The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.
EAGLES OPEN WITH
Shouldered with massive media buzz and coined the "Dream Team" after a busy offseason of bringing in top-flight free agents, the Philadelphia Eagles, under the guise of longtime Coach Andy Reid, kicked off their 2011 season on Sunday with a 31-13 win over the host St. Louis Rams.
"Wins are hard to get in the National Football League, I think you see that when you check out how things are around the league," Reid said in a postgame press conference. "On the other side of that, there are plenty things that we need to work on. Obviously, we are not satisfied with today, we can play a lot better. My hat is off to [Rams Coach] Steve Spagnuolo and his football team; they went down today like crazy with quite a few injuries out there. That is a tough deal. He sure has done a nice job, along with his coaches and front office. He has a pretty good football team."