Vick Has 13th-Best Odds to Win NFL MVP This Season

Vick Has 13th-Best Odds to Win NFL MVP This Season

From wide-open quarterback competition to most valuable player in the NFL? You can bet on it. Literally, you can.

Maybe it’s only coincidence (probably not), but not long after Chip Kelly named Michael Vick the Eagles’ starting quarterback, his odds on winning some serious hardware improved rather suddenly. In fact, only 12 players are getting better odds.

Bovada.lv passed along some updated prop bets for a few awards and league leaders, where Vick is in surprisingly good company considering he wasn’t even the starting quarterback officially about an hour ago.

Peyton Manning (DEN) QB                    5/1Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB                        13/2Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB                      10/1Drew Brees (NO) QB                              10/1Adrian Peterson (MIN) RB                      12/1Tom Brady (NE) QB                               12/1Matt Ryan (ATL) QB                               15/1Robert Griffin III (WAS) QB                    18/1Russell Wilson (SEA) QB                       18/1Andrew Luck (IND) QB                           25/1Calvin Johnson (DET) WR                      25/1Eli Manning (NYG) QB                           25/1Arian Foster (HOU) RB                           33/1Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB                  33/1Cam Newton (CAR) QB                          33/1Matthew Stafford (DET) QB                   33/1Michael Vick (PHI) QB                           33/1Tony Romo (DAL) QB                            33/1

It’s debatable that Vick will even be the most valuable player in his own offense. LeSean McCoy could be in store for a huge season, but he’s not even bringing up the rear of the list with Reggie Bush at 150/1. Hell, Shady is only going off at 20/1 to finish this season as the leader in rushing yards, behind 10 other backs. I like that action.

That said, Vick sure has looked explosive in two preseason games. The question now is whether he can maintain that stellar play over a full season – something that he’s never really done before. We shall see. Would you bet on it?

There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

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There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers and it is sad.

Not in the sense that it's a move that remotely affects anything about the current state of the Phillies. It's sad simply because Chooch -- lovable and awesome and wonderful Chooch -- is no longer a Phillie.

Chooch will be remembered for catching Roy Halladay's perfect game and no hitter and that little dribbler down the line in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, dropping to his knees in celebration with Brad Lidge making them World Effin Champions.

But mostly he'll just be missed. What a guy to have aroud for so long.

Roy knows how hard it is not to have him around. I guess Chase won't need his any longer since the two will be reunined with one last chance of glory in L.A.

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Jimmy Rollins. Then Chase Utley. Now Carlos Ruiz.

Thursday closed another chapter of the Phillies' golden era.

Ruiz, the Phillies' catcher since 2006, has been traded to the Dodgers (along with cash) for catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014. Utley, still with Los Angeles, was traded to the Dodgers in August 2015.

Ryan Howard is now the lone leftover from the Phillies' 2008 world champion club.

In his 11th big-league season — all with the Phillies — Ruiz is hitting .261 with a .368 on-base percentage, three home runs and 12 RBIs in a reserve role.

(More coming...)

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

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HBO's Last Week Tonight

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

Charter schools. They're complicated!

After watching John Oliver's segment on them over the weekend, you'd agree there is plenty of nuance involved in the charter school debate. But also that some of them are dirty as all get out. An underground nightclub at a SCHOOL? Jeez. That can't be okay anywhere.

It's a solid segment. But it also took a couple of unneeded digs at the city of Philadelphia, its cuisine, and its sports fans.

That irked the Mayor of Philadelphia and he fought back today on Twitter.

"Agree on charter oversight but English soccer fan who eats fish from newsprint can't judge Eagles fans, cheesesteaks," Jim Kenney tweeted.

Take that you fish-eating Brit!

You can also watch the entire John Oliver segment from Last Week Tonight below.