Thursday, September 16, 2004

A Whole Lot of Talk (and Not Much Else)

Bob Brookover looks at the jobs Sheldon Brown, Lito Sheppard, and Roderick Hood will have to do in order to try and at least contain Randy Moss on Monday night. Shannon Ryan writes that Dorsey Levens is just glad to be back with the Eagles (again). Marc Narducci talks about the homecoming of Bryant McKinne, who graduated from Woodbury High in Gloucester County. Les Bowen reports that, even though he was disappointed at being cut, Clinton Hart left a (positive) note for his ex-teammates, to "go get that championship," upon cleaning out his locker on Tuesday. Bob Grotz has Moss pretty much running his mouth about their being "no comparison" between him and Terrell Owens, because "nbody sees the coverage that I see." Why do those sound like lame lyrics to a rap song? Meanwhile, Hough Douglas added his two cents on the subject:
"Who’s better, Randy Moss or Terrell Owens?" Douglas said rhetorically. "That’s just like comparing a cheetah to a lion. They’re both beasts, you know what I mean? They’re both cats. They’re both specimens. And they’re both human."
Mark Eckel says that some of the Eagles "behavior" on the field Sunday earned the scorn of "two unnamed scouts" who werent' happy with the "Eagles swagger and bravado after just one game." I won't mention the web site cited in the article, but let's just say that Mike Florio (writer and editor for the site) shouldn't quit his day job. Rich Hofmann says that, with (at least) two legitimate superstars, things are twice as nice for Andy Reid's team:
Around the Eagles, there used to be one special player press conference every week, McNabb's. Now there are two. There used to be one jersey sales level to track, now there are two (and, really, three if you include Jevon Kearse, who really has flown completely, freakishly below the radar so far).
I came across this poll which indicated that only 3% of the NFL's players consider Reid the best coach in the league (compared to 45% for the league-leading Bill Belichick). David Fleming was at the "Link" on Sunday and filed a column on ESPN.com. If you're going to at least refer to the stadium's nickname, at least get it right, huh David?

As expected, the NHL officially announced its lockout (without using that word) yesterday. Tim Panaccio has the story. The main issue is "cost certainty" (code word for "salary cap," which the players adamantly refuse to accept). In his usual poetic style, Bill Lyon pens: "So if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it...And if a puck drops on the ice and no one is there to see it..." Exactly. Don Steinberg says employees at Comcast-Spectacor, owner of the Flyers (and Sixers) have been feeling the pinch since a hiring freeze was implemented on January 1. Marc Narducci gets a feel for the attitude of the players: one of "resignation, desperation, depression - and even anger." Ed Moran has commissioner Gary Bettman ominously saying, "the very future of our game is at stake." Rob Parent quotes Bettman further, calling the players union's moves "unforgivable," comparing their actions to 'trying to pick a fight.' Adam Kimelman reports that about a hundred people will soon be laid off in the league's office, and talks about the real people who lose out in the whole "bunch of spit." Jack McCaffery seems to be strangely siding with the players on this one: "They've even volunteered to take five-percent pay cuts"--how nice of them! And "the players are way, way ahead...having volunteered give-backs." I'm not quite sure how he can take this position, not that either side is completely correct here. But how can the players refuse to accept the notion that a salary cap (like the one that exists in the NFL and NBA) is the only way for their already precarious league to stay in existence? These eight articles are probably more than you'll see linked here over the next year, assuming this impasse doesn't unexpectedly go away.

The Phillies managed to win a fairly meaningless 9-1 game yesterday over the Reds. Todd Zolecki, Paul Hagen, and Dennis Deitch have the game stories, including the dangerous collision between Todd Pratt and Jim Thome. Zolecki's notebook indicates that Larry Bowa hasn't seen the handwriting on the wall yet, as he fully plans on being here to manage the team in 2005. Hagen's notebook has Mike Lieberthal acknowledging the fans' displeasure at his inability to hit with runners in scoring position.

The locals are off tonight.

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