Hey, remember that time the Fraternal Order of Police eviscerated DA Seth Williams for not prosecuting LeSean McCoy after he beat the shit out of an off-duty copy, accusing Williams of taking Eagles season tickets? Well!, the Inquirer just called for Williams to resign after being fined yesterday for taking over $175k in undisclosed gifts. A lot of them had to do with sports:
Just like him, his targets failed to report gifts. But they took much less. Their gifts ranged from $1,500 to $8,750. Williams was far more grandiose. He took tickets to Phillies and 76ers games; sideline passes to Eagles games; $40,000 in home repairs, including a new roof; and expensive vacations to Caribbean resorts.
Williams declined to prosecute McCoy, dragging the situation out until no one cared and then announcing there would be no charges – hours before the Villanova-North Carolina National Championship game, to be precise… oh, you didn’t notice? – and quickly moved to dismiss allegations against Nelson Agholor, whom it seems probably rightfully wasn’t charged for whatever went down in the champagne room. But it’s almost as if Williams was… playing… favorites… with Eagles. Like the sort of thing that happens when you get sideline passes and locker room access. And now he’s being asked to resign for taking gifts. This is my shocked face:
Human piece of shit and Donald Trump throwaway Chris Christie was on WFAN in New York this morning because he’s desperate for attention and relevance. The topic of fandom came up, and Christie, a fatass from New Jersey who roots for the Cowboys, decided to opine on Eagles fans. From CBS Philly:
“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said on WFAN on Wednesday. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”
“If they want to take some anger out at me, I’m all—I have no problem with it at all,” Christie said of Eagles fans on 94WIP in 2014. “They’re passionate, wild fans and they wanna get angry with me, that’s OK. But the one thing they can’t say, is that I don’t tell them the truth. And the truth is, I’m a Cowboys fan. I’ve said it since I’ve ran for Governor in ’09, never hid it from anybody, and so, I don’t understand why they’re angry about me being happy about my team winning?”
Is because you’re fat an acceptable response?
The Eagles are going to have a couple of tough decisions to make this off-season, mostly about bringing people in. But according to Jimmy Kempski they may already be set on letting someone go:
“The Philadelphia Eagles are considering moving on from starting center Jason Kelce this offseason, whether by trade or outright release, a source told PhillyVoice.
Kelce, who turned 29 in November, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and immediately became the starting center, appearing in 78 regular season games for the Eagles, all of which he started.
Kelce is scheduled to count for $6,200,000 against the salary cap in 2017, $3,800,000 of which the Eagles would save if they traded or released him. Kelce is the tenth-highest paid center in the NFL, according to overthecap.com, and there’s a significant gap in pay between himself and the eleventh-highest-paid center.”
As Kempski points out, Kelce’s most obvious replacement is Isaac Seumalo, who played different line positions this year but is a natural center.
For now, it’s just a sourced report. But if he does in fact move on elsewhere, they might have to hang his jersey in the rafters at the O.D. It only seems right.
Good stuff here from Richard Deitsch, who talked to a bunch of NFL beat reporters, including Les Bowen, about their experiences. I’d recommended reading the whole thing for those of you who get maybe just the slightest bit horned up by sports media conversations, but here’s Les talking about Jeff McLane getting kicked out of the press box:
Bowen: Ah, well. Since I was sitting two seats down from Jeff at the time and have been extensively interviewed, you probably know how I feel about this. If not, I’ll summarize:
A. It was an absurd overreaction by the Eagles to a relatively minor argument.
B. There was no reason whatsoever for an Eagles PR person to tell reporters who were discussing what happened on a play to quiet down. It speaks to a mind-set among media relations people these days that their job is to control and limit, rather than to try to facilitate access and coverage. The old view was that our coverage basically helped their product, the more the better. I don’t think most under-30 NFL PR people would even know what you were talking about if you posited that now. They think they are there to make sure we don’t bother the players and coaches too much. We are a necessary evil, except they aren’t too sure about the necessary part.
