Eagles at Tampa Bay 2012

Six years ago the Eagles came to Tampa to face the Buccaneers.   It was obvious and inspiring  that a tremendous number of  Eagle fans attended the game.  From the cheers,  it was hard to believe this was a road game.  All this support for a team that lost eight consecutive games. The promising 3-1 start had turned into a nightmare.  All but the first two games in this awful streak , against  Pittsburgh and Detroit, were lopsided.

The Eagles got off to a 10 to 0 lead.  Jason Avant had two great catches making him look more like an outfielder than a wide receiver.   Then things began to fall apart with a fumbled punt return at the Eagles 10,  two missed field goals, and some holes in the secondary.   With four  minutes to play the Eagles trailed the Bucs 21 to 10.

The offense returned and Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes capping drives of about the same length, 60 yards.  The first was to Clay Harbor just in front of the End Line.  The two point conversion failed with Foles throwing just in front of Dione Lewis.  The second drive took them to the Tampa two yard line where Foles spiked the ball with two seconds on the clock.  NK then connected with Jeremy Maclin.  Maclin was so excited that he and a few others just ran to the 50 yard line to let off tension.

Andy Reid was happy to have this break in the late season gloom.  He expressed pride on the ability of Nick Foles to win in a come-from-behind mode.  Reid said that the Eagle fans in the crowd were awesome.  Like I said, he felt like he was at Lincoln Financial Field.  Like many victories in the Reid era this win should have been easier; but we were happy to have it. Philadelphia 23 Tampa Bay 21.


Bob Dole and John Lindsay


Combat experience and the horrors of war tend to unite individuals and even groups.  This happened to John Lindsay and Bob Dole when they came to the House of Representatives, within two years of each other.  While both were Republicans, they represented different political ideals.  John Lindsay, from the Eastern Liberal Establishment, came in January of 1959.  Bob Dole, from the then upstart Western Conservatives, came in January  of 1961.

Both were decorated veterans from WWII.  John Lindsay won five Battle Stars for the invasion of Sicily in the European Theater and for the invasion of the Philippines later in the Pacific   Dole won two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.  From their experience the two became fast friends.

Bob Dole noted that Lindsay, after only two years in Congress,  was already a standout in the Republican Caucus.  They worked together on some of the most important legislation of the Sixties.  This included the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 the Voting Rights and the Immigration Acts.

John Lindsay left the House winning the race for the Mayor of New York City in 1965 on a Fusion Ticket, Republican/Liberal.  In 1968,  when Dole first ran for the Senate, Lindsay had a great media presence as Mayor of New York.  Lindsay was tall, handsome, telegenic, and famous for walking the streets to maintain calm while other cities were erupting in racial conflict.

That year, 1968, Lindsay enthusiastically agreed to travel to Kansas to campaign for Dole.  There was great interest in this new political voice from the Eastern Liberal Establishment.   The turnout out was great at the Mission Hills luncheon.  The Mayor didn’t disappoint with a literate yet rousing speech for his long time friend.  Republicans raised $12,000 that day, the equivalent of $87,000 in 2018.

Later on later there paths diverged.  In 1969, Lindsay lost the Republican Primary in 1969 to State Senator John Marchi.  Lindsay did win on the Liberal Party ticket in both the Primary and General Election.  Lindsay and Dole remained friends.

Both the Senator and the Mayor showed the ability to compromise between the Conservative and Liberal Wings of the Republican Party. Today the Right Wing has become so dominant that their implied plank rests on ideas such as bigotry,  disregard for the constitution,  bloated defense budgets,  and concern for only the wealthy.