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New EaglesFanCast Logo

We are thrilled to release our new logo for EaglesFanCast today! As I wrote about a few weeks ago, we are making changes to what EaglesFanCast is. We have already added on two new blog contributors, Holden and Steve, and one more that our podcast listeners will be familiar with very soon. They are excited to be part of EFC, and we could not be happier to have them involved.

The second thing that is happening is our new logo.  We loved the old one and it served us well for the first couple years, but it was looking dated and was in need of a makeover.  The original logo encompassed the helmet and the media player that symbolizes only a small part of what this new media space is.  We felt that moving forward with a completely new design would embody a unique style all our own.

Paul Muller, the man behind Puzzle Piece Productions, is a fellow podcaster, is out of Philadelphia and is, of course, a big Eagles fan.  I worked closely with Paul to bring this new design together, and he both spearheaded the concept based on the sketches I envisioned and supplied, and ran with it, developing a completely new look.  He was both patient and accommodating with my many changes and tweaks, and didn’t complain once!  LOL  I want to thank Paul for an amazing job, and we are psyched to finally show it off.

Besides the logo you see above, which will be for the overall EFC presence, there will be a secondary logo, shown at the right.  This will be used specifically for our podcast. This logo will be part of any of the sites and locations that are specific to the podcast show itself, such as on the iTunes Store, Zune Marketplace, TPS Radio, and any podcast directories we are listed in such as blubrry or Podcast Alley.

So tell us what you think!  If you like it, please also go visit Paul at his site, especially if you know of someone that needs logo and graphics work done.  Obviously he does a great job.

What Does It Take To Be A Champion?

A Champion. One who is clearly superior to all others. One who fights to defend or support a cause greater than one individual. Until as recently as 2008, “champion”, was a word hardly uttered when a Philadelphia sports team was mentioned. Yes, two seasons ago, the Phillies broke a long-standing streak of big-game losses which were beginning to seemingly ascend to the heavens. However, a fire still burns in the stomachs of fans in that city. A fire perhaps intensified by the immense success the Eagles franchise has enjoyed over the past decade:

Record? 103-56-1 in the regular season and 10-8 in the postseason. Pro Bowlers? 58. Highlight reel moments? An unbelievable amount . And lastly, Super Bowl victories? ZERO.

Scanning back over the decade we’ve just closed out, there are some truly amazing things that have taken place, but most of us feel that the few memories we still shake our heads over far outweigh the positive ones. True Eagles fans will tell you that they are proud of the Eagles for accomplishing the things they did, and everyone is gracious to Andy Reid for winning the team back the respect of the league. However, in this city, those achievements quite simply are not, and never ever will be, good enough.

The big picture is that despite having immense success, the Eagles have become, in effect, the poor man’s Buffalo Bills of the 1990’s. Almost worse than losing 4 Super Bowls is facing the realization that you were good, pretty damn good in fact, but you just weren’t quite good enough to have anyone remember you. This is, in my opinion, the end of an era for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Yes, we do still have Andy Reid press conferences to look forward to for at least four more years, but the youthful energy and enthusiasm that carried this team in the early 00’s is clearly gone. Replaced, instead, by a stale, burdened look that seems to suffocate the veteran members of the team. It seems as though players such as Donovan McNabb are being squeezed like the last ounce of toothpaste out of the tube. It may be that his time is up here, but that is a different discussion for another day. Overall, the chances the Eagles have let slip through their fingers (literally and figuratively) over the past ten years have increased the never-ending desire of us, the often ridiculed and misunderstood, yet unwavering and passionate, fans, for a championship.

So, naturally, as I was looking back at the New Orleans Saints recent victory over the favored Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, I found myself wondering, what made the Saints different from the Eagles teams that almost won it all? What is the recipe for a Super Bowl Champion?

This, along with many other questions, will begin to be answered next week as the first installment of the series is posted. Look for “Part I: Building A Champion” to be posted soon.

Have a great EAGLES day everyone!

What I Bring To the Table

Birds Fans,

Holden Fulco here, and I’m proud to say that I am a newly minted contributer to EaglesFanCast. This is the first of what I hope will be many more posts to come, so I just wanted to give a few details on what I hope to bring to the blog.

First of all, I am an Eagles fan, through and through. I truly believe that as a “displaced” fan from Louisiana, I have a unique viewpoint on and a great appreciation for the football team we all bleed green for. I aim to bring a southern flair and a little bit different perspective on anything and everything that involves the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as provide some useful historical background for anything that I may ramble about on the website.

