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Awards have been handed out everywhere you look over the last few weeks in the world of entertainment. The Pro Bowl, The Grammys, The Olympics, The Oscars, The Dundees, and more. And given that we’re a pillar of the community it’s time for The Wooder Cooler to enter into the fray with our first annual presentation of The Gabbys! The Gabbys are intended to represent the most talked about stories from the past year in Philly sports and are made out of solid gold stolen from Fort Knox. It’s a truly special award for an extraordinary set of categories!
And now, what you haven’t been waiting for because you didn’t previously know it existed!
The Eagles did a lot of locking up their own players this offseason with the signings of Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. They’ve also departed with their third Jason in Avant, who’s release gave the Eagles over three million in cap room. So here’s what the Eagles are looking like in a few major areas going into free agency, which starts on March 11th.
- Mike Vick
- Nate Allen
- Kurt Coleman
- Colt Anderson
- Clifton Geathers
- Donnie Jones
The first thing that comes to my mind is that this list is fantastic for the Eagles because the primary target here is the punter. Sure, I’m a strong supporter of Vick returning as a backup, but until he tests the market there’s simply no chance that he signs a deal. For the rest of the group the problem is that while some of these guys could possibly be signed as reserve roles there’s really no upside.
For example, Colt Anderson isn’t turning into a starting caliber safety at this point in his career. The Eagles are better off signing youth and drafting replacements in the secondary to build up their special teams and overall depth. It’s the smartest route and most cost effective route. Speaking of which…
One of the many high profile moves of the Flyers offseason was the signing of Vinny LeCavalier after he was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the 33 year-old center has been pretty bad this year year for the Flyers. What’s gone wrong? How bad is Vinny? Should the front office have seen this coming?
All of the questions are answered here in what’s a fantastic piece by Collin Mehalick over at Broad Street Hockey. Check it out!
The NFL combine is underway and one of the most common practices is comparing the prospects to current pros. Often times, those players are compared to Pro Bowlers and Hall of Fame caliber players. One of the most recent cases has been Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel being compared to Brett Favre.
Favre’s gambling ways earned him a Super Bowl, 11 Pro Bowls, three MVPs, six All Pro selections and a number of records over his 20 year career. Manziel, like his legendary counterpart, has electrified crowds on his way to a Heisman trophy, two bowl game victories, a slew of awards, and the status as a top pick in the draft.
So what did Favre say about the comparison? In an interview with USA Today Favre said when he was reviewing Manziel’s tape, “I almost thought I was watching film of a young Brett Favre.” So obviously, the connection isn’t too farfetch’d. In fact, I find this link to the past eerily similar.
Here’s what we’re talking about:
- Conditions at the Olympics, Watching People Shower, and, of course, Zombies (0:00)
- Michael Sam and Gay Players in the Locker Room (12:00)
- Sixers and Flyers status at the break (26:30)
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This is an excerpt from a story by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! (do we really need to type the exclamation point?) Sports about the Cleveland Cavaliers’s messy situation. Assuming you hate Andrew Bynum (you do) this is a blurb for you!
Everything the Cavaliers had done until free agency in the summer of 2013 had been to clear hurdles for James’ return. After passing on the two best center prospects to come out of the draft in the past several years, Grant made an extraordinary leap of faith on signing free agent Andrew Bynum.
After missing an entire season with Philadelphia to chronic knee problems, several teams investigating the signing of Bynum were convinced he had the desire to push through rehabilitation and be a productive player again. But no one made a serious offer to Bynum until Cleveland delivered him a two-year, incentive-laden deal that could’ve paid him $25 million. The Cavaliers preened, too. Owner Dan Gilbert tweeted, “What’s next, C.G.?” Within the league, people wondered: Why are they taking bows?
Only Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball.
I love this story. I love it. I love it. I love it.
Now obviously Bynum was a failure and it in part led to Doug Collins’ departure, but I still had thoughts from time to time about Bynum staying in Philly. What if he actually played a little bit last season–enough to sing him for a Cavs-esque two year deal?
Well, with this story coming out paired with his fantastic lack-of-give-a-shitness (patent pending) in Cleveland on the court it’s a definitive answer that Bynum wouldn’t cut it in this town. He simply doesn’t have the attitude, health, and care for the game to play under such a fast paced Brett Brown system.
Though if he was making those shots, he may have a career with the Globetrotters.
I was asked a question in the comments and I realized that my response would likely be so long that I’d rather just make an entire post to respond to it. Thus, Cooler Talk has been born! If you have a question that you’d like to ask feel free to leave a comment, find us on Facebook/Twitter or e-mail us at TheWooderCooler@gmail.com
This comment was from Ryan MacWilliams in regards to my article about the Seattle Seahawks changing the NFL culture.
