Chip Kelly was a guest on Adam Schefter’s podcast today. He discussed a range of topics. Most notable may be his backing of Colin Kaepernick, but in Philly we care about Marcus Mariota, so here goes. From NJ.com:
“That question didn’t come up very often,” Kelly said, when asked by Schefter if he could have done anything more to facilitate a trade with the Tennessee Titans to acquire the No. 2 overall pick to draft Mariota. “With Tennessee, they weren’t moving off the pick. Rightly so. They were looking for the same thing we were, to get themselves a really top-quality quarterback.
“It really wasn’t like … We didn’t really get into a conversation of what we can offer or what we can’t offer, because they made it known that they really weren’t looking to trade the pick.
“That’s all speculation that’s out there, you hear stories that ‘we offered this, we offered that.’ We didn’t offer anything because they weren’t taking any offers for it.”
About what I expected, honestly. All reports since have all but confirmed that the Titans never seriously considered trading the pick.
Kelly also talked about the LeSean McCoy trade and took the blame for not notifying him before reports got out. You can here that part at around the 11:00 mark here.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) June 28, 2017
This is one of my favorite days of the year! Followed closely by the Extra behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the new theme song which I have managed to stumble upon for two consecutive years now. Don’t judge me. Just know that I have almost a year of pent up frustration over the letdown that was the 2016 version of the song, never mind the fact that Carrie hasn’t worn the short shorts since 2013. We’re due, WE’RE DUE for the short shorts. Bring back the old theme song and the short shorts, Carrie! It’s all I ask this fall.
Does anyone else have the sudden urge to buy a Verizon phone?
Side note: The next time I see a cover band at a wedding I’m requesting this song (2013 version) and demanding they play the extended version SNF chords as the camera pans over the stadium and they send it to Al and Chris. What? I NEED SOME FOOTBALL!
UPDATE: OHMAGAHD PopCulture.com has images:
Not short shorts! But the nude dress is an unexpected and welcome curveball.
Nothing inspires confidence in your newly acquired running back like an Eddie Lacy honorary fat clause.
When Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount hops on the scale in late July, a good chunk of change will be on the line.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Blount can earn $50,000 if he weighs between 240-250 pounds on the team’s reporting day for training camp.
Blount is listed at 6-foot, 250 pounds on the team’s website. At the end of the Eagles’ mandatory minicamp, Blount said he would spend the next five weeks training “wherever I’m at,” noting that he had a lot of moving to do as he makes the transition from New England to Philadelphia. Asked what he weighed, Blount only responded, “I’m gonna be training.”
Not totally unheard, but also just one of those mild red flags that makes you wonder why a team would feel compelled to implement it in the first place. Blount has a bit of a history with his weight, and superior Patriots system runner Dion Lewis called him out last year for eating Wendy’s… though Blount does seem like one of those guys who plays better fat, sort of like Ryan Howard, Bartolo Colon and Al Roker.*
In the days, hours and even minutes before scheduled weigh-ins, I discovered that players would sit in saunas and steam rooms, run on the treadmill in rubber suits and, among other tactics, use diuretics to drain water weight. Whether they made their target weight or not, these methods would deplete them of strength and glycogen storage for days or weeks to come. Teams should have evolved their approach by now; they could use measurements for body fat or take DEXA scans, which measure bone density. These methods would be more productive and beneficial for both the team and player. This is an area ripe for change.
Blount is that guy in high school walking around in 40 sweatsuits and eating rice trying to make his wrestling weight later that day. Always hated that guy. Then again, they also hated me– I’m 160 fully dressed and dipped in ketchup. There’s a visual… that Blount would probably like to eat.
*JB just joined the club:
Just as I was writing the Dei Lynam post, Tim Panaccio tweets that he is out at CSN:
PART 1: The business of reporting is rapidly changing and so am I. I’m leaving CSN. (continued) …
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) June 28, 2017
PART 2: Thanks to everyone at the network and, of course, the Flyers. Third period ends. Overtime next.
