When we heard Roy Halladay would be going on a fishing trip to Brazil in search of giant peacock bass we pretty much anticipated the fish tales from their trip being the most awesome Phillies news of the offseason. Little did we know Roy and his buddies would help a native boy who was attacked by an anaconda snake.
Here's the juicy part of the tale courtesy of fishing great Skeet Reese, whose photo we used above as well (via ZWR):
We had plenty of wildlife encounters though. Along with the fishing,
we decided to go hunting one night, and Carpenter and B.J. both shot a
caiman; which is like an alligator. Me and Doc Halladay even came across
a local, sitting bare naked on a tree by the river. What we were able
to figure out is that he was fishing in the river for tropical fish to
sell for aquariums when he got attacked by an anaconda.
The snake apparently bit him on the ass but he was able to free
himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped
around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore
it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and
flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely
see the bite mark on his ass, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.
I guess the kid must have had a large behind, because according to urban legend, anacondas don't want none unless you've got buns. Or at least that's what I heard.
And congratulations to Zoo with Roy for posting the most Zoo with Roy post ever (aside from the inevitable post when they actually do get to go to the zoo with Roy). Be sure to go look at their pictoral of the run in with the anaconda.
It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.
According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.
The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.
Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.
Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL.
Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season.
If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.
The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.
It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.