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Tents, bleachers going up at Lehigh for Eagles camp

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It’s becoming more and more clear that the lockout isn’t going to end with a bang but with a shrug, in the form of an announcement made days after a new labor deal has become a foregone conclusion for most observers and fans.  Until that joint statement declaring the return of football comes, a patchwork of circumstantial evidence will make that moment even more anticlimactic.

The latest piece of proof comes from the Philadelphia Eagles.  Per LehighValleyLive.com, tents and bleachers are being erected at Lehigh University, site of the team’s training camp.

“It’s just them making preparations on their end,” Lehigh spokesman Steve Lomangino told Jim Deegan. “It’s the Eagles being proactive.”

Lomangino added that today is the day on which preparations would have begun, resulting in no delay to the process as a result of the work stoppage.

“We’re trying to be as prepared as possible in the event we go to Lehigh for training camp,” Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko said.

C’mon Derek.  “In the event”?  The Eagles wouldn’t be spending the money to get ready for camp if the Eagles thought there was a real chance camp wouldn’t happen.  Though it’s still remotely possible but highly unlikely that something crazy will happen (more on that later), the Eagles are getting ready for camp because the Eagles believe camp is going to happen.

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37 Responses to “Tents, bleachers going up at Lehigh for Eagles camp”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Jul 15, 2011 6:52 PM

    Only setting up tents for the circus. Oh thats Andy Reid and not an elephant!

  2. trbowman says: Jul 15, 2011 6:55 PM

    And the warm water keeps on a coming…….starting to feel really steamy in here.

  3. bucone says: Jul 15, 2011 6:59 PM

    After reading this a tent is not the only thing that got erected.

  4. dryheaveone says: Jul 15, 2011 7:00 PM

    Sure Vick isn’t just setting up another doggie day care camp?

  5. eagles83 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:01 PM

    Suck it rest of the NFL teams who aren’t do anything to prepare for training camp! This alone will give us a head start! Muahahahaha!

    Seriously though this is a great sign that this stupid lockout is almost over!

  6. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 15, 2011 7:04 PM

    Hate the eagles, but Lurie knows whats up with the lockout. I’m breaking out the gin and tonics and celebrating by re-watching the Packers march to the Super Bowl. Starting with their win over the giants. Go. Pack. Go.

  7. jakek2 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:07 PM

    Thats just where Philly fans live.

  8. jacksaysfu says: Jul 15, 2011 7:08 PM

    Hi ho, to lehigh I go!!

  9. stevo8drum says: Jul 15, 2011 7:09 PM

    bring on my birds baby!!! thumbs down for you clowns!!

  10. tchurch316 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:09 PM

    I have been to camp every year for the past 13 years and I wouldn’t be able to stand missing my first one because of this lockout. Being back the football!! E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!

  11. jacksaysfu says: Jul 15, 2011 7:11 PM

    Ill be there, kevin kolb won’t. !

  12. bucwild05 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:12 PM

    How is this news? As much as I love the NFL (at least I used to) and how much I love my team, I am boycotting the Preseason. I am not buying any tickets, no TV for their ratings, no NFL Sunday ticket this year, no purchasing any NFL apparal, I hate the players for doing this…. The Owners should not have to give a penny of their profits to their employees… That’s why they own the team.

    They pay their employees well, I know I can’t go and ask my boss for some of his profits… Why should they? Its appauling!

  13. turk2875 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:13 PM

    WOOOOOO, been going to Eagles camp for 7 years now, ready to make that two hour drive to Lehigh!!!!

    YES, I’m ready for some FOOTBALL!!!!

  14. illwillthemick says: Jul 15, 2011 7:16 PM

    @stairwayto7 ur lame

  15. illwillthemick says: Jul 15, 2011 7:19 PM

    eagles run the best training camp in the NFl.. and thats for the players and the fans.. EAGLES!!!

  16. ICDogg says: Jul 15, 2011 7:26 PM

    I’m only about an hour away from there… glad that it’s going to be ON.

  17. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 15, 2011 7:40 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:Jul 15, 2011 7:04 PM

    0 likes, 14 dislikes?

