A LITTLE FRIENDLY CHALLENGE. SOME SPUNK, SHOWN. PRIDE. FOOTBALL!!!!!!!
I love this. Apparently after a week of being taunted by LeSean McCoy that he was an “old man,” Michael Vick challenged his running back to a foot race, a good old fashioned foot race, a duel,
a dogfight, a feat of athleticism. Bully! And he won:
I’m not sure if that says more about Vick not being old… or McCoy spending his offseason on a beach bitching with his baby mama instead of working out. We’ll err on the side of Vick still having something left in the tank, for now. [Here comes a Tweet about Muscle Pharm in 3..2..1.]
Pro Football Talk provides a bit more details on the showdown:
But there’s more to the story, which we’ve obtained from a league source with knowledge of the situation.
McCoy had been riding Vick for weeks, calling him “old man” and challenging Vick to a footrace. Vick had been laughing it off, until today.
Today, Vick had enough. So he asked coach Chip Kelly if he could accept McCoy’s invitation. Kelly agreed.
Nice to see the Eagles showing some signs of life and – bonus! – it’s relevant to Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense! Now, if only Jimmy Rollins and Ben Revere would challenge each other to, you know, DO SOMETHING, we’d have two teams in this town that acted like they gave two shits.
UPDATE: GAH! Just when I thought this friendly bout was a wonderful show of sportsmanship, McCoy becomes a sore loser and goes and claims Vick cheated… like several times he does:
Is there no sanctity in the good old fashioned foot race anymore? I hate everything about everything.
Speaking to the New York Daily News’ Andy Martino, a former Phillies beat writer and underwear wearer, Jimmy Rollins had plenty of candid, and sure to be controversial, thoughts about race and baseball… thoughts that were printed on the same day that the new Jackie Robinson movie, 42, is being released.
Can’t say I disagree with much, if any, of what J-Roll™ said. Among those things:
AM: Also, it’s a conservative game, isn’t it?
JR: That’s all part of it. You go see any kid of color, they want to look showtime. Very seldom do you see a white kid out there getting a little showtime. Just culturally, we’re different, and that’s the way it is. Music videos. Listen to the type of cars, and what we do to cars. That goes across every race, of course, but a guy gets a Buick Skylark and puts 24-inch rims on it. And that’s his way of expressing his style.In baseball, your style is actually suppressed a lot. So there are a number of factors.
AM: What could a committee like this accomplish?
JR: You know what has to be done? It’s not the committee, it’s the marketing. You have to market the black players. You have to market those aspects of the game — the glam, things of that nature. Other than that, it is not going to matter. It really is not going to matter.I mean, for example I won MVP in 2007, and I wasn’t on anybody’s cover. No one’s. I’m not sure if CC was on a cover, and he was Cy Young. But I’ll tell you what. Prior and post MVPs or Cy Youngs are always on someone’s cover. Or a commercial.
This isn’t the first time Rollins has said that MLB doesn’t market its black stars well. In 2011, Rollins told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports something similar (and I had many agreeing thoughts on that matter). But this time, he also said that MLB’s inner-city program, RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), is kind of useless, and gave some thoughts on Derek Jeter being more Derek Jeter than black to most fans. Read the full interview here.
All 98 Nationals fans finally got to celebrate the victory they’ve waited years for: Teddy Roosevelt winning the Presidents Race.
After going 0-for-538 since the Nationals moved to Washington, Teddy finally beat his presidential peers today… with the help of a god awful fucking Phillie Phanatic fucking awful type of thing.
I don’t know if this was meant to be some sort of macabre symbolism from the Nats marketing folks (dying Phils make way for division title, Phanatic makes way for Teddy) or what, but I’m borderline angry about the Bronson Pinchot Phanatic, who had a hula hoop sewn into his jersey which swung provocatively above his black shorts and red tights.
And I’m not sure what was going on with the Phrenetic and the mysteriously sexy Lindsay-Lohan-meets-Emma-Stone girl, presumably a Nats marketing person, who opened the door for the needle-dicked race crasher, but she looked horrified… either by the lousy costume build or because she may have just gotten molested by Gumby’s unfortunate cousin behind the right field fence at Nationals Park.
Either way, Natitude abounds in the nation’s capital today, and, according to DC area reader (@PhillyTerp11), Nats announcer F.P. Santangelo pointed out that this was the loudest Nats Park has been all year. Or probably ever, for that matter.
Video after the jump.
Marcus Hayes, a guy who's never come across as a “jolly old fellow,” said in a recent Philly.com chat that Chase Utley is never criticized in this city because he's white.
No, Marcus, Chase is given a pass because he plays hard, doesn’t complain (which you interpret as seldom accountable), and, when healthy, has been a consistent performer with very few flaws. And he saves kittens. On the other hand, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins receive criticism, not beause they’re black, but because Howard gets paid significantly more, strikes out A TON (13 times in last year's WS) and didn't have an RBI in the postseason, while Rollins has had two very sub-par seasons and previously called Philly fans front-runners.
What about Jayson Werth? He was hardly given a pass this season. And it don’t get much whiter than him, yo. You can run tell 'dat.
Back in June, I went a little more in depth (at the request of Big League Stew) as to why Utley is treated differently.
Hayes' full, misguided comments after the jump. Since he’s both white and black (his words, not mine), he is able to get away with playing the race card.