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UPDATE: Kirk Cousins Is the Redskins’ Starter


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Dianna Russini – a genuinely decent reporter (who was once a guest on our podcast and then had to bolt for a White House event) for whom Howard Eskin has a curious disdainreports that Kirk Cousins, not RGIII, will start in Week 1, this on the heels of a report that Dan Snyder won’t let the football operations people move on from his anointed, #brand-able quarterback.

We’re not even into the regular season yet and the Redskins are already a Google News delight:

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One team down in the NFC East. How long until the Cowboys implode?

UPDATE: Haha. Tight end Niles Paul is wondering who’s leaking to Dianna:

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Whoever smelt it, dealt it?


The 9 Best Things about This Must-See Video of Chip Kelly Mic’d up at Practice


Chip Kelly coaches with the enthusiasm of a fat kid given an unlimited ice cream pass in a bounce house who just happens to make like $5 million per year. Enthusiasm off the charts.


1) Genuine appreciation for the troops

“Of course you are [from Philly!]”


2) He just loves excellence

“I guarantee you [the skydiver] sticks the landing… these guys are the best in the world at this.”


3) Billy Davis loving the fans

“This fan base is committed as hell, though.”


4) Still needs to tell Riley Cooper which arm to hold the ball in

“Even a wily veteran I can coach!” Most would assume the wily veteran would know not to hold the ball on the side of the tackling defender. #CutCooper


5) Hates NFL apparel rules

“There are very stringent rules on NFL apparel… in college we could wear whatever we wanted to wear, here there’s more rules than you can shake a stick at.”


6) Chip relates

“The only guy here who coordinates with the number– I love it! I love it! I love it! See, Max, he’s even got the sleeves that match the number. Little camouflage sleeves. Look at the camouflage sleeves!” Yeah, but Chip Kelly doesn’t relate to his players.


7) The way the players “Yes, sir” him

“Yes, sir.”


8) Explaining to Timmy Tebow that he has more than one option on any given play

“Play the game within the game. The game is completing it, but the game within the game is on his face mask.” [Anyone else noticing a trend with the Florida players?]


9) Jugs

“Solid jugs performance today! Solid jugs performance by you today.”

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Your Monday Morning Roundup

Photo credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Just want everyone to remember that I was first when I wrote, mostly hyperbolically, last week that the Eagles were going to win the Super Bowl. It seems after their dominating performance on Saturday others have jumped on this bandwagon, including John Smallwood, Bob Brookover and Ray Didinger– media types not typically known for a lack of restraint. Anthony Gargano, too, but he loves everything.


Of course, you also could evaluate what you have seen from the Eagles thus far and be optimistic that the Birds just might make something special out of the upcoming campaign.

The NFL is a week-by-week evaluation, and something can change based on the next performance. But all we have to judge right now is what the Eagles have done up to this point.

With that as the criteria, how can you not like the Eagles’ chances going into 2015?


The Eagles are good enough to win the Super Bowl.

Yes, of course, that’s a dangerous statement to make after three preseason games, especially when the starting quarterback with the dubious medical history has played only four series. On the other hand, if you watched the Eagles play their three preseason games, it is impossible not to consider them among the NFL elite with the “meaningful” portion of these meaningless games behind us.


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This might become one of those enjoy the ride type seasons. You can shake on that.

Let’s hit it!


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The roundup:

The Eagles’ first 12 roster cuts feature guys you knew wouldn’t make the team and QB turned WR G.J. Kinne:

Additions to the list of hobbled players include Lane Johnson, the as-yet-unseen Kiko Alonso, and Cody Parkey. All are expected to be ready for week 1.

Irving Fryar is not guilty of mortgage fraud, according to Irving Fryar.

At last night’s VMAs, Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus may have seemed scripted, but Miley’s not that good of an actress.

Miley couldn’t escape the entire show without dropping a nip in there.

The theme of the night? Pot and pot and pot.

Justin Bieber and his Kate Gosselin haircut cried on stage.

Taylor Swift’s group of tall friends – Team Taylor – was out in full force.

And also, say what you will about Kanye West’s rambling, 13-minute, bruh-filled speech, but you probably won’t see anything that unrehearsed on a major live TV production ever again.

Tomes will be written about the VMAs last night, but all I know is Macklemore’s Downtown is absolutely phenomenal.

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Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins made the last two outs in Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter last night. It’s the second time they’ve been no-hit in 10 days and the third time Chase has been involved in a no-hitter in a little over a month.

More glowing praise for the Birds.

Ray Didinger gushing about the Birds.

Reuben Frank writes about the Eagles’ THREE-HEADED MONSTER.

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When did John Harbaugh turn into such a dickhead? First he pops off about Eagles players respecting his goddamn thug defensive lineman, then gets in Jay Gruden’s face on Saturday night and caps the night off by being an absolute asshole to a handpicked, hometown reporter for no reason whatsoever. Slow your roll, coach.

Washington Post reporter on the Redskins: “I’ve covered misguided franchises, but this is unprecedented pandemonium.”

Chip’s a racist, or he just doesn’t like assholes:

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Don Tollefson’s Super Bowl blowout sale.

97.5 The Fanatic Fantasy Fest violations. I seriously can’t imagine anything worse in Philly sports than going to Xfinity Live! for 97.5’s fantasy football festival.

