IN THE MAZE of the 100 or so players trying to land a job tonight at Lincoln Financial Field will be Larry Brackins.
Brackins is coming off a stellar arena football season with the Soul and trying to make his way on to the Jets' roster. The odds against Brackins, a Tampa Bay 2005 fifth-round pick, are long. He wasn't signed by the Jets until Aug. 19 and he's one of 10 wide receivers on New York's roster.
"He has size [6-4, 220] and great speed for his size," Soul coach Bret Munsey said. "He has a chance to stick one way or the other."
If Brackins doesn't make the Jets' active roster, the eight-man practice squad is an acceptable consolation prize.
Soul offensive lineman Phil Bogle is in the Buccaneers' camp and playing tonight in Houston. Surprisingly, Munsey is delighted at the thought of two of his key players trying to get NFL jobs.
"We encourage our players and work to get our people into the NFL," Munsey said. "We sell that when talking to [prospective] players in the offseason. 'Come to Philadelphia. Be on TV. Get exposure and get back to the NFL.'
"It's great exposure for the organization. We want them to succeed and earn more money. Sure, replacing them isn't easy. But I'm always making calls [on players' behalf]."
Local college football fanatic "Notre Dame" Harvey is hosting his 19th annual Fightin' Irish Summer Pep Rally on Saturday down the shore.
The pep rally will be held at Keenan's Irish Pub in North Wildwood beginning at 3 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and proceeds will benefit the Barrett Nabuurs Senior Center and the St. Gabriel school gym fund.
The Irish Victory March will play every half-hour and, in a sign that the fellas have a sense of humor about last year's 3-9 disaster, they will be selling T-shirts that read:
"Our Father, who art in Heaven
Please not another 2007." *
- Ed Barkowitz