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On Sports Reporters Being in Bed with Leagues

Dave McKenna, writing for Deadspin about the elite NFL media being stooges:

“It’s fascinating,” [the agent] said, having watched enough of the aftermath of Ray Rice’s left cross to his fiancée’s chin to feel validated in his cynical view of how information is disseminated to football fans from up high. “It shows you’ve got this small group of influential commentators and writers making more money then they ever dreamed of, living a lifestyle they never dreamed of, and they don’t wanna upset the applecart.”

As the agent and many others see it, the Rice fiasco has been a clarifying moment for the top tier of NFL beat reporting, which today looks like nothing so much as a well-appointed kennel for obedient lapdogs. Because access is the coin of the realm in a media age that demands an ever-replenishing supply of what one NFL beat guy called “nuggets”— Green Bay-Seattle will kick off the season!—the star reporters to one extent or another all belong to the league. “I’m not in bed with the league,” said the reporter. “Sometimes I wish I was because a) there’s a lot more money it and b) if you’re going to be in bed with anybody, it should be the people in the league office.”

The chosen few disseminators of football intelligence are multimedia stars today, with gigs in print and online and on TV and radio, and with huge Twitter presences—Schefter, King, and Mort have a combined six million followers. The NFL need only filter the message of a very few folks to shape the entire national discussion.

This reflects back on those media stars, for whom the rewards go well past money. One NFL reporter told me that among the most striking scenes he witnessed while attending various training camps this summer was Schefter “getting hounded for autographs as much as the quarterback.” Why wouldn’t those not in the NFL’s influencer club aspire to be?

Exactly what I was saying last week– upset the status quo, lose access and by extension, money.

Good article on Deadspin.

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The Eagles Haven’t Gotten Their Passing Game On-track, and yet…

Yards

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Passing yards

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Points

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Touchdowns

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We’re so quick to find the bad in everything, but the fact is, every team in the NFL has struggles. No team wins 42-0 every game and is three-deep at every position. Watch any of the best teams – Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers – and you’ll see things they could do better. We’re all hesitant to be all-in on the Birds, and yet, even with their struggles, they’re 2-0 and among the most proficient offensive teams in the league (after taking off the first half in the first game).

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Here’s Merrill Reese’s Call of Cody Parkey’s Game-Winning Field Goal

Photo credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, finally somebody posted Merrill Reese’s call of Cody Parkey’s game-winning field goal online. JoeMontanasRightArm.com dug it up, and it’s glorious:

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Gotta love Mike Quick completely ruining the call.

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Eagles Week 2 Win Video

#FLY

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Brandon Boykin Tells the Haters to Quite Literally Shove Their Opinions up Their Asses

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The world is whining that Brandon Boykin should’ve been called for a penalty for bringing down T.Y. Hilton prior to Malcolm Jenkins’ game-changing interception.* Jimmy Kempski provides some evidence why he feels it wasn’t a penalty. But whatever your stance, it’s probably substantially more comfortable than the one Boykin would like the haters to get into:

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Love this kid.

As you might imagine, Boykin promptly deleted the Tweet, explaining:

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We look forward to the reaction from Colts fans.

*Instead, the Colts world should be whining about WHY WOULD THE COLTS THROW THE BALL THERE AND NOT JUST RUN IT AND KICK A FIELD GOAL AND WIN THE GAME?

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Bird Droppings: They Say It’s Good Luck

Photo credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Conditioning

Reuben Frank on the Eagles’ second-half conditioning:

Two games in, the Eagles have been outscored 34-6 in the first half and outscored their opponents 58-10 in the second half. I don’t think you can underestimate how much their fitness level is helping them late in games. They’re simply wearing teams down, and it’s paying off.

 

Ertz sex

He is the only player in the NFL with four catches of 25 yards or more… as of the first quarter last nightHe has as many 20+ yard receptions as 20 teams in the league. McNabb thinks he’ll be a great:

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Somewhere, Chad Lewis curses at Wife #6.

