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Eagles will fly to Toronto in November

Daisuke Matsuzaka AP

Few details have emerged regarding the 2011 regular-season NFL schedule, which will be released tonight.  We know that the Packers will host the NBC Thursday night opener on September 8 (we think they’ll face the Saints or the Bears; we’re leaning Bears), we assume one of the New York teams will host the NBC prime-time game the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (we think a Jets-Giants game is unlikely for that evening), and we know that the Lions and Cowboys will play at home on Thanksgiving.  (Given the network assignments for the 2011 Thanksgiving games, the Lions will host one of their NFC opponents, and the Cowboys will welcome either the Dolphins or the Bills.)

Thanks to the folks at the Fan 590 in Toronto, we know that the Bills will face the Eagles in Toronto.  Per the report, the game will be played on November 13 or 20 at Rogers Centre.

The fact that the Eagles are making the trip is a bit curious, given:  (1) the stringent Canadian rules on the admission of felons into the country; and (2) the fact that the Eagles’ starting quarterback is a convicted felon.  Our guess (and it’s just a guess) is that the NFL has worked out these details in advance, ensuring that Mike Vick will be able to play.  If, for some reason, Canada refuses to allow him onto their soil, the NFL will look foolish in hindsight for sending the Eagles north of the border.

Then again, the NFL seems to be cornering the market of late on looking foolish, given the whole Super Bowl debacle and the inability to figure out how to carve up an eleven-figure turkey.

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37 Responses to “Eagles will fly to Toronto in November”
  1. rockymtnphinfan says: Apr 19, 2011 8:50 AM

    You have to love Canada……they just seem to get some things right eh?

  2. Jay says: Apr 19, 2011 8:51 AM

    “If, for some reason, Canada refuses to allow him onto their soil, the NFL will look foolish in hindsight for sending the Eagles north of the border.”

    Somehow I don’t think Canada will look all that rosy to the sporting world either.

    If it’s important enough for them to have that one game there they’ll make some allowances with caveats.

    If not the NFL can always keep their games south of the border. It’s not like there’s this dire need for a game in Canada.

  3. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 19, 2011 8:51 AM

    Just what they need.

    The Canadian press will have a field day with Vick.

  4. ehsdrumline says: Apr 19, 2011 8:54 AM

    Oh crap!

    If they trade Kolb, they might be starting Kafka lol

    There won’t be a season anyway.

  5. John Charters says: Apr 19, 2011 8:54 AM

    Giants to host Skins on 9/11?

  6. chapnastier says: Apr 19, 2011 8:55 AM

    “The fact that the Eagles are making the trip is a bit curious, given: (1) the stringent Canadian rules on the admission of felons into the country; and (2) the fact that the Eagles’ starting quarterback is a convicted felon.”

    This is the best thing I have read in quite some time. Great laugh to begin the work day!

  7. corneliuscruys says: Apr 19, 2011 8:56 AM

    Oh great. Eagles go to Toronto but we get the Bucs for a second time in England. Yippee.

  8. mjdeagles11 says: Apr 19, 2011 8:56 AM

    Better matchup: Vick vs. Buffalo’s D, or Vick vs. the Mounties on the border? I’d roll with the latter.

  9. tombrookshire says: Apr 19, 2011 8:59 AM

    Both of those debacles were borne out of hunger for money: as much as you can get and more than you need. Something of which there is no shortage in major U.S. corporations. Given the Eagle$ love o’ the green, I am sure they are working an angle that nets them a payday out of it. After all, LurieBannerReid are the undisputed football genuises of the world and they’ll tell you so.

  10. beretta96d says: Apr 19, 2011 9:03 AM

    Do you think vick is the only fellon on either team? How about compelling a list of fellons on all nfl teams? That would be a treat!

  11. nfl fan says: Apr 19, 2011 9:14 AM

    Well, he is what he is…a convicted felon who can play football with no regrets as recently quoted.

  12. vtsquirm says: Apr 19, 2011 9:19 AM

    i don’t see the point in having games in Canada or Europe for that matter. If they were such huge football fans, they’d already have an NFL team (i’ve see CFL games which typically draw 20-30k fans per game)

  13. audient says: Apr 19, 2011 9:20 AM

    Canada considers a single DUI conviction grounds for barring entry. But they’re going to let Vick in?

  14. Tim says: Apr 19, 2011 9:21 AM

    So what is this all ABOUT?

  15. cobrao says: Apr 19, 2011 9:23 AM

    As an Eagles fan, a Canadian, and employee for Canadian Immigration can safely say that Vick should have very little trouble getting into Canada. Unless we think that he would continue to participate in dogfighting in Canada there’s little reason to not admit him.

  16. Kave Krew says: Apr 19, 2011 9:25 AM

    What a week that will be on Mike Vick PFT…….

  17. Kave Krew says: Apr 19, 2011 9:28 AM

    PFT, you clever……you no say article about Mike Vick, but you a walkie us right to his doorstepa……

  18. emoney826 says: Apr 19, 2011 9:40 AM

    It’s nice to know now that the packers will be starting out 1-0 if they’re playing the bears on Thursday night.

  19. janvanflac says: Apr 19, 2011 9:54 AM

    non-story.

  20. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 19, 2011 9:55 AM

    Too bad they’re not staying there for good. Canadian fans would fit right in with that organization.

  21. kellyb9 says: Apr 19, 2011 10:11 AM

    @tombrookshire – “Given the Eagle$ love o’ the green, I am sure they are working an angle that nets them a payday out of it. After all, LurieBannerReid are the undisputed football genuises of the world and they’ll tell you so.” —
    Let me begin by saying I’m a fan of neither team, but seriously, you really went out of your way to bash the Eagles. Why would Eagles ownership care that Buffalo was giving up a home game? If you want to bash someone for playing in Toronto, maybe you should bash Buffalo ownership.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Apr 19, 2011 10:13 AM

    Home game for the Bills. Big Deal!

