I’ll say one thing about Colin Cowherd– bashing Philly is his shtick and he… shticks with it (sorry). But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s an asshole who will happily dismiss facts or even basic observation to take a shot when given the chance, which is exactly what he did today when he bashed Philly fans because he was in need of clicks and knows that nothing will bring them out more than taking aim at the smartest, most engaged fans in the country:

“The dumbest sports city in America because they ran Andy Reid out of town. This is amazing. Andy Reid’s won 60% of his NFL games, with average to below average quarterbacks [editor’s note: yeah, we caught the shot at Donovan McNabb, it wasn’t that subtle].”

“But this is what Philly does. The Phillies had Terry Francona. They ran him out of town. He’s the best manager in baseball. He wins everywhere.”

Say what you want about us. We have a lot of faults. But this is the smartest sports city on the planet. No other fan base knows the game better, in any sport. No other fan base fills a stadium across the country. No other fan base has 8,000 people show up to an intra-squad NBA scrimmage. No other fan base spends four days discussing the merits of a meaningless fourth down call. We’re different here. Maybe not better. But different. We’re smart, from the most hardened Flyers mongrel to the rich guy sitting courtside, we know and understand the game better than anyone. And if you want to know why Andy Reid was run out of town – besides four seasons without a playoff win and a 4-12 record in his last one – look no further than Reid nearly bungling a game-winning field goal opportunity with his rookie kicker when mass confusion almost led to a delay of game penalty and then resulted in the Chiefs leaving time on the clock after the kick.

Those are the sorts of things that eat away at you over the years until you eventually say ENOUGH and show up outside the practice facility carrying signs. Just wait. Just wait until the Chiefs are 12-4 and blow a 10-point fourth quarter lead to the Patriots at home in the playoffs and then you’ll see what we saw for all those years. Great coach, yes, arguably. But one with flaws that may prove too great to overcome to win a Super Bowl? You bet. Also, it’s really hard to take aim at a fan base over their judgement of a coach when the last time you did it was over Chip Kelly* and that didn’t work out so well.

*Yes, I agreed with him.

And Terry Francona? Really? No one cared. The Phillies were dreadful. Using Francona as an argument against Philly fans would be like citing the rom com years when judging the merits of Matthew McConaughey’s career. I mean, sure, it could’ve been better, but wouldn’t you have wanted to hop on top of Jennifer Garner in the late oughts? A mere footnote to what’s otherwise been a great run.

Colin Cowherd is simply an unmitigated asshole. Wait… what’s this?

“Oh they did it with Jay Wright at Villanova. Rollie Massimino won a National Championship. They gave the job to Jay Wright. He’s won 71% of his games. In the last three years, he’s the winningest program in college basketball. It’s got tough academics. It’s not big and large and profound like North Carolina. It’s a small private school in Philly, which has a number of good college basketball programs in the region. And they’ve been on Jay Wright before he won that title for years. Are you people crazy? You ran Andy Reid out of town. You ran Terry Francona out of town. Jay Wright’s one of the top 5 coaches in college basketball, you’re on him constantly.”

Cowherd is a genius!