From a tipster who is above this stuff but knows that we aren’t: This morning, Instagram user bunnikay – who looks to be Ryan Mathews’ girlfriend (or at least “girl”) since there are pics with her and his family at Eagles games – called him out for cheating on Instagram. In a now-deleted post, she wrote:
“Ryan Mathews!!! Happy one year anniversary to the biggest lying cheating scumbag I ever met. Hope you have a lovely life with your groupies … thanks for the migraine. PHILLY GIRLS LOOK WHOSE ON THE MARKET! Flock to him please! what a gem.”
There are some heart emoji (and knife and gun ones) in there but the main event is the picture. It looks like Mathews waiting inside a gated entrance for a girl who is walking up to meet him. The hashtags after the comment call her a hooker but hey, I don’t see any exchange of money. This means one of two things: Either someone just happened upon the situation and sent her the pic or she FOLLOWED (or had someone follow) him to catch him in the act. That’s some Joey Greco level shit, and I respect that.
UPDATE: She apologized, calling Mathews an “amazing father” and “good lover.”
I was wrong for my last post and completely out of character as a hurt woman.. I think a lot of us can relate to someone we love hurting us and wanting to hurt them back and lash out in ways we regret. Ryan is a great man, an amazing father and was a good lover to me. He made his mistakes and I have made mine. I’m embarrassed and ashamed of my irrational behavior earlier today. I never should have Aired dirty laundry. Nobody deserves that. He didn’t deserve that.
Not gonna lie, I kinda love it. We’ll update with his snaps throughout the day – which I’m pretty sure he’s shooting on an iPhone 3 – but you can check what he’s posted for the BoseOfficial account so far after the jump.
Yesterday (and even up to an hour ago) it was being reported that trade talks between the Broncos and Eagles for Sam Bradford were going places. That is no longer the case. They’re dead.
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos cut off trade talks with the Eagles because they “do not expect Philadelphia to send Sam Bradford to any team.” Bradford is in a rough spot. The Eagles won’t move him unless they get a lot, and other teams won’t offer a lot because they know he wants to be moved. He may have seen this route as the only way to get traded, but he may have killed his own chances of being traded when he publicly asked for one.
“But they’re one game over .500” you say. Yeah. I know. No one expected that.
Last night, the Phillies beat the Nationals 3-0 and they’ll go for the sweep tonight. That wasn’t supposed to happen. Sure we’ve played less than a month of baseball – and this level of play (not even that high) probably isn’t sustainable – but it sure is fun.
Look, it’s not like they’re blowing teams away (5 of their 11 wins have been by one run, while 8 of their ten losses have been by 3 runs or more), but they’re finding ways to win. Just last night, here’s how they scored their three runs:
- Odubel Herrera singles. He’s sacrifice bunted over to second. Advances to third on a wild pitch. Scores on a sac fly.
- Cesar Hernandez singles. Advances to second on a single. Advances to third on a sac bunt. Scores on a grounder to third because he was running on contact.
- Carlos Ruiz solo home run.
That’s how you score runs when you aren’t the best team on the field.
Players’ individual stats haven’t been amazing, though there is one stand-out, and it really sums up how this team has been playing: Odubel Herrera’s walks. Herrera walked 28 times all of last year. Before that, he never played in the majors and came here as a rule 5 pick. He walked 0 times in Spring Training. Through 21 games he has walked 21 times. To put that in perspective, when he got walk #20 last night:
On-pace for doesn’t mean “will get,” but it’s more impressive when you think how many intentional walks Bonds and McGwire got that Herrera won’t get. It’s impressive.
Are the Phillies a great team? No. Are they a good team? No. They’re okay. I’m still sticking to my 74-win prediction, but here and there they’re gonna make it fun.
Watching a young player develop into something great is one of the great joys of sports fandom. In a lull of bad sports – like the one Philadelphia is going through right now – sometimes it’s all you’ve got. But now, you can actually invest in one young budding star and try to make some money off of him.
Fantex is a company/service that allows you to buy shares of a player (by actually buying stock in Fantex, but tomato/tomahto) and get a return on your investment. They just invested in Maikel Franco – at $4.35 million for 10% stake – and you can buy into their share. Here’s how it actually works, via Ken Rosenthal (using Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney as an example):
Under the terms of the deal, Heaney will receive $3.34 million in exchange for 10 percent of all future earnings related to his brand, including player contracts, corporate endorsements and appearance fees.