My philosophy is that history repeats itself until changes are made, so, with the conclusion of the Super Bowl just over a week ago, my first series of posts will be titled: “The Perfect Recipe: What Does It Take To Be A Champion.” This will be an in-depth look at past successes and failures of the Eagles over the decade, as well as the winning formula for that elusive Lombardi Trophy.

That’s all I have for now. Thanks again to Chuck, Eric and Todd for this amazing opportunity. You can look for the first installment of “The Perfect Recipe” by this weekend.

GO BIRDS!

And They’re Off!

Literally, it seems, they’re off… off to a very questionable start.  Who?  Of course the Eagles front office and how they’re dealing with free agency.

Here’s the losses as of 7:00pm Friday (EST):

Staying?

Acquired?

More than some questionable calls on this list, don’t you think?  Dawkins is no longer an Eagle… how does THAT feel?  I’m scratching my head, and hoping that they start to make some sense very very soon.  So with Andrews coming, that means we’ll say goodbye to Runyan soon as well.  Not sure about you, but this is starting out rather odd to me. Hope things improve, because right now, I’m extremely bummed about losing Dawkins.

We’ll see.

Eagles On The Net After Win Over Giants

There is a lot being written about our Philadelphia Eagles after their Playoff victory over the New York Giants yesterday.  From other Eagles bloggers, to news sites, below are some of those that I came across today.  All of a sudden there’s respect for the Eagles again.  We should have gained that respect back after the win over Dallas, not the win over the Giants.  In my humble opinion, the Giants were not the same team that they were when they clinched the NFC East.  It was all there, but no one paid attention.

This Eagles team is now playing at the level every fan KNEW they could play at.  This is why so many of us fans (including all three of us here on EFC) were calling for Andy Reid’s head earlier in the season.  THIS is what we expected from this talented group of players… and Reid changed that.

Programming Note: Because of scheduling conflicts -cough- Todd -cough- we won’t record Episode 49 until Wednesday evening.  So look for it late Wednesday or early Thursday morning.  I really wanted to do it last night, but getting all three of us together is not all that easy!  So please hang in there with us.

If you’ve found some other articles I’ve missed, I’d love to read them.  Enter them in a comment for the rest of us.

“Let’s Book Eagles for Tampa” on ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=3825769&sportCat=nfl

Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/peter_king/01/11/divisionals/index.html

“McNabb’s Message: Eagles Are For Real” on NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/12/sports/football/12eagles.html?_r=1&ref=sports

“Eagles Beat Giants, 23-11, Advance to NFC Title Game” on Bleeding Green Nation
http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2009/1/11/716977/eagles-beat-giants-23-11-a

“Not Just in Philly” on Bleed Eagles Green
http://www.bleedeaglesgreen.com/2009/01/not-just-in-philly.html

Birds Beat Giants, Soar On To Arizona For NFC Championship” on The 700 Level
http://www.the700level.com/2009/01/philly-beats-ne.html

“Down Go the Champs! Eagles Advance to the NFC Championship” on Inside the Iggles
http://insidetheiggles.com/2009/01/11/down-go-the-champs-eagles-advance-to-nfc-championship/

“Big Win” on Tommy Lawlor’s Eagles Blitz
http://eaglesblitz.blogspot.com/2009/01/big-win.html

“Title Defense Falls Short As Eli, Offense Fall Short” on NYPost.com
But the best here is, the front page yelled: “Champs to Chumps”
http://www.nypost.com/seven/01122009/sports/giants/title_defense_ends_as_eli__offense_fall__149774.htm

“Stonewall Johnson’s Troops Carrying Eagles” on Philly.com by Rich Hoffman
http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20090112_Rich_Hofmann__Stonewall_Johnson_s_troops_carrying_Eagles.html

“Suddenly, McNabb and Eagles Looking Super” on Philly.com by Phil Sheridan
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20090112_Phil_Sheridan__Suddenly__McNabb_and_Eagles_looking_Super.html

“Just Call NFC Championship the Disbelief Bowl” on MSNBC.com
http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/28609389/

“Eagles Beat Giants, 23-11, Advance to NFC Championship” on CBS3.com
http://cbs3.com/topstories/Eagles.Giants.buckhalter.2.905360.html

“McNabb, Eagles Beat Giants, Reach NFC Title Game” on Comcast Sportsnet
http://comcastsportsnet.stats.com/multisport/recap.asp?lg=NFL&g=20090111019