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The New Eagles’ Apologist

August 25th, 2012 by Christian | Comments Off on The New Eagles’ Apologist | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Give Me Some Pom-Poms!

 With the departure of Howard Eskin from the sports radio landscape (thank you God!), a new leader has emerged in the Eagles’ apologist camp: Ike Reese.  Ironically, Reese was Eskin’s last on-air partner at WIP.

This morning, while listening to the Mike & Ike Show during my twenty minute ride to work, I heard Reese apologizing for Eagles’ defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and Michael Vick (his favorite).  About Castillo, Reese stated (paraphrasing) that Castillo isn’t the one ‘missing tackles’ and ‘hitting people late.’  Thankfully, Michael Barkann countered by asking Reese (paraphrasing again), “Who is responsible for guys who have been able to tackle their whole careers and suddenly cannot?”  Ike had no comprehensible answer, of course.  About Michael Vick, Reese’s apologies are seemingly endless, and Reese was pointing his finger toward the offensive line (obviously in an effort to have a scapegoat if Vick has another crappy season).  Ike also has a huge mancrush on Coach Andy Reid (‘Big Red’).

I understand Reese played for the Eagles and has loyalty to the franchise, but for a listener he offers no objectivity whatsoever when it comes to a football team that finished 8-8 last year and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008.  In fact, it sounds a lot more like he is an Eagles’ PR rep than an independent radio personality.

Reese’s apologies are not limited to football, however, as he has also spent the last few seasons defending Phillies’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ dismal performance.  At one point, Reese even went as far as opining that Rollins is a far superior player to Chase Utley.  I’m not kidding!  He’s comparing a guy (Rollins) with the worst plate discipline I’ve ever seen in a leadoff hitter, to Utley, who, before injuries, was compiling some of the greatest offensive numbers for a second baseman in the history of the game.  Forget the fact that Utley actually has a strategy when he steps into the batter’s box.  But Ike Reese has his favorites (Donovan McNabb was a pet also) and we as listeners just don’t get it because we were never professional athletes.

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