Another issue that has to be addressed outside the "official" review is how the 12th Man ceremony was handled last night. I don't know if it was the NFL Network's fault or if it was the Seahawks fault, but you don't kick the game off while you're introducing perhaps the greatest NBA player of all time in Bill Russell. I think Golden Tate was in awe since he forgot he was starting and they only had 10 guys on the field to start the drive and it ultimately resulted in an illegal shift penalty.
In any case, a great fun win at a chilly Seahawks Stadium last night. Thankfully we had Winterhook to keep us warm. Speaking of chilly, let's take a look back at last night through the chilly Minnesota winter portrayed in Grumpy Old Men.
"Kids; Can't live with them, can't shoot them.": I wonder if Andy Reid was thinking that to himself about Desean Jackson last night. Particularly if you look back at one of LeSean McCoy's runs late last night, had Jackson bothered to make a block, McCoy could have easily scored and then that makes that game completely different. Plus, only catching 3 balls isn't going to make the coach all that happy.
"Up yours, Gustafson.": I'm thinking Pete Carroll maybe had a private moment last night after the game where he was giving a big Up Yours to both Vince Young and the NFL Network for the hype about Young beating Carroll in the BCS Championship a few years back. Apparently Pete figured out a way to solve the Young puzzle, not that it's been all that tough lately. I also wanted to give a big up yours to the NFL Network "analysts" last night, all of whom (along with 77% of the nation) picked the Eagles to win. Really??!! No consideration that you've got a team coming across the country on a short week and playing in a pretty hostile place? Well, I'm always happy when we can tick off the nation and Vegas at the same time.
"Do me a favor. Put your lip over your head... and swallow.": Just to Eagles fans in general. You come into our house, start with your stupid "Fly, Eagles, Fly" song or the "E-A-G-L-E-S" chants??!! First, congratulations, you can spell, and that's only marginally harder than J-E-T-S. Second, if you're going to sing those, you best be prepared to wear it on the way out of the stadium when Hawks fans needle you with them.
"I've laid more pipe in this town than Wabasha Plumbing.": I wouldn't be surprised if both the Heater and Brandon Browner used that as a taunt last night after their escapades. True, I suggested earlier this year that Browner might have a better future working at Red Lobster. I take it back. While he may have more penalties than I'd like, he still makes plays. With Hawthorne, I blame him for my hoarse voice this morning. He took his sweet time running that interception back and that just meant we had to cheer longer. I'll take it though.
"John! John! Are you dead? Not yet. But I don't want to die looking at your ugly face.": While Mike Williams did pretty much nothing last night, at least he did dump Asomugha on his head, knocking him out of the game. Not to make fun of injury, but you do wonder if the Eagles staff asked him if he was dead. I certainly wouldn't want to die looking at Andy Reid's face either. If my death had to involve a Reid, I'd want to talk to his two kids and see what kind of