When we last "Attacked" mid-week last week, Andy Reid had been given his walking papers as coach of the Eagles. He was not out of work for long. Even Kardashian marriages last longer than Andy Reid's unemployment status. Within seemingly hours of the Eagles announcement, Reid was in the mix for several of the NFL head coach openings. After lengthy gatherings with both the Cardinals and Chiefs hierarchy, Reid was named the new Kansas City head coach. Not only that, but their GM Scott Pioli, who had survived the original wave of NFL power broker pink slips, was informed his services were no longer required. Seemingly, this left Reid as the main mover and shaker within his new organization. With his career resume here in Philly, it was obvious Reid would be in demand for a new sideline spot for 2013. But he did go 4-12 this year. He gets a new job immediately and the same power base he had here in Philadelphia?? The guy must be a killer in a conference room with potential employers! Fourteen years ago, as an unknown Green Bay quarterback coach, Reid sold Jeffery Lurie on how his inexperience was irrelevant and that he was the "man" for the Eagles. The rest as they say is history. Fourteen years later he verbally dazzled Chiefs owner Clark Hunt enough to get all the keys to the Kansas City football store. Amazing!!
This brings us to the next Reid issue. How can someone be accomplished at verbally extolling one's own virtues in a meeting setting and yet be so underwhelming in media gatherings over a fourteen year period. Many media members and fans are lamenting the fact that Andy Reid just took his Eagle banishment and disappeared from the Philly landscape without a farewell address. We were deprived of Andy Reid closure. To this I say, thanks for the memories and best of luck in KC, but good riddance. Andy Reid never gave us a look behind his emotional curtain when he was here, why would anyone think he would do so as he goes out the door. Andy Reid was never warm and fuzzy; he was never one to show his true annoyances either. A snippy or quippy response to a media member during a press gathering was about the only public glances of Reid personality we ever got. Andy's heartfelt feelings about his time in Philly? Don't believe we were ever going to get it and I don't really care. Appreciate the success he brought and wish him well in future endeavors but Andy's Philly soul searching, I can do without. See you when your Chiefs come to the Linc next year and I would give the coach a sincere handshake with well wishes. A walk-down-memory lane sit down? Pass!! Kansas City is known as one of the great steak eating towns in the country. If Andy misses a little cheese with his steak when he returns next season, he can go to Geno's or Pat's or Jim's without me !!
Now back to the Eagles. Bill O’Brien did a quick Eagle coaching interview and went back upstate to Happy Valley. Good for him. Chip Kelly sat down for a lengthy Arizona breaking of bread with the Eagles brain trust and decides to stay in the great northwest and in the college game. Good for the Eagles. So where are the Birds at now? Mike McCoy, the candidate I have been highest on for the past month seems to have moved to the top of the list. Good news. Bruce Arians, who may win coach of the year honors with Chuck Pagano, should get an interview soon with the Colts being eliminated. Gus Bradley had a nice audition when his Seahawks defense completely shut down the Redskin offense for the final three quarters of their playoff game Sunday. The musical chairs music is still playing and there are several good landing spots left. We should know who grabs the Philly chair within the next week. Don't sweat the tune for another couple of days!
There is only one team that is active in pro sports in Philly right now and that's the Sixers. We'll get to them. They will not have our stand alone activity attention for long. There will be hockey in 2013. The NHL owners and players finally came to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. A shortened season has been saved. An eight year agreement is in place and we won't have to suffer through another work stoppage till at least 2020. This year will be a 48 game regular season, division heavy, sprint to the playoffs. Lots of games in limited time. Removes your hockey jones! Enjoy. We'll get more Flyers in-depth once all the I(s) are dotted and T(s) are crossed before the abridged season gets underway
The Sixers season got underway on time and they are in the midst of the 82 game grind, even if we haven't seen them in-person for a while. Tough road! Their eight game sojourn netted just two wins. Their quick start is a thing of the past. After opening 10-6, the Sixers are 5-14 since. The Sixers sched was easy early, toughened up of late and lightens up again for the rest of the month. They are what they are. The specter of Bynum still hangs over them as a black cloud. Evan Turner has had only two 20 point games and one double digit rebound game in the Sixers last dirty dozen contests. Not a pretty picture. Now adding insult to injury. The Sixers are obligated to send two of their next three first round pick to the sunshine state. (Lottery protected to Miami this year and the same qualified selection to Orlando in 2015). This core group, Holiday, Turner and T Young need to pick it up and pick it up now. Arnett Moultrie is back from the D-League to hopefully upgrade this squad playing at a D-Level right now.... How about the return of those Flyers??
The Baseball Hall Of Fame will announce the results of their 2013 ballot on Wednesday There are 13 holdovers from previous elections and 24 new qualifiers for the BBWAA to vote on. Many baseball writers are speculating that none of the 37 eligible players will get the required 75% support necessary for election. With Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa on the ballot for the first time, the steroid era debate is front and center. Each writer and voter must weigh their own beliefs and standards to cast their ballots accordingly. As a lowly talk show host and mere blogger I will never get a vote despite my 40+ year following and love of the game. I am cool with that and for the most part; I believe the voting body has done an excellent job in protecting the integrity of the Hall. If I had a vote, here is how I would handle the players that are on the ballot who played during the steroid era.
Much like in a court of law these players are on trial. Everyone with a vote or an opinion has to judge the guilt or innocence of each player as to whether they used performance enhancing drugs. Some for me are no brainers. Rafael Palmiero tested positive during his playing days. After years of obfuscation, Mark McGwire admitted to steroid use. Out and out for both!! Some have circumstantial evidence against the. Barry Bonds admits to using but said he was deceived into believing that what he was using wasn't against baseball's rules. A court of law may have believed him. I do not. Roger Clemens also won in the court of law. I saw a preponderance of evidence against him. Sorry Rocket. Sammy Sosa said test me anytime you want. When asked to take an independent test on the spot he declined. That and his sudden inability to speak the English language when he was called in front of Congress is enough for me to come to the conclusion that Sammy had plenty to hide. He would not get my Hall of Fame nod.
Others like Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza have nothing but peripheral circumstantial evidence against them. They're significant muscle mass, some acne problems, etc. does not equate to guilt for me. Those evaluations in place, my ballot would include seven individuals. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling. Who you got?? Let the debate begin. If you want to do it live, I will be on 94 WIP tonight from 10p-2a. Tune in after tonight's BCS championship game, which by the way I'm picking Alabama on a late FG to time 19-16. Enjoy!!!
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