Buzz Bissinger Owes Nick Foles an Apology

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline - USA Today

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline – USA Today

Long before the cheap shot on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles by Washington Redskins 325-pound nose tackle Chris Baker, Buzz Bissinger launched his own cheap shot at Foles. Baker attacked Foles’ body; Bissinger attacked his character.

Bissinger penned the cover story on Foles for the July issue of Philadelphia magazine. Bissinger, frustrated that Foles refused an interview, lashed out like a petulant child. In the article he called Foles a “one-dimensional choirboy caricature.” He said Foles has “fragility embedded into everything.” Bissinger, always Mr. Class, even called Foles “chicken shit” and said he needed to “man-up.”

But of all the quotes in the article, one paragraph stands out as especially foolish now that Foles has bounced back from a hit that would have sidelined most quarterbacks.

Read more »

Can’t a Guy Get a Beer in This Town Without Freaking Football Blaring in the Background?

shutterstock_deflated-football-940x540

During football season, Eagles talk — and also Eagles shouting, Eagles yelling and Eagles screaming — hangs in the air with a ubiquity rivaled only by oxygen. It dominates your television, your radio, your phones both smart and dumb, your already-fucked-up Facebook feed. It soaks into workplace asides, sidewalk encounters, waiting-room chats, barroom blather. It is everywhere. And for a large percentage of Philadelphians, this is an invigorating and compelling reality. We’ve waited all year, and it’s finally here! E-A-G…

For a much smaller portion of the population, however, the return of the National Football League spells hell. Living in Philly and rooting for a team other than the Eagles is an interesting existence, as we’ve recently discussed. But what about those who detest not only the Eagles, but the entire NFL and the controversial culture it’s spawned?

Joey Sweeney, founder and editor of the long-running city blog Philebrity, wants you.

Read more »

Today Is the First Day of Flyers Practice, and Claude Giroux Is Already Hurt

Flyers center Claude Giroux. Photo | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers center Claude Giroux. Photo | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Giroux is out for the entire preseason.

The first Flyers practice of the season started today. Hooray! The team’s best player got hurt 15 minutes in. Oh no!

Before anyone could even get excited for the start of Flyers season, Claude Giroux left the ice with what was officially deemed a “lower body injury.” (This is how hockey reports injuries.)

But it appears Giroux injured his groin. “First day of camp and guys go 100 miles an hour — things happen,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told reporters. “Obviously, that’s not the way you want to start, but that’s the hand we’re dealt and we’ll deal with it.”

Read more »

What Would It Take for You to Ditch Your Favorite NFL Player’s Jersey?

Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. on May 23rd, 2014.

Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. on May 23rd, 2014.

In the never-ending struggle between athlete worship and self-dignity, take a wild stab at which won out last week in Baltimore amidst the lingering fog of the Ray Rice scandal.

Yep, Ravens fans displayed their Rice jerseys proudly, a middle finger to the world as a show of support for their deposed halfback, who only days before had been suspended by the NFL for the season. After all, Rice had been one of the heroes who brought the town a Super Bowl. And how could anybody be heathen enough to forget that, even when you measure it up against the menacing left hook that knocked his girlfriend out cold.

A woman — yes, a woman — was interviewed by the network televising the game and she said that Rice’s girlfriend hit him too and that if you hit a guy then you better be prepared to get it back, or something as obtuse as that. My Twitter started humming the day after when, on my radio show, I railed into the Baltimore fans for being so spineless.

Read more »

The Taney Dragons Now Have Their Very Own Week

Did you know it’s Taney Dragons week? That’s right: Because the Taney Dragons run to the Little League World Series happened while legislators were on vacation, only now — when they’ve returned to work in September — are we getting resolutions honoring Philadelphia’s favorite little kid athletes.

State Rep. Brian Sims received unanimous approval for a resolution declaring the week of September 14th to September 20th Taney Dragons Week in the state of Pennsylvania. Do other cities’ baseball teams have to bow in recognition of Taney’s superiority? Let’s hope so.

Read more »

Chip Kelly’s Secret Weapons Are College Professors

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is known for his meticulous attention to detail in improving his football team: The players get customized smoothies. He runs an up-tempo offense in an attempt to keep the defense off guard. And he brings in college professors to learn more about building a winner.

Kelly, obviously, learns from other football coaches. But he also has invited college professors from subjects that run the gamut from cognitive psychology to African-American history. “Chip says, ‘This guy, with his social sciences or psychology or statistical model or his understanding of African-American history, let’s bring him in and see if there’s even one idea or one sentence that is a piece of trying to get done what I’m trying to accomplish,’” Harry Edwards, a professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley and expert on race relations who has advised Kelly, told the Wall Street Journal. “He is always searching for the missing piece and he realizes it could be a piece you can’t find in the athletic arena.”

Read more »

Philadelphia Union Fall in U.S. Open Cup Final

eattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey (2) shoots and scores in during overtime in the U.S. Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

eattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey (2) shoots and scores in during overtime in the U.S. Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

CHESTER, Pa. — If you didn’t think the Union were a Philadelphia sports team before, now you have empirical proof.

The Union missed two great chances to win the U.S. Open Cup final late in regulation before Clint Dempsey scored for the Seattle Sounders in the first 15 minutes of extra time. The Union eventually lost, 3-1, after leading 1-0 at halftime in front of a spirited PPL Park crowd of 15,256.

The loss also cost the Union $190,000, as the winner took home $250,000 — and the loser just $60,000.

Read more »

Eagles Fan Posts ‘Fly Eagles Fly’ Tweet on Giants Punter’s Twitter Account

Steve Weatherford is the punter for the New York Giants. He’s not the beloved punter who kicked it to DeSean Jackson in the Eagles’ 2011 comeback, so you probably don’t have much of an opinion of him. Sure, he plays for a rival of the Eagles, but he’s the punter.

Well, apparently his Twitter password was easy to guess. Because, for a brief moment on Tuesday, his Twitter account said this:

The Giants are stink and I’m no good! Fly eagles fly!

Weatherford’s tweet was correct. The Giants are stink. But, apparently, that wasn’t Weatherford’s true opinion.

Read more »

Jonathan Papelbon Suspended 7 Games for Grabbing Crotch

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 5-4.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 5-4.

Yesterday, we we told you about Jonathan Papelbon’s ejection for grabbing his crotch as he walked off the field after blowing a save. On Tuesday, MLB suspended Papelbon seven games for the incident.

Officially, the suspension was also for making contact with umpire Joe West after West ejected Papelbon for grabbing his crotch as he walked off the field. Papelbon won’t appeal his suspension, and will get a weeklong vacation from what could be a 90-loss team.

It’s quite easy to note how long Papelbon’s suspension is, compared to other MLB bans. Intentionally throwing at a player gets you about four games. Domestic abusers are rarely punished. Ditto DUIs. It’s kind of hilarious. Seven games for grabbing his crotch!

Read more »

« Older Posts