The Eagles Need to Give Sam Bradford What He Wants

Photos | USA Today Sports

Photos | USA Today Sports

The Sam Bradford Issue hangs over the Philadelphia Eagles like a turkey buzzard. As much as the Eagles try to ignore it, it squawks and flies from tree to tree, peering down at the Nova Care center, waiting for a dead carcass.

The dead man walking is Bradford himself, the self-deposed quarterback who is living somewhere in Oklahoma, hoping the Eagles do the right thing and somehow trade him to the Denver BroncosRead more »

Philly Latinos React as Donald Trump Becomes the Face of the GOP

Donald Trump | photo by Michael Vadon, used under a Creative Commons license. Ted Cruz | Photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license

Donald Trump (left) is  the GOP’s presumptive nominee now that Ted Cruz (right) has bowed out. Trump photo by Michael Vadon, Creative Commons. Cruz photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons

You may not have heard much about Ted Cruz’s Latino roots during his campaign, but the fact is that “Felito” (a shortened version of Rafaelito, the diminutive of his given name) accomplished what no other Latino candidate — Republican or Democrat — has ever accomplished in U.S. politics. He won the Iowa Caucus, and then he won Texas, Utah, Kansas, Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Maine … you get the point. Without being popular at all with the Latino electorate, Cruz nevertheless broke ground for Latino politicians before his run came to an end last night in Indiana.

Now that John Kasich has also bowed out, that leaves the GOP — which started the election season with two viable Latino candidates — with a presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, who opened his campaign by insulting and criminalizing Mexicans and other Latinos.

The reaction of Latinos in Philadelphia ranges from those who see Trump’s now solo status as a GOP candidate as a victory of xenophobia and racism in the party, to those who see little actual difference between Cruz and Trump. Read more »

The Eagles Screwed Sam Bradford

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Sam Bradford is a crybaby.

Sam Bradford is a weakling who is afraid of competition.

Sam Bradford doesn’t have the resume to dare pull off a holdout.

Sam Bradford is absolutely right.

Ignore the first three sentences of this column and focus on sentence number four. Sam Bradford was done a dirty deed by the Philadelphia Eagles and his only alternative is to demand a trade somewhere, anywhere else.

Now I’m not blaming the Eagles for making two savvy moves to move up in the NFL draft, to get to number two, to take North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. It was something they had to do to get a franchise quarterback into their system, a kid who could play the position for the next 10 years. But when they did that, they should have also been fostering a trade at the same time for Bradford, who then became a total lame duck.  Read more »

Sorry, Donald Trump, But the “Woman Card” Doesn’t Exist

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Almost immediately after all but securing the Republican nomination Tuesday night, Donald Trump attempted to explain Hillary Clinton’s impressive four-state win.

“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card,” he said after handily winning five states that will never rid themselves of his dayglow stink.

Just in case he wasn’t clear, Trump followed up yesterday on CNN. “She is a woman,” he told New Day co-host Chris Cuomo. “She is playing the woman card left and right. She didn’t play it last time with Obama. But she’s playing it much harder this time and she will be called on it. If she were a man and she was the way she is, she would get virtually no votes.”

Come again?  Read more »

Howie Roseman’s Big Trade Is Just the Splash the Eagles Needed

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

In a past life, I could never have sanctioned a hefty priced trade up the draft board to select a quarterback who played at the FCS level, or what we have known all these years as Division I-AA.

But I too am carried away by the splash.

In Philadelphia, we haven’t had many splashes lately, so the bold move by Eagles general manager Howie Roseman to trade what amounts to be a first, second and third round pick, spread out over a couple of years, has refreshment written all over it.  Read more »

Opinion: Five Reasons African-Americans Need to Stop Drinking the Poisonous Clinton Kool-Aid

Hillary Clinton (center, Matt Rourke, AP). Protesters (left) and Bill Clinton (right, photos Dan McQuade).

Hillary Clinton (center, Matt Rourke, AP). Protesters (left) and Bill Clinton (right, photos Dan McQuade).

A version of this column also ran in the Philadelphia Tribune.

Black people love “Billary” (i.e., Bill Clinton plus Hillary Clinton equals Billary). But Billary doesn’t love Black people. Never did. Let me count the ways:

1. Billary believes Black children are vicious animals. When she was being her real self in 1994 and not a presidential candidate, she described Black juvenile delinquents as “super-predators (with) no conscience… (who need to be trained) to ‘heel.’” First of all, she completely ignores America’s blatant racism that created and continues to create inadequate schools, little or no job-training, and poverty-stricken neighborhoods, all of which in turn creates delinquency. Second, our children are not irredeemable and remorseless monsters with no conscience. A very small percentage of them instead are young, immature, alienated, and misdirected human beings who made mistakes. And third, our children ain’t no damn dogs that need to heel.  Read more »

What Spring Sounds Like in Windows-Open South Philly

Dickinson Square Park | M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Dickinson Square Park | M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

There are a lot of ways to measure the arrival of spring in Philly.

Technically, it began March 20th, before the last snow of the year, weeks after that deadbeat groundhog waddled out of bed. Easter isn’t usually a bad benchmark—although that, too, was followed by snow this time around. I used to welcome it the first time my cat delivered a dead baby animal to the doorstep, but ever since Saffron retired, I go by a more optimistic milestone: the first weekend that the windows stay open.

Which is to say, finally, happy spring.

Did it feel good? In true Philly fashion, it was almost too warm. Did it look good? Let’s just say there were a lot of jean shorts and tube socks walking down my block Saturday afternoon. Did it smell good? “Sweet” and “breeze” very rarely go in the same sentence around these parts.

But damn, did it sound good. From Friday night through Sunday evening, last weekend was a pitch-perfect snapshot of the finest season in the finest city. (Brief disclaimer: I’m from here and can’t distinguish the rolling tide of the ocean from the rolling tide of I-95.)

This is what spring sounds like in windows-open South Philly:  Read more »

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