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News From the Enemy

Mark Saltveit - December 15, 2015

Philadelphia has a very strong set of reporters and columnists covering the Eagles. Ask anyone who has lived in other cities. But individually and collectively, they have some very real biases and blind spots. So you can learn a lot by reading the beat reporters from whatever team the Birds are playing next.

One reason is that they don’t have to worry about angering the Eagles organization, or losing access to star players by writing something critical. They might also just be better reporters, or have the advantage of not having pissed players off in the past.

Tyler Dunne, a beat reporter for the Buffalo News, wrote an epic and nuanced portrait of LeSean McCoy with lots of detail you don’t see in the Philadelphia press.

The Shady he describes is a complex and very likable character who fits all the facts we know about him — good and bad. He’s passionate, loyal, generous, intensely dedicated, emotional, and bluntly honest. He’s also argumentative, stubborn, bullheaded, vengeful and resistant to coaching. One Eagles teammate put it this way: “You try to show him something and if he didn’t believe it, it didn’t matter what you showed him – he wasn’t going to believe it.”

Several former teammates mention, without details, that Shady argued with them about women (as a group). The profile doesn’t detail the arguments, but given his history (siccing thousands of twitter followers on his ex-girlfriend during a fight, advertising a women-only party with a sexy dress code, and allegedly having a woman thrown off his party bus) we can guess that McCoy was not taking a feminist ally stance.

What’s especially interesting is that Dunne has a wealth of sources just not found in local articles. He quotes McCoy’s older brother LeRon (“He’s just a moody person… He takes things personal”), his high school coach in Harrisburg (“He’s got a lot bottled up”), and a young RB at his old high school, who Shady mentored.

Most strikingly, Dunne quotes three current Philadelphia Eagles speaking on the record about their former teammate — Bryan Braman, Brent Celek, and fellow running back Kenjon Barner.

Where Philadelphia’s leading beat reporter, Jeff McLane, relies on anonymous sources and McCoy himself — who he has known for years — to present LeSean as a model citizen beloved by teammates, Dunne gives us a well-rounded character, flawed, loyal, heart on his sleeve. A guy you can imagine teammates loving, and shaking their heads over at the same time.

Dunne’s portrayal of McCoy matches the complex portrait painted by Seth Wickersham in ESPN The Magazine last August. This is a competitive and emotional guy, someone who cares, who rages, who doesn’t want to follow a coach’s strict rules, and — as Dunne says explicitly — a guy who bickered with Chip Kelly all last year.

In other words, a much more human and believable Shady than the one you read about in local newspapers.

Eagles – Bills: 6 Incidents

Mark Saltveit - December 13, 2015

Poor Rex Ryan. He loves to be the fun asshole center of attention with stunts like making IK Enemkpali a team captain against the Jets and Geno Smith, whose jaw (and career) IK broke.

In today’s game against the Eagles though, the press was obsessed with the Chip Kelly vs. LeSean McCoy grudge match. Even Rex making Shady the lone team captain barely got noticed.

There were plenty of quiet improvements for the Eagles, from Sam Bradford’s steady progress to Caleb Sturgis getting touchbacks on 5 of 6 kickoffs, and the development of the team’s 4-minute offense to pin down leads, using the 3-headed monster at RB that the Eagles dreamed of last summer.

Sam Bradford threw his first interception since October, after 10 in the first seven games, but you can’t blame this one on him. He put the ball right in Zach Ertz’ Brent Celek’s hands, and the DB just grabbed it away from him.

In fairness, though, Bradford’s failure to throw the ball away on 3rd down with 2:07 left in the game was inexcusable. Was he hoping to run off 7 seconds to get past the 2 minute warning? It makes no sense.

And I’m not one to complain about referees, but today’s officiating was horrible, from inept clock management to repeated blatant holds and even tackles on the Eagles DL that were not called until the end of the game.

But let’s be honest, people wanted to see some shit go down with all the hype about Shady’s revenge. So here are the six most interesting incidents from the game, as it actually expressed itself.

1. Shady kisses the Eagle, gets booed

As the teams took the field, McCoy knelt down to kiss the Eagle emblem, and the stands erupted with boos. Probably not how he imagined things going, but that’s Philadelphia for you.

2. Shady shoves Fletcher Cox after a run

The Eagles were clearly talking trash to McCoy, and with 13:46 left in the 2nd period, he came up from one tackle to jab Fletcher Cox in the shoulder. Instead of retaliating (right in from the of the ref), Cox wisely held his arms up in innocence. McCoy was lucky not to be penalized.

The Eagles defensive line did their shoving on the field, especially in the second half. More on that later.

3. Donnie Jones’ 52-yard completion to Bryan Braman

You’ve heard of arm punts. This was a foot pass, yet another artillery shot from Donnie Jones, with the left-footer’s spin drilling right through punt returner Thigpen’s hands. Just as they diagrammed it, Bryan Braman collected the ball for a key turnover. That led to Agholor’s first receiving touchdown, four plays later.