    What’s with all the hate? It’s not my fault you’ve never won the Super Bowl. Your worse than vike fans, at least you haven’t lost it 4 times like the vikes…

  18. bradjames33160 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:47 PM

    I love my Broncos, but the Eagles are another team I admire and respect. I’d rather see them win the NFC East than the Cowgirls.

  19. jacksaysfu says: Jul 15, 2011 8:10 PM

    Alright kids let’s pack !! Lehigh better get ready for us kenzos! Best training campaign in the league, hands down.

  20. jacksaysfu says: Jul 15, 2011 8:13 PM

    There is a God . ..

  21. mcp0401 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:37 PM

    Do the dog cages and fighting ring go next to the tents or the bleachers? Hide your beagle Vicks an Eagle…

  22. supersuckers3 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:38 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Jul 15, 2011 6:52 PM
    Only setting up tents for the circus. Oh thats Andy Reid and not an elephant!

    ——————–

    Zepplin was still a bunch of thieves and essentially a coverband but that comment was a good one. Nicely played!

  23. tinopuno says: Jul 15, 2011 8:39 PM

    jakek2 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:07 PM

    Thats just where Philly fans live.

    —————————————————–

    Types Jake from his parents’ Airstream.

  24. tinopuno says: Jul 15, 2011 8:44 PM

    bucwild05 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:12 PM

    The Owners should not have to give a penny of their profits to their employees… That’s why they own the team.
    ____________________________________

    Brilliant logic!

  25. turk2875 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:47 PM

    @bradjames33160

    You guys don’t know how lucky the Broncos are for having Dawkins, loved watching him as an Eagle…

  26. supersuckers3 says: Jul 15, 2011 9:43 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jul 15, 2011 7:40 PM
    carlgerbschmidt says:Jul 15, 2011 7:04 PM

    0 likes, 14 dislikes?

    What’s with all the hate? It’s not my fault you’ve never won the Super Bowl. Your worse than vike fans, at least you haven’t lost it 4 times like the vikes…
    —————

    Minneapolis is a beautiful city. Philadelphia is a dump. Better football team in Philly? Yes..for now. But Minneapolis is a sparkling jewel of a town. The Philly people know this and they project anger..

  27. goawayeverybody says: Jul 15, 2011 9:44 PM

    The Eagles suck.

  28. burgandyandgold says: Jul 15, 2011 10:14 PM

    They need to set up one tent to administer IV’s and other fluids to all the Eagle fans who get too drunk, a tent for a court room to send them all to jail and a social service tent to place their ugly children in foster care while the parents sober up in the county jail.

  29. tinopuno says: Jul 15, 2011 11:14 PM

    burgandyandgold says: Jul 15, 2011 10:14 PM

    They need to set up one tent to administer IV’s and other fluids to all the Eagle fans who get too drunk, a tent for a court room to send them all to jail and a social service tent to place their ugly children in foster care while the parents sober up in the county jail.

    —————————————————

    B&G

    It’s always refreshing to read witty remarks critical of Philadelphia from that bastion of clean streets and crime free neighborhoods…Washington, DC. That’s not to mention the tens of thousands of hard working and intellectually gifted Federal employees who make up much of the Skins’ fan base.

    But speaking of novel tents at the Eagles training facility, how about a 4th tent where the wives/girls of male Skins’ fans can go when they’re tired of same old lame excuses about the Viagra not working any more?

  30. icelovinbrotha215 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:47 PM

    Man. Haters everywhere. This news better lead to a SB parade down Broad Street! Fly Eagles fly. On the road to victory….

  31. mdnittlion says: Jul 15, 2011 11:59 PM

    I loved watching the training camps as a kid. Sucks I had to move out of state.

  32. andyreidisfat says: Jul 16, 2011 1:04 AM

    For those making jokes about people from philly sitting in their mothers basement behind a computer internet connection …… Good luck in life there buddy ….

    And to the Bronco’s fan thank you for the respect and just know a lot of do route for the Broncos when they are not playing us based on the Fact Dawkins plays there. Would make me happy to see Dawk win a superbowl as long as its not against us.

