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The Eagles are what we thought they would be - mediocre

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-11-29 06:17
If only the Eagles had not started out 3-0.

Three months later, Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz and the boys are 5-6 and the playoffs are a fading dream.

The truth is, take away those initial three wins and this team is about where we expected them to be.

Last night for the second straight week they got exposed, this time in front of a national TV audience for Monday Night Football, losing to the Packers, 27-13.

They are a team that has no weapons on offense, and a defense that too often does not come up big in crucial situations. On offense, rookie Wentz has been tossed into a near-impossible situation. He entered last night's game with one troubled wide receiver, Nelson Agholor, on the bench. He would soon lose his top target, Jordan Matthews, to an ankle injury. The Birds' top running back, Ryan Mathews, was already scratched for the game with an injury, and the offensive line, already being juggled due to injury, had to be shuffled again when right guard Ron Brooks came up sick before the game.

The result was about what you would expect. Wentz and the Eagles only managed to put up 13 points against a Packers defense that had been torched in recent weeks, giving up 40 points in both of its last two games.

But even more troubling might be this defense.

And it is hard not to point a finger at defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The guy who signed a huge contract extension in the offseason and was consistently ballyhooed as one of the league's best defensive linemen once again came up small. He recorded only a half of a tackle on the night, whatever that means. And he once again was slapped with a crucial roughing the passer penalty in the third period. It's the third time he's picked up that kind of call this year. All three times it was on third down and led to key conversions, extending drives, and all three times the opposing team went on to score a touchdown. That can't happen.

The Eagles'defense again simply could not get off the field, as All-Pro Aaron Rodgers carved them up at will. The Packers were 10 for 14 on third down conversions.

The Eagles recorded 0 sacks and 0 turnovers.

Plus Pederson decided again to start the game on defense, taking the ball at the start of the second half. But in doing so he set the stage for Rodgers, who methodically dissected the Birds' defense. He marched the Pack down the field and immediately put the Eagles in a 7-0 hole. Actually, Wentz responded and brought the Eagles back to tie the score at 7-all.

And, much like his predecessor Andy Reid, Pederson is proving himself to be in love with the forward pass. This despite the fact that you are again playing an elite quarterback and you might want to consider keeping him off the field. You do that by running the ball, but Pederson eschewed that in favor of the forward pass.

So much for the home-field advantage. That four-game win streak is now history. The Eagles actually have now gone 2-6 since that 3-0 start.

After the game Pederson insisted the Eagles were still moving in the right direction.

Does this sound like the Eagles' very own version of the Sixers' vaunted 'Process.'

No they aren't tanking. But they aren't moving forward either.

They're regressing.

I'll blame that 3-0 start. It was a mirage.

The Eagles are about what we expected them to be. Rookie coach, rookie QB, questionable skill levels across the key positions, no weapons on offense, critical errors on defense.

Yep, sounds like 5-6 to me.

Here's what our columnist Jack McCaffery thinks.And our beat writer Bob Grotz.
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Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-11-28 20:00
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BREAKING NEWS: recount requests getting heated in montgomery county

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-11-28 16:25

Ah yes folks, the 2016 election will not be over anytime soon.  Today as I write this post, committee people from all over Montgomery County are poring into Voter Services in that county with legal petitions for RECOUNTS.

Thus far the Montgomery County Board of Elections is REFUSING  to accept the recount petitions according to my sources inside the building.  These are NOT court proceedings, although I was told there was some sort of hearing at 3 pm today on the election and that is why some people feel this push back in Norristown in this particular  office is to stall for time, and is that nuts or what? Here is hoping someone gets this fairly in front of a judge today, right?

There have been problems reported here for quite a while in this office and can it be said some people say since Josh Shapiro came in as a County Commissioner? And where is the PA Attorney General in Waiting during this hot mess today? Or Val Arkoosh who is not only Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners now but the Chair of Montgomery County Board of Elections????  Asleep at the wheel much Dr. Val Arkoosh? And what about the Chief Clerk Lauren Lambrugo?  What is she doing?

Someone there in this zoo in Montgomery County said this afternoon:


“Ray McGarry, the county solicitor, has held firm. The Election Board will accept them (petitions) for service only. It is the Election Board’s position that our only recourse is via the court — either a court ordered recount or a decision that the position we have taken is correct. In any event the Montco Election Board has handled this abysmally, in my opinion.”


Now I know Montgomery County folks have been up in arms because the absentee ballots were NOT even mailed out in a timely fashion.

Now the County Board here has been claiming that  the petitions need to go to prothonatary office then to judge, emergency filing with judge/court to order county election board to recount. But my sources which include lawyers tell me that  in PA supposedly this is a layer not needed, the county board can accept the petitions so what the heck is  is going on? Doesn’t every vote count???