4. Late hit on Thigpen out of bounds on punt return

It wasn’t a huge confrontation, but Riley Cooper’s late hit near the end of the 3rd quarter moved the ball up from the Bills 27 41 to the Eagles 44 after yet another great punt by Donnie Jones. Buffalo converted this into a touchdown to tie the game. It could easily have lost the game for Philadelphia.

5. Huff gives himself up for Ertz’ 41-yard gain

Josh Huff has never been shy of contact. He executed a pick play to free up Zach Ertz with extra relish, getting knocked flat while Ertz rambled for 41 yards into the red zone. With the game tied 20-20 and 4 and a half minutes left in the game, it couldn’t have been a bigger play.

You hate to see Huff injured, and that’s the inevitable result of his all-out, self-sacrificing play. But his toughness led to the Eagles kicking the game-winning field goal with 3:26 left in the game.

6. Shady runs away.

After all his trash talking and posturing, McCoy disappeared in the second half. He had 12 carries for 63 yards before the break, but eight for only 11 yards after it. And seven of those eight came running the ball with 1:45 left at his own 31, when the Eagles were playing prevent defense and happy to encourage any run for obvious reasons.

Before the game, I predicted that Shady would have a couple big runs but finish with 60-70 yards and leave with an injury in the 3rd quarter. It turns out that he didn’t even need the injury to get capped at that mid-level production and have his revenge fantasies denied.

So at the end of the game, unsurprisingly, he ran off the field with 14 seconds left, rather than acknowledge the unhappy reality of the game. That fits, for a guy who refused Fletcher Cox’s hand during the game, who refused to talk to the press after the game, and has made a big deal over refusing to talk to Chip or shake his hand since the trade.

Oh, and by the way? Chip denied after the game that he ever called Shady this week. And in retrospect, it doesn’t make much sense that McCoy wouldn’t recognize Chip’s digits, even if he did delete his contact from his phone.

How funny would it be if that whole Inquirer story about McCoy hanging up on Chip was based on a prank phone call that Shady thought was real?

DeMarco needs some of Shady’s anger

Mark Saltveit - December 13, 2015

LeSean McCoy is pissed. He’s hanging up when Chip Kelly calls, won’t shake his hand, and photoshopped him out of all the selfies they took together.

The media love it and will explode in ecstasy if Shady runs for 279 yards today, because anger and revenge is everybody’s favorite sports narrative.

But anger cuts both ways. It fuels your effort, but clouds your judgment. As Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Then your lizard brain takes over and you forget your careful planning, flailing wildly.

One of Chip’s mantras is “Play with emotion, don’t let emotion play with you.” Overemotional players start fights, get penalties, and try to do too much on their own.

The Eagles will try to take advantage of Shady’s ego and pissiness with a combination of trash talk, game planning and inside knowledge of his moves. He might go off on them, but just as likely he’ll break a couple of big runs early, then leave the game injured in the third period after racking up 70-80 yards.

On the other hand, DeMarco Murray could use a bunch of McCoy’s anger. The latest reports say he went to Jeff Lurie last week because he thought Chip and Duce Staley were unapproachable.

Duce? You done lost everybody right there, young man. Chip, sure. He is kind of intimidating in person, a half-Belichick almost with his hard-case New England ball-busting. But your former-player position coach? No wonder DeMarco’s not hitting holes hard if he’s afraid of his own coaches.

Murray’s big free agent contract apparently turned him into a winsome high-school art student, resenting the alpha jocks and mooning over Morrissey songs.

Is he mad that he’s been demoted to fourth-string running back on the Eagles? Good. He should be furious and humiliated and raging to prove his manhood by pounding the Bills’ DL. You show ’em champ.

Because the only thing worse than playing with too much emotion is not having any at all.

LeSean McCoy Didn’t Have an Orgy, for What It’s Worth

Jim Adair - July 31, 2015

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LeSean McCoy experienced some immediate blow-back when he announced his creepy, ladies only, sign your life away birthday party. He got a talking to about using the Bills logo, and he ended up doing something else. Still, he sees himself as the victim in this:

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“Out of context.” Right. He keeps using that phrase. I do not think that phrase means what he thinks it means. Let’s see:

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Well I guess we’ll never know. In context though, that party looked super creepy.

LeSean McCoy Pulls out of Pointless Game Because of Injury, Maybe Just Wants to Party Instead

Jim Adair - January 16, 2015

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Though LeSean McCoy was named to his third Pro Bowl this year, he won’t be playing in the game due to a knee injury. Also, he has this party to go to.

According to the Courier Post, McCoy’s reason for skipping the totally pointless game is because of “a knee injury suffered toward the end of the season finale against the Giants.” The injury is not said to be serious. However:

McCoy will still be in Glendale, Ariz., that weekend, however. He is scheduled to host a party the day before the game.

It makes sense. Nothing ruins the morning after a good party like waking up and realizing you have to go get hit by a bunch of big dudes for absolutely no reason. It might cure a hangover, though.