    Also for all those that talk so much poop on my birds do you think its strange you say how bad of franchise we are yet every offseason all the top free agents want to come here ??? Isn’t that strange that every year we have guys basiclly going to the media and begging to be an Eagle ?? Its funny how you don’t hear to many players going to the media to play for the Vikings or the Redskins…. hmmm

    Oh and B&G you make fun of philly but dude your from the murder capital of the country. D.C. is a dump. And the few parts that arn’t filled with street crime are filled with a much worse crime. Politicos …. hmm where would i rather be …

  33. stanklepoot says: Jul 16, 2011 4:46 AM

    bucwild05 says:
    Jul 15, 2011 7:12 PM
    How is this news? As much as I love the NFL (at least I used to) and how much I love my team, I am boycotting the Preseason. I am not buying any tickets, no TV for their ratings, no NFL Sunday ticket this year, no purchasing any NFL apparal, I hate the players for doing this…. The Owners should not have to give a penny of their profits to their employees… That’s why they own the team.

    They pay their employees well, I know I can’t go and ask my boss for some of his profits… Why should they? Its appauling!
    ________________________
    What exactly did the players do? The owners opted out of the last CBA (as was their right), and then didn’t engage in any serious negotiations for nearly two years. The idea obviously was to wait until they were closer to a deadline to gain some advantage in negotiations. Again, that was well within their rights. The players countered by using the best strategies available to them to gain an advantage in negotiations, as is their right. In the end, we’re getting a deal done after many years of labor peace that sets the league up for quite a few more years of labor peace without any games having been lost. Even in the preseason, the only game at risk of being lost is the extra preseason game known as the hall of fame game.

    As for not giving the players a penny of the profits, are you out of your mind? Are you suggesting slavery or forced labor camps? The owners may have purchased their team, but without the players they have no product. It’s a symbiotic relationship. The owners need elite players to keep the fans interested, and the players need the marketing and packaging of their sport that the NFL has proven so skilled at doing. As a result of their combined efforts, 8 of the 12 most valuable sports franchises in the world belong to the NFL, a league whose sport does not have the same international following as sports like soccer and basketball. As for asking your boss for a share of the profits, many of us work for companies that have some form of profit sharing. Even if that weren’t the case, in your blind hatred for anyone who is better off than you are, you’re ignoring a major factor. Athletes don’t have normal jobs. Professional sports are part of the entertainment industry, an industry in which a worker’s pay reflects the money they make for their bosses. It’s also an industry in which pay being based on a percentage of the profit is a common practice for the major players. In this case the only difference is that, rather than giving a percentage to a specific actor in a movie, you’re giving that percentage to the players as a whole.

    Personally, I don’t care who gets what percentage of the profit, and I really don’t understand why anyone else would care either. It seems like some of you think it’s ok for the owners to make an unbelievable amount of money because they started out wealthy, but for a player who may have started out poor and worked their butts off to get where they are it’s somehow inappropriate. Basically, it seems like some of you hate the players because they started out where you did, but ended up a lot more successful. If that’s the case, that’s just sad.

  34. ohiodeerhunter says: Jul 16, 2011 8:00 AM

    “I have been to camp every year for the past 13 years and I wouldn’t be able to stand missing my first one because of this lockout. Being back the football!! E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!”

    Why in the world would a grown man go watch training camp for 13 years? Hopefully you go for your kids? You dont wear a jersey too do you?

  35. txndave says: Jul 16, 2011 10:12 AM

    Eagles the superbowl contenders of 20 years now.

  36. thephantomstranger says: Jul 16, 2011 11:26 AM

    supersuckers3 says:
    Jul 15, 2011 9:43 PM
    Minneapolis is a beautiful city. Philadelphia is a dump. Better football team in Philly? Yes..for now. But Minneapolis is a sparkling jewel of a town. The Philly people know this and they project anger..
    _________________

    You must have had a nice vacation, SS3, if that is your real name. You came back much kinder and gentler.

  37. tchurch316 says: Jul 16, 2011 3:57 PM

    Why in the world would a grown man go watch training camp for 13 years? Hopefully you go for your kids? You dont wear a jersey too do you?

    I absolutely go for myself, I love football and my team, and trying to disparage someone for what they enjoy is pretty pathetic.

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