Geez, did I ever pick the wrong weekend to go on a roadtrip with the Birds. The parade photos from the 2-1-5 looked appropriately glorious. Sorry to have missed it.
In the interim, merry has been made in the Pacific Northwest. I'm happy to say that my blogging has suffered due to travel -- lots of fun to be had, not so much time at the puter. I've barely even had time to stalk the Eagles at the team hotel! And with an early start planned for tomorrow (PST gets you up early for football -- especially if you've got elaborate pre-game plans), well, I can't imagine that's going to change (nor should it!).
With that in mind, I figured it's probably best to file a game prediction this evening. Before the season started, I assumed the Eagles would lose this game -- long flight, traditionally tough opponent, and Holmgren seems to own his Paduwan (did I spell that right?) over the past few seasons. Quite a bit has changed since then, mostly relating to the Nerdbirds getting hit by wave after wave of badness. While I still haven't gotten a good answer in re: "I get why the offense is crap this year, but shouldn't the defense be better," no one out here has insisted that this team is actually better than their record. Lots of empty stares and shakes of heads. This is a game and an opponent for the taking. The Birds need to win this game if they expect to be taken seriously. I don't think it'll be easy (it rarely is), but I think the Eagles can make this happen a long way from home: Eagles 24, Nerdbirds 13.