Rough day in the nation’s capital. It would appear that RGIII has a
broken [UPDATE: dislocated] ankle.
And a few plays later, DeSean Jaccson left the game with a shoulder injury:
Both players are out for the game and, probably, much longer. Somewhere, Chip Kelly’s lips form a knowing smirk.
I’m not sure why Les Bowen considers it wise or a sound career strategy to keep poking peers and colleagues, but that was again the case today when he responded, needlessly, to Jimmy Kempski’s Tweet promoting his forward-looking post about potential Eagles draft targets:
Hooray. And we’re off:
I’m not a fan of nonsensical draft conjecture, especially this early in the season, but Kempski does indeed know his audience, and on a day with a mostly meh slate of college games, his post at least provides some viewing guidance. Les is just a bitter, bitter man. Whether it’s a knock-down, drag-out (and literal!) Twitter fight with Jeff Mclane, or ripping genuinely successful new mediaererer Mike Florio, or complaining about Eliot Shorr-Parks’ reporting on the DeSean Jaccson story, or knocking bloggers doing good work, or previously chiding Kempski, Bowen is someone who has a serious problem with new media. Here’s a guy who “respects” his colleagues’ work, and yet…
… a dig at Kempski’s propensity for using intentionally poorly drawn stick figures in his work, an approach that is both funny and insightful. Kempski is different in a way that is refreshing, especially on a mainstream site like Philly.com, and the fact that Bowen keeps criticizing this type of work makes him look like a Casio watch at 3 p.m. last Tuesday.
Absurd item description:
The item up for Auction is the controversial $0.20 Receipt for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy’s meal at Philadelphia Restaurant, PYT.
The aforementioned receipt has caused quite the media buzz amongst social media/news networks/celebrities along with many others.
Not only do you get to keep a memento of weird current events/social media history but you also get an autograph from incredibly talented Philadelphia Eagles running back, LeSean McCoy!!!
As to how I came into possession of this item:
My good friend Tommy Up has left this receipt in my possession in order to ensure something positive comes out of this somewhat negative action that has recently taken place.
With your help we’ll be able to leave the largest tip possible to all PYT employees for their hard work and dedication.
The only thing we would like to ask on your end is for the winner to write a personalized note or card to the PYT staff, which we give to the staff along with the winning bid/tip. (We want to give credit where credit is due)
This is attention-whoring the likes of which we’ve never seen. Never mind that the scummy tactic of selling a credit card receipt containing a (millionaire’s!) name and four digits* feels dangerously close to being illegal.
*I’m guessing they’re pretty accessible with the receipt in your possession.
Posting the receipt was one thing – understandable, even – but this is fucking ridiculous. Dude just announced he’s franchising PYT, so now this is all a giant publicity stunt, dragging a guy’s name through the mud in the most pathetic way. There were derogatory statements about women? I don’t want to go into detail about that because I’m not trying to ruin somebody’s Nike contract. Fuuuuuck off.
The “asshole” comment apparently wasn’t bleeped out when it was live. Full video here.
Did Chip Kelly do something unconventional, etc.? Yes. According to the man himself, the Eagles don’t always get the best replay views on the road, specifically in two stadiums, and Coach Kelly though the Eagles could use some extra eyes on replays after last year. In the 2013 season, Kelly and the Eagles batted .500 on coaches challenges (3 won, 3 lost), and obviously Kelly wants to bring that number up. But where are those stadiums where the replays aren’t the best?
Instinct tells me the Patriots, with their close relationship to tape, would not give opposing teams the best views on the road, but Chip Kelly’s Eagles didn’t play in Foxborough last year. With the rivals mindset, it’s gotta be some combo of Washington/New York/Dallas, and specifically the ‘Skins and the ‘Boys, since I can imagine Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder both making it their personal goal to ensure all the replays seen by opponents are terrible. But if it’s an issue of camera angles, you have to look at some of the older (or worst) stadiums in the league, and the Eagles played on the road in both Oakland and Green Bay last year. Maybe they should just set up an HDTV with a cable hookup on the sideline.
Two of Chip’s three lost challenges last year came at home, however, so maybe that extra set of eyes will be helpful.
UPDATE: According to Matt Lombardo, who really covered all the bases here, it is against NFL rules to have a portable TV (though, if they hardwire one in there isn’t that a loophole?), and Kelly said “it’s happened in two cities specifically this year” that he wanted to throw the challenge flag but didn’t get the replays he needed. Assuming he actually means this year, that narrows it down to the only two road games the Birds have played, the pre-season games against the Bears and Patriots. I KNEW IT.
These cartoons take a back seat to those highly-produced #FlyEaglesFly videos, but what the hell, it’s Friday and I have a headache.
Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports
The first half of the Eagles’ week one matchup against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars was … worrisome. Panic set in almost immediately, calls for Mark Sanchez were all over Twitter before the second quarter even started, and the Birds went into halftime trailing 17-0. The second half was very different however, as the Eagles offense (and defense) responded by scoring 34 points to the Jaguars’ 0. The team finally gelled and everything seemed to be working. The rust was shaken off. And according to friend of the site (and former Onward State beat writer) Drew Balis‘ blog Balls of Wisdom:
- The only NFL teams to score more points than the Eagles (34) were the Falcons (37), who needed overtime to do it, the Seahawks (36), and the Lions (35) The Vikings and Saints tied the birds with 34.
- The 34 points in the second half was the highest total of any half throughout the league. San Francisco, the Eagles’ Week 4 opponent, were close behind with 28 points against Dallas in the first half.
- The 20 points in the fourth quarter was the highest for all 32 teams in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks, Saints, Vikings, Buccaneers, and Colts all posted 14 but none reached 20.
- The 34 points in a half ties a record in the Chip Kelly era. The Eagles also accomplished the feat last season in the Snow Bowl against Detroit. Even in blowout wins over the Raiders and Bears in 2013 that saw the Eagles eclipse 50 points they never scored 34+ in one half.
So yeah, that first half was an embarrassment. But once quarters three and four rolled around, things changed (note: still, the Jags are terrible). This week’s Monday night game will be an important one to get into a rhythm early, but this team has shown us before, a big deficit at halftime doesn’t equal a loss. There’s no need to panic here, folks.
If this were in Philly, there’d be a push to have us secede from the union. I don’t believe in domestic violence. No fucking shit, lady.