Tim Tebow is an Eagle?

Chip Kelly never disappoints. Just when you think you know what he is planning to do with the QB position, he goes out and signs Tim Tebow. That’s right. Touchdown Jesus is back, and this time with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, who already traded Nick Foles and a second round pick for Sam Bradford. Yes, the same Sam Bradford who is not even eligible to be the starter because he has to be cleared by his doctor.

But wait, there’s more. This is the same Sam Bradford who has not one, but two ACL surgeries, and has one year left on his rookie deal that will pay him over $13million this season. Foles, who was due to make about $650K, is never going to be the QB that fits what Kelly wants to do on offense, but he is every bit as mobile as the twice cut Bradford.

And hey, Mark Sanchez, here is another $5million for you to come back for next season.

Let’s not forget that Chipper traded up in 2013 to grab Matt Barkley.

All I know is that Eagles Fan better hope that Kelly pulls his master plan off and lands Marcus Mariota on draft day. Otherwise, there is a chance that Tim Freaking Tebow winds up being your Week 1 starter in Philly. All he has to do is outperform Mark Sanchez in the preseason, and you know the Tebow fans will come out in droves pounding sports radio and the web with their pro-Tebow nonsense.

Granted, trading Foles was not necessarily a bad move, but I do question the timing of it.  Why not use Foles as a chip to move up and get Mariota?  He costs about $12.5million less this year than Bradford does, and he is not coming off his second straight missed season due to knee surgery.  Do not even get me started on the Eagles giving up a second round pick in the deal.  So while I would certainly have traded Foles, I would not have done it in a manner like this.

Bradford, by the way, has long been rumored to just be a trading chip himself.  Not to help the rumor mill too much, the Eagles have yet to offer Bradford jerseys in their stores or on their site yet.  Coincidence?

 

After Labor Day fodder: ACC Roundup, NFL starts tomorrow

Hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday. I didn’t make it to Dragon-Con but I did see some Wolfpack fans at Saturday’s Braves game and plenty of Tennessee fans. ..

Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Classic Games

Tennessee 35, NC State 21.  Game fell apart for NC State in about two minutes in the first quarter: Tennessee 72-yard TD pass, Glennon fumble in end zone for safety, Tennessee 67-yard TD run. The Vols had over 500 yards of total offense. Glennon was picked off three times.

Clemson 26, Auburn 19. The ACC got the Chick-Fil-A split with the Clemson win. Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins had 118 receiving yards and the go ahead touchdown.

20 year old Tennessee fan fell to his death during the Tennessee/NC State game, cheering after a touchdown.

Other ACC games…

UNC 62, Elon 0. Yes it was Elon. But impressive debut for Larry Fedora. UNC’s first shutout since 1999, and the Heels had their biggest scoring day in 17 years.

Virginia Tech 20, Georgia Tech 17 (OT). The Hokies got a 41 yard field goal as the clock ran out in regulation. Then their defense gets a turnover, and they get a game winning field goal in overtime. Interesting factoid: In the seven years the ACC has held a championship game, only the Hokies (five times) and Yellow Jackets have ever represented the Coastal Division. The victory, because of tiebreakers, essentially gives Virginia Tech a two-game lead over the Yellow Jackets.

Florida State wins 69-3, loses Senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins for the rest of the season. Duke 46, FIU 26. Miami 41, Boston College 32. Virginia 43, Richmond 19. Wake Forest 20, Liberty 17. In a shootout, Maryland 7, William & Mary 6.

Future ACC member Pittsburgh lost 31-17 to Youngstown State. It was Youngstown State’s first win over a BCS school in school history.

NFL Kicks off tomorrow night. Defending champion New York Giants vs Dallas.

Monday Morning Fodder

Sorry for the late post, and the lack of content last week guys.  Real world and all that stuff.  My thoughts on some random sports pieces after the jump. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

Monday Morning Fodder

Here we sit on April 5th awaiting tonight’s NCAA Championship Game, and watching box scores across Major League Baseball as the non-Yankees and Red Sox start their seasons.  I just took a deep breath, and enjoyed the smell of Spring in the air.  Is this the best week of the year for sports?  Final Four, MLB getting under way and then to finish it off with Tiger’s return to the Masters?  You will be hard pressed to give me another week that matches up, but by all means please try!  My thoughts on theses topics, Donovan McNabb being traded and Koach K to the Nets after the jump. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

Monday Morning Fodder

Anything happen this weekend?  It was supposed to be a great weekend of football and college basketball, but for some reason I fee like the weekend never quite kicked in.  Maybe that is because the NFL Playoffs have been mediocre at best, and quite possibly the worst we have seen in quite a bit. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

Monday Morning Fodder

Anyone else thrilled to be back at work today?  A lot to get to this cold, blustery Monday morning in Philadelphia the Triangle. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

Jim Zorn caught using junior high playbook

Redskins coach Jim Zorn has taken a lot of criticism for the trick play called not once, but twice, at the end of the first half of Washington’s 45-12 loss to the Giants on Monday night.

It should come as no surprise that Zorn and his staff called for the fake field goal. Washington scored on a fake field goal against the Broncos earlier this season, and Monday night’s play call forced New York to blow a time-out and set up for it.

Zorn then does what he has done during most of his tenure in Washington, which is defy common sense and conventional logic and go ahead with the trick play anyway.  Punter Hunter Smith – who threw the TD pass on the fake field goal against Denver, was rushed by four Giants and threw up a wounded duck, which was easily intercepted by the G-Men.

