I knew this was going to happen again. I was prepared for some media putz looking to gain notoriety and/or strike up ratings to go on the air and deliver a completely asinine, unsubstantiated and incoherent anti-Philly sports take in hopes of becoming the focal point of angry Tweets, blog posts and sports radio segments. This is how sports fans work. “You don’t like my team? Then fuck you.” The byproduct of that anger is giving relevance to those who spark it. That’s how Skip Bayless, a guy who is universally despised and dismissed as a know-nothing ass clown has 2.7 million Twitter followers. For my part, I swore the next time something like this came across my desk that I was going to recognize it as an obvious and desperate ploy for attention. I wasn’t going to take the bait and respond. Nope. Not this time.
Enter Nick Wright, a guy I had never heard of before today, who was on FS1’s First Things First, a show I had never heard of before today, who said some of the dumbest shit I’ve heard from anybody on any platform this season. That’s quite a feat.
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) November 1, 2017
Philly fans are mad about this. Your team is good,but not great. 7-1 is about to turn into 11-5 & quick playoff exit https://t.co/rE1CNXCFD6
— nick wright (@getnickwright) November 1, 2017
Just when I thought I was out, they keep pulling me back in.
He begins by saying he doesn’t trust the Eagles, that they weren’t a Super Bowl contender without Jay Ajayi and they aren’t a Super Bowl contender with him. Though I disagree, that’s fine, I guess. Can’t kill the guy over that.
Co-host Cris Carter then asks him if not the Eagles, then who? I love how Wright says, “You’re not going to like my list.” He essentially acknowledges that what he’s about to say makes no fucking sense. He goes on to cite the Seahawks, Vikings, Saints and Panthers as teams more likely to reach the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks get no argument from me. They could be an issue. They have postseason experience, a top-tier quarterback and great coaching staff. But the Vikings? Wright says he’s seen teams with average quarterbacks and great defenses win before. True, but you know what’s even better? Teams with very good quarterbacks and great defenses, like…the Eagles. The Saints scare nobody. And the Panthers? You mean the team that just traded away its best receiver in Kelvin Benjamin, and lost at home on national TV to the Eagles three weeks ago in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. Seriously?
In defending his criticisms of the Eagles, Wright noted they have many good players, but “nobody that scares you.” I guess the consensus frontrunner for MVP isn’t scary. He also pointed to the 2016 Cowboys as an example of a team with a young quarterback that outperformed expectations only to lose in the postseason. Never mind that it took a Herculean performance from Aaron Rodgers to eliminate that team, or that the offense had to mask a mediocre defense. And that’s the thing, by the end of the segment it became apparent he didn’t even believe what he was saying. It’s laughable. The sad part is this thing is all over Twitter. We’re all eating it up and I’m as guilty as anybody. I just took the time to write about this clown fishing for attention and he’s getting it. I got suckered again. Hook, line and sinker.