Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers Gordon might be in the worst position of the four rookie-deal holdouts. The league’s system of position-based pay is something like soft collusion, especially in this era of players increasingly being tasked with performing positionless duties. Teams are throwing the ball more and more—even on early downs—and no position has been devalued more than running back, even as backs are frequently used as pass catchers who line up all over the formation. It’s a vicious cycle: The rookie scale strangles running backs’ earning power during their best years, the physical toll of playing running back is brutal, and there’s always a surplus of young, cheap, versatile replacements for teams to turn to when it comes time to pay a premier back. Le’Veon Bell overplayed his hand by sitting out last year, though he did achieve his goal of finally getting to free agency—after six years. The analytics community is pretty much … [Read more...] about Which Of The NFL’s Five Holdouts Has The Most Leverage?
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I remain fascinated with bootleg t-shirts. I think, at least in terms of Eagles bootlegs, that it’s because it’s a record of how fans actually want to cheer. The team’s official partners hand out signs. The stadium plays musical cues telling you how to cheer. They make you sing that stupid fight song. (The edited “Fly, Eagles, Fly” and post-touchdown singing has only been around for 20 years.) … [Read more...] about A Guide To Bootleg Eagles Super Bowl T-Shirts
I feel very fortunate and very lucky that nothing worse had happened. It’s a little bit of a blur for me. Yeah, I hit the pole, I was on the ground and I got right up. But after seeing that second video where I actually hit the subway train it made me rethink a lot of things. I am very lucky. … [Read more...] about An Interview With The Eagles Fan Who Ran Into A Subway Pillar
It’s been fun to have it both ways. The guy who usually sells “The Eagles are playing like shit, pass me another beer” t-shirts is now selling underdog and Nick Foles garb. I myself bought yet another bootleg Eagles t-shirt in the middle of Oregon Avenue. (It was $15 instead of $10, but you pay a premium for the luxury of shopping in a South Philly street median.) … [Read more...] about It’s Been A Very Easy Week To Be An Eagles Fan In The News
"Well, the second we leave the atmosphere, things go to right to hell. Jenny, our escort, is complaining that we need to go back to get her dog. There are NO flat surfaces inside the rocket to snort coke off of. And Nicholson is just coming down from an acid trip and thinks there are snakes in the cockpit. And so there I am with Captain John Smithjones, trying to restore order to the cabin. 'You guys need to settle down, baby! This is the final frontier!' I give Nicholson a quick shot of liquid dramamine and give Jenny the backrub of her life, and things have settled down. Space is just like a movie set: You gotta keep everyone happy, even the little people. Anyway, Jenny ended up giving me a handjob just as a meteor was passing by ten feet away and it was FANTASTIC. I also did some light repair work to a satellite bridge. Evans is a natural at space dancing, baby!" … [Read more...] about Why You Can’t Talk About Pop Culture Like You Talk About Sports