The agreement is contingent on Fantex obtaining the financing necessary to pay the purchase price. The shares are not yet up for sale, and Heaney, his agents and Fantex officials cannot yet comment …
MLB was concerned about the possibility of such an agreement leaving Heaney vulnerable to exploitation by gamblers, but Fantex employs a screening process to weed out problematic investors, according to sources …
His earnings would need to exceed $33.4 million for his investors to realize a return. If Heaney is successful, he can cover a sizable percentage of that amount in arbitration alone and earn additional income in endorsements.
In Franco’s case those earnings would have to hit $43.5 million for returns to kick in (and even then it’s unlikely they’ll be big ones). More than anything, it’s an opportunity for athletes to promote their brand while giving fans a cool (though unlikely profitable) connection to them. You can set yourself up to buy some of Franco here.
Personally, he missed time with injury last year, almost got hurt the other day, and we Philly fans are in a rut. For that reason, I’m out.
After tomorrow, we’re going to be getting to know Carson Wentz pretty well. We already got a JJ Watt-lite Players Tribune piece about how being made in North Dakota made him tough. And in Sports Illustrated today, we got another quick look into what he’s like from Greg Bishop. First, what does he eat?
Carson Wentz arrives alone and on time at 8 a.m. sharp. He slides into the corner booth at the hottest breakfast spot in Fargo, N.D., where signs on the table advertise banana cream pie and a Friday fish fry and all-you-can-eat pancakes after midnight. No one bothers Wentz here, except the waitress.
Oh, what could this amazing breakfast place be. A local hole-in-the-wall diner?
“Welcome to Perkins.”
Let’s take a minute to bask in the beautiful framing of that lede. Well done. Perkins might be a garbage restaurant, but at least Wentz got something good: He ordered a “bacon-mushroom-and-tomato omelet lathered in hollandaise sauce, along with breakfast potatoes, pancakes and a cinnamon roll.” Sounds like a dream hangover cure, even if that hollandaise sends you searching for the stall at Perkins.
But it wasn’t a hangover cure. Wentz was just up enjoying some good old fashioned chain-restaurant breakfast. He doesn’t even seem like much of a drinker. There’s this later anecdote about winning the national title and celebrating with the backup who stepped in when he was hurt:
Three weeks after Stick whipped Richmond 33–7 in the national semifinal, on the eve of the title game, Klieman announced that Wentz would be starting against top-ranked Jacksonville (Ala.) State. One day later the senior threw for 197 yards and ran for 79 more, scoring three times in the 37–10 triumph. Afterward, he wrapped Stick in a bear hug, stayed through the trophy presentation, then hopped a plane to Los Angeles, celebrating in first class with a single Coors Light.
Perkins? Fine. Coors Light? No. Coors Light is – outside of Miller Genuine Draft – the worst easily accessible shit beer there is. I’ve liked everything I’ve seen from Wentz so far. He seems pretty bland and mayo, but I don’t need excitement from him. There is no athlete in the world more mayo than Peyton Manning, but even he doesn’t drink Coors Light. What’s next, is his favorite cheese American?
I was this close to putting comedian in quotes up there because I’ve seen Reese Waters do this stuff before and sometimes he’s alright: On SportsCenter last night (and today) they’ve been airing a Philly Fans 101 video from comedian Reese Waters where he teaches a class in fan behavior. You can watch the full video after the jump, but let me impart some quick wisdom here: I find it totally beautiful and ironic that location in which this is set, the upstairs bar at O’Neals just off of South St., is a STEELERS BAR.
You can watch the clip here if it doesn’t play on mobile.
The Eagles do not have a first round pick in 2017, but you may be able to yell obscenities at Roger Goodell in person!
According to Adam Schefter, Philadelphia is a leading candidate to host the 2017 NFL Draft. Philly was also in the running for last year’s draft but lost out. There’s no word on where the draft would be held, but all those people you see on TV that make you say “Wait, who is staying at the draft and cheering/booing all day long?” That could be you.