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Oh Don’t Worry, Andy Reid Reportedly Thinks He Can Fix Kevin Kolb

Kyle Scott - January 2, 2013


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And now I'll just wave my hands and fix a terrible quarterback

If Andy Reid is one thing, he’s arrogant. He can fix you. He can make you better. Only he can solve your lack of skill*. So it should come as no surprise that, according to a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Reid’s pitch to the Arizona Cardinals, with whom he will meet tomorrow, will be that he can fix Kevin Kolb, who is terrible. And also who Reid benched in favor of Michael Vick two years ago.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio put it best:

The suggestion that Reid can make Kolb play better than he has in Arizona overlooks a few things.  First, Kolb didn’t play all that well in Philly, once he finally got the chance to start.  Second, Kolb is injury prone, and that’s something no quarterback guru can fix.  Third, Reid’s reported plan is a direct slap at Ken Whisenhunt; if Kolb needs to be “fixed,” it means that Whisenhunt somehow “broke” him.  Fourth, wouldn’t Reid’s better strategy be to claim he can get Mike Vick to come to town, since Vick is the guy Reid chose over Kolb?

 

But don’t worry, Reid can fix him. He can do anything that other coaches can’t do: Run the Wildcat offense. Win with an ex-con running quarterback. Reform Terrell Owens. Draft a firefighter. Win an NFC Championship without a decent wide receiver. Turn an offensive line coach into a master defensive coordinator. Stay in one place for 14 years without winning a Super Bowl.

But before Reid has a chance to fix Kolb, he will meet with the Chiefs, in Philadelphia, today, according to Adam Schefter.

*Yes, we're totally in that stage of the breakup where we rail on the other person for things that didn't even bother us all that much during the relationship. Next comes total avoidance.

Hey, The Phillies are Checking on Kevin Youkilis Too

Kyle Scott - November 13, 2012

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Ruben Amaro’s manhood grew three sizes that day.

The Phillies are, literally, interested in every major free agent. B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn, Josh Hamilton, and now, Kevin Youkilis.

Per a report by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Phils are in on the Youkilis sweepstakes, if there is such a thing:

The Indians, Phillies and Dodgers are looking to upgrade their production at third base and have shown preliminary interest in Youkilis, according to major-league sources. The Mariners and Marlins — the majors’ two worst teams this year in first-base production — have checked in on Youkilis, as well.

 

Raise your hands above your head in a homoerotic fashion and rub your stick awkwardly if you want Youk on the Phils.

Looks around

No one

Wait! You, you in the back there… oh, just the Elmo guy. You don't count. Anyone else? Didn't think so.

Youk will be 34 when the season starts, hasn’t played in more than 136 games since 2008, batted .258 and .235 each of the past two seasons, (dis)respectively, and his on-base percentage has gone down every season since 2009. Positives? He walks, a fucking lot, and he could fill that awkward batting-stanced, bad-backed, over-the-hill third baseman void left behind by Placido Polanco’s departure. Soooo… there’s that.

Red Sox South, baby.

Chase Utley Taking Grounders at Third Base, Could Be Option In The Future

Ryan Gillon - August 29, 2012

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(Photo: GCobb.com)

UPDATE – 4:12 PM: Jim Salisbury tweeted this after speaking to Chase Utley.

 

Take it how you will, but this gem came across live on the air minutes ago and was tweeted by SportsRadio 94 WIP's official Twitter account.

 

UPDATE: @WIPAfternoons tweeted a photo to prove it… a bit grainy, but nonetheless:

Video: Kevin Frandsen Does a Little Dance

Kyle Scott - August 24, 2012

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The Kevin Frandsen don't care.

In the ninth inning of last night’s pseudo-thrilling, 11-inning walk-off win, Kevin Frandsen laid a bunt down the first base line. The ball was fielded by former Phillie Miguel Cairo, who attempted to tag Frandsen. Unfortunately for Cairo, nobody puts pussy magnet in the dugout.

Check out this ridiculous wizardry from Frandsen, whose symmetrical face, perfectly-cropped beard and lovable mediocrity are slowly winning people over.

Give it a little jump for the video. Or, if you're like Frandsen, you'll contort your body over the bump without even brushing it. And. You'll. Look. Good. Doing. It.

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Kevin Kolb, Booed at Cardinals Fan Fest

Kyle Scott - June 14, 2012

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Heh.

Can I call ‘em or can I call ‘em? 

NFL.com

The Arizona Cardinals held their "Fan Fest 2012" during their minicamp practice on Wednesday night, drawing an estimated 15,000 fans.

The offense had its moments. The defense did, too. And the fans let Kevin Kolb know that he needs to create more positive moments in 2012 to gain their approval.

The Cardinals fans booed Kolb, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. In June. At minicamp. Yikes.

