Philadelphia fans are some of the most passionate, rowdy fans in the country. They notoriously booed Santa Claus, they booed a robot, and they’ve been known to throw batteries onto the field of play from time to time. No surprise, they weren’t in the best of moods after their Eagles lost to the Giants at home Sunday.
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who had a tackle in New York’s 29-16 road win, tweeted from the team bus about some of the Eagles fans’ naughty behavior:
I’m guessing the middle fingers will be there from Eagles fans regardless of whether the Giants win or lose, but getting a beer thrown at them is the product of bitter Philly fans. I’m sure Tuck was only too happy to take it.
Now if you want to call out Philly fans for bad parenting, then you don’t want to see this video from a Phillies game last year. It doesn’t get more irresponsible than that.
Mark Sanchez got hit hard in the third quarter against the Raiders Sunday and ended up with a busted nose. Though it hasn’t been confirmed that he has a broken nose, the animation above provides all the confirmation one should need. Sanchez went to the sidelines saying his nose was killing him and had it adjusted by the trainers. If he were a real tough guy, he would have gone Steve Nash. After getting his nose busted, Sanchez played the rest of the game with a visor:
- Mark Sanchez
The Bills snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Patriots Sunday with a 34-31 win at home. Simply overcoming a 21-0 deficit makes the win special, but finally beating the Patriots made it spectacular. Buffalo had been thoroughly dominated by the Pats for years. New England had won 20 of their last 21 meetings with the Bills, so the victory had to feel like winning the Super Bowl for many fans.
Chris Kelsay, who is the only Bills player on the roster who was with the team the last time they had beaten the Patriots (in 2003), called it the biggest win of his career. Running back Fred Jackson ran around the field waving a Bills flag after the win, and the goal posts had to be lowered to keep fans from pulling them down. It was like a college atmosphere in Buffalo.
After the win, Bills players raved on Twitter about the amazing energy from the fans.
Over the offseason, Andy Reid and the Eagles made it perfectly clear that they wanted Michael Vick to play more from the pocket in an effort to avoid injuries. With the way the first three weeks of the season have gone, it might be a good idea for Reid and the Philly coaching staff to unleash Vick again and let him run wild.
Vick is obviously not safe in the pocket, as evidenced by his concussion last week and the broken right hand he suffered against the Giants on Sunday. Following the loss to New York, Vick expressed frustration with the officiating that the Eagles have dealt with and talked his way into a certain fine from Roger Goodell.
“After such a great play I felt like I got hit late,” Vick said when asked about his injury. “There’s no flag. Broke my hand. That’s it.”
That was far from it.
“It really don’t matter where it was at,” Vick said. “I was trying to protect myself. Still didn’t get a flag. That’s pretty much the story for the last three weeks. Obviously, at some point something catastrophic is going to happen and I broke my hand.
- Michael Vick
After catching eight passes for 74 yards in the Chargers’ season-opening win against the Vikings, it appeared as if Antonio Gates was back. Two weeks later, it appears as if being “back” has a whole new meaning.
Gates was shutout week two against the Patriots, prompting concern that he had re-aggravated his foot injury. Gates, who didn’t miss a game from 2006-2009, missed the last six games of the season last year with a torn plascia. Although listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, Gates was inactive and it’s been reported that his plascia is torn again.
If you’re unsure what that means, read this excerpt from ESPN’s Stephania Bell, written about Gates before the season began:
- Antonio Gates
Westbrook was criticizing for taking too many shots and not deferring to Durant enough (Durant defended Westbrook’s shot selection). Some people described the Durant-Westbrook relationship as one similar to the Kevin Garnett-Stephon Marbury relationship from the early-’90s Timberwolves — one that resulted in Marbury requesting a trade. What many outsiders who did not watch the Thunder play all season did not realize is that Westbrook is a score-first point guard who plays that way every game — and it generally works.
Kevin Durant knows that, and although he concedes that the players have had some competitive friction, he fully supports his point guard.
“We butt heads just like any other players because we are both competitive, we both want to go at it, we both have ideas,” Durant said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “That’s going to happen. But I support him 100 percent. Of course, I hated when people were saying the stuff they were saying, and he hated it as well. I didn’t want it to get to his head. I hate when people try to creep into the group and try to break things up.
“I enjoy playing with Russell so much. I hope he understands that, and I’m sure he does. I’m looking forward to next season already. The last thing I’ve been worrying about is what people say about Russ, and I’m sure that’s the last thing he’s worrying about as well.”
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Ryan Roberts won a fan vote conducted by the Diamondbacks to have a bobblehead made in his honor. The first 15,000 fans in attendance for Saturday night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game will receive this snazzy Roberts bobblehead:
Typically when you see bobbleheads they look nothing like the player. I’m actually convinced that the same mold used for a Miguel Cabrera bobblehead is also used for a Justin Verlander one. They just change the name and number. But that Roberts one not only looks like him, it also has all his tattoos. Now that is worth a trip to the ballpark. And suddenly Dusty Baker has competition for the best bobblehead of the year.
Forearm bash to Nick Piecoro for the picture
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Syracuse beat Toledo 33-30 in overtime Saturday after getting some help from the officials on an extra point. Syracuse had scored a touchdown with 2:07 left in the game to make it 29-27. Their extra point attempt, pictured in the image above, and featured in videos below, went wide left. The officials didn’t realize that it missed and gave Syracuse the point to make it 30-27.
Toledo kicked a field goal at the end of regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime. They ended up losing 33-30. Had the correct call been made on the extra point, the Rockets’ field goal at the end of regulation would have made it 30-29.
Here is an animated look at the extra point with stills from Sports Grid:
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The New York Giants appeared to fake injuries on Monday night against the Rams in an attempt to slow down the hurry-up offense. Deon Grant was adamant throughout the week that his knee injury was legitimate, but it looked suspicious when two Giants players went down at the same time. The NFL issued a memo to teams telling them not to fake injuries. The league appears to be cracking down on the issue.
Some teams have tacitly indicated that they coach players to fake injuries. Even the Giants defensive coordinator didn’t deny that he teaches the practice. Heck, even Reggie Bush says his team used to do it in New Orleans.
“We actually had that before in New Orleans,” Bush said, referring to the fake injury play. “It’s just one of those things when you get those hurry-up offensive teams. I mean, it’s legal. They haven’t made any rules yet to say it’s not legal.
- Reggie Bush
It’s not just Floyd Mayweather Jr. who appears to be avoiding a potential super fight with Manny Pacquiao — promoter Bob Arum isn’t giving many positive signs either. In an interview with Radio Rahim of Max Boxing, Arum expressed reservations about a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
“It depends largely on something that’s out of everybody’s control — other than the fact that Manny still has to be [Juan Manuel] Marquez. But even if he does, does Mayweather beat the criminal justice system in Nevada? That’s the issue,” the promoter told Rahim.
“Who knows if Mayweather’s going to be around next year to fight? He has real problems. Does he get them solved? I don’t know. Before anybody starts talking about a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, they better ask themselves ‘What is Mayweather’s criminal situation and will he be around in 2012 to fight Pacquiao or anybody else?'”