What we watched: I spent the weekend at a wedding in the Catskills, where there was no cell phone service and no television. I had a wonderful time, but I didn't watch anything, and I'm still getting caught up on what happened between Friday afternoon and early yesterday morning.
It was relaxing for a bit, but at some point Saturday afternoon I found myself driving 10 miles just to get a cell phone signal. No, I didn't feel like a quitting smoker who couldn't resist slinking off to sneak in a drag. I felt like a guy who wanted to know who won the baseball games the night before and who had enough time to go do so. And on the drive back Sunday, I kept looking longingly at my phone, eager for the moment when we passed back into an area where the signal would work and the phone would tell me I had messages and emails. This might strike some as pathetic, but this is the world we live in now. I'm OK with that.
McNabb's decline is nearly complete: "But for now, coach Leslie Frazier is sticking with his man, stating that Donovan McNabb likely will remain his starter next week against Arizona. Though it is worth noting that Frazier's declaration Sunday afternoon was far from definitive. ‘We're not in a situation — I don't think — where we would make a quarterback change,' he said. ‘We'll go back and look at this tape, look at every position and see what we can do to help every position play better than we played today. '" [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
The _ream Team: "But most of the blame for the Eagles' 24-23 loss to the considerably less talented 49ers yesterday rests the same place as previous losses to the Giants and the Falcons.
With Juan Castillo's defense." [Philadelphia Daily News]
Your Awesome Frisbee Catch Interlude (via The Quinnipiac Chronicle):
Shut up, Isiah: "‘It kind of comes with the territory when you're really good,' Thomas said. ‘Nobody cares about the loser. Everybody likes the loser. Some people are not going to like you because you are successful and I think LeBron has been extremely successful since high school and Wade has been successful and I think those guys will continue to be successful. And with their success, there are going to be some people who are upset with that.'" [Orlando Sentinel, via SLAM]
Here come the Cardinals again: "Be honest now: when the Phillies gave Lee that 4-0 lead, it must have seemed as big as 14-0, right? After the Phillies took advantage of a laboring Carpenter, you didn't have much reason to believe in a comeback. The Phillies simply don't hand back four-run leads, and not with a formidable ace on the mound. This wasn't supposed to happen. Philadelphia might be shocked, but not St. Louis. The Cardinals never were supposed to be here. They were done, gone, finished. They trailed Atlanta by 10.5 games in the NL wild card race on Aug. 24, then proceeded to destroy every piece of conventional wisdom. So dismiss this team at your own risk." [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
The Raiders aren't quite there yet: "This was not a shameful performance by any means, but it did cool the ardor of those who saw in the win over the Jets a team ready to burst from its shell as a fully-grown pterodactyl. The New York game was a sign of what can be on the best days. This? This was a sign of what will be when their superiors play like they are the superiors." [CSN Bay Area]
Merch: Managing editor Tom Scocca and contributing editor Drew Magary have both written books. You can buy Scocca's Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future here, and Magary's The Postmortal here. Now do it.
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