Philly Probably Won’t Host 2015 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft will expand beyond Radio City Music Hall in 2015, but officials say it probably won’t be to Philadelphia. The league has apparently narrowed its short list of new draft locations to Chicago, Los Angeles — where, ahem, no team exists — or … a different venue in New York. That’s out-of-the-box thinking.

“We are in a wait-and-see approach,” Philadelphia Sports Congress executive director Larry Needle said. “But we are not optimistic.”

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Andy Reid: Regrets, I Have a Few

CBS Philly reports that former Eagles coach Andy Reid spent the weekend at Wharton Business School, taking questions about his management approach.

Reid, the former Eagles head coach, was a panelist at the NFL’s Career Development Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. The audience included 70 NFL assistant coaches and player-personnel executives seeking advice, as well as Zach Berman of the Inquirer.

“I was inside the auditorium when Andy [Reid] was speaking and he was candid because he was literally answering a question from a perspective head coach, from an assistant coach who is looking to become a head,” Berman told Michael Barkann and Ike Reese on 94 WIP on Monday. “And what the question was, was about self-evaluation. The way the question was posed to Andy was that, ‘When you become a head coach or GM [general manager] clearly you’re talented at the field, so how did you evaluate yourself?’”

“And what Andy said was that, a year ago he had to do it because he got fired and what he realized is that he strayed from what he does best, what he loves to do, and that’s coaching,” Berman explained. “And he was more on the personnel side, so he determined that for his next job he was really going to get back to coaching on the field, calling plays.”

Must’ve worked. The Chiefs, Reid’s new team, went to the playoffs in his first year.

Eagles’ Nick Foles Apparently Not Afraid of Madden Curse

The Madden Curse is obviously not a real thing, but it nonetheless has a storied history. But Nick Foles is not worried about it at all. He wants to be on the cover of Madden.

Probably not what the actual cover will look like.

Probably not what the actual cover will look like.

Okay, a lot of players do. But in a new video — via The 700 Level, which notes this appears to have been filmed with one of the first digital video recorders ever invented — Foles begs for your vote in the 2015 Madden cover bracket.

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Dan Baker Out As Eagles PA Announcer

CBS Philly reports: “Dan Baker has one of the most well-known voices in Philadelphia. That voice will be heard in one less place this fall. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday that Baker will no longer be the in-stadium voice for the team. Baker has been the team’s PA announcer for 29 years. The team informed Baker of the decision last week.”

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Eagles Cornerback Troy Vincent: “I Played With 6 Openly Gay Players”

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In a press conference this week former Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent revealed that, during his 15-year career, he played with six players who were openly gay in the locker room. The topic arose when Vincent, now the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, was asked about Michael Sam, who is in line to become the league’s first openly gay player:

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Donovan McNabb Served One Day in an Arizona Jail

mcnabb-mugshotUPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: This statement has just been released by the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Donovan McNabb was booked in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Detention facility on 4-16-2014 by order of the West Mesa Justice Court. McNabb was released from county jail after serving one day for a misdemeanor DUI charge. Sheriff Arpaio says “I have had other high-profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern.”

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: TMZ is reporting that the arrest was for DUI on December 15, 2013. As part of a deal, he pleaded guilty on March 27th and was ordered to serve one day in jail.

ORIGINAL: On Thursday, Maricopa County, Arizona, released a mugshot of former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The mugshot, which was released without any information on the charges McNabb faced, was first posted to Twitter by KTVK-TV. Pro Football Talk noted that it is extraordinarily rare for a mugshot to be released without any information on the arrest.

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The Four Worst Philly Sports Teams

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In the end, the Sixers even sucked at sucking.

They ended their season Wednesday night just as they started it: with a victory over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Given that everybody knew going into the season that the plan was to stink up the joint as much as possible, those two wins are … unforgivable? Because they helped give the Sixers only the second-worst record in the NBA this season — which means the even more putrid Milwaukee Bucks now have the best chance of capturing the top pick — and, with it, perhaps a semblance of a future in professional basketball.

Blech.

Still, we’re not sure this is the worst season in Philly sports history. Yes, it was bad, but everybody knew to expect it. It’s the stomach-punch seasons — where expectations and achievement misalign badly — that should count. And there are lots of contenders for that prize. Here’s a nominee from each of the city’s major remaining pro teams:

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Boyz II Men Member Doubts Eagles Backup Quarterback’s Chances

1990s radio airplay-and-record sale juggernauts Boyz II Men have eased comfortably into the 21st century, transforming themselves into a Vegas lounge act singing their old hits and covers of classic songs. There are much more embarrassing ways for former pop stars to make a living.

Being Philadelphia natives, Boyz II Men’s members are obviously big Philly sports fans. As such, TMZ Sports caught up with group member Shawn Stockman to talk about the backup quarterback situation. TMZ Sports is a Birds 24/7-style site except it’s celebrities doing the analysis instead of Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus, right? Oh, it’s not? Okay.

Mark Sanchez is not the guy. He’s just gonna go into Philly and get cussed out. Because listen, if anybody knows anything about Philly radio, it’s no holds barred. They go in. So I can imagine what they’re talking about in Philly radio right now. I’m not an Eagles fan, but every other sport I’m all Philly. Flyers, Philly, Sixers, the whole nine yards.

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Temple: Eagles Want Big Rent Increase for Linc

The NCAA has been in the news a lot recently: Players want to unionize, the basketball tournament’s Most Outstanding Player sometimes went to bed hungry and the NCAA takes in a ton of money.

I guess the Eagles saw a lot of stories about that money, because the Inquirer’ John Mitchell reports the Eagles want a lot more money from Temple for the right to play at Lincoln Financial Field.

Temple says the Eagles currently want double what they’re getting from the University in rent for the handful of dates the school plays at the Linc each season. The school says the team has not given a reason for the increase. Temple is so upset they’re talking again about building an on-campus stadium! So perhaps this whole thing is just a way to get a government-built stadium in North Philly, who knows.

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