 

Bad fantasy

Sports Grid’s fantasy projection:

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Sproles

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via Sheil Kapadia

Here’s Sproles at about the five-yard line on his TD run. Those thick, powerful legs serve exactly this purpose– for powering through tough spots and staying upright here. No but for real, can we talk about his massive legs and ass? Not since Antonio Bastardo and his Centaur-like figure have we been introduced to a butt like this:

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He’s built like Nicki Minaj. Turns out that sort of thing is good for an all-purpose NFL back. MY ANACONDA DON’T, MY ANACONDA DON’T.

USA Today on Sproles:

Some might call the 31-year-old’s first few weeks with the Eagles a renaissance. The truth is, Sproles has always had the ability, he was just wasted in New Orleans. With Drew Brees under center and Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston to throw to, there wasn’t much need for what Sproles offered as a receiver. Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram dominated the carries, and Sproles was the odd man out.

But in Philadelphia, Sproles has lifted a burden off the shoulders of LeSean McCoy in the backfield, and filled a void left by DeSean Jackson’s departure to the Washington Redskins in the offseason. He’s made plays when asked, and carried the load when needed.

Imagine what the Eagles will look like when the rest of the team catches up.

Sheil Kapida noted a switch in mindset from Chip Kelly:

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID

“First and foremost, Darren is a receiver and I’ve said that since day one, since we’ve had him here.” – CHIP KELLY

Kelly decided to have a little fun at the podium. All offseason, he’s been adamant that Sproles is a running back. He’s questioned why Sporles didn’t receive more carries at his previous stops and often bristled when reporters suggested Sproles would be more of a factor in the passing game this season.

But on Monday night, Kelly unleashed Sproles as a receiver, and he averaged 21.7 yards per reception.

And Jason Kelce telling you who the real hero was on those Sproles screens. Hint: it was Darren Sproles:

“think he made more out of that run than there actually was there. I think that he made a guy miss that was unblocked. Then he was able to make a few more guys miss and scramble into the end zone, so it was an outstanding run by him. I don’t know that the offensive line had much to do with that one.”

 

PAPELBONING!

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Love Parkey

pic via Fletcher Cox

pic via Fletcher Cox

I can absolutely see him going all Rube Baker and memorizing Playboy articles before games. Hey Fletcher, I’m on the rooster!

 

Social media

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Love how the Eagles just get it and released this (interactive!) Tweets-per-minute chart. It’s in GMT, so don’t be fooled. Of course, they had to call out Christina Lurie’s Tweet, which I’m surprised didn’t read: Midnight Green 4 EVA!

 

Chelsea Clinton

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I know supermodels and such are generally ugly as kids, but has there ever been an uglier child who grew up to be more passably attractive than Chelsea Clinton?

 

Great dig

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Luck face?

via (@DABIGDOG72)

via (@DABIGDOG72)

SEEEEEEEEEEEEEHUT. Offsides.

 

Fondle ‘em on 2!

via (@xmasape)

via (@xmasape)

Would love to know what this signal indicates.

 

EXSPROLSION™

Gonna charge Matty Cord royalties for this:

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Kidding. It takes a village… for a cheesy nickname to catch on. We stand together, Matt.

 

Puns

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This made me laugh.

 

LOAD 13 BREES

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pic via (@DABIGDOG72)

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And the small kitten lapped up his bowl of SMOOTHIE before SPRINTING to his ball of HASH and LOAD 13 BREES ROGER 6 LEFT TESTICLE FIRE. He slept well that night, warmly embracing his NAVY-GRADE ELECTRONIC SLEEP MONITOR. Meow.

 

Goatee

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Through the roof. It’s like over-45 South Philly guys who have that Rocky-perm-mullet coiffure going on. Chuck Pagano is just playing to the crowd with this thing:

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If he really wanted to win over the fan base, after games he’d hop into a Ford Truck (they capitalize the T in the middle states) and drive off to his impressively decent-paying job as a factory parts license inspector. But yeah, back to the goatee thing– this fan even built one into his cyborg costume:

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This guy (thing?) has never gotten laid. Even his right hand is like, Nah, I’m tired tonight.

 

Whines

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Unofficial first travel Tweet from a beat this morning. I had Les at 1:5. –  collects $.20 -

 

 

Meme

via (@cschmid10)

via (@cschmid10)

 

Takeover

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I want to be a part of this

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If this isn’t called Droppin’ Dimes, I’ll be really disappointed.

 

Shut it down. Go Birds. 2-0.

