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Monday, November 21, 2005

Talk About It ...
Do Curses Excuse Eagles?
Or Are Curses Excuses?
Donovan McNabb's done for the season. So is Lito Sheppard, coach Andy Reid just announced at his noon news conference. More. Yikes. Is this team jinxed or what? You've heard the eerie trend: No Super Bowl loser in 10 years has won a playoff game the following year. The Eagles seem a sure bet to keep the streak going.
Which makes you wonder about two other curses: Donovan McNabb pictured on Madden NFL 06, and McNabb with T.O. on a September Sports Illustrated cover. (Story's ironic title: "Turmoil? What Turmoil?") After all, look at all the bad luck: Todd Pinkston and Correl Buckhalter lost. Jerome McDougal shot. McNabb and David Akers playing hobbled.
This give you hope for next year? Maybe this horrible year is just a fluke. Lumping all this bad luck and discontent into one season could be a good thing. Maybe lessons will be learned, bodies and minds healed, needed new talent acquired for 2006.
Or, do you say, sorry, curses are just excuses? Management let T.O. stew, let Corey Simon go, let McNabb and Akers play too much, let Derrick Burgess flee without getting a good replacement at defensive end, let the game plans go awry.

What do you think? Post comments here. Or vote in a poll about the team's playoff chances.


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