If you don’t already know it, last week’s loss is squarely on me. I’d been sick all week and when game time came around, I got myself together enough to watch the game that I’d been looking forward to after a 3-0 start followed by an early bye week. I don’t know if it was the cold medicine or the lack of sleep, but I totally forgot to put on my shirt! No, I didnt watch the game topless. But I did forget to put on this season’s unwashed since opening day Eagles shirt.
Fortunately, with the birds getting off to a slow start, I logged on to Facebook and something a friend posted jarred my memory and I realized that I had not put on my shirt. Say what you will right now, but in some families football superstitions run deep. If I believed that it was my shirt causing the first half flop, then so be it. To the closet!
After justifying that it was great for Wentz to learn early what it’s like to have to lead your team from behind, I watched as the shirt did its magic. We were right back in it! Fast forward to the fumble… the “questionable” calls… the interesting choices of passes on that final drive, and needless to say, my pre half-time wardrobe change was too little, too late. Fortunately, there are 16 games in the regular season, and my shirt was washed (it’s okay, we lost) and ready for yesterday’s game. Turns out, it wasn’t the shirt after all.
To start, if anyone had any question as to whether or not Lane Johnson’s 10 game suspension (for testing positive for the use of performance enhancing drugs) was going to hurt us, I think that question was answered yesterday. And just when I finally learned to say and spell Halapouluvaati Vitai’s name, I’d like to forget it. I could bore you with the stats, like Wentz throwing for 179 yds and completing only 11 of 22 passes. Not to mention getting sacked what felt like a hundred times (okay it was 5). Or that Washington’s offense had double the total offense yardage and double the number of first downs.
Throw a fan a bone you might say? Well, there’s not much to offer you here aside from Smallwood’s impressive 86 yd kickoff return for a touchdown, Jenkins interception return for 6 as well, and the fact that we didn’t turn over the ball at all. Let’s not gloss over The Eagles committing 13 penalties for 114 yards, only a week after they were called for 14 penalties for 111 yards in a loss to Detroit. I know. Bad officiating. Refs sucked. Blah, blah, blah. Yes, there were some highly questionable calls, particularly in the Lions game, but you just can’t win if you’re killing yourself with penalties.
I never said it was going to pretty, just that it was a recap.
The NFC east, which was expected to be largely unremarkable this season, has actually turned out to be a pretty good division, and a tight race. So, has the eagle landed? Are we coming back down to earth after getting over-hyped about a season that no one expected to amount to anything? Or were the past two weeks a fluke series of underwhelming sloppy play, crappy officiating, and a series of unfortunate events? I don’t know the answer, but you can bet we’ll get a better idea next week when a well rested and undefeated Vikings team come to town with none other than our buddy Sam Bradford at the helm.
I’m still fully on board the Wentz Wagon. I just hope they figure out a way to keep him from getting his wheels knocked off.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a featured artist. We’re back at it with a featured band and plan to have one a month to introduce you to.
Today we’re talking to Vic Monaco of local cover band, The Mix. We think you’ll find their history and love of classic rock and roll fun and wanting you to go check them out. The information shared below was taken largely from the band’s website as well as directly from Vic. Thanks so much, Vic, for sharing your bands story with us. Rock on!
Who are the members of The Mix? And where did the band name come from?
The Band is me, Vic Monaco, Bill Mecaughey, Ric Lake and Billy Walp.
The band used to be called Vic’s Mix, when I had somewhat of a revolving cast of musicians playing with me. Once the personnel got settled, we changed it to The Mix.
The Mix represents the end of a musical chairs existence, both figuratively and literally, for me.
When did you get together as a group? How has it evolved into the current lineup?
We’ve been together about two years.
When my last band, Stealin’ The Covers, disbanded, I decided to try something different: a duo with STC guitarist (and cousin), John Daly. That project, Daly Double, was a leap of faith, not only due to its loss of a rhythm section but, also given Daly’s nomadic musical life that included touring with the late, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys.
I soon needed to find a replacement for Daly and once again turned to an STC bandmate, multi-instrumentalist and Grammy-winning producer, Pat Robinson.
The project was re-named Musical Chairs, with the idea that on any given night, the audience wouldn’t know which of the duo’s musician friends might sit in. The name turned out to be even more appropriate as guitarist Brian Nagy eventually became a regular presence.
With me serving as booker and musical director and the project alternating between a duo and trio, the name was changed to Vic’s Mix in the summer of 2013.
