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January 13, 2004 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
It was the kind of mistake a rookie quarterback is expected to make. But not Brett Favre, future Hall of Fame member. It was a pass so carelessly thrown, so horribly aimed that the Green Bay Packers almost didn't try to explain it.
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January 11, 2004 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
For the citizens of Philadelphia, there is no success for their Eagles now except the Super Bowl. So excuse their muttering fear and collective disappointment when the Green Bay Packers (11-6) defeated Seattle in overtime to advance to an NFC semifinal meeting today against Philadelphia (12-4) at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphians were polled before last weekend's playoff games about the team they would least like to see play the Eagles. By over 90%, Green Bay was the choice.
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January 17, 2003 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
The reputation of Philadelphia Eagle fans grows. Some Tampa-area travel agencies specializing in package tours to sporting events have told clients they will not be sponsoring trips for Buccaneer fans to Philadelphia for Sunday's NFC championship game between the Eagles and Tampa Bay. BucFanTours, on its web site, posted a statement detailing its reasons for not running a trip to Veterans Stadium: "BucFanTours WILL NOT be doing a game package to Philadelphia.
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January 16, 2003 | Diane Pucin
It is the smell. Of cat urine, human urine. Of whatever it is the rats leave behind. It is the hardness. Of the turf, of the seams in the turf when you trip over them. Of the fans. And what they throw. The batteries. The iceballs. The snowballs with batteries in the middle. The bottles and cans and rocks. It is the noise. The obscenities. The boos, oh, the boos. For the visitors, of course. But for the home team too.
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January 16, 2003 | Diane Pucin
When the St. Louis Rams beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 29-24, in last year's NFC championship game, Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb left the losers' locker room to stand by himself and watch the Rams celebrate and receive a trophy. "I did that on purpose," McNabb said Wednesday. "It definitely is extra incentive. It was an emotional game for me and you get so close. Obviously, we didn't win the game. But you visualize us getting back to that spot again and doing it at [Veterans Stadium].
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January 15, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Sunday afternoon at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb will take a snap from center, drop back to pass and see a familiar face heading his way, the face of his big brother in high school, the face of his mentor through college and into the pros, the face of his off-season basketball partner and buddy. McNabb and Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive lineman Simeon Rice were teammates back at Chicago's Mt. Carmel High.
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January 12, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
There were some raised eyebrows when Andy Reid announced he was starting quarterback Donovan McNabb in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons even though McNabb had been out eight weeks because of a broken ankle. Bad move? Never doubt Reid. Not this season. The Philadelphia coach again made the right move as McNabb led the Eagles to a 20-6 victory.
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January 12, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
- When Michael Vick was a high-school senior being recruited by Syracuse, his host was Donovan McNabb. That convinced Vick to run the other way, headed instead for Virginia Tech. "I didn't want to walk in the same footsteps as him," Vick said. Saturday at Veterans Stadium, Vick again found McNabb in his path. And this time, there was nowhere to run.
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January 11, 2003 | Xs AND O's
Don't expect the Philadelphia Eagles to change their game plan for tonight's playoff game against Atlanta simply because quarterback Donovan McNabb has returned to the lineup. That's not Coach Andy Reid's style. As a disciple of the West Coast offense, Reid is a true believer in taking what the defense gives you and doesn't try to adapt his offense to fit personnel. Reid will script the same first 15 plays for mobile McNabb as he would have for more stationary third-stringer A.J.
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