My question is, do you think this change immediately impacts the 2014 NFL Draft? Last year it seemed like this year’s draft was going to be the YEAR OF THE QUARTERBACK but now it seems like the Texans are going to take Clowney with the first pick.
Are more teams going to draft defense (or lineman to protect against great defenses) and sit on the QB-WR-RB position until later rounds?
First off, thanks for the question and going through the article. Much appreciated.
Now to answer you, I do think it will have an immediate impact on the draft though it will be more subtle for now. The main change for this year will be related to buzzwords surrounding defensive backs.
I’m expecting that we’ll hear a ton about length, physicality, and ability to press cover compared to what has previously been valued. Primarily the past emphasis has been on ball skills, recovery speed, and fluidity. While in part it has to do with Seattle’s secondary as whole, it’s also related to the passing torch from Darrelle Revis to Richard Sherman.
Now you bring up Bill O’Brien and the Texans leaning towards Jadaveon Clowney, which is what really got me geared up to do this as a separate post. Because an obvious case in history here is just a few years back in time–2006 specifically–when the Texans had a debate between drafting Mario Williams or Reggie Bush.
It’s a little strange to say this, but it was a pleasant feeling to see the league’s most productive offense in history led by America’s darling utterly dismantled in living rooms nation-wide. I smiled. I cheered. I was…delighted.
Why? Because I’m not the type of person to jump on trends. I dress like crap, I don’t eat quinoa, and I absolutely hate Imagine Dragons. So when it comes to the NFL I’m naturally a bit of a crumuddgeon.
The most recent trend for the NFL has been over the last few years that offenses are like your hot cousin–untouchable. With all of the new rules that have emerged regarding play at the line of scrimmage and how to properly bubble wrap a quarterback there’s been a proliferation of the passing game. It’s led to a seemingly annual rewrite of the record books for the best offensive seasons of all time.
And in this case, you could certainly make the case that Denver was the best offense of all time. Peyton Manning went god mode with a team that featured All Pro receiver Wes Welker as their 3rd guy on the depth chart. This offense was amazing and they put up the numbers to prove it. The 2013 Broncos averaged 37.9 points, 457 yards, and racked up 91 big plays (20+) for the season. They were hilariously good on occasion. For example, that 52-20 win over the Eagles when Peyton put up a stat line of 28/34 for 327 yards and 4 TDs…
And that’s where Peyton comes into the equation. One thing that I hate about the NFL is the mythical ethos that surrounds quarterbacks. It’s the undying belief that regardless of the circumstance a great quarterback should be able to win the game. It’s when a GM talks about “the franchise quarterback” the team needs. It’s seriously misguided because of both the positive and negative applications of the rule.
What a dud. God that was an awful game. So until I have time for an actual post, here’s a list of things that are more entertaining than the Super Bowl.
- Turtle racing
- My dad complaining about work
- The black plague
- That fart sound your stomach makes when you get really hungry
Today, for many, is the best day of the year. A day more American than Chuck Norris repeatedly kicking Osama Bin Laden in the balls and then getting down on a knee to ice him. It’s the Super Bowl, baby!
As with all Super Bowls, especially one that’s in New York a lot of the buzz is about nothing at all. Richard Sherman being what an NFL player should be, Peyton yelling a word that he’s been saying for probably his entire career, and hoping that his humongous forehead isn’t too big to fit the crown that America wishes to bestow upon it.
Let’s be real here. I think that while Denver is an amazing team, a team that deserves to be in the Super Bowl, there’s a lot of favoritism to the Broncos because of the American love-fest surrounding Peyton Manning. And, sure. Why not? In the same way the Richard Sherman is what the NFL should be, Peyton is what people expect the NFL to be. He’s a guy that kills on the field, avoids controversy, and has a good sense of humor. He’s the man.
However, I think that when you look at this game it comes down to a few major factors: turnovers, the trenches and the style of play. Given that the game will be played in a notoriously windy stadium in the Meadowlands, Seattle’s front four, and offensive efficiency I’d say that if this game were to be played a hundred times I’d pick in Seattle to win 60-65. You throw in the fact that Denver hasn’t be able to stomp teams out after getting big leads and it all comes back to the hype machine choosing the winner. It’s like Peyton is Rocky and Sherman is Ivan Drago.
So, yeah. I’m going Seattle today and I think they do it through a bruising, turnoverless effort that finally puts the mobile QB criticisms to bed. Are they sexy? No. Do they put up numbers? No. But they’re the better team.