Philly’s Biggest Losers of 2016

Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Now that the last shreds of wrapping paper have been vacuumed up and the good dishes are finally put away, we revisit our time-honored tradition of taking a look back at the year and the losers, miscreants, and ne’er-do-wells it spawned. (For a more optimistic view of Philadelphia, consider Holly Otterbein‘s Biggest Winners of 2016.)

Ed Rendell

The once-lovable former champion of the everyman now spends his time being largely irrelevant and making facepalm-worthy comments in places like the Washington Post. But when you’re pulling in a cool $5,000 each month to do virtually nothing for a casino in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you probably don’t care. Read more »

Here’s the LeSean McCoy Lawsuit Filed by Two Philly Cops

Left: LeSean McCoy in a 2016 photo by Keith Allison (Flickr).

Left: LeSean McCoy in a 2016 photo by Keith Allison (Flickr).

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has declined to press charges against former Eagles player LeSean McCoy after two cops were injured in an Old City bar brawl he was involved in. But that doesn’t mean that McCoy is completely off the hook. Read more »

D.A.: No Charges for LeSean McCoy in Nightclub Fight

McNesby Shady Williams

District Attorney Seth Williams announced today that he won’t press criminal charges against Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy for scuffling with a trio of off-duty cops at an Old City nightclub earlier this year, prompting the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 to accuse the D.A. of “going south” on the case.

Yeah … there’s a lot to unpack here.

Let’s start with Williams.

With a handful of prosecutors at his side, Williams told reporters during an afternoon news conference that after a lengthy investigation, there simply was “insufficient evidence” to lock up McCoy or any of his pals — former San Diego Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley; former University of Pittsburgh player T.J. Porter; and Christopher Henderson — for the brouhaha that unfolded inside the Recess Lounge in the wee hours on February 7th.

McCoy’s group was hanging out at the club’s VIP area. So, too, was a group of off-duty cops: Officers Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler and Sgt. Daniel Ayres. Read more »

Report: LeSean McCoy Won’t Face Charges

LeSean McCoy. (USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy. (USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy will not face charges after an investigation into his alleged involvement in a Philadelphia bar fight, according to multiple reports. Ralph Cipriano of BigTrial.net first broke the news.

The Feb. 7 incident reportedly involved McCoy, acquaintances of the former Eagle and a group of off-duty policy officers, including two who were sent to the hospital. TMZ previously released video of the fight, which police confirmed is authentic. Read more »

On Elliott And the Value Of Running Back

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. (USA Today Sports)

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. (USA Today Sports)

How high is too high to draft a running back?

If you asked Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, he’d tell you: it depends.

“There’s this narrative that you can get running backs in the fifth, sixth, seventh round of the draft and free agency,” Roseman said last Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, “but when you look back at the last 10 years, guys who were really in the top 10 in rushing, those guys are high picks.”

Roseman’s statement appears to run counter to an opinion growing in league circles the last few years–namely that you can find a running back virtually anywhere. Read more »

The LeSean McCoy Saga Is Playing Out on Sports Talk Radio

LeSean McCoy. (USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy. (USA Today Sports)

Earlier today we told you about Philly FOP President John McNesby’s comments on LeSean McCoy. Speaking on the WIP Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi — yes, the same people who bring you Wing Bowl — the head of the cops’ union in Philly said he wanted LeSean McCoy charged with a crime stemming from a fight at the Old City club Recess.

Now District Attorney Seth Williams has responded on a different WIP show, the Mike & Ike Show with Michael Barkann and former Eagles player Ike Reese. Yes, the saga of ex-Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is playing out on sports talk radio. He isn’t even on the anymore!

“There is no timetable other than us getting it right,” Seth Williams said on the radio this afternoon. Read more »

Philly FOP Head Wants LeSean McCoy Charged

LeSean McCoy (Photo | Jeff Fusco). John McNesby

LeSean McCoy (Photo | Jeff Fusco). John McNesby

John McNesby, the head of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, is incensed that LeSean McCoy has not been charged in an alleged beating at an Old City club that sent two off-duty cops to the hospital. He’s so angry about it he made an O.J. Simpson reference.

“I’ve never waited this long, ever, to see somebody arrested,” McNesby said on the 94 WIP morning show today (listen below). “So, it doesn’t pass the smell test. Something’s funny going on. I know that they have more discovery on this case then they had in the O.J. Simpson case. I mean it’s taken up rooms. So I mean, how much more do you need? All you have to do is clearly look at that video.” Read more »

Missanelli: Another Season of Nick Foles? Please, No!

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during warmups before game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during warmups before game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Three things circulate inside my mind for this column. But where would any sports blog in Philadelphia be without first talking about the problems of the Philadelphia Eagles.

ITEM ONE. The Eagles have reportedly expressed interest in re-acquiring Nick Foles as their starting quarterback. This item is courtesy of ESPN’s insider Adam Schefter, who has been tweeting that the Birds are not that interested in putting a franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford and would rather try to go to war with Foles. To this I say, “Please God, no.” I don’t want to see Nick Foles anywhere near the Eagles practice facility much less as the starting quarterback next season. That ship sailed a long time ago. Foles wasn’t very good here, save for one fluke season, and was even worse with the St. Louis Rams, where he was benched in favor of Case Keenum. What in hell Doug Pederson sees in Foles is beyond me. But apparently the new Eagles coach likes him — which makes me question Pederson considerably. Read more »

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