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This Was the Saddest Chip Kelly Press Conference Ever

Chip was Nasty McNastierson today:

Jeff McLane: “Would you feel confident in leaving Bradley Fletcher alone on Odell Beckham?”

Chip Kelly: “We haven’t talked about any of that, so… again…”

Jeff McLane: “I was just looking ahead to next game [since you said you didn’t want the season-ending questions].”

Chip Kelly: “Was that like a wise-ass comment?”

Kelly also took exception to questions about Mark Sanchez starting (Nick Foles is out again) and one on “what-ifs”.

video via the Eagles’ website


RADIO WARS: Here Are the (High-Level) Local Radio Ratings

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People keep asking, so here are the local radio ratings, sent along by an anonymous tipster.

As you can see, WIP doubles 97.5 some months. But, this starts at 6 a.m. WIP has a dedicated morning show, 97.5 picks up Mike and Mike. [UPDATE: And, obviously, Eagles games.] We’re not comparing Apples to Apples. Things would be a lot different if 97.5 had, say, a big-name radio host to compete with WIP during morning drive time.

And unfortunately, these ratings are pretty readily available and not the ones errrrrybody wants– the timeslot breakdowns. At this point, I’d probably pay someone Riley Cooper money to leak those…




As you probably know already, Anthony Gargano is out at WIP. He all but confirmed our RADIO WARS reporting* with this Tweet on Saturday night:

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*Which no one has picked up yet. I don’t even know why you’d bother reading other sports blogs.

With this comes a lot of questions (into my inbox and Twitter timeline). I’ll do my best to answer below:

How did this happen?

I’m told Gargano was offered a crummy one-year extension, likely to give Josh Innes time to be groomed for the Afternoon spot. Cuz didn’t appreciate the offer (understandably) and ultimately made the decision to part ways with WIP. I had heard that the decision to cut ties came from CBS (WIP parent company, of course) in NY, but that part appears to be exaggerated. They may have had a say in the negotiations and certainly the money aspect, but the final call, last week, sounds like it came from Gargano. Everyone has a slightly different version of what happened here, however.


Where does Gargano go?

There’s obviously only one other local option– 97.5 The Fanatic. The two sides have absolutely been talking, and I’d bet something happens. I couldn’t confirm this next part, but I believe local hosts typically have a 90-day non-compete clause, and since Gargano’s contract is officially up at the end of the year, he likely can’t talk sports on the radio elsewhere locally until the spring.


Who would he replace?

Well, it wouldn’t be Mike Missanelli. But the timeslots before 2 p.m. are probably all in play. All of them.


Perhaps 10-12?!

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Guess so.


Did Gargano leak this story?

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They probably taste like delicious Primo Hoagies… but for the record, no, Anthony didn’t leak the story to me. In fact, I haven’t spoken to him.


Was the afternoon show getting trounced by Missanelli?

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Fuck if I know. Radio stations treat ratings like nuclear launch codes. Everyone claims they’re on top, but no one shares the numbers on a per-show basis. But the consensus is that Missanelli and Gargano-Ellis (and before that Gargano-Macnow) were relatively even. My guess is Missanelli holds the edge over the long-term. Gargano and Ellis, however, apparently won the timeslot in the spring (April-June).


What about Afternoons on WIP?

My guess is Innes moves up at some point and he’s partnered with a known sports talk radio host who may or may not already work for the station.


How is morale at WIP?

Absolutely terrible. Hit it:


Your Monday Morning Roundup

Photo credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Someone hit that man with a snowball.

I’ve spent the past 36 hours lamenting a loss to the goddamn Redskins and the past 12 hours or so trying to come to terms with the fact that we know the end date of one of the most fun Eagles seasons in a decade. There’s so much blame to go around for this one, but, at a high level, I think the problems were threefold:

1) Personnel

I could’ve just written Bradley Fletcher here and called it a day, but doing so would be disservice to Cary Williams, Nate Allen, Riley Cooper and Mark Sanchez. The Eagles were severely lacking in certain skill positions. Fletcher is, of course, the best example of this. He stinks and doesn’t even seem to care. What sealed it for me was the Packers game– not the fact that he got TORCHED by Jordy Nelson, but his Postgame Live interview with host of Gunn On One, Derrick Gunn. Fletcher had the mentality of a baseball player oblivious to the concerned line of questioning following one loss in a 162-game season. You can’t have that in football. There’s a difference between resilience and nonchalantededededness. Fletcher has the latter, and that sort of thing doesn’t mix well with backup-level talent.

And then there’s Sanchez, who, as predicted by Jet fans a few weeks ago, seems like he wants you to hate him. This has been a forgettable era in Eagles history, and given that six weeks ago I was making t-shirts to celebrate it… well, I’m ashamed. But he was only in there because of…

2) Injuries

… to Nick Foles. Say what you want about him, but when the quarterback of a team that went something like 12-3 over its last 15 regular season games goes down, there’s going to be a drop-off. It caught up with the Eagles.

3) The hump

The Seahawks game rocked them. Further, there comes a point when if you can’t get over the hump, you just fall back down it. Seahawks, Cardinals, 49ers, Packers… a clear line was established between those teams and the Eagles, and I think those losses took their toll on the team’s psyche. The Eagles weren’t the same the last two weeks.

Let’s hit it!


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The roundup:

Jimmy Rollins took out a full-page ad in the Inquirer thanking fans:

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That font tho…

The Sixers added another second round pick to their arsenal. Here is an updated flowchart:


Here’s a scorching hot take:

Oh and two cops were killed in New York this weekend because a crazy guy took the turned up rhetoric of protestors seriously:

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This is what happens when people walk through the streets of New York chanting What do we want? Dead cops! They may be just words, but some sick person out there takes them seriously and thinks he’s being a hero. This is what I meant when I asked if there was a better way.

This Roundup sucks. Is it Christmas yet?


Liberty Broadcast



We’ve got so much good stuff right now. Tony Bruno, Bleeding Green Nation, me, Eytan Shander, Jimmy Kempski and Tommy Lawlor. And we’re working on adding more.


If DeSean Jaccson Gloating Over the Win Isn’t The Biggest Bag-Over-The-Head, Punch-In-The-Face You Ever Got

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“They’re going home, tell them good night,” Jackson began. “Tu-tu-lou, bye bye, birds are chirping.”



Villanova Beats Syracuse Thanks to Ridiculous Last-minute Comeback


A video posted by Kyle Scott (@crossingbroad) on

This moment needed Gus Johnson. Villanova won in overtime, 82-77. They are 11-0. \\//


Two Eagles Videos to Get You Pumped Up for the Redskins Game

DUDE, THE SEASON IS NOT OVER! Everyone seems so down. Eagles win two, Cowboys get crushed by Colts, Eagles make playoffs, go to NFC Championship Game. Simple.*

Another one after the jump.

*Alternate take: The Eagles are going to lose again because they didn’t use Bradley Cooper. 

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Jimmy Rollins Will Officially Become a Dodger Today, Probably

Jim Salisbury is reporting that the Jimmy Rollins trade will finally be finalized to finality soon.

The trade that will send Matt Kemp and his arthritic hips to the Padres is complete, which means pitcher Zach Eflin is a Dodger and can be sent to the Phillies as part of the Rollins deal:

Multiple baseball sources told on Thursday night that the Phillies were close to being ready to announce the trade of shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“The I’s are being dotted and the T’s crossed,” a person with knowledge of the situation said.

And, um, yeah, that’s pretty much the whole story. This thing is about to be done, thankfully, because as Matt Rappa points out, Rollins has been floating out there like Sandra Bullock in space in the HIGHLY overrated Gravity.

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