September 18, 2007

What Will Piss Off Philly the Most?

A- The Eagles' Monday night loss, in which they didn't score a touchdown, McNabb looked shaky, none of the recievers did a thing, and team fell 0-2 against a very weak divisional rival?

B- Charles Barkley's third-quarter-length appearance in the Monday Night Football booth, during which he and Tony Kornheiser ripped Philadelphia fans and flogged every stereotype, however true, about them? Or...

C- The Phillies nearly blowing an 11-0 lead, and defeating St. Louis 13-11?

The answer's probably A, but maybe B. It's certainly not C, because of the 15 people who actually watched the Phillies game, most of them were probably happy that the team actually won, and picked up a game on the Mets. Of course, the Kidd Chris situation (as detailed above) pisses me off more than any of the above.

UPDATE: More from McNabb, as he apparently has this to say in the "Real Sports" interview scheduled for tonight:

"There's not that many African-American quarterbacks, so we have to do a little bit extra," McNabb tells HBO. "Because the percentage of us playing this position, which people didn't want us to play ... is low, so we do a little extra."

Later in the interview, Brown presses McNabb on criticism of his performance -- and if African-American QBs are graded more harshly.

"I pass for 300 yards, our team wins by seven, [mimicking] 'Ah, he could've made this throw, they would have scored if he did this,' " McNabb tells HBO.

"Doesn't every quarterback go through that?" Brown asks.

"Not everybody," McNabb replies.

All of that is, of course, demonstrably and undeniably true, but I just know the story's going to be "Oh no! Donovan's whining again!" The fact is, there are people in Philly, many more than there should be, who don't trust McNabb as quarterback, and a certain percentage of it has something to do with race. I talk sports with people and hear the comments. All the time.

Don't forget, though- the last time the Eagles went 0-2 was 2003, the year of Rush Limbaugh's imbecilic dressing down of #5, and the team responded by rallying back to win the NFC East and reach the NFC title game.

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 18, 2007 04:46 PM

It seems like McNabb is living in the past. There are quite a few black quarterbacks, and many are looking better than McNabb, including Jason Campbell. And the most criticized quarterbacks are now white (Eli Manning, Rex Grossman). McNabb may have been right 10 years ago, but the situation has changed.

Posted by: Freddy at September 18, 2007 05:39 PM

Besides, ANY quarterback (or athlete) in Philly who is there for more than 5 or 6 games will get ripped apart. They booed Mike Schmidt, they booed Santa Claus, they booed McNabb. Garcia got out of there just in time to be remembered fondly. Also, clock's ticking on the Chase Utley backlash...

Posted by: Dhalp at September 18, 2007 11:57 PM

McNabb is an idiot. It's not black QBs that get picked on ... it's QBs that suck. Also, the fact that the Phils outscored the Eagles on Monday night was pathetic. As I was at the debacle at the Linc, I missed Sir Charles and Kornheiser's likely legendary exchange. However, this morning on WIP Sir Charles alleged that Philly fans would boo an art auction on the Main Line.

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