EaglesFanCast 59 – Big Fan Interview

Big Fan MovieA slight divergence from the normal EaglesFanCast podcast you all have come to expect. Hope you don’t mind!

We had the opportunity to have a chat with Robert Siegel, the Writer and Director of the new movie Big Fan, which will be hitting theaters in limited release only in New York and Philadelphia on Friday, August 28th. In Philadelphia it will be playing at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse, definitely go see it. Check the movie website for more cities and release dates.

Eric and I had a good time talking with Robert and learned more about this drama, his take on the characters, and how a New York sports bar was transformed into a Philly sports bar. Listen in, and if you go to see it, please let us know what you think!

Find out more about Big Fan at the movie’s official website.

We will be back again next week and talk about Michael Vick’s game debut for the Eagles after he plays in the preseason Jacksonville Jaguars game in Philly. Since he and Donovan McNabb are slated to play the first three quarters, we won’t have to wait for the regular season to find out how Coach Andy Reid plans to utilize Vick’s talents in our Offense.

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EaglesFanCast 58 – Michael Vick?

So the Philadelphia Eagles sign veteran quarterback and convicted felon Michael Vick last week.  The news rips into fans in a huge way, making national news, segmenting the loyal fanbase, and pushing all of the emotions of fans and non-fans of the Eagles and the NFL in general.  Anger, confusion, shock, disgust and acceptance flooded the print and online media.  We share our thoughts, and a bunch of emails that came in.  Thank you everyone!

What we talked about:

  • Michael Vick, yeah, that’s just about it

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Thoughts on Vick in Eagles Green

Michael VickI wasn’t at the Eagles preseason game against the Patriots last night.  I traded my ticket to Eric for his tickets and snagged my other seatmate’s ticket for the Jags game on August 27th. Thanks Chris, you rock!  I’m not one for preseason games anyway… give me the games that mean something.  So it seemed more interesting at home anyway, last night.  The game announcers were lame, but I do like hearing Hugh Douglas any time.  Then, I get a phone call from Todd, which at the time, couldn’t answer.  A text message follows shortly reading, “We got Michael Vick!!!!!”  My response to him, as about half the text messages I receive from Todd are less than serious, was resounding laughter.  Here’s the transcript:

Todd: We got Michael Vick!!!!!
Chuck: LOLOL
Todd: Fkn seriously! On my kids.
Chuck: I hate you
Todd: Why?
Todd: I am sooooo not lying!!!!!!
Chuck: For me 2nd guessing my team for a second
Todd: You really do not believe!!!
Chuck: No
Todd: Really… Mortenson just said it ESP fkn N!!!!
Chuck: Holy f***ing sh**

A few things from this little exchange…

  1. Todd was very excited about this news
  2. I didn’t believe it at all
  3. This was the reaction, or close to it, that swept through Philadelphia and Eagles fans all over the world.

Shortly after, Todd called me, and Eric called me (who heard it on the concourse at The Linc), and I started receiving texts from others.  Oh word spread quickly. I jumped on twitter to see the live reactions and participate in the conversation.  At first it was all anger.  I saw messages from fans denouncing their fandom.  I saw people denouncing the Eagles, I saw people denouncing the NFL, and I saw a lot of hatred for Michael Vick.  At a few times during the night, “Vick”, “Eagles” and other variations were the top trending topics on twitter.  I don’t recall ever seeing a sports-related topic get in the top ten trends.  It was instant mania.  Fans of our show wrote me asking me for my opinion.  Last night I didn’t have a solid one.  I was still in shock, and I didn’t know how to think about the whole thing.  Hell, I had all my barbs lined up for whatever team DID sign Vick, to be honest.

The Eagles making this move never crossed my mind.  First of all, Andy Reid has built a team of character players, always has.  Owner Jeff Lurie even talked about team and player character a few weeks ago!  Second of all, I figured the quarterback scheme was set.  With Donovan McNabb as the solid starter, future wunderkind Kevin Kolb as his backup, and reserve A.J. Feeley as the third string, I honestly didn’t think that would be shaken up.  Granted I’m not happy with this quarterback setup, except for McNabb.  Personally, Kolb has not impressed me, but as Eric has pointed out before, he’s inexperienced, and has been thrown into bad situations.  Feeley is definitely the weakest link of the three, and has not shown anything worthwhile since the 2002 season.  So the Eagles management made the decision to bring Vick in, that task is now done.  We, as fans, have to move on and accept it.

The arguments on both sides last night ranged from “Vick’s a scumbag, and I’ve lost respect for the Eagles and I will not be a fan any more!” to “Vick has done his time in prison, he has publicly repented, and the ASPCA has even agreed to his NFL reinstatement.”

Right now I’m still sorting it all out.   I’m very curious to also hear what Eric and Todd have to say about this.  Should this be this big a deal?  Obviously the news media and fans think so.

What I want to know is, what do YOU think?  Let us know in the comments below, or send us an email, or call us on our voicemail line.  We do this show as fans, so we want to hear your voice especially.  Bring it!

Two Years of EaglesFanCast

EaglesFanCast and Eagles CheerleadersHello Eagles Fans!! Today marks two years that EaglesFanCast has been on the RSS airwaves. Back then, three naive Eagles dorks sat down in front of microphones from their homes and talked about the team they love. Today, those same three dorks pretty much do the same thing. Only now, we have people listening! This past year we gained a whole lot of listeners, from all over the world. We’ve gained some friends out of this experience, and look forward to this coming year.

Thanks for sticking with us through the good times and the bad times of our beloved Eagles. As our loyal listeners know, Eric, Todd and I wear our hearts on our sleeves week in and week out, and you can hear our elation and joy, as well as our pain and frustration. We’re entering another exciting year of the podcast with a lot of promise, just like the Eagles.
A special thanks to Jason from Bleeding Green Nation, Tommy Lawlor from Fan-Demonium, and author Jeff Fekete for being on our shows this past year. Also, a huge thanks to all of our listeners, and especially those of you that participate by sending us emails, calling our voicemail line, leaving comments on the blog, and for leaving ratings and reviews in iTunes… that helps us be seen by more Eagles fans out there.

The photo is of Eric (left) and Chuck with a few of the very lovely Eagles Cheerleaders that were at Eagles Flight Night at Lincoln Financial Field this past Sunday evening. Todd found it more important to stay in California instead of flying East for the night, but obviously he’s the fool.

Well we’ll be back again next week with another show where we’ll talk about the latest Eagles news, such as the loss of Stewart Bradley, Juqua Parker’s arrest, Shawn Andrews’ injuries, Eagles Flight Night, and other preseason Eagles topics.  We’re looking forward to it.  Thanks again, you rock!