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All I'm asking is for one. One soundbite where he says that he is looking forward to playing Philadelphia more than he was looking forward to playing, say, the Rams last week. One quote that says he wants to show the Philly fans what they've been missing, and what they didn't respect during his time there.
But no. McNabb has to be the same buttoned-up, straight-laced professional he's always been. And I respect that, but as fans, there are times we want our athletes to show an extra bit of passion. I mean, if he can't get excited for this game, what game is he going to get excited for?
The truth is, this would be a big game even if the McNabb story line wasn't a part of it. Every division game in the NFC East is a big one, especially early in the season when you can dictate the way your team will be perceived for the rest of the year.
Unfortunately, Donovan McNabb isn't trying to hear all that. He's going to go into this game with the same approach he does any other, and to be honest, I don't think that's the right one. That's a great way to make sure you don't play down to an opponent that's worse than you (how did that work out last week?) but you really should be excited to play a division opponent, and even more so one with this kind of back story.
And maybe he is. There's a very good chance that McNabb is behind closed doors, throwing darts at the Eagles logo, getting himself psyched for this week's contest. If that's the case, then he's just being selfish; let us in on that fun too.
Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:
- Hogs Haven gets football picks from former Miss D.C. Jennifer Corey.
- Federal Baseball tries to figure out if Michael Morse can be a major part of the Nats' future.
- Bullets Forever continues to be your source for news on Wizards' Training Camp.
On tap today at SB Nation D.C.: Jack Anderson takes a more in depth look at Donovan McNabb's refusal to spark controversy. And Varsity News is back with a look at how football in Northern Virginia is perceived in the area.