Shady is a Little Surprised He’s as Close to the Franchise Rushing Record as He is

Jim Adair - June 19, 2014

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As players are making certain predictions based on whatever, individual player predictions about this season can be made by looking at statistics. And if LeSean McCoy has an average year, he’ll set the Eagles Franchise Rushing Record.

With the numbers he has now, he’d already hold the franchise record in New England and Houston, and will pass the franchise leaders for Kansas City (Priest Holmes), Tampa Bay (James Wilder), and New Orleans (Deuce McAllister) on his way to passing Wilbert Montgomery’s current franchise mark. He’ll also have to slip by Steve van Buren (5860) and Brian Westbrook (5995) to get there. And as I said above, with just an average year for McCoy of 1,094 yards, he’ll surpass Montgomery’s franchise record by 29 yards.

It took Montgomery 1465 attempts over 100 games to set the record where it is today (6538 yards), which is right about the pace McCoy is at — if he breaks it in the last game of this year, it’ll be in his 90th game and he’s about 300 touches behind Montgomery, but I’d be surprised if he got that many.

According to the Inquirer, when Shady was told how close he was to the record, “McCoy smiled and said: ‘That’s it?'” He continued, saying:

“I won’t say [it’s] a given. Nothing’s a given, but that’s another goal to put into my list of things to get done. Hopefully guys up front, blocking the way they’ve been blocking the last couple of years, hopefully I get it done.”

It might take the whole season, but if he stays healthy, I don’t see him not setting the new record, with (hopefully) many more years of adding to it ahead of him.

Shady has Come Around on the Whole Cutting DeSean Thing, The Mayor of D.C. has Not

Jim Adair - June 17, 2014

It took a little bit of time, but it looks like everyone in the Eagles locker room is on board and enjoying the taste of the Chip Kelly Kool-Aid (for better or worse). Though Vincent Gray, the mayor of Washington D.C. (pictured above, looking creepily at Jaccson), recently said “I want to thank the Philadelphia Eagles for making the dumbest mistake,” it seems LeSean McCoy and the rest of the locker room don’t see it as a mistake. Shady told the media after practice:

“The whole DeSean Jackson thing, that helped out, to be honest, in making all the other guys aware. It’s all possible. They’ll cut one of your best guys if (he’s) not buying in. On any team — any team — you look at that, and as a player, you can look at it from so many different sides, but no matter how good you are, you gotta follow these guidelines. And if you don’t, you could be gone. … You gotta buy in.”

So it sounds like everyone is buying in, which is good, because it sounds like the last guy who didn’t buy in got cut. Meanwhile, the now-Washingtonian Mr. Jaccson told the CBS affiliate in D.C.:

“At the end of the day, if you ask me, I just don’t think they wanted to pay me, as far as what my salary was. In this business that we play in, and we’re at now, that’s what happens. Sometimes teams feel they can go get a player for cheaper and have them playing for you, so I think it just came down to a numbers situation. But as far as anything else, as far as anything being implied on the organization, you don’t want to say that. But I think everybody knows what it is. I think everybody knows the situation and what happened.”

And with that thrown at him, the interviewer follows up with the only rational next question: “You look to be in awesome shape. How do you not eat McDonald’s?”

h/t PhillyMag

The Sixers Are Really F@$^ing Good and Everyone Was There To See It, Again

Kyle Scott - February 7, 2012

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We used this title last week, but it seems to be a running theme here with the Sixers, who are not only doing everything they can to get notables out to games, but they’re also winning. They’re winning a lot.

Last night’s 95-90 win against the Lakers was the Sixers’ 13th home win– that ties them for most in the NBA with the Spurs. They're now four games ahead of the Celtics in the East.

As reader Boobie Styles pointed out, having all these bandwagon fans – or, once-dormant fans – really gives the Sixers a legitimate home court advantage. Some of those fans? Well, there’s Raul Ibanez, as seen above. He spoke to Matt Cord here.

There was Mr. Holland’s Opus co-star Terrence Howard, who resides in Lafayette Hill:

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LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson were there. But that got interesting. McCoy – who, it seems, was pulling for the Lakers or, more likely, Kobe – was shown both on television and the big screen at the game (interview with Cord here). D-Jac? Not so much. So why LeSean and not DeSean? Because LeSean thought about his wardrobe choice, D-Jac didn't: (best pic that exists)

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I’m honestly not sure if Jackson is getting these tickets for free. I’d imagine that most of the courtside celebs are absolutely receiving comped tickets. Hats off to D-Jac for supporting his team, but if his tickets were gratis, then he should probably choose his attire more judiciously… or, better yet, the Sixers should have blasted his mug all over their broadcast and the scoreboard– see how the fans react.

I’m not ripping on D-Jac for the sake of ripping on D-Jac, but, really, he can’t seem to do anything that even remotely portends to relate to Philly fans. This guy had what seems like a typical encounter with D-Jac, and Matt Cord told Jon Marks last week that D-Jac brushed him off for a fluffy courtside interview, which, I’d think, is an implied responsibility if the tickets were courtesy of the Sixers.

Of course, none of this matters when you have a .gif of this dancing fan:

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