I was very disappointed to see that the Eagles were embarrassed by the NFL's worst team today. I hate to say this, but the Eagles looked dead today. This is a slap in the face to the memory of Jimmy Johnson, Philly's late defensive coordinator. He was rolling in his grave after seeing this performance. And you know those pink ribbons, and such the Eagles wore for cancer research this month? The Eagles should've worn pink after this perfomance, because they played like sissies. Oh, I have something for the Donovan McNabb fans after the jump.
McNabb's performance today actually happened 6 years to the month of this:Eagles vs Raiders coverage
Today in Philly Sports History: Limbaugh Resigns from ESPN Over McNabb Controversy, 2003
It's kind of crazy to think that there was a time when infamously cantankerous right-winger (the political kind, not the hockey kind) Rush Limbaugh was a colleague of Stuart Scott and Chris Berman, but during the 2003 NFL season, the one-time Kansas City Royals promo director was given a shot at football commentary on ESPN. It didn't last terribly long, however, as he quickly landed in hot water for racially questionable comments made about Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well," quoth Limbaugh. "McNabb got a lot of the credit for the performance of the team that he really didn't deserve." Those who do not learn from Jimmy the Greek are doomed to repeat his failings, and on October 1st, 2003, Limbaugh resigned from ESPN as a result of his comment's fallout.
"It's somewhat shocking to hear that on national TV from him," McNabb had said in response to Limbaugh's controversial remarks. "It's not something that I can sit here and say won't bother me." Meanwhile, racial insensitivity was not the only thing Limbaugh was attracting attention for in October 2003, as it was also at the height of the drama caused by the criminal probes he faced as a result of his addiction to painkillers. Let's just say that when it came time to replace Tony Kornheiser on Monday Night Football this year, there's a reason ESPN opted to go the Jon Gruden route instead of reaching out to Don Imus.
Of course, both Rush and DMac eventually rebounded nicely from the mess, Limbaugh recently receiving the Conservative Political Action Conference's "Defender of the Constitution" award, and McNabb going to three further NFC Championship games.
Next week, the Eagles will be on ESPN. Let's hope today's debacle compare to the above story.