Philadelphia Eagles Suddenly Underdogs to Play in Miami

Written By Bob Cunningham On Friday, January 08, 2010

Guess who: One has carried his team on his back, the other has cost his dearly in the playoffs.

The influence that the media has on the thoughts and opinions of the masses is staggering. In fact, it's almost horrifying that reading or hearing the opinion of an "expert" will cause most people to fall in line with no thoughts of their own.

But, that's the world we live in today, isn't it? Whether it's right-wing ideologies on FOX News or left-wing ideologies on CNN, people will fall in line with anything that's being shouted loudly enough. Sports, football in particular, is no different.

Shout an opinion loudly enough on ESPN, Comcast, or NFL Network and most of the people within earshot will fall in line shouting the same opinion, nearly verbatim, at their office's water-cooler the next day.

So what's the popular opinion being shouted nowadays? Well, the Cowboys have already punched their ticket to Miami to play the Chargers in the Super Bowl.

Wait, what? We're talking about the same team that hasn't won a playoff game in two tries with this same head coach-quarterback combo, right? And they are playing a team that's been to five NFC Championship games in eight years, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2004?

Yes, that's what we're faced with, but the majority of "experts" are convinced that the Eagles just don't stack up to this team. Because, for some reason, there's something "different" about this Cowboys team.

Sure, the team is different here and there, but the leadership is still the same. It doesn't matter if you replace a team full of scrubs will all-stars, but keep the same leadership, you can expect about the same results from that team.

That's what has happened with the Dallas Cowboys. Sure, they may have upgraded in some areas, and downgraded in others, but as long as Tony Romo and Wade Phillips are the guys in Dallas, nothing will ever change.

Right about now, pessimistic Eagles fans are thinking the same thing about Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid. However, the difference is that Reid and McNabb have been somewhere and have accomplished something. Not to mention that more often than not those two are not the problem. In Dallas, Romo and Phillips are the problems.

So, even though the Super Bowl odds may be teetering away from the Birds for the moment, they'll find them right back in their favor once they take care of the underachieving Cowboys this Saturday in Dallas.

Oh, and just for good measure, I hope someone else spits on the star before, during, and after the game.


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