From: Fox, Ashley

To: Ford, Bob; Gonzalez, John

Re: Au revoir

Most likely, last night's game was the last for the Eagles at Giants Stadium, that cavernous concrete structure that holds wind hostage. The Eagles are the only NFC East team to finish with a winning regular-season record since the Giants started playing there in 1976, and boy, have the Birds and Giants had some great battles there.

Granted, there's a huge library from which to choose, but what's your favorite memory from the old lady?

From: Ford, Bob

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Re: Au revoir

When Ray Didinger was writing for the Daily News, he sprained his ankle one year and couldn't drive. We've lived near each other in Delco, so I offered to drive him to Giants Stadium for an Eagles game. Ray is a great guy, good company, and a friend for a long time. This, however, was one of the worst decisions of my life. The Daily News still had something like 3 a.m. deadlines back then, but this was a 1 p.m. game. Even with Ray's reputation for being, uh, deliberate at the keyboard, what could go wrong? Well, we were the last people to leave the stadium. That includes the cleaning crews, the guards, everything. I think we had to climb a chain-link fence to get out. Now, that's a memory.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Ford, Bob; Gonzalez, John

Re: Au revoir

You're full of surprises, Bobby. I was thinking about an on-field memory, but that's a good one. In that spirit...

In January at the Eagles-Giants playoff game, I was in the press box grabbing a bottle of water just before kickoff when the Eagles coaches walked through to their box. Jim Johnson, surprisingly, was part of the crew. I gave him a look like, "What's up?" as he walked slowly by. He rolled his eyes and gave a shrug. Only much later did we learn his cancer had returned.

That game was a Johnson masterpiece. The Eagles disrupted Eli Manning, intercepting him twice, and kept the Giants out of the end zone. Johnson always loved to game plan for the Giants. He had a lot of respect for them. That game was his last on the winning side. Sadly, that was one of the last times I saw him alive.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Ford, Bob

Re: Au revoir

My favorite was probably Brian Westbrook's improbable game-winning punt return in '03. One of the best returns I've ever seen. Plus, it resulted in a loss for New York and prompted 70,000 Giants fans to lose their minds. That's fun for the whole family.

A couple from my childhood stand out. In '88, Clyde Simmons scored on a blocked field goal attempt in overtime. And remember when Keith Byars blindsided Pepper Johnson with that brutal block in 1990? Was that at the Meadowlands or the Vet? Can't remember. Either way, that was one vicious hit.

Final memory: Taking Sheridan to get his car after last year's game. He was in the auxiliary press parking lot - better known as Albany.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Ford, Bob; Gonzalez, John

Re: Au revoir

I was part of your traveling contingent that day, Gonz. All I remember is the ridiculous bag of coins you had in your car because, for whatever reason, you refuse to be a true Northeasterner and get an E-ZPass.

From: Ford, Bob

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Re: Au revoir

E-ZPass is more selective than you might think.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Ford, Bob

Re: Au revoir

Finally caved and got E-ZPass; 1998 technology is grand.