When I stopped blogging, one of the things I considered doing instead was a mid-summer Eagles preview piece that I'd sell for a couple bucks. I still kind of wish I'd done it, but realistically the time just was never going to be there.
So a few months ago when Brian Solomon approached a bunch of Eagles writers about putting the Eagles Almanac together, I of course said, "Yeah, don't have time for that."
Brian really didn't take 'no' for an answer, though, so I ended up contributing a few shorter pieces that, in retrospect, are almost embarrassingly meager next to the other essays in the book.
If you're an Eagles fan, you really have to buy the Almanac. There will be other season previews, like the irreplaceable Football Outsiders Almanac and all the stuff the Daily Inquirer News will publish. And it's not like this will be the only place to read what folks like Brian, Mike Tanier, Sheil Kapadia, Tommy Lawlor, Jason Brewer, Jimmy Kempski, Tom McAllister and even occasional blogger Sam Lynch have to say about the team. (It is pretty much the only game in town for the casual humor stylings of the artist formerly know as bountybowl.)
But these pieces are really good; they're really fun to read next to each other (the juxtaposition of Tom and Gabe's essays is an impish move by Brian); and they're exactly the topics Eagles fans would want to read about, which makes sense since all the writers are Eagles fans.
So go buy it. It's five bucks. You won't regret it.
As a final note: It might not look like it terms of the amount of text I produced, but I actually did a LOT of stats work when I was putting my little pieces together. If you read my deals and think "I wonder if he looked at ..." -- I probably did. As a service to readers (of the book, not the blog, those are long gone) I can answer follow-up questions here.