan Fox and cold PBR will still be here waiting.


  • Tommy, I’m so sorry for your loss. The thoughts and prayers of Eagles nation are with you.

  • Daz

    Tommy, thoughts are with you and your family – I hope the Aussie-ism translates: 71 is a very decent innings for your pa and that’s something you can be proud of 🙂 take your time mate, we’ll all be here if you need us.

  • zphilly

    So sorry Tommy. I know how hard that struggle is. Thoughts are with you and your family.

  • grn_mtn_phan

    My heart truly goes out to you Tommy boy. I will share a small story with you about my father & I. I lost my dad when I was 22. We butted heads about NEARLY EVERYTHING. Everything EXCEPT our beloved birds. When they played, all our baggage was stowed. My name is Tommy also

  • Dominic

    Long time reader, infrequent poster, but just wanted to pass along my condolences for your loss, Tommy.

  • dislikedisqus

    Wow. Tommy, i am so sorry for your loss. And even more amazed at how you managed to continue to provide so many insights as your personal tragedy unfolded. My heart goes out to you. I am glad your father’s last days were as you report. Hang in there.

  • John_C

    So sorry for your loss, Tommy. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  • Wilbert M.

    Tommy – my prayers are with you. And, the Eagles should keep Dion Lewis and find a way to use him. He has talent and could be a playmaker.

  • From a loyal follower, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours Tommy.

  • willk

    Very sorry for your loss Tommy.

  • Alastair Lucas

    Hi Tommy,

    I am an Eagles fan from Scotland and have followed your blog for a while now. Your opinion on the team is always the first I seek out. I’ve never posted before but felt compelled today when I read why you’ve been inactive. I’m sorry to hear your sad news, sounds like your dad was a really good man.

    My dad is British but lived in Lancaster Pennsylvania for two years, he graduated from high school there. That’s why I’m an Eagles fan, I got my love for the game from him. Sport and your father are an important part of any young boy’s life. Football is truly one of the greatest team games on earth. As a fan you should check out Rugby League which is played in the north of England and Australia. My dad also had cancer, he lived to tell the tale though so I’m thankful for that.

    Thank you for all your Eagles news from over the years, please keep up the good work.

    Alastair Lucas

  • Ark87

    Sorry for your loss. My Grand Dad was the exact same type of fan when it came to pro football. When I was young I would pester him relentlessly, how do you not have a favorite team!? He would then inform me that he does too have a favorite team, I’d ask who, he’d ask me who the cowboys were playing this week. He was much more passionate about college ball, though.

    You’ve been an amazing thinker and writer on Eagles football and it’s been a blessing to have you. But this is family, sorting through it all comes first. We’ll be here to talk about football, funyuns or whatever else if it helps if you need us.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss Tommy. Thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. We’ll be here when you feel you are ready to come back. Your Dad sounded like a really cool person.

  • Charlie Lindlar

    Like a lot of other people, read a lot but haven’t commented before now… But this is completely awful TL. Take your time, sorry for your loss, we all look forward to having you back and giving us opinions-we-can-pretend-are-totally-our-own when you’re ready!

  • Jason Sweger

    Thoughts and prayers, thankful for all your hard work but take your time. We all understand!

  • aceandson

    Deepest condolences. It’s a pain most of us have or will share but no one can really understand another’s loss.

    The great void doesn’t get filled, but know that your friends -both real and internet friends -all provide little beams to support the edges of the hole.

  • Kun-han Lee

    i’m sorry for your loss

  • Arby1

    My condolences, Tommy! I also lost my dad at 71 which is way too young, but at the same time, I’m grateful for all the time I had with him. Like some of the other posters, we shared a love of the Eagles and watching games together was one of the main ways we bonded. I’m glad you had and took the time to be with your father over this last month and that he didn’t suffer long. All best, my friend.
    And a shout out to all the other posters who are offering up their great stories and best wishes! You are all a tribute to Tommy and the great community he’s created here at Iggles Blitz.

  • Jonzee72

    Losing a parent sucks major ass. All the best to you and yours, Tommy.

  • the midatlantic

    Tommy, so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. In my thoughts.

  • D3Center

    Sorry for your loss Tommy.

  • I’m sorry for your loss, Tommy.

    I’ve been reading your writing for a while, and I feel like I know you. So, after reading this, I felt really sad. My condolences.
    I wish there was something we could all do for you…

    Stay strong, brother. Take care.

  • Cafone

    I think the Dion Lewis thing is a pretty clear indication that Chip is a one Dion kind of guy and we’re drafting Dion Jordan.

    Sorry to hear about your father Tommy. Dying is just one very small part of a long life. Remember the good stuff.

  • P_P_K

    Hey brother, so sorry for your loss. I’d bet your Dad is proud he raised a son like you. Check it out– on an Eagles blog, there’s over 100 guys who take the time to tell you they care more about you as a person than about their football news. Your old man did something right. Take care of yourself during these tough times.