It’s not really Zorn’s fault, in that he was fully unprepared to be a head coach in the NFL when Dan Snyder selected him from relative coaching obscurity to lead the team.  But his behavior and play-calling has bordered on the bizarre, and the fumbling of his hiring (and soon-to-be firing) by the Redskins has given the management of the Clippers and Raiders hope that they won’t finish yet another year as the worst front office in pro sports.

Hopefully Zorn has understood that he will not be employed next year, as Washington has a new general manager and the Skins have apparently been shopping Zorn’s job around to Mike Shanahan.  Then again, with Zorn, you never really know what goes on under the spiked hair.

For what it’s worth, I think we ran that play at Goldsboro Middle School in the 8th grade.  We called it a “muddle huddle” or “hockey huddle”, and I remember the idea was to throw the ball out to a receiver behind all the people who had moved to the sideline.  And as I recall, it didn’t work in 8th grade, either.

Monday Morning Fodder

The weekend is over, and it is time to get back to the grind.  With so much going on the past two days, it is hard to imagine it was all in one weekend.  Lots to hit on, so lets get right to it.

Remember Brandon Jennings?  Two years ago he was chastised for his decision to skip college and go pro.  Of course, going pro out of high school was not a big deal for the NBA until they instituted what is now referred to as the “One and Done” rule.  Jennings’ decision came after that rule was in place, so when he went pro he did so in Italy.  How is that working out for him?  He was selected 10th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, and now he is the NBA record holder for shortest games to drop 50 on an opponent.  It took him all of seven games to do it, and he did so in a winning cause as he led his 5 – 2 Bucks to a 129 – 125 (regulation) victory over the Warriors Saturday night.

Michelle Wie has taken a lot of heat since turning pro in 2006.  She has had a somewhat bumpy ride on the course, but yesterday she finally turned in her first career LPGA victory.  Oh by the way, she is still only 20 years old.  Jason Sobel of ESPN.com thinks it might be time to cut her a break.

On the local scene we saw UNC-CH get a big win over Miami, who has yet to win at Keenan Stadium.  It took an amazing freakishly fluky play to secure the win, but a W is a W no matter how you slice it.  Congrats to the Heels and their fans.  Meanwhile, NC State had it completely handed to them, at home, against Clemson.  By it I mean their asses.  This season can not end soon enough for the Pack at this point, and you can not help but wonder if Wolfpack Nation is griping over the 28th.  Duke also got it handed to them on Saturday by Georgia Tech, and I think our little sisters to the East played last night….

Last night yet another chapter was written in the Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning monologues.  Yeah, I’m sick of hearing about them too, but just like the rest of you I’m plopping my fine ass in front of the TV every time these guys square off.  Manning had a phenomenal comeback to steal a win last night and keep his Colts lossless on the year.  The New Orleans Saints also remained undefeated yesterday, and the Carolina Panthers actually played like we thought they could.

Is it the NFC East or the NFC Least?  The vaunted division is barely treading water at this point, with two 5 – 4 teams, a 3 – 6 team, and division leading Dallas sitting at 6 – 3.  Anyone catch what Philip Rivers did to the Eagles yesterday?  At what point does his name start getting included with the top tier guys in the NFL?  Probably should have been last year when he led the NFL in passer rating, but then again I may be a little bit biased here.

So was Jim Harbaugh running up the score by going for a 2-Point conversion late in Stanford’s 55 – 21 shellacking of USC on Saturday or was it justified payback for USC running up the score in the past?  I think the move was a little classless myself, but I’ll be damned if it did not make me chuckle.  Nothing sweeter than USC losing, unless it happens the same weekend that Notre Dame loses.  Speaking of Notre Dame, how in the blue hell does fat boy still have a job?

How Do You Do Your Captain?

Captain Morgan’s spice rum is some of the best stuff on the planet.  For me, I go with the Captain’s Reserve, and mix if with ice cold Coke out of a can.  Has to be a can, and has to be cold already, otherwise it tends to get a little flat for some reason.  Maybe it’s just me, but that is how I roll up here in PA.  After I have some Captain, it can start to get a little nutty, because you can’t have a Captain and not do the Captain.  Whether you are at the bar striking a pose, or at home nekid in the mirror, the pose is always the same.

Some people are doing their Captain in other situations.  Anyone who watched last Sunday’s game between the Cowboys and Eagles should know what I am talking about.  Eagles’ tight end Brent Celek caught a touchdown pass, and he proceeded to do the best celebration in the history of ever.  He broke out his Captain.  Problem is, it looks like Captain put him up to it.  Apparently Captain Morgans has some sort of viral ad campaign going where they are donating $10K to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund every time a player in the NFL is seen on camera doing their respective Captain during the regular season, and $25K in the playoffs with a whooping $100K for any Super Bowl Captains.
Brent Celek Captain Morgan
The NFL does not look kindly on this, and has officially banned the Captain.  The NFL wants Captain Morgan to pay them for ad spots, not pay a fund that is non-profit and benefits retired NFL players who are not getting the help they need from the league.  No one does a worse job of taking care of it’s retired employees like the NFL does, but I’ll have to side with the league on this one.  If they do not put their foot down here, what is next?  Will players find unique ways to advertise for other products?  You bet your sweet ass they will.

So Brent Celek, I would like to thank you for giving us your Captain.  Unfortunately it will be the only Captain we get to see, but pure genius should be appreciated for what it is.  It is a shame that the NFL can’t work something out here, because the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is a wonderful entity that does terrific and much needed work.  So while I agree with the NFL on this, I also send out a big, resounding “Awe, come on!!!”