June 13, 2016 |
Mark Twain seemed to anticipate 2016 when he remarked that "a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its shoes on. " In the intervening century-plus, that travel time has been greatly reduced. Today, thanks to social media, a lie can orbit the earth before truth's alarm clock even buzzes. We got another reminder of that last week when hackers broke into the NFL's Twitter account and mischievously transmitted the following faux news: "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away.
May 26, 2016 |
Malcolm Jenkins and Zach Ertz suffered concussions last season - the first, they said, of their NFL careers. In the Eagles' 10th game, Ertz, a tight end, caught a pass and tried to hurdle a defender for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He landed on his left shoulder, and his head snapped back as if he were the mannequin behind the wheel in an old driver's-ed video. He sat out the Eagles' next game, four days later on Thanksgiving in Detroit. In the Eagles' eighth game, Jenkins, one of the Eagles' starting safeties, lowered his head into the chest of Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden as he tried to tackle him. He rose to his feet and felt his mind fog over but didn't tell anyone.
May 2, 2016 |
Carson Wentz checked his cellphone after an afternoon workout on April 20 and saw a text message that would change his life, determine the future home of his brother and sister-in-law, and alter the course of Eagles history. Wentz's agent messaged him that the Eagles had traded for the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. The former North Dakota State quarterback had an inkling that could mean he would play for the Eagles, but he was not positive. He still believed he might land with the Los Angeles Rams, who held the No. 1 pick and had just met with him hours earlier.
April 29, 2016 |
CHICAGO - It will be the moment people point to, the photo they retweet, or whatever people end up doing with photos in five or 10 or 20 years: Carson Wentz standing with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, holding up an Eagles jersey with "Wentz 1" on it. They will bring it out if the Eagles win a Super Bowl with Wentz as their quarterback, or even if they become consistent contenders with him at the helm. They will bring it out, maybe even more often, if Wentz is out of the league in five or six years and the Eagles are floating lifeless at the bottom of the NFC East.
February 9, 2016
TREGG DUERSON was right when he reacted negatively when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell compared the risk of NFL players developing the degenerative brain disease CTE to ordinary risks we all experience in life. In his self-serving annual Super Bowl press conference, Goodell said the NFL "has made great progress" in guarding against concussions. He naively added, "There are risks in life. There's risk sitting on the couch. " Duerson's father - late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson - was one of several NFL players to have committed suicide and later diagnosed to have had CTE. Through the law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, Tregg Duerson issued a statement on Sunday that said: "Comparing the CTE risk that NFL players face with an apparently inherent risk in sitting on the couch is an insult to the men affected by CTE. "These men and their families deserve better.
December 24, 2015 |
"Consussion" seems like a strange Christmas release: Hey, lets go see that movie where pro football players with brain damage kill themselves. And in truth, it's not a knee-slappin' good time at the theater. But it is more appropriate to the season than you might guess - the story of a deeply religious man who undertakes a moral crusade, motivated by an abiding faith that gives him the courage to take on the NFL, based on his conviction that "God does not want us to play football.
November 19, 2015 |
GRANTLAND founder Bill Simmons managed to weave some sports questions into a thoroughly entertaining interview he had with President Obama for GQ magazine. Simmons, who threw Obama some hard-hitting questions about Ferguson and gun control, also tossed some softballs. Here's one the president hit out of the park (and dissed NFL commish Roger Goodell in the process): Simmons: "Baseball, football, basketball, all the commissioner jobs open up next year. Which one would you want?"
September 14, 2015 |
AN EXTREMELY chipper Jeffrey Lurie made an impromptu appearance before reporters yesterday at the end of Eagles practice, the chairman substituting an onfield chat for the more formal training camp state-of-the-team sessions he used to hold annually. This was Lurie's first session before the cameras and microphones since the owners' meetings in March in Arizona, when he talked about taking risks to go from good to great. Asked yesterday about progress on that front, Lurie said there's no way to know until the season gets underway, which, for the Eagles, will be Monday night in Atlanta.
September 13, 2015 |
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie defended two of the NFL's most polarizing offseason figures on Friday: Chip Kelly and Roger Goodell. Kelly and Goodell drew scrutiny during the last few months for entirely different reasons. Kelly reshaped the Eagles' roster, and his methods came under attack by franchise greats LeSean McCoy and Tra Thomas, who suggested that the Eagles have a race issue. Goodell's decision to suspend Tom Brady four games as part of the ball deflation scandal was overturned in federal court, continuing a string of off-field embarrassments for the league.
September 10, 2015 |
There is a reason that most NFL home teams choose the sideline with its back to the press box and coaching boxes. There is a reason coaches hold the play chart in front of their faces when calling plays or coverages. There is a reason locker rooms are guarded and practice facilities are inspected for hidden cameras and hotel trash cans are emptied lest a morsel of information fall into the wrong hands. The reason is not because Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have turned the league into a cult of cheaters.