Eagles Should Part Ways With Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper issued an apology immediately following the release of a video showing his usage of a racial slur.

Riley Cooper issued an apology immediately following the release of a video showing his usage of a racial slur.

The last week has been a daunting one for Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. On Wednesday, video surfaced of Cooper attending a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field in which he used the N-word in an aggressive manner toward an African-American Lincoln Financial Field security guard.

Since the video release via CrossingBroad, Cooper’s life has completely changed.

After numerous statements and apologies, Cooper was excused from team activities last Friday and has not been with the team since. He is seeking professional help and the team has stated that no timetable for his return has been set.

When and if Cooper returns is what everyone is looking out for. The Eagles would serve themselves, the players and the fans well to let Cooper go.

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Is Donovan McNabb a Hall of Famer?

Donovan McNabb officially retired as an Eagle yesterday.

Donovan McNabb officially retired as an Eagle yesterday.

Yesterday at the NovaCare Complex, Donovan McNabb officially retired from the NFL as a Philadelphia Eagles. The announcement was made in front of a packed auditorium filled with former Eagles, current Eagles, media and organizational figures. The celebration of McNabb’s career in Philadelphia will culminate in September when his #5 jersey will be retired as the Eagles take on Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The retirement news has spawned the debate of whether or not McNabb deserves a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are indeed a number of categories that voters take into consideration including numbers, success and ultimately championships.

McNabb shines in some of these categories and lacks in others, but is the whole body of work deserving of a bust in Canton?

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Why PED Culture in Baseball Will Never Change

Ryan Braun denied any wrongdoing in connection to PED's.

Ryan Braun denied any wrongdoing in connection to PED’s.

Steroid use in professional baseball has been a hot button issue for the bulk of the last 15 years. The recent suspension of Brewers’ outfielder, Ryan Braun, has ramped up the discussion even more. It is safe to say that Braun’s suspension will be followed by more as several players including Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and Bartolo Colon are facing suspicion as well.

Links to the Biogenesis Clinic in Florida make it all but a certainty that these players will face penalties that will impact their teams and their wallets as well.

Major League Baseball is working quickly and diligently to get these players punished, evident through the fact that Braun’s 65 game suspension for the remainder of this season was reached in conjunction with the league. However, Major League Baseball is beginning to fight a battle with no clear end in sight.

You can continue to punish individuals who violate your drug policy after the fact, but how do you change the overall PED culture in baseball? If the presence of these punishments have not cleaned the game up in a significant way, what will?

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The Zimmerman Verdict: What Philly Sports Figures Had to Say

George Zimmerman was found not guilty on charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty on charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin.

If you were on Twitter or Facebook last night, you were most likely reading tweets and statuses dealing with the second extra inning game that the Phillies were playing that day.

The subject matter quickly changed as it was announced that a verdict had been reached in the controversial George Zimmerman trial.

After 17 months of scrutiny and speculation, George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges stemming from the admitted slaying of 17 year old Florida native, Trayvon Martin.

Like many of us, Philadelphia Sports athletes and media members made their opinions of the verdict known on their social media accounts throughout the night. Some issued numerous and very deliberate tweets while others were much more discrete.

Here is a look at what several people had to say:

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Silence is Never Golden in Philadelphia

Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has kept a tight lip when it comes to the Sixers' plans.

Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has kept a tight lip when it comes to the Sixers’ plans.

If there is one thing that will win you favor with Philadelphia fans, it is transparency. The new Sixers brass must not have gotten the memo.

This offseason the Sixers got off to a quick start making headlines. After the team’s dismal season, which ended with no playoff appearance, Doug Collins announced his resignation after three seasons at the helm in Philadelphia.

Soon after, the team parted ways with GM Tony Dileo who only served in that capacity for one season but who has held various positions with the team for years including a stint as head coach.

The team then made a splash when they hired Sam Hinkie as the new GM and President of the franchise. Hinkie came over from the Rockets touting analytics as the key to turning the Sixers into contenders.

That day was the day the Sixers turned off the lights, closed the curtains and pretended they were not home.

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The NBA’s Best Draft Class of All-Time Is…

Lebron James was selected first overall by the Cavaliers  in 2003.

Lebron James was selected first overall by the Cavaliers in 2003.

