The news came bright and early Thursday morning that Joe Banner’s time with the Philadelphia Eagles had come to an end. I saw the news from Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer via twitter about 90 seconds after I opened my eyes that day.
On a normal day I may have sprinted to my computer to write my thoughts about it, but I was covering the French Open at the time and didn’t really have the time to devote to it that I would have liked.
As the day went on and story after story poured in on Banner, I planned on reading them. The funny thing is I never did. I had to drive somewhere and even turned off sports talk radio.
I heard from friends and family and headlines that former players were voicing their negative opinions of Banner. I knew there was probably mostly joy among Eagles fans and scorn from the staunch defenders of the Eagles organization on local message boards.
I knew this was the story that everyone was talking about. I tried to figure out wh...