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Poor guy. He’s just not very good at football. 

via CSN

Elton Brand On KG: “(Philly Fans Will) Show Him How Fair-Weather They Are”

Kyle - May 23, 2012

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Not surprisingly, Elton Brand didn't need to open his eyes to shrug off Kevin Garnett

Talk about a tough spot. Here's Elton Brand, minding his own at Sixers practice Monday, probably (can only assume, wasn't there) marinading in the Whirlpool and dabbling in some motivational Captain Americanisms to keep the younger guys composed and focused, and he gets sideswiped by questions about Kevin Garnett popping off. Brand definitely realizes anything he says will be more scrutinized,  given this Impromptu Defender Of Philly's Honor role KG thrust him into. Meanie.

Brand handled it well.

Said Brand:

"(Laugh.) We'll see our fans tomorrow. We appreciate our fans. We know they got our support and got our backs. I'm sure they're gonna show him how fair-weather they are tomorrow."

 

And now for an obligitory note: Game 6 at 8 p.m. EST at the Wells Fargo Center.

Needless to say, the timing for Garnett's comment doesn't make sense, at least not for anyone other than the ultimate villain. He'll probably convert the energy of the boo birds into some alien super power, or something.

Brand addressed that, too.

Said Brand:

"Maybe he needs something to get him pumped up. I know they're gonna be on him tomorrow for that. He wasn't around all the time in Boston. They've been a championship-caliber team just about every year. But I know our fans support us and they've got our back. So I'm not worried about that."

 

And, now that we're coming up on four-and-a-half hours past a reasonable and rational life expectancy for this story's cycle, given the trivial subject matter, neither should you.

Video after the jump.

Matt Hammond wrote this. He is the brains behind ThoughtsInPassing.com 

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Kevin Garnett Hates You, Thinks You Suck

Kyle Scott - May 22, 2012

It figures that following a day where Bryce Harper mentioned fans throwing batteries and the MLB.com Twitter account brought up throwing snowballs at Santa, Kevin Garnett would call out Philly fans for being fair-weather. 

Here’s what he told reporters after last night’s game:

“When speaking about this crowd, man, it’s like plugging in. They enthused for 48 minutes on. From the tip on. So I can’t see the difference between minute to minute. I feel like every minute I look up, I see my family, I see people yelling, I see the drunk fat guy. This crowd is ridiculous, man, I love it. It’s like taking a cold shower, steeping into a freezer that’s below 60. I wouldn’t recommended it, but if you want the feeling try it out come back let me know.”

Can you compare Boston fans to the fans in Philly?

“Not even close. You know, we got fans here, then you got fair-weather fans. Take it how you want.” 

 

Damn. See, I always liked Garnett. Now I’ll have to puke on a little girl while throwing batteries and tasing him. 

The comment was completely unnecessary, but certainly not unintentional. Garnett has been around long enough to know exactly what he’s saying. And he’s exactly the type of weirdo that, especially at this old age of 36, can use boos to fire himself up and elevate his game. In fact, part of me believes he said what he did on purpose, just so he can be showered with boos by 20,000 fair-weather fans on Wednesday night. 

But that still doesn’t mean his statement is accurate.

Garnett has only been with the Celtics since 2007, meaning most of his experience playing in Philadelphia has come since then, in the final years of a Sixers ownership group that seemingly cared little about winning, results, and fan interest. The Sixers have been laughable for much of the last decade until this season. Plus, Garnett’s experience in Philly is obviously limited to basketball. I’d entertain his argument when it comes to the Phillies (see 1994-2005), but good luck trying to tell anyone that Eagles and Flyers fans are fair-weather. Hell, Flyers fans are so fucking nuts that sometimes I think we enjoy the down times more than the good times, just so we can drink and bitch and drink and carry pitchforks and stuff… and drink.

CBSPhilly.com’s Spike Eskin, whose desk may or may not be adorned with Sixers pom poms, used some fuzzy math to disprove Garnett’s statement. He said, during down years in 2004 and 2005, Celtics percent capacity figures were similar to what the Sixers see now, around 85%. That’s true, but what he didn't mention is that, as recently as the 2009-2010 season, the Sixers’ lowest attended season since the mid-90s, the then Wachovia Center was only at 70% capacity. The Celtics never came close to that, even when they struggled between 2003-2007. 

Video via WEEI

Kevin Durant Reportedly Won’t Play in Battle of 95

Kyle Scott - September 22, 2011

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Kevin Durant won't play in this Sunday's BATTLE OF 95 because he will be shooting a movie (ah NBA life), according to Nate Jones, a business partner of Durant's.

That's one big name down. Yesterday, some folks thought Allen Iverson might take part in the game, because his name was linked to a Saturday night party in Philadelphia, but CSN Philly confirms that won't be the case.

LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and a bunch of Philly guys are all still scheduled to play. 

H/T to Spike