Rough Sunday for Philly Dream Teams
Sometimes, it would appear, you don’t necessarily get what you paid for.
Case in point, Philadelphia’s professional football and baseball teams. On Sunday the Eagles blew a 20-point third quarter lead against the offensively challenged San Francisco 49ers and fumbled away their hopes for a late rally when receiver Jeremy Maclin was hit by Justin Smith and coughed the ball up. San Francisco’s Dashon Goldson recovered the fumble with 2:06 remaining. The 49er offense then secured the one first down necessary to be able to run out the clock. Game over. That was followed by more frustration for Philadelphia sports fans when the vaunted Phillies, with Cliff Lee on the mound, let a 4-0 lead slip away to the St. Louis Cardinals and lost, 5-4, to tie their playoff series at one game apiece.
The Eagles spent lavishly in the off-season and so far are seeing little payback, starting the season 1-3. But Sunday’s loss at home was particularly painful. As Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan put it:
The only thing worse than a bad football team is a bad, expensive football team. After their appalling effort and miserable performance Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, the Eagles are just that.
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The Phillies, picked by most prognosticators to advance to the World Series after signing Lee for a hefty $120 million over five years, had the best record in baseball during the regular season. But in his first shot to prove his playoff worth, Lee failed to do the job. The Inquirer’s Bob Brookover had this to say in a blog post:
…the possibility now exists that Lee will have to live with Game 2 as his final and lasting memory of the 2011 season. Rest assured, he did not pass on more money in New York because he thought he’d come to Philadelphia and pitch one poor postseason game that could change the course of the Phillies’ entire season.
At least QB Michael Vick pleased his fantasy football owners with a monster stat line: 2 TD passes, 416 yards passing and 75 yards rushing. And the porous Eagles’ defense helped San Francisco’s Frank Gore break out of a season long slump with 127 yards on just 15 carries, including the game winning TD. 49er QB Alex Smith posted season-best stats as well with 291 yards passing, two TDs and no turnovers.
I’m pretty sure that wasn’t what Eagles’ coach Andy Reid was looking for.
Welcome to the hot seat, Andy.
More from the web:
Has Cliff Lee’s magic worn off - Mark Townsend (Yahoo Sports blog)
Frustrated Vick: ‘Over my dead body’ - Les Carpenter (Yahoo Sports)