Michael Bradley is a contributor to several national publications, including Slam Magazine and Hoop Magazine. He is a host on 97.5 The Fanatic, contributes to Sirius/XM Mad Dog Radio and CSNPhilly.com, and is an adjunct professor at Villanova, Saint Joseph's and Neumann.
If Chip Kelly is already tiring of questions regarding the identity of his starting quarterback, just imagine how he’ll feel come August, when his dragstrip offense gets a test-drive against real enemy defenders, and the inevitable speed bumps arise. There is a little bit of a difference between dealing with the media in Philadelphia than, say, the folks in Eugene, Oregon, or Durham, New Hampshire. Don’t get too testy, Coach, or you’ll make the last guy look like the Chamber of Commerce president.
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Last week, Deadspin published an infographic revealing that the highest-paid state employees in 80 percent of the U.S. are college football and basketball coaches. That includes Penn State football boss Bill O’Brien.
When a baseball team opens the season with a stumble and a cough, as the Phillies have done in 2013, there is a temptation to blame the manager. But when it appears as if that stagger has little chance of morphing into a full gallop, it can’t possibly be the skipper’s fault. In the case of the home nine, it most certainly isn’t.
Even though Eagles GM Howie Roseman is treating the revelation of exactly who will have final say on the team’s draft picks later this week as if it were Coca-Cola’s secret formula, there is an undeniable opportunity awaiting him. At a time when all four of the city’s professional sports teams are floundering, largely because of questionable—or, in the Sixers’ case, outright irresponsible—personnel decisions, Roseman can move to the top of the management heap by assembling a crop of draft choices capable of helping the Eagles begin their rise out of the NFL morass.
Here’s a little history lesson for everybody hoping that Doc Halladay’s 2-1 mastering of the fetid Marlins is an indication that he will spend the rest of the year mowing down NL hitters as he dispatched Miami’s minor-league outfit masquerading as a big-league club.
In its treacly ads that have been airing incessantly throughout the men’s basketball tournament, the NC2A has tried to convince unsuspecting sports fans that it is the very wind that lifts its athletes to great heights on the fields of competition and in their first forays into the real world. We see hopeful job applicants supported by supportive school mascots. Young scientists receive encouragement from cheerleaders. Brass bands celebrate students’ accomplishments. Behind it all is the NC2A, an omnipresent support mechanism.
It’s hard to believe, but in some people’s eyes, the Phillies organization has slid below the Eagles in the minds and hearts of Philadelphia’s fans. Just a few short years ago, the team couldn’t do anything wrong. Riding high after the 2008 title and playing to packed houses every night, the Phillies were infallible.