I spoke to a committee person in Narberth who is a dear friend.  Her name is Gigi Tevlin-Moffatt and she is also a Narberth Borough Councilwoman. When I asked her about this she said:


“I am so confused by this entire process at Montco Voter Services. My concern is multi-layered, and this office knew a recount was underway in the entire state, what is the delay at the counter? Why make petitioners literally wait all day?

The decision from the County Solicitor came so late… why was this not posted?  Are we really telling voters that if they dare raise a red flag of ‘recount’ that they have to have thousands of dollars  and a day off from work and their lives to receive a decent response?”


So is this just a case of they still need to take out the trash in Norristown or something deeper and more insidious?  You see, this is not a Republican or Democrat thing, this is an all around voter thing.  As a citizen, your voice is heard with your vote often if it is heard no other way.  So if your voice is not heard because your vote is suppressed, what of our inalienable rights as Americans?

Does every vote count only if certain factions allow it?

Sign me glad I do not live in Montgomery County any longer. I also wonder if Val Arkoosh is fit to lead Montgomery County Solicitors? Can she be removed from office? And this opinion is nothing new…I had reservations when she tried and failed miserably at running for Congress.

Oh and media was on site so I am not making this up and it will be on the news. It’s like Storming the Bastille today over there in Norristown for Pete’s sake!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Norristown Man Attempted To Murder Victim After Motorcycle Argument: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-11-28 15:45
A Norristown man has been charged with attempted murder after shooting a victim several times during an argument over a motorcycle: DA.
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Lower Merion Man Damaged 'Protected' Computers: US Attorney

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-11-28 14:45
The Lower Merion man allegedly changed passwords and radio transmission frequencies on computers that read water meters, officials said.
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King of Prussia Named Among Nation's 'Most Comfortable Towns' By Expedia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-11-28 12:51
A new list from Expedia has King of Prussia as the seventh "most comfortable town" in the United States.
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More Than $10k Raised To Support Philly Bomb Victim As He Recovers

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-11-28 12:25
The victim was active in the LGBT community and was open about his political views, friends say. "This was a highly personal attack."
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2 Winning PA Powerball Ticket Sites ID'd In $420M Jackpot Drawing

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-11-28 11:52
Details and the winning ticket locations were revealed in Pennsylvania as the Powerball jackpot reached its highest level in months.
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Pennsylvania Man Pretends to be Undercover Cop to Avoid DWI Arrest: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-11-28 09:35
Luis Blass, Jr. gave the officer a fake name and said he was employed by the Pennsylvania State Police and Scranton PD, police said.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Nov. 28

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-11-28 07:43
The Daily Numbers: 8:30 kickoff in South Philly tonight. Yes, the Eagles are back on Monday Night Football vs. the Packers.

240 acres of the pristine Beaver Valley in Concord that has been spared from the developer’s bulldozers.

11 a.m. press conference to make the official announcement.

0 tax hike being planned in the preliminary budget for Brookhaven.

3 counts of arson, what former volunteer firefighter John Corcoran pleaded guilty to last week.

28 years in prison, what he’s already been sentenced to for child sex assault and related crimes.

7 new names that now appear on the Upper Darby High School Wall of Fame.

5 million dollar project to replace College Avenue bridge in Haverford, which will start Tuesday, according to PennDOT.

42 feet wide and 58 feet long, size of the new span.

2 11-foot travel lanes.

5 foot shoulder on west side; 2 foot shoulder on east side.

, when the existing span was constructed.

4,637 vehicles that use the span every day.

1 winning ticket drawn in that $421 million Powerball jackpot Saturday night.

1 ticket worth $1 million sold in Pa.

1.3 cent dip in price of gas at the pumps in Pa. last week.

2.31 average price we’re paying.

4 straight losses for the Packers coming in tonight’s game vs. Eagles.

4-0 record for the Eagles at home this year.

5-3 win for the Flyers over the Flames last night.

29 saves for rookie goaltender 22-year-old Anthony Stolarz.

112-108 win for the Cavs vs. the Sixers last night.

39 points for Kyrie Irving.

22 points for Joel Embiid

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Huge thumb’s up for Merrill Reese. The longtime Eagles announcer will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame tonight. Well done, Merill.

I Don’t Get It: Anyone else think Wawa parking lots just might be the most dangerous places in Delco?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Avery Graham, the Trainer youth who is raising money to help a borough officer battling cancer.

Quote Box: “Ethnic intimidation is unacceptable. It’s not going to happen in Upper Darby.”

- Top Cop Mike Chitwood, after an arrest in a road-rage incident that escalated.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Make no mistake - the people saved the Beaver Valley

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-11-28 06:53
They will gather today to make official something we told you last week:

They have saved the Beaver Valley.

This morning Delaware County Council will join Concord officials and local officials toannounce the county’s involvement in the recent purchase of the 240-acre Beaver Valley property in Concord Township and discuss its ongoing commitment and plans for open space throughout the county.

