What is the point of this blog?
Posted by Derek
Whenever I come across a random blog – usually as a result of a fact-finding Google search – my first question is always: “Why is this person writing this blog?” There are only three possible answers:
1. The author possesses specialized professional or personal knowledge and has decided that a blog is an excellent way to share that passion and connect with people who have similar interests.
2. The author is a frustrated writer who really, really liked creative writing class in high school and in an earlier time would have been a journaling devotee.
3. Or, the author really just likes to hear herself talk.
In my experience, the breakdown among the three categories is approximately 10% / 30% / 60%. And yes, the boundary between categories two and three is a bit fuzzy.
What this means, however, is that I venture into this forum semi-apologetically. Starting a blog at this point is a bit like signing up for swing dancing lessons five years after Jon Favreau and Heather Graham zipped around the dance floor in Swingers. It’s been done, you know?
But the problem is there’s a vacuum here. Not of content, but of perspective.
Beginning with training camp and continuing through the playoffs, tens of thousands of words will be written about the Philadelphia Eagles. I will read most of them. And there’s a gathering consensus that the Eagles of 2006-07 are a bunch of has-beens. Their window has closed, the division has moved past them and we should all just accept their new mediocrity.
That is stupid. Or rather, the reasoning that leads to that conclusion has been undermined by a number of common fallacies (more about them later).
So the short-term purpose of this blog is to take on those arguments and show instead why this is setting up to be a truly historic season for this franchise. Beyond that, we’ll play it by ear.
Fly Eagles Fly, baby.