From: Gonzalez, John

To: Lyon, Bill; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The "positive" Redskins outcome

My favorite part about the postgame press conference happened when Andy Reid was informed that the team is still alive in the playoff hunt. Mathematically alive. Technically alive. Not really and truly alive. But you know Big Red. He's a glass-half-full kind of guy.

"We are still alive?" Reid said. "I don't know the rankings. That's at least a positive here. In that case, the loss should have no effect on us."

See, nothing to worry about. The loss should have no effect on them. Aside from that "positive," as Reid put it, was there anything about that game - or this season - that the fans should take comfort in?

From: Lyon, Bill

To: Gonzalez, John; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The "positive" Redskins outcome

Comfort?  Here's comfort: Be thankful that the Iggles aren't listed on the New York Stock Exchange and that you don't own any shares and don't have to watch your IRA hemorrhage money until you have to consider un-retiring and pleading for a permanent berth on Talking Forehead Row, not that that gig pays so great, and besides it's probably too late to qualify for the Christmas bonus anyway, but I digress.

No effect?  Andy Reid says the Washington defeat "should have no effect on us."  No effect?  In fact, it should motivate the liver out of the Birds.  No effect?  Right, all it cost you was the playoffs, most probably, that's all.

No effect? Such nonchalance, even if feigned, is as maddeningly infuriating as that stubborn, intractable, destructive  insistence on clinging to an obsolete offensive philosophy.

Comfort? No matter how hard they try to avoid this postseason, they still have a chance to qualify.  Take comfort in the fact that they don't deserve to but might in spite of themselves.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Lyon, Bill; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The "positive" Redskins outcome

Welcome back, Bill. I find it comforting when you lash out at the head coach. That and spiked eggnog get me in the Christmas spirit.

From: Sheridan, Phil

To: Lyon, Bill; Gonzalez, John

Subject: The "positive" Redskins outcome

As much as I hate to undercut sales, Bill, you may be interested in the brilliant retirement strategy I've outlined in my forthcoming book, Work Until You Drop Dead. The idea of retiring with hope for security and comfort is just so 20th-century. I'm leaving my last press box with a toe tag, perhaps as soon as next month.

I like to think Andy meant the loss would have "no effect" on the Eagles' focus and commitment against Dallas. But I'm starting to wonder if he has any idea what's coming out of his mouth.

The Eagles have had several mind-numbingly bad losses this season - any one of which could have made the difference in their playoff chances - but Sunday at FedEx was the worst. Period. If I'm an Eagles fan, I don't know what I dread more - they miss the playoffs or they somehow get in.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Lyon, Bill; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The "positive" Redskins outcome

'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la . . .

From: Sheridan, Phil

To: Lyon, Bill; Gonzalez, John

Subject: The "positive" Redskins outcome

Throwing on every down is folly, fa la la la la ...