Michael Vick Is Still the Fastest Running Back on the Eagles

Michael Vick Is Still the Fastest Running Back on the Eagles

There are a lot positive vibes emanating from the NovaCare
Complex these days. The Eagles are coming out of a fine-looking draft, players
are buying into Chip Kelly’s program, and there is a renewed excitement surrounding
the team in general.

They seem to be having fun for the first time in awhile,
which brings us to today’s story: Michael Vick versus LeSean McCoy in the
40-yard dash. They could’ve put that on pay-per-view.

There was quite a bit of buzz about the footrace on Twitter today,
with several Eagles players discussing the somewhat surprising results. Vick
defeated Shady handily according to reports, and as legend has it, by several
yards at that. Not. Even. Close.

According to Pro Football Talk, the race was literally weeks
in the making, with McCoy goading the soon-to-be 33-year old quarterback with a
little name calling. I guess when you’re 24, 33 makes someone an “old man” by
comparison. Vick had the last laugh though.

It’s nice to know Vick still possesses some of the
athleticism that made him so electrifying, and if he wins the starting job, it
could come in handy in the spread offense. Speed is what has always made Vick
overrated in the first place though. The only aspects of his game where
teammates, analysts, and fans should care about how fast he is are reading a
defense and getting the ball out of his hands.

For the record, Shady was not a believer. This is starting
to sound like the time Jerry Seinfeld beat Duncan Meyer in ninth-grade gym class.

>> McCoy challenges "old man" Vick to race, and gets smoked [PFT]

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Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."