The Eagles-Giants Rivalry Just Got a Little Nasty

The Eagles-Giants Rivalry Just Got a Little Nasty

Ring the bell.

One of the latest revelations from the antitrust case brought by a group of players against the NFL was that the New York Giants did not renegotiate standout defensive end Osi Umenyiora's contract despite a supposed verbal promise from GM Jerry Reese. Apparently this proves the players have suffered "irreparable harm" as a result of the league's labor strife, as one reason an extension did not occur was likely due to the many unknowns during the uncapped year.

Yet another reason could be because he missed all of 2008 with an ACL tear, and was benched for part of '09 as he struggled to recover his burst—but apparently that's not relevant. Something about the information in Umenyiora's upcoming affidavit clearly rubbed Eagles' RB LeSean McCoy the wrong way though, because he felt compelled to respond to the news via Twitter.

Because nothing on Twitter ever goes unnoticed, despite the social media's penchant for hosting the inane passing thoughts of society's self-important, Umenyiora naturally caught wind of the remarks. And like any good lame Twitter feud, the All Pro defensive end fired back through a Tweet by the New York Times' Mark Viera.

Lady GaGa. Really.

Umneyiora continued in a phone interview with the Newark Star-Ledger.

"I mean, he’s a girl, man. Who does stuff like that? If he has more of these things to say, he can say ‘em to my face. Don’t be no Twitter gangster man."

"Yeah, me and him, we had words on the field — both times we played. I hate him, he hates me, period. He chose to take that off the field and make it public when it’s something that’s between me and him. It’s something we can address on the football field. He let the whole world know about it, so I’m going to respond."

Personally, while I've never been one to shy away from a little trash talk, I think McCoy was entirely in the wrong here. Calling out Umenyiora is bad enough on its own. When healthy, he's one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. In each of the three seasons he started16 games, the two-time Pro Bowler recorded double digit sacks, including 2010.

As we've all seen in the past, Umenyiora doesn't need any extra motivation either, especially not to get up for the Birds. He famously had six sacks in one game against the Eagles in 2007, on a night where then second-year tackle Winston Justice was subbing for an injured Tra Thomas at left tackle.

But hey, what else can we really say? The players, all of them, have way more time on their hands than they are used to, and we've seen that manifest itself in a variety of ways. One of the unfortunate side effects is even more Twitter, and it seems nothing good can ever come from that.

>> Umenyiora on McCoy: 'I hate him, he hates me' [NJ.com]

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.