  23. laeaglefan says: Apr 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    Its probably a non issue, since Vick will no doubt be injured by then and unable to play anyway.

  24. str82dvd says: Apr 19, 2011 10:57 AM

    Oh yes, PFT, there shouldn’t be any other consequences for committing heinous felonies other than a 2 year stint in the klink…

    I mean, I’m all for second chances and all that, but one of the billion reasons we don’t all run dog fighting rings is the LONG TERM, lasting social impacts.

    You know, like perhaps not gaining entry to neighboring country for doing said nasty things.

  25. jdj517 says: Apr 19, 2011 10:58 AM

    NYG vs WAS on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 would be fitting…considering these were 2 of the cities that were impacted by that day’s events…

  26. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 19, 2011 11:05 AM

    This really is funny. Just for the “felonfactor.”

    but in all seriousness,, to hell with canada. they can’t even field a proper NBA of MLB team,, why the hell are we trying to bring football to Cananda.

    Canadians. . . . I’m pretty much against anything they got goin on.

  27. oldbyrd says: Apr 19, 2011 11:17 AM

    AHHH Another piss ant country heard from

  28. briang123 says: Apr 19, 2011 11:51 AM

    This will be the first Toronto game to sell out, because there will be an influx of Eagles fans, who will likely feel like the home team in that game.

  29. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 19, 2011 12:11 PM

    My only question is when are the eagles coming to miami? I find out tonight… come to me, jungle friends…

  30. jets4744 says: Apr 19, 2011 1:27 PM

    Vick is the one who committed the crime and now he must suffer the consequences, if he can’t play then it shouldn’t be a big deal he brought it on himself and the NFL should leave the Eagles out of Canada just because 1 player committed a felony. Vick Just needs to suck it up and take it.

  31. edukator4 says: Apr 19, 2011 2:33 PM

    a few things

    canada cant field a proper mlb or nba team? ok nba i understand because basketball players dont want to play here, seeing as how we have gun laws. but mlb? come on now, if the jays werent in the al east they would have made the playoffs in some other garbage division. to hell with kc, pitt, and mil than also eh?

    trying to bring football to canada? um the bills needed the money toronto is paying to put football on here. with an nfl team (instead of minor league CFL) toronto would show that it is a true football town.

    if Canada were such huge football fans they’d already have a team says another guy. thats some pretty sound logic. hey if you really wanted to be a millionaire you would be already right? or if you really loved your cousin you would have married her…..er nevermind

  32. rolandsloan says: Apr 19, 2011 3:50 PM

    The Bills get paid for playing in Toronto, but it’s NOT a home game. It’s usually 60-70% full,and
    half of those folks are neutral or for the other team. Plus, if a team can’t sleep in their own beds the night before, and your equipment guys have to load up all the gear, it’s NOT home!
    And the Bills want to put another 2-3 games per season in Toronto. It’s a joke. A really sad one…
    Philly should be thrilled. It’s neutral site at worst.

  33. skoobyfl says: Apr 19, 2011 5:28 PM

    Dolphins versus Cowboys, got it. The Bills will not get a primetime game because they are terrible.

  34. gobills716 says: Apr 19, 2011 6:04 PM

    The NFL has really screwed the Bills fans on the games played in Toronto. The Dolphins, Jets, Bears, and now the Eagles. What’s next years opponent the Patriots? They’re taking all the premier games from Rich Stadium and putting them in a stale, half-filled, neutral stadium. I can barely watch the Toronto games it’s such an embarrassment to the Buffalo Bills. This Toronto Series experiment has been one of the biggest failures the NFL, the Buffalo Bills, and Rogers Communications could have ever imagined. God I hope next year is the last year of this “rationalization” effort. Let the Canadians come to Buffalo, the vast majority of them prefer the environment at Rich Stadium (and the price).

  35. philliesphan says: Apr 20, 2011 2:56 PM

    I hope they let him in, but not let him out. Canada can keep him with our warmest regards.

  36. jpmelon says: Apr 20, 2011 11:07 PM

    Ummm…..the Eagles are not going to be playing in Toronto. The Bills website states that they will be playing the Redskins…..is it because of Vick?

  37. publicenemytrudeau says: Apr 21, 2011 1:15 AM

    i fail to see how it’s toronto’s fault the bills games at the rogers center are so poorly supported, it’s not their team and they never really asked for the games. there’s also the small matter of the bills being terrible (0-7 before toronto fans “ruined” their season by not “cheering them to victory” against chicago last fall) and hardly worth the criminal ticket prices ralph wilson and the rogers’ family are charging.

    it’s difficult to criticize the bills for wanting to play at least one home game a year in a modern(ish) facility with the ability to generate revenue. not to insult the obvious buffalo romantics here, but rich stadium is a dump (easily one of the five worst in the league) and the “atmosphere” as people are calling it hasn’t been remotely gripping since doug flutie was taking the snaps.

    i had the misfortune of watching the bills get their first win of the season (in week 10) and the local “faithful” weren’t exactly rocking the foundation of the stadium when pettigrew couldn’t catch the 2-point conversion that would have tied it. the disappointed lions fans that made the trip were making more noise at times, not unlike the bears fans who made a hell of a lot more noise than the red and blue supporters in toronto (after a much longer trip it should be noted). anyway, here’s to buffalo using another first round pick on a running back (also canada’s fault, i’m sure) ~ cheers!

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