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Mike Schmidt is in Clearwater Today SANS MUSTACHE

Kyle Scott - February 20, 2013

Mike Schmidt is in Clearwater today to annoy work with select players and, presumably, give his annual Mike Schmidt Gives His Annual State of the Phillies Annual Address state of the Phillies annual address on the state of the Phillies, given annually. He will do so without a mustache, which is moderately alarming. 

Two years ago, Schmidt said Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino were underachieving. That summer, he threw Chooch under a bus. And just this October, he complained about autographs. My money is on either Cliff Lee or, yet again, Carlos Ruiz being Schmidt’s target today. I base that on nothing, much the same way Schmidt chooses his verbal victims.

Pic via Delco Times photog Eric Hartline

Watch Andy Reid Live with Mike Florio

Kyle Scott - January 9, 2013

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There goes that Reid!

Andy Reid, our former coach who never met a local reporter that he liked (except for maybe Howard Eskin), will be Mike Florio’s guest on Pro Football Talk Live today over at NBC Sports. I’m sure he’ll be a bucket of chuckles like he was on a local Kansas City radio station yesterday, when he dropped this zinger:

On which he prefers, cheese steaks or barbecue:
"I obviously have had too much of both."


Funny guy.

You can watch him with Florio here, at noon.

Meanwhile, in the land of the coachless, the Eagles have released yet another well-produced puff piece on their website. This one features Dave Spadaro (of course) interviewing Howie Roseman about the team's coaching search, which is progressing like a 2012 Phillies game (men on base each step of the way… no results). I’d take these a lot more seriously if the structure wasn’t akin to the White House releasing a scripted interview between press secretary Jay Carney and President Obama. You can watch it here.

Eagles to Interview Mike McCoy on Sunday

Kyle Scott - January 3, 2013

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Hey, the Eagles are going to interview someone else! You can all stop bitching in the comments about the consecutive Andy Reid posts.

On their Twitter account – (@EaglesInsider), which I’m noticing has taken a marked shift toward being useful in the past few days (perhaps thanks to new communications director?) – the Eagles confirmed that they will interview Denver offsensive coordinator Mike McCoy this Sunday in the mile high city.

McCoy has been the Broncos offensive coordinator since 2008, and has had relative success with guys like Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. The Broncos also led the NFL in rushing in 2011. And, as pointed out by Bleeding Green Nation, McCoy has never been fired despite three of his head coaches getting canned.

Of course, I most enjoyed Zoo With Roy's analysis of McCoy, which shouldn't be discounted: This dude has no shoulders no way later dork go buy a calculator.

Signs of a Lockout: Stanley Cup Champion Mike Richards is Playing Roller Hockey on Top of a Parking Garage

Kyle Scott - November 13, 2012

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And when they’re done, Mike is going to do drugs with everyone. 

I’m just kidding… he didn’t say that.

Mike Schmidt Wrote an AP Article Complaining About the Legibility of Autographs from the 2012 Phillies and Every Other Modern Player

Kyle Scott - October 2, 2012

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Mike Schmidt is kind of an ass.

He always has something to say, usually when he visits the Phillies’ spring training complex or when he professes his somewhat uncomfortable love for ESPN’s Mike and Mike. [There was the time Michael Jack threw Chooch under the bus, and that other time he said the Phillies, coming off three straight NLCS appearances, were underachievers.]

Today, Schmidt has a new soapbox on which to stand and shout his mindless babble: the massive media powerhouse that is the Associated Press.

Yes, Schmidt wrote an article for the AP today, meaning that virtually every major news outlet in the world will have access to his important message… about the legibility of autographs.


Go, Michael:

This spring, while with the Phillies in camp, I asked the clubhouse guy to get me some famous Phillies on balls for my charity auction. I must sign thousands every year for charity. It's funny how you get tired of the same requests over and over until you need one.

