Crazy May-Day in Eagles Eye Land…

I'll keep this short because of the technical problems we're having with Livefyre—  so frustrating because when it's "on", it's the best—- like living inside a movie.

Sad news first—

We lost one of our biggest fellow Phans today, Chris Kelly, age 34, one-half of the Atlanta teen act from the '90's, Kriss Kross…







That's Chris Kelly on the left… back in the day when they were discovered in an Atlanta mall in 1991 and then went on to star in a hit musical video called "Jump"…

Their trademark was wearing their clothes backwards. I'll never forget how happy I was to observe Eagles gear worn backwards when they played concerts in Philly.

Next up— I just found out Zach Ertz, the 2nd-round pick of the Birds in 2013, is the son of a former Lehigh player…







Zach's dad Doug Ertz was a star for Lehigh University about 30 years ago.

"I'm really happy for him," Zach's dad said. "First of all, there's a sense of relief. I know Zach was going through a stressful time. I think, in Zach's mindset, he believes he was best tight end in the draft. I believe time will tell."

"He thought he would be the first tight end to go, but it didn't happen. And I think when the 'Niners had the chance to pick him but they traded up, that created some gyrations for him. There were a lot of things going on that first day, and I know he was really frustrated."

Doug Ertz was not.

"My belief all along was that he would go late in the first round or early in the second," he said. "I think those were realistic expectations."

His son starting his pro career in Philadelphia isn't the only thing that makes Doug Ertz happy about what transpired over the weekend. He likes what he sees and hears about Chip Kelly.

"I think he's always been a straight shooter with the press," Doug Ertz said. "I like that. My perception of Chip is that he's a winner. He's very creative and very straightforward."

Almost as straightforward as Zach Ertz's mom when her son was going through the college application process.

"She pretty much wasn't going to let me go anywhere other than Stanford," Zach told reporters on Saturday. "Once I got accepted at Stanford, that was it."

Ertz ironically went on to cost Kelly and his Oregon Ducks a berth in the BCS National Championship Game last season, when he caught a touchdown pass to force overtime in Stanford's eventual 17-14 victory. That was Oregon's only loss of the season.

Kelly obviously chose not to hold that against him when the draft process began.

"I stood on the sideline and watched him catch 11 balls against us and the game-tying one that sent the game into overtime," Kelly said. "It was ruled incomplete, but it got overruled by the officials [on replay]. I didn't agree with the call. When I saw Zach at the [Scouting] Combine, I told him that, and he actually sent me a note thanking me for talking to him at the Combine and then put a 'P.S.' in there to tell me it was a catch."

Sweet. I like a tight end who has the last word.

Finally— Bob Dylan's tune from 1964 titled "Maggie's Farm" has been playing in my head all day. Maybe it has something to do with all the infighting and disgruntlement we are just now finding out about which former DL coach Jim Washburn, former OL coach Howard Mudd, and former head coach Andy Reid were actually experiencing in the Eagles coaching environment of 2012. And of course, that doesn't even begin to account for the back-room vitriol among the soon-to-be-divorced Luries, Joe Banner and Howie Roseman.






Dylan (aka Robert Zimmerman) circa 1964…

So I thought it would be fun to transpose the lyrics of "Maggie's Farm" just a little bit to reflect the soap opera developments of last year's Eagles:

"I ain't gonna work on Washburn's farm no more
No, I aint gonna work on Washburn's farm no more
Well, I wake up in the morning
Fold my hands and pray for rain
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin' me insane
It's a shame the way he makes me scrub the floor
I ain't gonna work on Washburn's farm no more."

"I ain't gonna work for Howard Mudd no more
No, I aint gonna work for Howard Mudd no more
Well, he hands you a nickel
He hands you a dime
He asks you with a grin
If you're havin' a good time
Then he fines you every time you slam the door
I ain't gonna work for Howard Mudd more."

"I ain't gonna work for Howie Roseman no more
No, I aint gonna work for Howie Roseman no more
Well, he puts his cigar
Out in your face just for kicks
His bedroom window
It is made out of bricks
The National Guard stands around his door
Ah, I ain't gonna work for Howie Roseman no more."

"I ain't gonna work for Christina Lurie no more
No, I ain't gonna work for Christina Lurie no more
Well, when she talks to all the servants
About man and God and law
Everybody says
She's the brains behind pa
She's sixty-eight, but she says she's twenty-four
I ain't gonna work for Christina Lurie no more."

"I ain't gonna work on Andy's farm no more
I aint gonna work on Andy's farm no more
Well, I try my best
To be just like I am
But everybody wants you
To be just like them
They say sing while you slave and I just get bored
I ain't gonna work on Andy's farm no more. "


Thomas Jackson

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Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.