At a summer house party, I performed some songs with Bill Mecaughey, my very first musical partner from our teen years in the Fox-Chase-based band Hot Ice. Our collaboration lasted about seven years until Bill turned more toward R&B and jazz fusion.
We remained friends and the musical shorthand we shared was obvious to them at that party. The two of us started rehearsing in earnest in the spring of 2014 and played our first gig Memorial Day weekend.
The project took a giant leap ahead when Ric Lake added his bass and vocals to the musical mix in November 2014.
A couple of months later I invited another former bandmate, drummer and vocalist Billy Walp, to make the project a full band.
Apparent by this time that the lineup and camaraderie was rock solid, Vic’s Mix became simply The Mix in January 2016
What type of music do you play?
We play music from the 1960s through the 1980s, including a “Beatles” set. The latter is unique in that it is largely acoustic and includes some music from the individual members of the “Beatles”. There are some folks who come to see us just to hear that set, which is always evolving. For instance, we’re learning “Eleanor Rigby” right now.
The band also plays an acoustic and harmony-laden show featuring a great mix of tunes. Think The Eagles , The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. While those names are very familiar, The Mix’s tunes are often songs you just don’t hear from other bands such as “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature” and “Hand Me Down World” by The Guess Who or “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen.
What (and/or who) influenced the music you play?
Being close to 60, many of these are the songs I grew up on. Plus, many of them are tunes Bill and I played in our first band together (Hot Ice) when we were teens. (We do them a WHOLE LOT BETTER now.)
What role does music play in your life? Was it always something you had a passion for? Are you pursuing music as a full-time career?
I started taking guitar lessons when I was 8 and took them for six years. I also had voice lessons both privately and at Temple University. I’ve been in bands since I was 15. I am very passionate about a lot of different music, not just the “oldies” we play, and I go to concerts often. It is not a full-time thing for me. Most of my full-time career has been spent as a newspaper reporter and editor.
If you could play any venue in the world, where would you play?
I’ve played some great venues (with other bands) including Citizens Bank Park and World Cafe Live (main stage), which were both VERY cool. I guess to answer your question, I’d like to keep it local (so friends can come) and intimate, so I’d say a place like World Cafe Live or The Keswick Theater.
Where can people hear your songs? Are you playing anywhere live anytime soon?
We play at a lot of local venues including Baker’s American Grill in Southampton; The Dog & Bull Brew & Music House in Croydon; Curran’s in Bensalem; The Fireside lounge in the Brunswick Zone in Trevose; and Squirrel Murphy’s in Warminster. Our gig schedule is on our website (www.themixpa.com) along with our audio demo.
There’s probably not a person in the city today who isn’t well aware of yesterday’s Eagles victory. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz led his team to its third victory in a row as the Eagles upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-3. This takes our Eagles to a 3-0 record heading into next week’s bye week. To say that most analysts, media, and even fans were pleasantly shocked by the victory would be an accurate assessment.
The Eagles were easily underdogs going into Sunday’s game with a rookie quarterback, a first year head coach and a rookie corner covering one of the best, if not the best wide receivers in the NFL in Antonio Brown. While Brown was able to grab 12 catches for an impressive 140 yards in the game, the Eagles D came up huge in both keeping Brown out of the end zone, and getting to veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben completed just 24 of 44 passes for 257 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Fletcher Cox again proving that he is a defensive star on this team with his agressive play, leading to a strip-sack of Big Ben in the third quarter. The ball was recovered by Brandon Graham who also clearly showed up to play on Sunday. Jim Schwartz’s impressive D has allowed its opponents to reach the end zone just three times so far this season, holding the first three teams they’ve seen to a combined 27 points. Less than their margin of victory for Sunday’s game alone.
Still in true Philly sports fashion, fans were reluctant to rush in with too many accolades. The fear of the Philly sports curse or the “jinx” is still very real. After two victories in their opening two games of the season against mediocre at best opponents, despite seeing obvious flashes of brilliance in the rookie quarterback, and solid performances by both the offensive and defense lines, jaded fans and analysts alike reserved their “WentzWagon” hype pending the outcome of Sunday’s game. Not just staying in the game as many had hoped, or even squeaking out a win as a few brave souls had boldly predicted, the birds shocked and delighted everyone with a trouncing of a team heavily favored to make it to the AFC Championship this year. And so the talk begins in Eaglesland. Could it be? Could it really be? Do we have a contender? After Sunday’s performance, even those used to playing it close to the vest have got to be thinking it over! We’ve got a bye week next week to figure it all out, to let it all sink in. After that, bring on Detroit!