What Does It Mean To Be Number One?

 

by joshuak8  (from Chrishmt0423 on  Flickr: NBA: Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Bobcats)
by joshuak8
(from Chrishmt0423 on Flickr: NBA: Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Bobcats)

I look at the Indiana Pacers, of 2014. They have the number one seed and came into the National Basketball League playoffs with the intention of dethroning the Miami Heat. They could have been the team that will win the NBA championship this year.

Here we are one game away from the Indiana Pacer’s elimination. In the end, they can pull the greatest upset and could dethrone the Miami Heat but history says they will lose, on 5/28/2014, or soon after. Why is this important?

In 2002, the Philadelphia Eagles played valiantly against an up and coming Saint Louis Rams team, in a great introductory playoff game but lost 29-24. The next year, the Eagles were the team make that next step and move toward the illusive Super Bowl Championship. In a playoff game at home, in 2003, in the last game at Veterans’ Stadium, the Philadelphia Eagles threw away their opportunity to get to the Super Bowl.

They closed the door on so much history from Veteran Stadium’s past. They threw away an opportunity for the Eagles to make an unprecedented return to the Super Bowl, against a former Super Bowl rival, the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles, in 2004 finally get to the Super Bowl but lose. The team only sniffed at Super Bowl opportunities afterwards, with the last, being in 2008. Why is this important?

The Philadelphia Eagles, from 2002-2008, gave the Philadelphia Eagles the best opportunities in years to get a Super Bowl, and possibly become a dynasty. After it all, All Philadelphia fans, and their teams, have are memories. There is hope Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles will get their Super Bowl championship.

The Indiana Pacers are solid, but the question is why is this not showing up at the court? What was the point of getting the number one seed? Do they want to be like the most recent Atlanta Falcons? The Atlanta Falcons are a team that contends and looks like “the team to beat”, but they fall, or fail, annually, as a quality contender.

The Indiana Pacers can be a paper contender. They can pretend they will be a threat in the playoffs, annually, or step up and scare Miami. They can decide to fall, but fall like a champion, with next year being the year they put a stamp on the league. They can even decide it is time to shock the world and beat Miami, from here on out. They cannot just simply bow down in any of the remaining games, unless you just want a bunch of memories, for years to come.

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DeSean Jackson Can Lead the Philadelphia Eagles, in 2014 and Beyond?

 

DeSean Jackson at Jacksonville at Philadelphia 2009-08-29 By Wigstruck
DeSean Jackson at Jacksonville at Philadelphia 2009-08-29
By Wigstruck, at Wikipedia.

Nick Foles, starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, can lead the team. It will take some tests, none more than this 2014 season but he can. If Nick Foles can fake, much like in basketball, continue to improve his ability to read defenses, and dash for those extra yards, when he has to, as his basketball background had asked of him previously, he will lead this team.

Nick Foles can win this team’s approval. LaShawn McCoy is here and can only continue to do what Shady does. This team has so much talent, in my opinion overall, but what will take it over the top is the ability to have DeSean Jackson make a turn.

In the past two weeks, rumors of DeSean Jackson’s disapproval of his current contract, or clash with Coach Chip Kelly, indicates DeSean Jackson’s exit from the Philadelphia Eagles, but only as part of a rumor.

Last year was not a lie. The unity of the team, condition, and talent gave them one playoff game to highlight to the National Football League just what the future holds.

It also gave them improper exposure, a defensive line that needs more size, quarterback that needs to recognize defenses more clearly, a secondary that needs to provide better coverage or offense that blanks out during big games.

What is the cure for all of this? I believe DeSean Jackson can take on the leadership role in 2014 in the same way a drug addict can start rehabilitation, without quit. He is one part of something that could start a trend.

If all of the Philadelphia Eagles can recognize just what they have now and look to see a big common goal, the big game, they can capture it easily.

If DeSean Jackson takes, a Terminator death march toward this common goal, and understands a big contract follows, the rest of the team can take it easy, know their roles, take the same march and beat up anything that gets in front of them.

It starts with DeSean though. Unlike a Randy Moss, part of a sixteen and O New England Patriots but without a Super Bowl, or Terrell Owens, nearly a Super Bowl Champion, DeSean Jackson can get a championship shot more than once. It is going to take a few things. I believe DeSean Jackson can gain some, muscle, weight, as long he maintains his speed, in order to take damage he will receive on the field.

I believe the Philadelphia Eagles, and Coach Chip Kelly, can outline for DeSean what it means to be a leader and have him follow it this season and going forward in order to change his perspective as a player forever. I also feel DeSean can send a challenge to the Philadelphia Eagles to bring in the best wide receivers the team can handle.

Whether it is through free agency or the draft, a DeSean Jackson that challenges his core will make himself better and the team better overall, and write his ticket to the Hall of Fame.

These are my opinions but they are not without merit. I look at Michael Vick. He is now a New York Jet. I can only feel upset, and happy, at his departure from the Philadelphia Eagles. If he can learn to fake, throw accurately, make good decisions on the field, and use his legs as a simple trick or tactic instead of his primary weapon, he can become the
quarterback everyone wants.

But, it only happens if he sees this. I hope DeSean Jackson can see what is in Philadelphia and just boost his talent to the point of DeSean Jackson, two-time Super Bowl Champion, multi-time Pro Bowler and so much more. What do you think?