BY MATTHEW NADU, Columnist
High school and professional sports have a lot in common. Jock straps, girls, partying and, of course, girls. But perhaps the biggest thing they have in common is rumors.
Aw, nothing beats a good ol’ rumor especially in this town.
In case you’ve been living in Detroit where quarterbacks come and go as much as Tigers’ mistresses, you’ve given all your hope and trust to one man in this town to win a Super Bowl.
Despite four consecutive NFC East division championships , five NFC Championship Games, one Super Bowl appearance and six Pro Bowls (we’ll get back to that) he’s basically as good as any Detroit Lions QB.
Numbers mean zilch when you can’t win the big one. McNabb will go down as the greatest QB in Philadelphia history but things just aren’t working out in the championship department. Cut the cord already.
I’m sure Chicago or Minnesota would love to have “Number Five” and maybe he’ll win something for one of those towns, but it isn’t happening here. At the end of the day, my money says he stays the final year of his contract but ESPN’s John Clayton told Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic “if the price is right, he’s gone.”
What would that take, a second and fourth round pick? Then what do you draft, a safety? How Quentin Mikell is a Pro Bowler is beyond me, and put all your faith in Kevin Kolb who has only started two games in his career? Do you get rid of Michael Vick, or does he sound like a better option behind center, whoever that is next year, than either McNabb or Kolb? I’d rather take an 8-8 rebuilding year than another year of playoff blue balls.
I lie. I’ll tell you what the Birds should do, go after Pro Bowlers Brett Favre or Kurt Warner. Both said that they would retire this week- doubtful- since both led their teams deep into the playoffs this year, meaning they feel just short of sealing their legacies.
Since we’re talking about the January 31st Pro Bowl, can you believe it’s really, a week before the Super Bowl? Is anyone excited about this?
That’s right, a week before the Super Bowl.
That means the two best players in Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are out. Nice. Both the Colts and the Saints will send none of their six Pro Bowlers representing them amongst the leagues’ elite as they prepare for the Super Bowl. Bad idea, and let’s no forget the hit Hawaii’s economy is going to take.
The only one excited here is McNabb because, I can’t believe I’m saying, he’s now a 2010 Pro Bowl QB by default. Concerning all the controversy I’d much rather see Allen Iverson in the All-Star game than McNabb in the Pro Bowl.
To all the AI haters out there, we know he’s only a shell of his former self. Does he deserve to be an All-Star starter considering this years’ numbers alone no, but neither does Kevin Garnett or Tracey McGrady. McGrady hasn’t been in the league in what, five years?
Iverson’s in because of career achievement. Everyone wants to push that NBA All-Star weekend is all about the fans, all 85,000 thousand who will be in Cowboys Stadium, so let it be. Let’s remember it was the fans that voted him in. Just be thankful the game doesn’t decide home court advantage in the NBA Finals.
Seriously AI coming back to Philly for one final year, assuming he retires at the end of the season, is the best thing to happen to the Sixers since he left. The only other exciting Sixers news isn’t even news it’s just rumors but while were talking about trade rumors sources have revealed that the 76ers could be going after Amare Stodemire or Shaquille O’Neal in a trade involving Andre Iguodala.
You can probably find the answer via one of their Twitter tweets.
If that’s the case then AI doesn’t retire. He always said he wanted to play alongside the Big Fundamental. I smell championship. I admit, I’d love to see AI stick around but only if he helps the team, an actual 76ers team, win. If you want the 40 shots per game bad boy AI of 2001, get Gilbert Arenas, I’m sure the Wizards would be glad if someone else paid his bail. In Iverson’s bad boy defense, at least his glock wasn’t empty.
Speaking of empty, when’s the last time someone didn’t give Chuck Manuel an empty plate? The skipper lost 50 some pounds. Now he looks like the killer from the Saw series not the skipper from the World Series. Congrats Chuck, I see a Rachel Ray book collaboration deal somewhere down the line.
If you haven’t seen Manuel’s new physic you’ll see him soon enough because pitchers and catchers report on February 17th.
It’s hard to remember when Philadelphia has ever been more antsier for Opening Day. The Phillies made so many right moves in the off season so why does the trade we’ve all been praying for in our southpaw savior Roy Halladay feel so wrong?
Two words, Cliff Lee.