  • So, so, sorry, Tommy. I hope that you know everyone on here, thinking about you and praying for you, is doing it because of the community you built. We wouldn’t be here without you. Your father did a great job on the most important job he had, and I know we all thank him for it.

  • ScouseEagle


    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure I can talk for everyone here when I say we hope you are well and you take your time to grieve however you want. If writing helps we will all be here to read but if you just can’t face it right now then take as much time as you need. Your writing is appreciated across the globe and we will all happily wait for you to post again whenever you see fit.

    • jshort

      Ahhhh! The new Nike official officials uniform……Love it.

      Very sorry about your loss. Knew something was wrong. Read your post this morning, made me realize how much I appreciate having both my parents. went up to visit them after work today. There both 90. Thanks Tommy.

  • slandog

    Sorry to hear about your father Tommy. Take the time you need, you’re doing all of us a favor by doing this blog.

    Family always comes first be with them, your Eagle family will be here when you get back. Again, sorry for your loss.

  • ScouseEagle

    Sorry for the multiple zebra pics, I just joined disqus so I could post my condolences and I was trying to make it my avatar. Oops

  • My condolences to you and your family Tommy and sorry for your loss.

  • My condolences, Tommy. God bless.

  • HazletonEagle

    Tommy, Im so sorry to hear of your loss. Im glad that you got to have that good day with your dad before it happened. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • Robert Bowen

    I’m very sorry for your loss Tommy.

  • Sorry to hear that brother – I will be thinking about you – keep the faith

  • Tommy,

    I have been a reader here everyday for the last 1-2 yrs. Sorry to hear about your dad. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

  • Your father may not have been an Eagles fan, but he sure did something right, seeing as how there is NO ONE that covers the Eagles better than his son (and I, like most of your readers, read them all). I second everything all the other commenters said. It feels like we know you. So sorry for your loss.

  • dropscience

    Very sorry for your loss, Tommy.

  • wilbertmontgomery

    My heart goes out to you Tommy. Keep your chin up. Thoughts and prayers coming from the Virginia Birds fans!

  • My condolences, Tommy.

    Take all the time you need. We (your loyal readers) will always be here. Family comes first. God bless.

  • I am sorry to hear your about your loss Tommy. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • I have been a long time reader but never much of a commenter on your site. After hearing about your father passing I wanted you to know that you have my sincere condolences. I recently lost my own father a few months ago to liver disease, so I understand all too much how painful of a time this can be. You have been a pillar of the Eagles fan community for years now, and from one fan to another I hope you can recover from this terrible time sooner rather than later. Best wishes.

  • pkeagle


    First of all, I’d like to offer my condolences at this very sad time.
    I grew up in a sports mad family though as a kid in 80s Ireland, soccer, hurling and rugby were the sports.
    I got into Football (the U.S. kind) around ’86 when British tv started broadcasting the NFL and as I had relatives in Philly, the choice was obvious.
    My dad never got into football but, like you, he understood the pain of seeing me suffer in the late 80s and early 90s when the eagles had the talent but couldn’t put it all together.
    Time passed by, I moved to the UK and then France but when we talked on the phone, sport was always the second topic after family.

    He died 3 years ago on a flight to Paris to visit me and my wife when his pacemaker stopped working – it was faulty and my mother received a product recall letter one week after he died.
    Basically, I just wanted to say that in life, things often don’t go the way we want – but to love and be loved is the most important thing we can experience.

    Stay strong, and know that all your fans and eagles supporters from around the world are thinking of you at this difficult time.

  • T_S_O_P

    Your posts and topics have always invited friendship as much as they have invited conversation or debate. That comes from who you are and through that you reflect well on your family. Your an amazing person Tommy and I wish you every strength for Saturday.

  • Always Hopeful

    Tommy, you have been a bridge from me just being a fan, but to being a fan who has little more knowledge and understanding of the game and team I love. I have always appreciated that you wear your fan-hood on your sleeve, yet continue to provide tempered, humorous and insightful analysis. Not to mention you are very good at telling stories!

    We’ve never met but I feel like we know you! Know that many of us will have you and your family in our prayers. Prayers of thanksgiving for your relationship with your dad, for how he’s impacted your life and the lives of all he knew, and prayers that you and all who love him would be comforted.

    It’s nice for all of us to have Eagles football as a distraction but, I am grateful that you know you have a community here that cares about you as a person, and you knew you could share with us this part of your journey.

    I don’t post on here EVER but, I check in multiple times a day to read articles and comments. Do what you need to do for yourself and your family and continue your good work with your multiple sites when you’re ready. God’s peace to you and you family.

    My screen name is Always Hopeful because that’s how I feel about the Eagles. I have to combat my learned Negadelphia mindset. Your articles and analysis are one of the ways I fight!