Anyway, I get 10 signed balls given to me in a box that I bring home. A few weeks later, I'm doing inventory on some items I have gotten for the auction and I open the box of balls and I can't read any of the signatures. I study and study, hoping to see a curve or a clue that would lead me to the name.

I asked my wife if she recognized any. None. I made out Roy Halladay, Jim Thome and Jimmy Rollins. A couple had the number , thank you Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence. That was a great clue, at least for me, but what about the person who buys it at the auction and may not know the numbers?

My signature's value has never changed over the years. Sure, I know there is a class system in the industry, certain signatures retain value and others don't. In my case, one reason it has retained value is it's neat and you can read it. It is legible, shows respect and looks as though I put some effort into the process of creating a collectible item.


Probably too much to ask for a wholesale change in attitude from both sides. As if the players will sign neat and speak to the fans while signing, and fans and collectors will respect the player's right to privacy in certain areas and not stalk them near hotels and airports.

Autograph utopia: Neat signatures, kind words, handshakes, no pushing or shoving, quality opposed to quantity. Any chance?

Me, I just want to know which Phillies signed those balls.


That’s amazing. I’m too young, 29, to really remember what Mike Schmidt was like. I know that I’ve met him and gotten his autograph at some point, but I can’t remember when or where. What I do remember, however (mostly from stories), is how Schmidt never quite gelled with fans and was far from the type of guy who would happily oblige overzealous autograph seekers. I also remember how he was frequently booed and considered by many to be, well, a jackass. 

Despite those things, what you just read was Schmidt, writing for the Associated Press, complaining about the autographs on a bunch of balls the 2012 Phillies signed for his charity. I’m not even sure how to categorize that. So instead, I wrote you an analogy of sorts:

You know what I really hate? Paparazzi and celebrity culture. Can’t a movie star or athlete go out to a bar, get drunk, and not have to worry about their picture winding up online? If some jackass with a cell phone takes a shot of a famous person at a compromising moment, must it be the lead story on a dick-joke laden blog the next day? And what’s the deal with block-quoting shit? WRITE YOUR OWN WORDS. Too many “writers” lazily rely on the journalistic chops of others to make a living. Oh yeah, real cool, quote an article, throw in a few jokes about peni, and, boom– artwork. And don’t get me started on someone who would be silly and faux irreverent enough to post a sophomoric bar drawing of a Nationals fan blowing the Phanatic. Can’t we go back to the good old days when Murrow and Kronkite and Will McAvoy delivered us the news fairly, but with necessary and passionate context for an informed electorate? I want that back. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a post to get to about Chase Utley’s hair, which exclusive photo evidence confirms he is having dyed.

[Read Schmidt's full article here, and just about everywhere.]

Mike Trout is Still a Phillies Fan

Kyle Scott - September 27, 2012

Knew I liked this kid.

Mike Trout, who should be the AL MVP, grew up in Millville, New Jersey. This you know. But what may come as a bit of a surprise to you is that, even after being drafted by the Angels, Trout was (is?) still a Phillies fan.

Speaking to Lisa Hillary, Trout’s dad explains: [CSN Philly]

Trout's father recalled a story from a few years back when in the middle of the night, Jeff heard Mike scream from his room.

“Dad, we got Roy Halladay!” Mike yelled. To which his Dad responded: "the Angels got Halladay?”

“No, the Phillies did!” Mike replied. “Son, you’re a member of the Angels. What’s with this we?!”


Interesting, because the Angels – you know, Trout’s team – had been rumored to be in on Halladay, too.

But I have a slight problem with what Trout’s dad said: The Halladay trade news broke in the middle of the afternoon and was widely report by early evening. So, either the Trouts don’t have electricity… or Trout’s dad confused it with the Cliff Lee trade, which did, in fact, break in the middle of the night. Either way, you can’t dislike Mike Trout.

Andy Reid’s Job Is On The Line This Year, But Is It Really?

