Since Andy Reid’s firing is an inevitability, I’ve decided to pre-write the lede, this way I’m prepared if it happens during the season. It’s sort of like a Mad Lib, only if Mad Libs were head-shaking blog posts about the awful state of your local NFL team. Here’s what I got:
It’s over. The Eagles have fired Andy Reid, the team announced today. The final straw was the Eagles’ most recent loss, a ___-___ ass-kicking by the _____. ____ will take over as interim head coach, though the team will presumably look at other candidates for next season.
In a statement released by the team, Jeffrey Lurie said: _______________.
This was Reid’s 14th year with the Eagles. He finishes his time here with a ___-___ record, five NFC Championship appearances and one Super Bowl appearance. He only won only one of those six games.
That should do, at least initially.
Let’s hit it.
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– Meet Chase Utley. He will be signing autographs at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, December 8 from 1 – 3:30.
Donovan McNabb doesn’t seem so bad anymore, does he? Get his autograph at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, January 5 from 1 – 2:30. Makes a great Christmas gift for the deprived Eagles fan in your life.
– The G shirt. Grab one before they sells out… or before G gets injured again in Germany and has to return to the states as a broken mess:
Playing in the German mayor league (DEL) is not harmless at all not even for NHL Lockoutplayers. In the yesterdays game between Eisbären Berlin (Giroux and Briere) and Krefeld Pinguine (Christian Ehrhoff) Claude Giroux got hurt and was brought to he hospital. It happened in the 2nd period of the game. His cervical spine was overstretched after he got hit by another player.
Observers are sure his head was hit but there where no penalties given. The Eisbären Berlin applied for an investigation procedure and sent the video of the scene. The German League will check the situation. After the medical examination Giroux was able to leave the hospital but he will not play in Cologne (against Kölner Haie – with Coach Uwe Krupp) tomorrow.
– On Saturday, Seravalli, writing for SportsWeek, quoted sources that said Ed Snider was extremely unhappy with Gary Bettman’s handling of negotiations. Snider strongly disagreed with the report and sent a statement to the Daily News calling the report “erroneous.” He told others it was a “fabrication.”
– Speaking of (accused) shoddy reporting… the Wilmington News Journal has an exclusive story today in which a doctor, who has no involvement with Andrew Bynum or his injury, said that the Sixers center could require surgery. It’s a reasonable theory, but the story’s headline, “Evidence shows Bynum likely out for season,” is a gross exaggeration. Relevant story, but completely misleading.
- A source told CBS Philly’s Spike Eskin that the Sixers are unhappy with Bnyum. Eskin pointed out that it was odd how the Sixers sent Bynum out this weekend to give updates on his knee. I agree.
– Marcus Vick, who may be in jail right now (no, really), who was supposedly going to censor himself after requesting a trade for his brother, fired this bad boy out into the ether this morning. About Reid? Probably.
– 97.5’s Harry Mayes chided Evan Turner on Saturday, telling him to work on his J instead of watching the Ohio State basketball game. Turner’s response?
– Jason Babin’s appearance on the cover of the Washington Post may have helped him to a net gain in his Twitter following:
What a tone deaf, lunkhead.
That's a sentiment with which most of you agree. Check out the responses to Babin:
– LeSean McCoy has a concussion because Andy Reid is stupid and left him in during garbage time. Reid’s reasoning? “Because we were trying to catch up and win the game.”
The Eagles were losing 31-6 at the time, with under two minutes to play in the game.
– Finally, this Joe and Casey Conklin parody of Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, We Are Never Ever Gonna Win With Andy, is perfect.
Notice that Eagles logos are absent in the video and jerseys are turned inside out? The original video, which briefly showed up on YouTube two weeks ago, was shot outside Lincoln Financial Field with Casey in an Eagles jersey. The video was quickly removed and replaced with this sans-licensed-product version. You can probably deduce why. Must-watch video after the jump. Casey actually has an amazing voice.
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Annnd we’re back. Sort of. FIOS is still out here at CB 1, but have no fear, Verizon is coming between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. today… so just any second now. In the meantime, we’ll run this here website through an iPhone personal hotspot. Somewhere, Steve Jobs presses his hands together and thinks that is insanely great.
The Sixers are undefeated and Jrue Holiday earned himself an extension
Spencer Hawes, whose back isn’t acting up yet, dominated on the defensive end and contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds in Andre Iguodala’s return. Speaking of lowercase ai, the former Sixer was booed rather lustily at the start of the game (video here), likely angering the dozen or so people who liked him and Spike Eskin. Iggy was cheered, however, when the Sixers played a 45 second clip of the end of the Bulls series. Though I’d argue that if closing out a first round series against a team without their best player was Iggy’s greatest moment as a Sixer, then he deserved to be shot with that new giant t-shirt launcher Adam Aron and Co. purchased. But that’s just me.
