Monday, August 04, 2008

Nice Weekend for Phils; The Shawn Andrews Mystery

- Nice weekend for the Phils, taking 2 of 3 from St. Louis, including last night's come from behind 5 - 4 win. Shane Victorino is playing real good baseball right now and it looks like our boy Chase Utley is getting his timing back. Joe Blanton pitching 7 innings of 1 run ball was a good sign as well.

- Great article in the Inquirer yesterday from Bob Ford about Shawn Andrews. He's a big hearted, sensitive kid, but that can work against you at times if you're an NFL lineman.

This is one of the few times I'm happy with Andy Reid's strategy of stockpiling linemen through the draft, because it sounds like Max Jean-Gilles is more than holding his own in Andrews' spot while Andrews sorts out just whatever his problem happens to be.

Had a chance to listen to Mark Eckel of the Trenton Times on 610 WIP yesterday in the car, and Eckel, who is as hard boiled as they get when it comes to NFL beat reporters, has no idea what is going on and actually has indicated he believes Andrews' agent when he says this is not related to Andrews' contract. This is, indeed, one of the stranger chapters in Eagle history and surely would be a bigger story, if not, for the Brian Westbrook and Lito Sheppard contract situations.

- Speaking of Shawn Andrews, I wonder if Andrews had anything to do with the water main break that occurred at Lehigh over the weekend, cancelling practice for the Eagles?

- Programming note: Finishing up a book review and a "by the numbers" Phils review for July.

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