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Monday, September 26, 2005
Impressions of the Eagles Game No wonder people tailgate. You need all those calories to walk from your Siberian parking space then up all those ramps to your seat. ... Saw a customized No. 5 Eagles jersey that instead of "McNabb" read "I AM DRUNK." ... Section 207 was par for the coarse (pardon the pun). Every time someone in Raiders attire trudged up the steps, the locals kept chanting a term for a nether orifice. The smart victims just smiled back, as if to say, "That's OK. I know you boo your dog, too." ... Fans even compete at spelling E-A-G-L-E-S. "Helmetman" led 207's enthusiastic letter-yelling. But when a similar attempt was mounted by a section across the stadium's corner cutout, 207 booed them and their pudgy green-faced leader who had caps pinned on his back. ... As for the game itself, yo, Andy Reid, you need a much better plan B for kickoffs than Mike Bartrum! ... And, yo, Joe Banner, pay Brian Westbrook! (That's him celebrating a TD above.) His receiving skills make him MORE valuable than mere rushers and you know it. ... Finally, Andy, have you figured out yet that running to the outside works much better with Westbrook than going up the middle? Too bad, you didn't realize it in the Super Bowl.