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) June 28, 2017
It’s looking more like these are network decisions rather than personal decisions. Keep in mind the current sports media environment: ESPN just laid off a whole bunch of its talent (mostly writers and reporters), FOX Sports just went all-in on an almost exclusively video strategy, and now CSN has just jettisoned its leading Flyers and Sixers reporters.
The industry as a whole is losing subscribers due to cord cutting. Social media is dominating. It’s becoming harder to monetize online text. And news and highlights on TV aren’t really needed anymore. This comes in the wake of many networks, including CSN, paying large broadcast rights fees to leagues and teams. You see the problem there.
I don’t want to dance on anyone’s grave, but if there was one person I would do that to, it’s Panaccio, who once emailed the Flyers and demanded that I be removed from their press distribution list because I was an asshole who worked in his mother’s basement. More relevant: He wasn’t good at his job, was the leader of a group of troll beat writers who continually mailed it in with small-minded and predictable content, and wrote useless game recaps in one-sentence paragraphs. Flyers coverage will be better off.
Add Dei Lynam to that list– she tweeted today that she’s leaving the network:
It’s unclear whose decision this was (I’ll try to find out more), but Dei was obviously one of the network’s mainstays and one of their leading Sixers voices. Her departure comes on the heels of other of the more seasoned on-air personalities leaving over the past year or so as the network gets away from news and highlights and doubles down on debate-style and web videos.
That is the only reasonable response I can think of to Marcus Hayes’ latest ass rind of a column. Let’s skip the pleasantries and get directly to the takedown:
FOR STARTERS, maybe Markelle Fultz shouldn’t start.
Oh no. Abort!
Really; what’s the rush? This is the fifth year of The Process. The three most significant pieces – Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Fultz – have played a total of 31 of 328 games since it began. Processors are nothing if not patient.
Just think about it. Simmons is a 6-10 power forward, but Brett Brown says he will convert him to point guard even though Simmons missed his entire rookie year with a broken foot. There will be growing pains.
Oh, phew, he’s just being sarcastic– lightly prodding the Process folks who for years said the Sixers need not worry about competing. I get it. Not my style, but we’ll roll with it.
It seems more logical to start Simmons alongside veteran Jerryd Bayless, who can play shooting guard and help handle the ball if necessary. It will be necessary.
Wait… he is being sarcastic, right?
Fultz can come off the bench and play alongside point guard T.J. McConnell. The introduction to the NBA is a lot gentler when you slide in at the wing.
GAH! It’s real! Marcus Hayes really just campaigned for the number one pick in the draft, a true point guard, to come off the bench at the wing, this just one paragraph after he posited that Ben Simmons, also a rookie and not a true point guard, should start at point. Let’s play SPOT THE HOLES IN HIS LOGIC.
The veteran-rookie tandems just make sense. Use them like a hockey coach uses defensive pairs. Yoke them together and let them grow together. It’s best for the team.
The matter-of-fact way he says it’s best for the team is impressive for the arrogance with which it comes across. Like Marcus, and Marcus alone, knows the true value in treating the number pick in the NBA draft like Andrew Fucking MacDonald.
Chris Paul, the league’s best point guard for the past 12 seasons, has a 4.25 assist-to-turnover ratio in the last 10 seasons . . . but even CP3 was almost a full assist worse his first two seasons.
Fultz and Simmons are not Chris Paul.
Chris Paul was such a can’t-miss NBA prospect coming into the draft that he was picked behind Andrew Bogut and Marvin Williams. To be sure, we would all be thrilled if Fultz or Simmons turned into a Chris Paul caliber player. But there is nothing, at all, to indicate that either guy can’t do that. The fascination of old-timey writers to overvalue veterans and forget that they, too, were once rookies is mind-boggling. And what’s the point of this anyway? Obviously Paul – like just about every other player ever – learned from his rookie mistakes. THEY DID HIM GOOD!
Kobe didn’t start his first two seasons. Magic didn’t play point guard his first four seasons, and Magic had played twice as many seasons in college as Fultz and Simmons, both one-and-doners. Magic also led Michigan State to the 1979 NCAA title and was the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Both Simmons and Fultz watched their NCAA Tournaments on TV.
I can’t take it anymore.