These 240 acres, just west of the nightmare of suburban planning that is otherwise referred to as Route 202, now will be preserved as open space. Originally acquired by William Penn from the Duke of York in 1682, Beaver Valley lies near the banks of the Brandywine River in Concord Township. Nearby, in 1777 General George Washington’s troops fought the British in the American Revolution.

Beaver Valley, often referred to as “The Valley” by locals is used by hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and runners throughout the region. For centuries the scenic property has inspired generations of artists, including acclaimed painter Andrew Wyeth.

Yes, the politicians will be falling all over themselves patting themselves on the back for saving one of the last remaining open, pristine tracts in what is quickly being overrun - the once tranquil, rural western edge of the county.

But just know this: This is a win for the people.

It's a win for all those who were outraged at the possibility of losing this gorgeous tract, of really and truly seeing 'Paradise Lost."

It's a win for the people who bonded together into a group called Save the Valley, who packed local town meetings and held their officials feet to the fire to get this done.

If it were not for them, you can count on one thing. Instead of a press conference today noting that this open space has been saved, the bulldozers would soon be rolling over the Beaver Valley.

We'll be there to bring you the details in the press conference anyhow.

But don't be fooled.

This was accomplished by citizens who decided you can fight city hall.

Good for them.
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Lessons from my father

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-11-28 06:41
I used my print column today to revisit - hopefully for the last time - some of the things I've written about the presidential election.

So of course the headlines today are full of the talk of recounts. Now Hillary Clinton is joining forces with third party candidate Jill Stein in challenging the results in Michigan.

Did I miss something, or were these not the same people who were complaining bitterly about the prospect of Donald Trump not accepting the results of the election.

At any rate, what I eventually got to in today's column is something more important that any election.

I'm talking about family.

Specifically, my father.

He taught me the value of silence.

Unfortunately, that is not always a good thing.

This photo that you see is a picture of my dad in what certainly was one of his favorite spots on earth, seated at the bar at the old Oxford Hotel in the little town where he grew up. Behind the bar is my uncle, Pete Watterson.

My dad would stop at the hotel literally every night for a beer on his way home.

I'm guessing there was not that much talk there at the bar - no politics, no fights, no feuding.

Just they way the "Quiet Man" would like it.

I didn't learn a lot of things from my father. He didn't pick up that moniker for nothing. We called him 'The Quiet Man' for a reason. I guess maybe I learned more than I thought.

You can read my print column here.
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Forget the Eagles - how 'bout those Colorado Buffaloes!

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-11-28 06:18
No, you did not sleep through the Eagles game yesterday after gorging on all that tryptophan-engorged turkey. You'll need the extra sleep because the Eagles are in prime time tonight.

The Birds bring Monday Night Football back to South Philly, going prime time against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

In case you missed it, I don't like the Birds in this game. I made that clear in my Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick. Yes, I am aware the Birds have been playing very well at home this year, sporting a perfect 4-0 record at the Linc. I also know that the Packers cannot possibly be as bad as they have looked the past few weeks, and I certainly do not see them losing five games in a row.

But none of this is the big football news from the weekend.

How 'bout those No. 9 Colorado Buffaloes!

Yes, Ralphie et al won again Saturday night, beating Utah to capture the Pac-12 South crown and run their record to 10-2 (8-1 in the Pac-12).

The Buffs will play No. 4 Washington Friday night for the Pac-12 title. It's not inconceivable that they could get into the national playoff.

Now, I should put out that this sudden resurgence is not a coincidence.

I believe in karma, and a visit by a certain alum who made it back to Boulder for the first time in 40 years no doubt played a big part in this Buffalo stampede.

One of my stops on my day-long visit to the campus was Folsom Field. I literally walked almost the entire circumference of the field looking for an open gate. Every one of them was locked up tight - until the very last gate. With my wife warning that we probably were not supposed to be in there, we entered the gate to the place where I spent Saturday afternoon four decades ago.

There is really no more spectacular site in sports, sitting in those stands on a glorious, sunny day, with the majestic Flatirons looming over the town in the distance.

We already have the best mascot in all of sports.

Now it's time to kick down the door to that national playoff.

Go Buffs! Beat Washington!
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Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-11-27 20:34
Find a new job or post a job opening on the all new Patch Jobs!
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Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-11-27 20:24
The Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar has the goings-on. Check it out!
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Patch Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Awesome Finds for Techies

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-11-27 13:37
Even your most tech-savvy friends will be impressed by these cool gadgets.
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Patch Holiday Gift Guide: Secret Santa Presents Your Coworkers Will Fight Over

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-11-27 13:37
Make your Secret Santa recipient the envy of the office with one of these picks.
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Patch Holiday Gift Guide: Heartfelt Gifts for Grandparents

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-11-27 13:36
Your amazing grandparents spoil you all year round — return the love with one of these thoughtful presents.
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Ardmore Week In Review: Racial Slurs, Marathon Results, And More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-11-27 09:00
Here are the top stories in Ardmore area over the past week.
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Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Newest Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-11-26 20:16
So you want to look at some open houses for sale in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Good idea...
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