Posted on | December 29, 2010 | 14 Comments
Exactly why the president of the United States felt the need to phone the Eagles’ coach to praise him for giving Michael Vick a second chance, I don’t know. What I do know is that it didn’t help the Eagles:
The NFL’s first Tuesday game in 64 years produced a fittingly unusual result as Minnesota stunned NFC East champions Philadelphia 24-14.
Minnesota quarterback Joe Webb threw for 195 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first career start filling in for the injured Brett Favre, while Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards and touchdown.
The pair helped the Vikings (6-9) knock Philadelphia out of contention for a first-round playoff bye.
The Eagles (10-5) could have secured a first-round bye with a victory over the Vikings and Dallas next week, plus a loss by either Chicago or Atlanta next week.
What was Obama thinking? Was he trying to get the dogfighting vote? Did he figure that the ASPCA and the Friends of Animals would ignore his intervention on behalf of the dog-killer?
Maybe Obama was trying to shore up his support among Philadelphia fans, but if his jinx ends up costing the Eagle a shot at the Super Bowl, the backlash might be enough to put Pennsylvania back into the “swing state” column for 2012.