Joe Banner remembers Chocolate Thunder with possibly the most generic and tame story of all-time:

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Fans were confused when the Phillies game switched to Spanish for an inning the other night in honor of my favorite night, Goya Latino Family night, or, for our Spanish readers who have never understood a word I wrote, Goya latino noche familiar:

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H/T to (@MrJerseyJosh)

Jahlil Okafor at Kevin Hart:

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Hart’s concert at The Linc will, apparently, be aired as an HBO special.

All about Mike Richards’ situation with the Kings.

Still time to sign up for Kevin Cooney’s memorial golf event for his father:

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In attendance? Charlie Manuel.

Scathing take by the Frances Stead Sellers of the Washington Post on how Philadelphia is handling the Pope thing with which I completely agree:

Whether it overdoes or underdoes the papal preparations, Philadelphia risks reinforcing the notion that it is a second-rate stopover between Washington and New York City, both of which will host His Holiness and appear to be taking his arrival in stride.

Rams cheerleader surprised by military husband’s return. Gets me every time.

Howard Eskins Beats headphones color of the game:

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Sarah Palin Comes Out in Defense of Curt Schilling

Oh, this tweet?

Oh, this tweet?

Sarah Palin, that GILF-ish celebutante who was almost a heartbeat away from becoming the leader of the free world, has come out in defense of former Phillie, noted Republican, and sorta bat-shit-crazy Curt Schilling.

The other day, Schilling tweeted the above image, which got him suspended by ESPN.

Today or last night (I don’t feel like checking), Palin took to Facebook to defend Schil:

By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.

From those of us who used to LOVE the network (to the point of addiction, some would confess!), I say to ESPN – you are awful in this. Stick to sports.

Think it had less to do with politics and more to do with an on-air personality relating otherwise well-intentioned Muslim viewers to Nazis. But either way, count Palin in Schil’s corner in this controversy that literally no one cares about.

How many days until football, Mr. Glen Man?


Hey, Here’s an Incredibly Positive National Article about the Phillies

How many first names can you name? Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

How many first names can you name? Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Last time I remember this happening: 2011.

Jerry Crasnick has written what is the first genuinely positive feature piece on the Phillies in years. In a well-rounded, 360 look at the entire organization, Crasnick notes:

Shortstop J.P. Crawford, catcher Andrew Knapp and the prospects acquired in Amaro’s flurry of trades reflect a deeper, more talented farm system. A new, $2.5 billion TV deal with Comcast SportsNet kicks in next year, and Howard, Ruiz and Lee will come off the books (with the exception of their buyouts) after making $58.5 million in 2016. The Phillies rank 25th in the majors in attendance and probably will draw less than two million for the first time since 2002. But apathy has yet to take root in the city, and it’s not outlandish to see Citizens Bank Park rocking again the way it did when the Phillies sold out 257 straight games a few years ago.

“That organization is a gold mine,” said one competing executive. “Look at the ballpark. Look at the spring training facility. Look at the television deal. This is a goose that’s going to lay a golden egg. No wonder Andy MacPhail came out of retirement.”

Interesting. Recent quotes about the Phillies have been more like “Amaro is an over-eager idiot” or “they’re the most antiquated, misguided big-market team in history.” Certainly, this is something I thought we might never see again:

The Phillies have even hitched a ride on the sabermetrics train. The franchise’s new proprietary computer system, PHIL (short for Phillies’ Holistic Information Location) will be up and running in September.

PHIL! Their SABR machine even has a cheeky name!

What’s more, Crasnick becomes yet another voice to whisper that maybe, just maybe potentially undead zombie manager Pete Mackanin – who has genuinely done the best job possible given the circumstances – could be given a shot to prove himself for another year or two while the Phillies are rebuilding (I agree he should be given the chance).

This is a great piece, the likes of which I forgot could exist surrounding the Phillies. The only thing Crasnick misses on is that line about apathy not having set in. I’d say that’s exactly what has happened the last three seasons, but, with the good times so near in the rear-view, it’ll be easy to get back on board once things start turning the corner. Perhaps that’s already happening?


You Can Win $2 Million with Draft Kings Week 1, or Just Beat Kyle and Win Cash and a T-Shirt

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NFL Week 1 is fast approaching, and with it, your chance to win $1 million, or a t-shirt. Basically the same thing given the crazy-ass sales of The Man shirt.

First, Draft Kings is running their own big money game, the $10 million event that gives the first place winner a cool $2 million and cash money to the top 125,700 finishers. It’s $20 to enter, and the rules are the same as always:

  • Week 1 games starting after 1 p.m. on Sunday (no Steelers-Patriots on Thursday night)
  • Standard Draft Kings lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex, 1 defense-special teams

But, if you’d rather spend $5 to enter a contest and lord bragging rights over the head of Kyle Scott forever, we’re running our own contest. The CB exclusive Week 1 league (v2– first one already filled) will be full at 50 entrants. The top 18 win money:

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But that’s not all. ANYONE AND EVERYONE who finishes ahead of Kyle – username bdncb1 – wins a free t-shirt from the Crossing Broad Store in the way of a $25 promo code, courtesy of Draft Kings. There are only 50 spots available, so claim yours ASAP (you can reserve your spot without picking your team). And remember, in this league, money is pretty sweet, but shutting Kyle up is even better.

The Eagles don’t play until Monday night. I know you’re just happy to have football back, but this will make all those other Week 1 games a lot more fun.

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Mike Richards Has Been Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance

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If only someone had been there to instruct rookie Mike Richards to get a fall guy… he might not have had his contract terminated by the Kings.

The original report was that Richards had Oxycondone pills, which is highly unsurprising.

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