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II s CAPE GAZETTE Tuesday, Jan. 4- Jan. 6, 2005- 25 Eagles bench-warmers can't get past the Bengals By Dave Frederick Are the Eagles closer to being a  bad team than a Super Bowl team? Should sitting a few players peel away the faqade of an NFC juggernaut? Is getting booed dur- ing your last regular season home game ever a good way to prepare for playoff football where yo u don't have to leave home? Dropped balls by Billy Mc- Mullen and Greg Lewis early re- vealed a bone chilling anorexia at wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. Freddie Mitchell had his best day as a pro inside the most inconsequential of situations in- cluding a three-yard touchdown reception to close out the scoring in a 38-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. Eagles coach Andy Reid said, "I thought Freddie did a nice job today. He had some nice catch- es." The paltry 53-man roster of the Eagles outfits 22 guys who don't play very well. Forget the clichf, "guys wouldn't be in the NFL if they couldn't play." Those guys are there. Fans just don't see them every week. Reid addressed the issue of his backup players af- ter the game. "I expect them to play like they practice. So that's what I'm look- ing at. It gives me an idea about them, what they can do when they're asked to be in a role where they have to play a little bit more than usual. So, I am surely not happy about it. I want them to play well." The Bengals scored two second quarter touchdowns, one on a five-yard run by Rudy Johnson after a 13-play, 89-yard drive and the other a 20-yard pass reception from John Kitna to T.J. Housh- mandzadeh who made a leaping catch in the middle of the end zone after a four-play, 58-yard drive. Shayne Graham and David Akers traded field goals in the first half of 50 and 46 yards, re- spectively. Akers' 17th field goal of over 40 yards set an NFL single season record. Eagles quarterback Koy Det- mer, subbing for Donovan McN- abb, threw a fade to the end zone that was intercepted by Deltha O'Neill with 7:35 left in the third quarter that drew more boos from the sparse crowd. Detmer was 17-of-31 for 202 yards and left the game with 6:31 remaining in third quarter in favor of Jeff Blake. Detmer was picked off twice. Blake was picked off on a quick flip pass by Robert Gathers who returned it 36 yards for a touch- "down. Roderick Hood fumbled the en- suing 'kickoff as the Bengals took over on the 15 yard line. Bengals running back Rudy Johnson later scored on a six-yard run and the rout was on. Reid looked pained in the post- game interview as everyone in the room knew that two football games had been thrown to the dogs for the purpose of keeping the good guys healthy. Dan Cook photos Above, one of the few highlights of the Eagles-Bengals contest Sunday for Philadelphia fans was David Akers' 46-yard field goal in the first half. Akers set a new NFL record (17) for most field goals kicked from 40 or more yards out during the regular seasQn. Below, Eagles run- ning back Eric McCoo struggles for yardage against the Cincinnati defense. Eagels coach Andy Reid gets ready to call in a play. Off the Hook Continued from page 23 son? SNIPPETS - Did you know that the Eagles' Shawn Andrews and his brother Stacy Aaa- drews were selected in the first and fourth rounds, respectively, in the 2004 draft. Shawn was the Eagles' starting right guard until he got hurt the first game of the season. Stacy is listed as a backup right tackle for the Cincin- nati Bengals. How would you like to have a job where you were deactivated while healthy and still paid full salary? Yes, I would like it also but I ain't no NFL player. Like the rest of America I would have tocall in sick while feeling fine. Personal trainer Beth Beitzel at Gold's Gym is intuitive enough to realize that I am a char- acter always on the look out for material. Last week she was training an athletic and fit woman bY having her jump rope in between sets of resistance training. I was doing my best impression of minding my own business. Beth glanced at me and said, "I guess I'll be reading about rope jumping in your column?" When young, fit and trim athletic women jump rope in a public place, real men don't look, we leer! I mean they leer! If the opposite of the aforementioned adjectives are in place then we laugh. It ain't right, but that's what happens. For you Eagle freaks there are 14 players re- maining who have played in each of the last NFC championship games. Write them down and ask a fan to name them all. Bet a pizza cheesesteak and if you have to ask you ain't real Philly. The players are David Akers, Mike Bartrum, Brian Dawkins, Koy Detmer, Hank Fraley, N.D. Kalu, Chad Lewis, Donovan Mc- Nabb, Freddie Mitchell, Todd Pinkston, Jon Runyan, Corey Simon, Tra Thomas and Dar- win Walker. There are eight players on the Ea- gles' 53-man roster who began their careers as first round draft choices. But to show you the value of the scouting combine, there are 17 players on the Eagles' active roster who began their careers as fbokie free agents. Ten years ago there was a tsunami warning for the Hawaiian Islands. The only change in behavior was that 400 surfers paddled out and waited for two days. "They would have been killed," one expert said of the Big Kahuna that never came. The catastrophe is incomprehen- sible because of the horrific way tens of thou- sands of innocent children lost their young lives. Perhaps a course in religion and philosophy could be substituted, for dodge ball as a re- quirement for graduation from American high schools. Go on now, git! Beth Beitzel runs in the Gold's Gym 5K.