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Yes, ’tis true. Former terrible Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin may be the key to the Eagles winning the division.
He’ll start tomorrow against the Cowboys, who, in case you haven’t noticed, are tied with the Eagles and already have a leg up on the tiebreaker (having beaten the Eagles). We need the Cowboys to lose as much as possible.
I don’t particularly like college football. It’s too top-heavy, most games don’t mean shit, and the bowl system is a joke. Something about watching a sport where 99% of the teams are playing for nothing more than a glorified exhibition game rubs me the wrong way… and I preferred to be rubbed correctly. And, because of the disparity in skill with there being so many players spread across so many schools, play can be too wonky at times. So, I rarely watch.
But I did watch a few Penn State games after the whole Sandusky thing. Part of me was rooting for Penn State – whose students, players and fans had little to do with what happened – and the other part of me couldn’t look away from the carnage. Whatever. This was my takeaway during those games: Matt McGloin is the worst quarterback I have ever seen. Poor decisions, no arm strength, goofy white boy late-game hero attempts. He looked like he wouldn’t belong in a high-level Texas high school game, let alone D-I.
Now, inexplicably, he’s a starter in the NFL because the Raiders, and he’ll have a chance to help the Eagles’ playoff chances. Amazing.
video via Bob’s Blitz
If you haven’t listened to the WIP Morning Show lately, then you won’t quite get this video. A few weeks ago, Angelo Cataldi and Rhea Hughes brought a pecan pie to the NovaCare Complex as sort of a gag. The Eagles won that week and Chip Kelly jokingly said it was because of the pie… so Angelo brought another the following week. And the Eagles won again. And then again. You get it.
My, how times have changed. A year ago, Angelo (and just about the rest of Philadelphia) was considering a call to Uncle Jack to deal with Andy Reid. Now? Pies.
Converting Angelo might be the most unconventional thing Chip Kelly has done here.
[I'm sure fake Angelo and Rhea will have field day with this one in the comments.]
When Flyers beat writers aren’t complaining about the team’s use of social media or organizing their quote transcription sharing service to bring you widely varied and unique takes, they are tweeting out facts. Tweeting, like beats. But what happens when #tweetlikeabeat goes astray and one reporter retweets a random account and then another reporter trumpets it as fact and yet another, the most notable of the group, retweets him?
Clusterfuck, you have.
It’s a mundane news bit, but it’s also a mundane news day. So we bring you this tale:
It all started at 12:12 a.m., when Delco Times reporter Rob Parent retweeted an unknown account, which claimed that Ilya Bryzgalov got destroyed by the Blackhawks in his Oilers debut (Blackhawks won 5-1):
Only… he didn’t. He gave up one goal in relief and actually played quite well, stopping 12 of 13 shots. But never mind fact-checking. Since this group is so anti-social media but so fond of masturbating themselves to the same inverted pyramid climax, they just went with it.
Carchidi was then retweeted by Tim Panaccio.
The backlash – quite a bit for 12:30 in the a.m. – came quickly, like beat writers ejaculating inaccurate commodity to the masses:
Carchidi (commendably) apologized and then confessed his love for Bryzgalov because, obviously, that has something to do with something:
I wasn’t throwing him under the bus, I love that man!
I’m legitimately thinking about hiring trained monkeys and getting them Flyers credentials for a month to see if they’ll be able to fling as much shit into the ether as their colleagues. The odds will be stacked against them.
A HOME OFFICE IN HORSHAM — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned to his home in California for the bye week and posted pictures on his social media accounts of his new custom automobile, what Jackson refers to as a “Big Body Benz,” which, according to previous reports, features multiple video screens, two (original) iPads and improved interior illumination. The vehicle also appears to feature reclining rear seats, presumably to increase creature comforts, though sources have been unable to confirm their true purpose.
Jackson posted these pictures of the luxury car to his Instagram account with the following captions [sic]: “Push it 2 Tha Limit like a Big Body Benz ‘ Fresh off Tha Lot,” “Born Fly ‘ Since day 1,” and “Cali traffic tho* ain’t miss this shit !!”
Jackson also posted another image on his Instagram account last night**– a picture with fellow social networker “nataagataa.”
Jackson appears to no longer be with his former love interest, Chantel Jeffries.
Further research of nataagataa’s social media accounts reveals 10 MODE STAY FLEXXIN ON DAT GRIND YESSIR WHAT IT DO BABY ONE TIME !!
In 11 games this season for the Eagles, Jackson has 58 receptions and seven touchdowns for a total of 985 yards. The Eagles’ next game is against the Arizona Cardinals, on December 1. Jackson is expected to return to Philadelphia early next week. Sources say he will be “refreshed” and “ready to get on his grind.”
**The first comment on nataagataa’s post is: “what happen to kyrie?” Jaccpot is what happened to Kyrie.
The Phillies will hire Bob McClure to be their next pitching coach, according to sources. The hire ends a coaching search that lasted 53 days and included at least 12 candidates.
McClure, 61, was the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals from 2006-11 and for the Red Sox in 2012.
2006 Royals: Worst ERA in baseball (5.65).
2007 Royals: 16th lowest ERA in baseball (4.48).
2008 Royals: 22nd lowest ERA in baseball (4.48)
2009 Royals: 26th lowest ERA in baseball (4.83).
2010 Royals: 29th lowest ERA in baseball (4.97).
2011 Royals: 27th lowest ERA in baseball (4.44).
2012 Red Sox: 27th lowest ERA in baseball (4.70).
I imagine that guy who works (worked?) at Merck didn’t find this funny.