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Mark Sanchez did not mean that Eagles fans are nicer than Jets fans

Mark-Sanchez-A-Justin-Bieber-FanMark Sanchez has zero chance of starting for the Philadelphia Eagles this season if Nick Foles stays healthy, but that doesn’t mean the former USC star is flying under the radar. On Monday, Sanchez made headlines for a comment he made about the fans in Philly.

Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post tweeted that Sanchez said the fans in Philly are “a lot nicer.” The way Hubbuch presented it made it seem like Sanchez was taking a shot at Jets fans.

However, Sanchez later explained that Hubbuch presented his quote in the wrong context. Marky Mark was not happy about it.

“My comments today about Philly fans being ‘nicer’ was a reference to their reaction to me now vs. the last time I played here as a Jet in 2011,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter. “It had absolutely nothing to do with NY fans. I have nothing but good things to say about my time in NY and I’ve always said the fans are tremendous.

“It’s unfortunate that 1 reporter out of the 10 I spoke with today chose to take these comments out of context. Everyone else knew what I was talking about.”

Assuming Sanchez is telling the truth, that was pretty irresponsible of Hubbuch. The fact that he put “BOOM” in his tweet proves he was trying to create a stir. Then again, Jets fans did boo Sanchez during training camp and some of them cheered when he got injured. No one would blame him for liking Philly fans better — at least so far.

Chris Archer is being a hypocrite with David Ortiz

David Ortiz home runTampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer isn’t the only one who had a problem with David Ortiz’s dramatic bat flip on Sunday. Big Papi has pissed the Rays off on several occasions by pimping his homers, and he is not going to stop just because people are complaining. But more importantly, why is Archer whining?

Well, we know the real reason. Archer doesn’t care about the so-called “integrity of the game” — he just doesn’t want Ortiz admiring a 420-foot shot that Archer served up. After ripping Ortiz on Sunday, Archer was asked if he still felt the same way on Monday.

“I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished. I guess different people have different ways of reacting. That’s just who he is.

“Do I regret saying the truth? No. Agitated is not right word. Angry is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth.”

I wonder if Daniel Nava felt the same way as Archer last June when Archer struck him out to get out of a bases loaded jam. Check out this video from last season that Deadspin brought to our attention:

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Redskins GM: What Robert Griffin III was asked to do last year was ‘disrespectful’ to football

Robert-Griffin-III-Michael-Vick-comparisonsRobert Griffin III had a disappointing sophomore season with the Washington Redskins for a number of reasons. First and foremost, he probably wasn’t healthy. Griffin didn’t play at all in the preseason while rehabbing from ACL surgery and his mobility was limited throughout most of the year. Looking back on 2013, Redskins president and general manager Bruce Allen almost sounds embarrassed.

During an interview with Al Coleman on ESPN 950 in Richmond Monday, Allen said RG3 faced an “impossible” task last season.

“What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football,” Allen said, via Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It’s impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven’t practiced. Last year at this time, he’s still rehabbing his knee, he’s not allowed to practice, he’s not allowed to work in team drills at all because he’s still rehabilitating himself. We put him, really, on the spot by trying to do that.”

Griffin was not shy in voicing his displeasure over being held out of preseason play last year. He took part in very little live action before starting in Week 1, which in retrospect was a recipe for disaster.

While Allen admitted that playing in as many games as possible will probably help RG3 from an experience standpoint, he was quick to point out that the situation should be much more ideal heading into 2014.

“And this year he’s had a full offseason, his knee is 100 percent — knock on wood — and he’s had all of that, and that’s how you get ready to play a football season,” Allen said. “Maybe in basketball you can go out and just play in games, but in football, when you’re trying to synchronize 11 players on every play, you need to practice.”

Allen’s comments almost made it seem like the Redskins are blaming Mike Shanahan for the disaster that was the 2013 season. RG3 has already taken a couple of shots at the Shanahans since their departure, so it’s obvious everyone is relieved Jay Gruden is running the show. We’ll see if that lasts.

H/T DC Sports Bog

Aroldis Chapman hits 104 on radar gun (Video)

Aroldis Chapman still throws very, very hard. The Cincinnati Reds reliever has struck out 66 batters in just 32 1/3 innings of work this season. When you see the 104-mph fastball he threw against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night, you’ll understand why.

That’s right, Chapman hit 104. The 26-year-old fanned all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to keep his team in a 1-1 game. He was clocked at 104 once and 103 on several other pitches. The Reds eventually lost 2-1 in the 15th, but that doesn’t make the gas Chapman was throwing any less impressive.

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We already saw Chapman hit 103 on the radar gun earlier this season after he returned from taking a line drive to the face. The fact that his arm hasn’t fallen off yet is incredible.

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Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones: I like his heel persona

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Jon Jones has engaged in a trash talking game with Daniel Cormier leading up to their Sept. 27 fight, which is something unusual for the champ.

Jones doesn’t typically talk before a fight, instead leaving most of that to his opponents (think Chael Sonnen). Cormier thinks that’s a sign that the champ is a little rattled.

“I like his heel persona. But for me, it just tells me that he’s a bit uncomfortable because this is out of character for Jon Jones. He doesn’t directly go at his opponents like he has with me. This is out of character a little bit,” Cormier said Monday as a guest on “The MMA Hour” via MMAFighting.com.

“I’m not in his mind or under his skin,” Cormier added. “But I know that he knows that he has a real fight ahead of him September 27th, so maybe he’s trying to use mind tricks on me to affect me. But, I mean, oh my goodness that is just so petty and childish. He can’t use mind games on me. I’ve deal with all this stuff for so long in my life that mind tricks don’t work. They won’t. They won’t ever work.”

Cormier also said he’s pleased Jones gave up the goody two-shoes act he tried to put on early in his career. Between the DUI and clash with Dana White, it didn’t take long for that image to dissipate. This Jones persona is much better. Now he just needs to leave his tweets up rather than delete them.

Japanese actress Rina Takeda breaks 10 blocks with head before first pitch (Video)

Rina TakedaTwo of the greatest things in this world are baseball and “The Karate Kid.” What could be better than combining the two?

Prior to Sunday’s game between the Chiba Lotte Marines and Seibu Lions in Japan, martial arts actress Rina Takeda broke 10 stone blocks with her head and then threw out the first pitch.

Shockingly, the block breaking went much better than the pitch, but who’s complaining? `

Oh, and I guess that all the research on concussion effects hasn’t made it to Japan yet. People still think breaking things with your head for entertainment purposes is a good idea?

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Peyton Manning dancing to ‘Rocky Top’ will never not be awesome (Video)

Peyton Manning danced to “Rocky Top” to start Denver Broncos practice Monday, and thankfully 9 News Denver got it on tape for us.

No. 83 dancing in the foreground of the video was of course Wes Welker, who never misses out on a chance to have a little fun. And the other guy getting down was Britton Colquitt, another Tennessee alum.

This video shows Colquitt doing a jig:

If that dancing looks familiar, it’s because it should. This was Peyton getting down on “Saturday Night Live” in 2008:

Safe to say his go-to move on the dance floor is the salt shaker?

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