Usually I'm not into the meet-and-greet aspect of sports journalism, but my local Dick's Sporting Goods store asked me to drive up to Belmar Beach, New Jersey yesterday, and set up a card table with an Eagles banner and a Dick's promo sign... The angle was to solicit ballots from folks on the beach to name their favorite new Eagles' player.
I won't lie, I did it for the money. But I was shocked at the outpouring of response to the promotion. More significantly, most of the Eagles fans who responded were interested in the defensive side of things.
Perhaps proving once again that Eagles fans are among the most intelligent in the nation, the winner of the 200+ ballot was Damion Square.
The folks who voted for Square knew his back-story from Alabama. They knew the odds he has battled to overcome a recovery from surgery to arrive on the 53-man roster of the Philadelphia Eagles.
I was as much impressed by the "casual" fans' knowledge of Square as I was by Damion's determin...