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Quick Post-Game Thoughts

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These post-game notes, and the accompanying typos, brought to you by the Pumking I just drank.

Huge win. No other way to put it. Coming out of Indy with a W was a longshot under any circumstances, let alone coming back from down 14 in the second half for the second week in a row (hey, did you hear that’s a record?). This team is never out of it, they’re too well conditioned. From all the unconventional practice. In the dome, on Monday night, absolutely huge. This is why you don’t do those silly mock game-by-game breakdowns in the preseason. Anything can happen, like Andrew Luck throwing a pick on a third down play that should’ve been a run and then running out of gas on a game winning drive and leaving time for an EXSPROLSION.

 

Foles

Still a shaky game. He’s throwing behind receivers, seems to be checking down too frequently, looks like he’s playing tight. All that said, made better decisions tonight, looked more comfortable in the pocket, beat Andrew Luck on the road. Still had 331 yards and a win. The biggest problem is missing open receivers, or not throwing to their numbers. He said as much after the game. Also, I counted at least two times, maybe three, on the read option where he would’ve been better off keeping the ball. Sounds crazy, but the defense keyed so hard on McCoy that Foles could sneak 5-6 yards 3-4 times per game.

 

EXPSROLSION™

SWISS ARMY KNIFE. 26 yards rushing. 152 yards receiving. 25 punt return yards. He’s an x-factor right now. It’s not going to last all season. Fully expect Jon Gruden to be on the phone with his plump brother this week talking excitedly about how Chip uses Sproles, who’s 31, and still has speed, and, every now and then, BURSTS ALL OVER THE FIELD LIKE A HIDEOUSLY NASTY SEXUAL REFERENCE I DIDN’T MAKE HERE.

 

Zach Ertz

Is sex.

 

Video games

Foles on Sproles, post-game: “I used to play with him on the video game.” Me too, Nick. Me too!

Me, on March 13: Darren Sproles, who is one of the best Madden players of all-time.

Mike Tirico on McCoy: “Video game moves by McCoy.”

 

Riley Cooper

Just sent this to DeSean, because he misses him, baby:

 

Horse Collar

Bad call? Maybe. But horse collar tackle includes grabbing the jersey, ESPN:

via (@napier03)

via (@napier03)

If you’re gonna call the horse collar on grabbing the jersey, the play on McCoy is what you call it on.

 

Interception

Give me a break complaining about the non-penalty call on Boykin. That was a penalty in the preseason, not in the NFL. They should’ve thrown the flag on the Colts for throwing it there. AHHHHWHATAREYOUDOING?

 

Love Parkey

Made you nervous with that miss, but huge, massive balls to kick two game-winners against the team that just traded him. I was scared to death when they celebrated following the first kick. The edge is taken off at that point. Nope. Nailed it again. Kid’s got guts, unlike that giant sad sack of poo, Alex Henery.

 

Second half

58-10 in the first two games. Up-tempo practice FTW. Smoothies FTW. Navy sports science coach FTW. Brian Bryan Braman’s Chik-fil-A lunch FTW.

 

Just gonna leave this here

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[Think they held them to a field goal.]

 

SeeeeeeeeHUT

And the Eagles just jumped offsides. Dirty snap count from Luck. Real dirty. Jon Gruden likes it. KILL, KILL, KILL.

 

Gruden

I like him. He’s so excited about everything FOOTBALL, but knows his stuff. Spider-wide-banana-2-flex or some shit.

 

Red Zone

Gotta be better. Get the sense Chip didn’t want Foles throwing down there, didn’t trust him. Maybe because Riley Cooper has been brutally exposed, maybe because McCoy and Sproles. Whatever. But weird play calls in there.

 

Jason Peters

DAT BLOCK THO.

 

Malcolm Jenkins

Tip pass and eye-en-tea. He’s a stud. Inspires confidence.

 

Shirts

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Get one.

 

Much more in the morning.

Thanks to our friends from ContentLeap.com for the GIF

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Chip Kelly’s Plays Have Weird Names

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I played all three sports besides football growing up, so I understand none of this. I’m not sure anyone does. But lots of load and blow. LOAD 13 BREES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

But for real, bad look by ESPN here showing the plays.

via (@dabigdog72)

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