Ryan Gillon - August 30, 2012


Andy Reid is signed on to be the Eagles coach through 2013, but if there is anything that came out of Jeff Lurie's State of the Team Address today, it's that Andy Reid isn't a lock to be the Head Coach of the Eagles in 2013.

Simply, Lurie implied that it all depends on how his 2012 shakes out.

When asked by reporters about Andy Reid's status, Lurie made it clear that nothing is guaranteed after this upcoming season, even in light of the tragic events in Reid's personal life.

"This is a business, and you're there to win and win big… so all the emphasis will be on Andy Reid the coach," Lurie said.

Everyone knew the question was coming, and Lurie needed a stern response in light of the comments Reid's agent Bob LaMonte made three weeks ago.

Via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Lurie "has stated again and again, any time that I’ve been with him, that was as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Andy Reid would be his coach," LaMonte said. "And I’d say the proof of the pie is in the pudding. He’s been here 14 years.”

“This man has earned the right to decide what he wants to do, and he may well decide he doesn’t want to coach and Jeffrey may decide he doesn’t want to hire him, but I can just tell you Jeffrey Lurie has told me on any occasion I’ve ever been with him, as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy will be his coach," LaMonte said once again. "Now, if you know something else, tell me, because I should probably know."



Lurie continued by saying that last year's 8-8 record was unacceptable and if the same result happened this season, Reid would be dismissed. Reporters continued to prod and Lurie admitted that there are always exceptions, but "you just have to make the best decisions you can after the season," but that "it'll be very clear."

Whether you believe Lurie or not is up to you. I think he's partially full of shit because I'm a firm believer that if Reid was going to get fired, it was going to be at the end of last season. Why? Because as Lurie said, there are always exceptions.

If Mike Vick goes down for a few weeks at any point in the season and Nick Foles is behind center? That's an exception. If there is any injury to a big name player at any point in the season, that's an exception. There are always exceptions.

Lurie had to say what he did, partially because of what Reid's agent foolishly said, but I do think he would have said something along those lines anyway. He had to follow up on his comments at the end of last season.

It comes down to this; Lurie will only fire Reid if he truly wants to, or if this season is a complete disaster. I don't think that Lurie wants to fire Andy Reid, and I don't think he will at the end of this season.

Hopefully, we won't have to find out.

It’s Not Looking Good For Mike Kafka, Foles Will Backup Vick

Ryan Gillon - August 28, 2012


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Mike Kafka's preseason has been less than promising.

After fracturing his hand in the August 9th preseason game against the Steelers, Kafka hasn't been able to get back on the field. Combined with Mike Vick's rib injury, it's been nohing but Nick Foles and Trent Edwards behind center.

Andy Reid's spoke to the media earlier, and his comments today suggest Thursday's game against the Jets will be more of the same. 


Surely, this didn't make Kafka feel any better.


Several beat writers mentioned that Thursday's plans weren't set in stone, but if nothing changes, Kafka won't have another opportunity to prove himself before Friday's roster are cut from 75 to 53 players.

With the surprising play of Nick Foles (36-for-57, 507 yards, 6 TD's 2 INT's) and the experience of Trent Edwards as a starter, my guess is Kafka won't make the final cut. Kafka's fate is affected directly by Foles, who many have called on to start over Michael Vick.

Vick is injury prone (not in the classical sense, he just tends to put himself in stupid situations where he gets hurt), but it's fucking insane to think that Foles, who has played against backups a good chunk of the time, is ready to lead the Eagles.

Most of the people on the Foles bandwagon are the same people who want to win a Super Bowl this year (and every year). No matter how good Foles is now, or will be in the future, he's not going to get the city a Lombardi trophy this year.

However, I will say this: If Foles is the true number two to Michael Vick, he will get a chance to win a regular season game this year. I'm not a believer that Vick can change his ways and avoid injury…

…and you probably aren't either.

You can follow Ryan on Twitter @SeriouslyRyan.