With the NBA Draft just over 24 hours away, teams are preparing to make selections that can forever change the fortunes of their franchise. With each selection a team faces the possibilities of landing a potential superstar who may one day bring the ultimate prize to their team, a solid contributor who may fill a role or a complete dud who will never pan out in the NBA.

Each pick carries its own risk and all 30 teams will have to face this reality on Thursday night. Over the years, certain drafts have been easier to navigate because the talent pool was incredibly deep. This fosters that argument of which draft class was the best of all-time.

There are three classes that stand above the rest but which one reigns supreme?

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Time to Get Over the Cary Williams’ Remarks

Eagles CB Cary Williams has taken some heat for missing OTA's.

Eagles CB Cary Williams has taken some heat for missing OTA’s.

New Eagles’ cornerback Cary Williams has made some interesting remarks regarding his absences from the Eagles’ OTA sessions. Williams missed at least three OTA’s which did not sit well with some pundits and fans throughout the city. Under the most recent collective bargaining agreement, OTA’s are voluntary team activities. Players are not obligated to attend and teams can not reprimand players for not showing up. Williams took advantage of that fact but his reasons for doing so do not seem to be satisfying critics.

It’s time to just get over it.

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2013 NBA All Star Reserve Predictions

Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday could both make the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday could both make the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

As the first half of the NBA season comes to a close, we look ahead to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. The annual East-West Clash will take place in Houston, Texas on February, 17th. The votes are in for the starters and the fans have selected the five players from each conference that will carry the honor of starting in the 62nd NBA All-Star Game. The starters for the East include PG Rajon Rondo, SG Dwyane Wade, SF Lebron James, SF Carmelo Anthony, and PF/C Kevin Garnett. The West will be represented by PG Chris Paul, SG Kobe Bryant, SF Kevin Durant, PF Blake Griffin, and C Dwight Howard.

Bryant led all players in votes with 1,591,437 just edging out Lebron James. Bryant’s nod is a record 15th consecutive. Another player making his 15th appearance in the game is Kevin Garnett. The NBA has changed their voting procedure to remove the Center position and to allow fans to simply vote for three frontcourt players. This rule change most likely gave Garnett a bump into the starting five.

There are no major surprises in the starting units but this will be an incredibly interesting year for reserves. The bench players will be named on January, 24th and will be selected by the votes of the 30 head coaches. Here are my choices for who should be the reserves for each team.

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Making Some Sense of the Manti Te’o Hoax

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is making headlines off the field as well.

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is making headlines off the field as well.

Where to begin…

I’ll refrain from going on a long drawn out recap of every detail of the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax simply because most people have already gotten those details and there are way too many to recall. This entire story is like nothing I’ve ever encountered in covering sports. The story was broken yesterday by Deadspin.com and my mind was blown while reading this article. It had so many twists and turns and plot changes that I felt like I was watching an elaborate mystery thriller and not reading a sports article. With that said, I’ve tried now for the last 10 hours or so to make some sort of sense out of this incredible story. I warn you that I myself have not yet reached a state where my mind is not completely blown but I am in a place where I feel ready to write about my sense of confusion, my feelings of skepticism, and my overall level of intrigue.

This is a sports story like we’ve never before seen, and I venture to bet we’ll never see another one quite like it.

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Lance…Say It Ain’t So: How to Feel Now That Armstrong Admits to Doping

Seven time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong was stripped of all of his titles amidst doping allegations.

Seven time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong was stripped of all of his titles amidst doping allegations.

There comes a time in most celebrity scandals when the weight of the secret becomes too great. There is a moment when the lie begins to unravel at a daunting pace and you begin to realize that the more you tell the lie, the less people that ultimately believe it. Soon you are the only one who will stand by the lie knowing full well that it is not true. Lance Armstrong reached that point in his lie and according to sources close to the situation, he confessed to the allegations of doping to Oprah Winfrey in a taped interview on Monday. The interview is set to air on Winfrey’s network, OWN, this Thursday and Friday night.

Following the confession, we are now all left to wonder how to feel. Did he cheat? Yes. Did he lie? Yes. Despite the clear cons in all of this, is it fair to ignore the pros? Armstrong’s life and career can be described as night and day. His life has been inspiring to millions of people worldwide and his charitable exploits are astounding. However, he lied to us over and over again and cheated. Despite the dichotomy between his two lives, they are undeniably linked and we have to decide whether or not to view them that way, or to take them in as separate entities.

Let’s start with the bad.

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