Late last night, the Sixers signed Jrue Holiday to a four-year, $41 million extension. Earlier in the summer, Holiday, laughably, had said that he wanted a max contract of around $58 million. This deal obviously falls short, but will keep Jrue with the Sixers through the 2016-2017 season. Good move.
Loving the new blue uniforms at home. On the road, they’re just a plain alternate. But at home, they stand out more and work well with the darker accents on the updated court:
I’m trying to get audio of one call, which I heard while driving home from filming tonight’s Great Sports Debate. McGinnis freaked out about something Hawes did (honestly, I couldn’t tell what) and then got all sad kitten when a traveling call went against the Sixers, nullifying whatever happened and forcing McGinnis to reverse his “sing-song voice” call. We’ll try to have the audio up later.
#shitmalkiksays is back, baby, like Sir Mix-A-Lot at Madea’s wedding
Will remain the Eagles’ starter. For now.
For the second year in a row, Wayne Simmonds was on the receiving end of racist chants from douchebag fans.
Playing in the Czech Republic, Simmonds heard a chorus of “opice” chants. That word translates to “monkey.” Puck Daddy has the video here.
[This is something I wanted to spend more time on, but the storm kind of got in the way of that and by now most of you probably have seen the story.]
This Paralympian has pretty much the best costume of all-time as the lamp from A Christmas Story: [Yahoo!]
Per Jon Heyman’s Twitter, we learned that the CBS baseball reporter and Pat Burrell nearly came to blows in a Detroit bar during the World Series. The two had to be separated by Kevin Millar.
The delightful story was first pieced together by Deadspin, but their site has since gone down. Philly Mag has the details.
World Series Champion Hunter Pence
Video of Pence talking about Katy Perry, on Conan, after the jump.
What better way to celebrate the first two clutch free throws of Andre Iguodala's career and the Sixers first playoff series win since before Citizens Bank Park opened than by showing off a video roundup from the final moments of last night’s game.
Not going to lie– despite all the (deserved) negativity surrounding the Sixers over the last decade, and setting aside the fact that they beat a Bulls team without their two best players (let’s face it: zero chance with Rose and Noah), it’s nice to finally, once again, have exciting pro basketball in this town. Now we get to experience another Philly-Boston series, which is winnable. Long-shot. But winnable.
Here are videos from the final seconds, from the stands, and from Doug Collins' I'm a Sixer for live post-game press conference.
Just step over the jump in 1… 2… 3… 4… 5…
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Scott Hartnell has some fun with Claude Giroux and Pierre McGuire during a pre-game interview, via (@dugmclaughlin)
Unbeknownst to fans, NBC and the Devils, the Flyers pushed the start time of yesterday’s game back to 4 p.m.
Not that showing up an hour late really mattered, because the Flyers are much better than the Devils.
The O and B were outshot 11-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game… they then outshot the Devils 36-15 the rest of the way. 36-15.
You magic-handed animal you. Briere scored 16 goals in 70 regular season games this year. He has scored seven in seven playoff games. Yesterday’s two goals were the 50th and 51st of his postseason career. He now has 106 points in 104 career playoff games. In fact – here’s a fun stat – dating back to 2005, Briere has no more than two fewer points than playoff games played in any of those years, which means that his outlandish career playoff numbers don't come from one or two outlying years. He can essentially be counted on for a point-per-game in the ‘offs, and has been performing at that clip for seven consecutive years. Scary.
Yesterday’s first goal (for both Danny and the Flyers) was eerily reminiscent of the Flyers’ first goal of the Penguins series. Both were breakaways, with the team trailing, to put the Flyers on the board.
The Flyers and their newly formed Tree of Trust (that part’s a joke, but at some point last year they were given coins, which they had to have on them at all times) are now 2-0 since coming off a two-day retreat in South Florida. They beat the Hurricanes last night, 5-3.
Here are some quick statisticals, courtesy of the Flyers PR department:
The last time the Flyers allowed two shorthanded goals in a single game was Dec. 15, 2009 at PIT. Prior to tonight’s game, the Flyers had not allowed a shorthanded goal yet this season.
Tonight was Claude Giroux’s first two-goal game of the season and the fifth of his career. (He has yet to record an NHL hat trick.) It was Giroux’s third game this season with three or more points.
Chris Pronger recorded three assists tonight, his most assists and points in a single game since a four-assist night on Jan. 25, 2011 vs. Montreal, and just the third time he’s had three or more points in a game since joining the Flyers. (Other was a three-assist night on Jan. 6, 2010 vs. Toronto.)
As you see above, Claude Giroux was rocking a special pre-game flow. Here’s another angle via (@D_LEED):
Oh that's nice– somewhere in there, a kitten paws at a pile of gold bullion.
In the third period, Matt Read, like his teammate Danny Briere did two weeks ago, performed his best Luis Mendoza impersonation… there was just one minor problem: had trouble stopping.