  • Hey Tommy, thanks for all your hard work creating such a great site for us Eagles fans to buzz around. I don’t know you or your family personally, but I’m still sorry to hear of your loss and I think it sounds like your dad was a really good guy.

  • brza

    I’m sorry for your loss. I hope you take as much time as you need. We can all understand.

  • mrkaplan

    I’m sorry about your loss, brother.

  • Chet

    Hi Tommy, let me just echo many other people on here: read your stuff for years but have never commented. I really appreciate the work you do and the way you write. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family. Blessings to you as you remember, grieve, and celebrate your dad’s life…

  • tdilla

    Thoughts with you and your family, I hope you can take the necessary time to reflect on his life and celebrate the fact that he lived and not lament the fact he died.

    A football question to hopefully get your mind off of things: Chip is bringing his new philosophy to the Eagles, and the general buzz seems to be quite positive. But with any veterans, there will always be those guys stuck in their ways and unable to adapt. Which Eagles veterans do you see having the most trouble adapting to the new system? Is it possible they hit the street, even as talented players?

  • Homer Frizzell

    My condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Michael Riccardi

    Condolences on your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Tommy. Thanks so much for relating a couple of stories about you and your dad, and reminding many of us of ours.

  • short bus

    Tommy, did your Dad truly recognize how many people read your columns every day and how influential you are? I’m thinking that he’s as proud as ever of his son and that he’ll continue to maintain a guiding hand as you continue on. God Bless.

  • Tom from Hungary


    I have been a long time reader of your site. I would like to offer you my condolences. I also want you to know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you and that I appreciate all the work you have done on Iggles Blitz. I wish you the best in life!

  • Jay Ernst

    My sincerest condolences, Tommy. Thank you so much for sharing that lovely story about you and your dad growing up. Cherish the fact that you had such a fantastic dad that you could look up to like that.

  • tdilla

    Supposedly an NFC scout said JaMarcus Russell is likely to get another shot this year. He reported a few teams with QB issues were following his comeback…any chance its the Eagles?

  • PK_NZ

    sorry for your loss, take all the time you need… wouldn’t think there’s major developments before the draft

  • I’d like to offer my condolences as well from another who reads your work religiously but has never posted. When I read the beginning of the post about Dion Lewis and saw 140 comments I thought that was a bit of an over reaction by the Eagle community. After reading the complete post the responses made sense and attest to the respect we all have for you and and your wonderful writing

  • Hey Tommy,

    Thanks so much for your daily posts. I’m from Melbourne, Australia. When I wake up every morning I read your blog post on my phone in bed. It’s a nice way to let my brain slowly wake up.

    I’ve never lived in America but I’ve fallen in love with the Eagles, just always felt drawn to them. Thanks for being so generous with your time and sharing your endless passion.

    Sending love,

  • Eagles1991

    Tommy: you and your family will be in my prayers. If there is anything ANYTHING that you or your family needs from Jacksonville Florida please let me know Sir.

  • BreakinAnklez

    Tommy….sorry for your loss buddy. Take this time to spend with your family. Remember the good times and celebrate the life your father led…we’ll survive and still be here when your ready to come back. In the meantime we’ll go start raggin that Kempski fool.

  • bigspanish

    Tommy my prayers are with you and your family.. Take care

  • Regardless of what we feel about you Tommy, we all love you and are here for you. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you.

  • JJ_Cake

    Just logged in from a bit of a hiatus to read about the loss of your Dad. Sorry to hear about it Tommy. I’m glad to know that it was relatively quick and painless. I’m sure your Dad treasured every moment you spent with him over the past month and was proud of how you’ve got a big following of Eagle fans.

  • Guest

    Tommy, my dad is 85 and I dread the day when I get the phone call. My condolences for your loss.

  • I’m extremely sorry for your loss but I’m proud of how you are soldiering on. You take as much time you need to grieve and don’t worry about our belly-aching about free knowledge and entertainment you provide. Take care of your family and we’ll be here when you feel up to it. Peace and blessings.

  • Ron

    Hey Tommy. So sorry to hear about your loss. Take time to yourself….this will always be here.

  • Swifty

    Very sorry to read that news Tommy. I’ve never posted on here but felt the need to offer condolences. Keep your head up man and take all the time you need. Being with family will help. Appreciate all the hard work you do for this site and the other sites.

  • Dwell on the good times. Loss is a challenging part of life. it is difficult. The gift we have as humans is memory.

    You made the right decision and focused on family during his sickness. Now celebrate the memories at his memorial with loves ones who will appreciate it. Your writing reveals a sense of humor and character. Celebrate that gift. Share great experiences you had your dad and celebrate life. All the best.

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    I am sorry for your loss. I hope you get through this difficult time in short order.

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