C. The executive who made the extraordinary, and as far as I know unprecedented, decision to have Jeff removed from the press box and the stadium has very little sports media experience and might not have understood what a bleepstorm this action would create, over something not even close to bleepstorm-worthy. Though I tried to tell her, as it was happening. The fact that the Eagles just seemed to want to forget the whole thing the next day would lend credence to this interpretation.
D. But for people out there who don’t work in the media and don’t know: Sometimes disputes between reporters and team officials happen. When they do, the normal course of events is for someone in charge from the team to arrange a meeting, possibly with the reporter and his or her editor, to discuss the team’s issues. That happens fairly frequently. Ejecting reporters from stadiums during games does not.
Other than that, a lot of good observations from Les here about millennials and social media, and I say that only partly to butter him up because he’s going to be a guest on our podcast this week. Feel free to send some questions.
The Dallas Cowboys’ dream season came to an end last night thanks to the arm of Aaron Rodgers and the foot of Mason Crosby. One Packers fan’s night was also impacted by an arm-foot combo:
It’s easy to laugh at Dallas fans and say they can’t take a loss, but this is very obviously happening while the game is still going on. You’d think fans in that nightmare arena would be used to out-of-towners taking up a third of their seats, but at least one Dallas fan wasn’t into sharing.
My favorite part is the Event Staff who looks like they walked up to the fight and started asking people if they need directions to their seats:
Actual security of any kind is, of course, nowhere to be found.
Philadelphia magazine is ceasing publication of new material on Birds 24/7, effective today. The archives will remain online.
We would like to thank the current editors, Josh Paunil and Brandon Gowton, for their hard work and dedication; we wish them well in their next endeavors. We’d also like to recognize the founding editors, Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia, and the commenters, who made the channel a real community over the past four and a half years.
Birds 24/7 was started a few years ago by Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia, both of whom have gone on to work for ESPN, and was currently staffed by Brandon Lee Gowton and Josh Paunil, who have done a decent job of picking up where McManus and Kapadia left off.
Anecdotally, Birds 24/7 routinely had the top stories in the most popular section on Philly Mag’s sidebar, so it’s not like they weren’t performing. Even as I write this, they have the number one story on the site. And they were certainly producing good content.
Like most things in media, this likely had something to do with money. But usually the things to get cut are the expensive, long-form pieces that don’t generate clicks. Again, the Eagles posts seemed to be among the most popular on the site.
Here’s the email sent to the staff by Philly Mag (Metrocorp) chairman David Lipson: Continue Reading
It’s that time of year, when New Yorkers find ways to embarrass themselves previously not thought to be possible.
Let’s start with the Giants, who had their fools gold of a season melted and poured through a gaping hole in the wall when they got abused by the vastly superior Packers, 38-13. Odell Beckham is the actual goat. Baaaaaaaaaaa! From MMQB:
Reese met privately with Beckham on Monday. In essence, the GM told his star player to stop acting like a hothead and be more accountable for his actions. “He heard the truth today,” Reese told reporters.
How Beckham spends his days off should be of little concern to the Giants. How he seems to routinely lash out under pressure should give them great pause. For a man who makes his living with his multi-million-dollar hands, why would you ever punch anything and risk an injury? And to bang his head on a door? That goes far beyond the normal manifestations of “passion” and “competitive fire.”
Beautiful! How about the Knicks?
Derrick Rose went AWOL before Monday’s 110-96 loss to the Pelicans, with his mysterious absence causing concern from his teammates and overshadowing another dreadful Knicks effort. Joakim Noah was the only player who said he spoke with Rose and offered, “He’s okay,” without further detail about their conversation.
The Knicks, according to a source, were able to determine Rose wasn’t in any danger while scrambling to get their stories straight Monday. Publicly, they classified him as “not with the team,” and attempts from the Daily News to unearth his whereabouts went unanswered by Rose’s camp.
Rose may have gone home to Chicago because he misses his son. I can certainly understand that, but that seems like a convenient excuse for a sports superstar just leaving his team. The best part? The Knicks are playing the Sixers tomorrow night, and Rose was spotted boarding a flight to Philly and may have already arrived. He’ll likely be suspended for at least one game, but it should be an absolute circus whenever he goes in front of the media.
Now we just need the Mets to get caught up in a money-laundering scandal to complete the trifecta!