Eagles as West Bromwich Albion? This "Pick Your Team" Thing Goes the Other Way, Too

Eagles as West Bromwich Albion? This "Pick Your Team" Thing Goes the Other Way, Too

Screen shot from The Guardian.

The Union are on a bye week. Their playoff hopes, which seemed so promising less than a month ago, are now gasping for air in the deepest portion of the Delaware River.

The only thing positive that came out of Saturday night's 1-0 loss to Houston was my nearly 2-year-old son's initiation into Lot A tailgating (he's a big fan of pretzels and breaking into people's cars). Our fearless leader summed up the only real noteworthy play from the game -- a disallowed Union goal that should have counted. So says no less than the head of professional soccer refereeing in America.

The team still seems to be harping on the disallowed goal, which was, admittedly, a major kick to the gut. But they're also ignoring the complete lack of offensive creativity, midfield pressure, or set-piece defending. Whatever the reasons, they need to figure them out over the last five games if they have any intention of making the playoffs. And make no mistake, while this was never a title-contending team, missing a playoff berth would classify as a massive collapse and disappointment.

But we have more than a week until the Union's next must-win game-that-they'll-probably-lose. And with Big Red back in town tonight, I point you toward an interesting article from across the pond.

Remember when I tried to help you pick a Premier League squad back in August? Of course, I wasn't the only one with that idea (I hope you stayed away from last-place Sunderland).

And as it turned out, the idea spread across the pond a few weeks ago, where The Guardian tried to help Brits choose an NFL team to support. First, on the Eagles:

West Brom – Philadelphia Eagles

After Peter Odemwingie (now at Cardiff) returned to the club after his botched deadline day attempt to leave for QPR failed, Baggies team-mate Steven Reid took umbridge and squared up to him in training. Only this week, Eagles' wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Cary Williams were involved in a similar piece of tomfoolery.

First of all, they had to pick the racist guy to use as an example? Really? Although, I have to give them props for use of the word "tomfoolery." I just wished they used one of my favorite British terms -- calling a fight a "row" (pronounced like "cow").

After the first week weeks of the Chip Kelly offense, I stick to my Swansea City comparison -- a team that won't win a title but is a lot of fun to watch.

As for the other comparisons in the article, I agree with the Liverpool/Cowboys note (not sure Ed Snider would approve that spelling of "organization").

Liverpool – Dallas Cowboys

A famous organisation supported all over the world, and the similarities don't stop there. The last time Liverpool won the league title was in 1990 while Dallas' wait for a Super Bowl stretches back to the 1995 season.

Both still possess very expectant supporters, though, despite their shortcomings in recent years.

Finally, the one that makes no real sense: Tottenham and Kansas City. Not only is there no real connection, Andy Reid is far better looking than Spurs' supposed heartthrob manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Screen shot from The Guardian.

>> Which team should I pick? Sportsmail compares the NFL with the Premier League [The Guardian]

The Philly fan who gave Russell Westbrook double bird said he was called fat

The Philly fan who gave Russell Westbrook double bird said he was called fat

Philly fans have a bad reputation. This isn't going to change anytime soon.

Regardless of which side of the Philly fan debate you fall, you'd probably agree fans shouldn't give the double bird mere feet from the athletes who are playing in front of them.

You've almost assuredly seen it by now, the image and footage of a Sixers fan flipping off Russell Westbrook last night in the highly-anticipated season debut. He was subsequently removed from his seats by security.

The New York Post got to the bottom of it all and even tracked down the fan's response on Facebook:

Dr. Richard Harkaway, a Philadelphia urologist who is originally from Long Island, wrote that it was Westbrook who initiated the confrontation, which ended with Harkaway being tossed from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the 76ers’ season-opening loss.

“To all my FB friends who are seeing a picture of me on the Internet giving the finger to Russell Westbrook. Actually two fingers,’’ Harkaway wrote in a private post. “Not as simple as it seems. I love to scream at the players and anyone who has been to a game with me knows this. Part of my charm. What you may not have seen on any of the video clips is what started the whole thing, which was Russell Westbrook saying ‘sit down f—ing fat boy’ when I stood up to boo.”

Do two wrongs make a right? Probably not. Being rude is being rude.

Do you think this fan's actions were justified after reading his response on Facebook?

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Two Phillies are in the running for a 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis and centerfielder Odubel Herrera were named National League finalists at their position on Thursday. Winners will be announced on Nov. 9. Galvis and Herrera are both finalists for the first time.

Galvis joins San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford, a Gold Glove winner in 2015, and the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell as finalists at shortstop.

Herrera is a finalist in center field along with Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte.

Galvis, who turns 27 in November, committed himself to improving his defense after making 17 errors in 2015 and he did that with a career season in the field in 2016. He led all NL shortstops with a .987 fielding percentage and made just eight errors in 625 total chances while earning praise from Phillies’ infield guru Larry Bowa.

Galvis led the NL with 153 starts at shortstop and had errorless streaks of 51 and 44 games. At the plate, he reached career highs in doubles (26), homers (20), extra-base hits (49) and RBIs (67). On the down side, Galvis hit just .241 and his .274 on-base percentage was the worst in the majors.

Herrera, who turns 25 in December, began his career as an infielder in the Texas system and completed just his second season in the outfield in 2016. His credentials for a Gold Glove are not nearly as good as Galvis’. Herrera’s nine errors were the second-most among major-league outfielders, but he had 11 assists, fourth-most among NL outfielders.

The Phillies selected Herrera in the Rule 5 draft in 2014. They selected Inciarte in the Rule 5 draft in 2012 and he opened the 2013 season on the Phils’ roster, but was shipped back to his original club, Arizona, during the first week of that season.