Photo: Vision Bar
Athletes have birthday weekends, not birthdays, and LeSean McCoy is keeping that trend alive. After buying himself a Rolls-Royce, last night he celebrated his birthday, or the Royce, or just his general greatness, at Vision Bar with special guest Nelly. Tonight, a white party on the Battleship New Jersey, and that’ll be after a celebrity basketball game at Neumann College (has a less cool sentence ever been written?) that advertises attendance by DeSean Jaccson, Michael Vick, Victor Cruz, Dion Waiters, Bobby Valentino, Bernard Hopkins and Allen Iverson.* Me thinks that getting even 40% of those people out to Neumann College on a summer Saturday has about as much of a chance of happening as DeSean displaying a modicum of humility.
McCoy’s multiple celebrations supposedly benefit ALS through his Shades of Greatness Foundation, which, at least in 2012, donated $71k to families in need in Harrisburg. That’s in stark contrast to Jaccpot’s charity, which, according to its most recently available tax filing, has never made any charitable contribution but spent $27k advertising and promoting events that only raised $16k.
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This might be my favorite TMZ headline ever, but I think it obscures the lede. Never mind that LeSean McCoy and Mike Jerrick entering a frame containing Kacie McDonnell might make you worry about Kacie’s well-being, the real story here is that Shady has apparently never heard of a green screen and seems to be genuinely amazed by a teleprompter. That, or he’s just speechless around Kacie and her Finnish Flag dress. No one ever said running backs were smart.
And why yes, I do hate July.
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This year’s ESPYS, the awards ESPN made up so they could throw themselves a party, will be hosted by Drake (who just really, really want to be friends with all of the athletes). Voting is currently open for the awards, and both Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy are up for awards they likely won’t win.
Foles, as you can see above, will more than likely lose out to Richard Sherman in the Best Breakthrough Athlete category, while Shady may actually give the Best NFL Player category a run for its money, before conceding defeat Peyton Manning or Russel Wilson. But get over there and vote, prove me wrong, and bring us everything we deserve: a Nick Foles acceptance speech.
As players are making certain predictions based on whatever, individual player predictions about this season can be made by looking at statistics. And if LeSean McCoy has an average year, he’ll set the Eagles Franchise Rushing Record.
With the numbers he has now, he’d already hold the franchise record in New England and Houston, and will pass the franchise leaders for Kansas City (Priest Holmes), Tampa Bay (James Wilder), and New Orleans (Deuce McAllister) on his way to passing Wilbert Montgomery’s current franchise mark. He’ll also have to slip by Steve van Buren (5860) and Brian Westbrook (5995) to get there. And as I said above, with just an average year for McCoy of 1,094 yards, he’ll surpass Montgomery’s franchise record by 29 yards.
It took Montgomery 1465 attempts over 100 games to set the record where it is today (6538 yards), which is right about the pace McCoy is at — if he breaks it in the last game of this year, it’ll be in his 90th game and he’s about 300 touches behind Montgomery, but I’d be surprised if he got that many.
According to the Inquirer, when Shady was told how close he was to the record, “McCoy smiled and said: ‘That’s it?’” He continued, saying:
“I won’t say [it's] a given. Nothing’s a given, but that’s another goal to put into my list of things to get done. Hopefully guys up front, blocking the way they’ve been blocking the last couple of years, hopefully I get it done.”
It might take the whole season, but if he stays healthy, I don’t see him not setting the new record, with (hopefully) many more years of adding to it ahead of him.
It took a little bit of time, but it looks like everyone in the Eagles locker room is on board and enjoying the taste of the Chip Kelly Kool-Aid (for better or worse). Though Vincent Gray, the mayor of Washington D.C. (pictured above, looking creepily at Jaccson), recently said “I want to thank the Philadelphia Eagles for making the dumbest mistake,” it seems LeSean McCoy and the rest of the locker room don’t see it as a mistake. Shady told the media after practice:
“The whole DeSean Jackson thing, that helped out, to be honest, in making all the other guys aware. It’s all possible. They’ll cut one of your best guys if (he’s) not buying in. On any team — any team — you look at that, and as a player, you can look at it from so many different sides, but no matter how good you are, you gotta follow these guidelines. And if you don’t, you could be gone. … You gotta buy in.”
So it sounds like everyone is buying in, which is good, because it sounds like the last guy who didn’t buy in got cut. Meanwhile, the now-Washingtonian Mr. Jaccson told the CBS affiliate in D.C.:
“At the end of the day, if you ask me, I just don’t think they wanted to pay me, as far as what my salary was. In this business that we play in, and we’re at now, that’s what happens. Sometimes teams feel they can go get a player for cheaper and have them playing for you, so I think it just came down to a numbers situation. But as far as anything else, as far as anything being implied on the organization, you don’t want to say that. But I think everybody knows what it is. I think everybody knows the situation and what happened.”
And with that thrown at him, the interviewer follows up with the only rational next question: “You look to be in awesome shape. How do you not eat McDonald’s?”
I’d snark about using a jet plane on an over-the-top social media birthday invitation* if McCoy’s charity, Shades of Greatness, hadn’t donated $71k in food, clothing and other essentials to families in need in 2012 (which it did). Besides, the twin Rolls Royce turbofan engines really bring everything together nicely.
Somewhere, DeSean Jaccson just threw a gala that cost more than the sum total of the donations it took in.
*I thought about asking Ms. CB if I could do something like this for our wedding invites. FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE BALLROOM: A NUPTIAL CELEBRATION AS A BLOGGER OUTKICKS HIS COVERAGE. Figured we could’ve had cartoonish images of a laptop and coffee stains to really capture the mood. But alas, we just respectfully requested attendance with a classy typeface and lots of whitespace.
God, I love the interwebs. Only there could a reporter complain about not interacting with a player and then get a response from said player, who remarks that said reporter is lying, and thereby, the two are interacting.
Les Bowen, as he’s been known to do, griped on Twitter about access, today mentioning that LeSean McCoy was avoiding the media on breakup day. McCoy took exception to the remark and, because it’s 2014, gave Les the access he wanted… via the Tweets:
This is a fun little chirp-fest, but as I said before, I really wasn’t ready for offseason Eagles stuff. Shady is much better on the field – or an ironic sweatshirt, for that matter – than he is on Twitter.
pic via FOX Sports
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