Monday, September 12, 2005

The No-Ring Circus continues

What was Jeremiah Trotter thinking?

The Eagles linebacker walked over to Falcons defensive back Kevin Mathis and exchanged words. Trotter then pushed Mathis, who responded with a punch. Things escalated as players and officials joined to break up the fight.

The referees immediately ejected Trotter and Mathis.

If that wasn't enough, the Eagles gathered on the Falcon at midfield and the Falcons took offense. Both teams met at midfield in a large rugby scrum fighting for position.

Again, what was Trotter thinking?

Emotions or not, it was a stupid mistake.

Trotter ejected

Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter has been ejected from the game for a pregame incident with Falcons defensive back Kevin Mathis. Mathis also was ejected.

Quick hits

The Cowboys, Giants and Redskins all win on Sunday. Good start for the NFC East. The 'Boys' win in San Diego was very impressive.

After losing three straight to the Astros, the Phillies did what they had to do against the Marlins, taking two of three. Now, they have seven games in seven days against the Braves and Marlins. This is the real test.

TV ratings show the U.S. Open tennis tournament up 60 percent over last year. Put Andre Agassi in the same class as Tiger Woods for pushing the ratings needle.

Surprise, surprise: The 49ers and Dolphins win their openers. I wonder how many times they will on the same day the rest of the season.

Are you already tired of hearing the Notre Dame fight song? Great start for former Patriots offensive coordinator and Irish coach Charlie Weis, beating Pitt and Michigan on the road. Michigan State is next at South Bend.

Barry Bonds will be in the line up for the Giants tonight against San Diego. Do you care?

No Jeff Gordon in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. That doesn't seem right.

Randy Johnson gets a big win for the Yankees a day after Curt Schilling does the same for the Red Sox. It is good to see that a pair of aces can still win a hand.

I couldn't help noticing the Glaceau Vitamin Water ad on Page E7 of the Inquirer Monday sports section: "Thome vows to bring his "B" game." Don't bother, we've seen that already.

The Steelers get 161 yards rushing from Willie Parker. Maybe they don't need Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis.

St. Joe's Prep makes it two in a row in early season tests, beating St. Ignatius (Ohio), 28-14.

The Colts have a defense! The Colts have a defense! Nevermind, the Ravens don't have much of an offense.

Temple coach Bobby Wallace has to feel like the sky is falling. For the second consecutive game, the Owls have given up more than 60 points.

The Chiefs have a defense! The Chiefs have a defense! They came within 29 seconds of a shutout in a 27-7 victory over the Jets. If it's true, Kansas City could win the AFC West by Halloween.

It's great that Penn State is 2-0, but when do they play a football team?

Troy Vincent has two interceptions for the Bills in a 22-7 win over the Texas. How old is he again?

Hook'em Horns. No. 2 Texas, not used to winning big games, goes into Ohio State and makes a point against the fourth-ranked Buckeyes. When is that Oklahoma game, again.

Should the Flyers faithful be concerned that Peter Forsberg and Darien Hatcher will miss much of training camp with injury?

Game Day: Prediction time

It's game day!

The Eagles begin defense of their NFC title tonight against the Atlanta Falcons, the team they beat in January to get to the Super Bowl.

Will tonight's game inside the Georgia Dome resemble anything like last season's finale at the chilly Linc?

I think so.

The Eagles defense will once again be key, stopping Michael Vick the passer. Vick the runner will do better on the fast track and in the warmer temperatures, but it won't matter.

All eyes will be on Donovan and T.O. and they will put on a show. The Falcons did not get to see Owens last season as he was out with injury. The off-season circus will disappear on the field and the Eagles should win.

My prediction: Eagles, 23-14.

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