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It was the central, existential question of Philadelphia sports fandom for a decade: "Is Donovan McNabb a great player, or is he a fraud?"From the Eagles' selection of McNabb in the 1999 draft to his departure after the 2009 season, virtually all Philadelphia sports discussion ran through that question, one that functioned something like a miniature culture war. One of the notes I found false in Silver Linings Playbook, in fact, was that the most-argued-about Eagle among the characters was not McNabb but DeSean Jackson.With the news that McNabb will formally retire as an Eagle this fall, likely in a
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.
Oh, so we're actually serious about pursuing the the 2024 Olympics for Philadelphia? Appatently so: The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Sen. Bob Casey has sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee in favor of the city's bid.The Inky reports:lll“Philadelphia is a world-class city that would be an ideal fit for the 2024 Olympic games,” Casey said in a news release. “Playing the Olympic games in Philadelphia would have a major impact on job creation and economic growth in Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the state.”Casey’s letter to Larry Probst, III, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, played up Philly’s
The Eagles staged their first big minicamp of the year this week, and most eyes are on new coach Chip Kelly, the multi-pronged quarterback competition, the integration of the club's many rookies and free agents, and the sad, sad end of Taco Tuesday.The minicamp, though, would've been much more interesting if a certain free agent punter had been invited. Chris Kluwe was recently released by the Minnesota Vikings, and for a lot of reasons, I think the Eagles should sign him.
ESPN reports:Although he had a messy exit from Philadelphia in 2010, Donovan McNabb said Monday he intends to retire as an Eagle in September."I will retire as an Eagle and I look forward to that opportunity and that day," the quarterback told ESPN Radio 97.7 FM in Syracuse.He later said on his NBC Sports Radio show that the team has suggested he return to Philadelphia to make his retirement announcement on Sept. 19 when his former coach, Andy Reid, leads the Kansas City Chiefs against the Eagles in a Thursday night game.Philly.com adds:Reports of a September retirement ceremony for Donovan McNabb have yet
[caption id="attachment_343921" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="PSU football coach Bill O'Brien is the highest-paid PA state employee."][/caption]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.Cue the hysteria.
So says the finance website Nerdwallet, but here's what's really galling: Dallas comes in first on the list. It's not as though Nerdwallet meant to shame Philadelphia by ranking it after Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Denver, and Miami, yet the shame is still there. At least Nerdwallet made us sound OK:The City that Loves You Back, and the city of terrible nicknames (Bobby “Clarkie” Clarke; Mike “Schmitty” Schmidt; etc.) is also a city full of invincible sports fans. From the Flyers to the Eagles, Philly never lets their fans down. The Eagles and Flyers regularly
In the coming days and weeks, as new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie and his advanced metrics approach to basketball are celebrated, remember the sage words of an NBA executive I talked to on Friday:“This is ‘Moneyball,’ and ‘Moneyball hasn’t won a playoff series yet,” he says.What about that 2009 first-round triumph over Portland?“That wasn’t Moneyball,” the exec says, dismissively. “That was Yao Ming, who was a transcendent player.”