Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says the Buffalo Bills landed their new starting running back in Bryce Brown. Fred Jackson takes exception to such statements.
How strongly does Jackson feel about Brown’s place in a suddenly crowded Bills backfield? He’s willing to bet money on it.
Brown was shipped to Buffalo over the weekend in exchange for a future fourth-round pick that can become a third, a stellar deal as far as Philly should be concerned. Well, McCoy was just wishing his former Birds teammate well, except when Jackson caught wind, he suggested Shady put his money where his mouth is.
Jackson is willing to make a wager on his or C.J. Spiller’s hanging on to the job of No. 1 back. McCoy thinks Jackson—33—is too old for Twitter and calls him “grandpa Freddy.” Grandpa Freddy says open your check
The whole exchange is performance art at its finest. You can check out back-and-forth over at Fox Sports.
>> Fred Jackson takes exception with LeSean McCoy [Fox Sports]
The Soul on Saturday survived a late scare and moved to 7-0 on the season with a 48-47 win over the Washington Valor at the Verizon Center.
With 41 seconds left, the Valor scored a touchdown and appeared poised to tie up the game. However, a fumbled snap led to a failed extra-point attempt and the Phillies promptly recovered the ensuing onside kick.
"It’s hard to win a game in arena football, but we'll take them any way we can," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told the Soul's official website. "We are definitely happy with 7-0 and looking forward to this bye week to get healed up and ready to finish the second half of the season."
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led the way with 148 passing yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Ryan McDaniel led the team with four receptions, racking up 49 yards, while Darius Reynolds had 54 yards on three receptions. Each receiver reeled in two touchdown catches while Shaun Kauleinamoku accounted for the fifth score.
Running back Mykel Benson ran in a one-yard touchdown while Chirs Duvalt returned a kick-off 58 yards for a touchdown before halftime.
The Soul have a bye week before returning to the Wells Fargo Center on June 10 to face the Cleveland Gladiators.
Beyond the center field wall at Citizens Bank Park, retired Phillies uniform No. 14 was draped in black cloth on Saturday afternoon.
Jim Bunning, who wore that number during six seasons with the club, died late Friday night at his home in Kentucky. The Hall of Fame pitcher, who went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, was 85.
Bunning was a workhorse right-hander who pitched with smarts and competitiveness during his 17 seasons in the majors. He also pitched with the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. He averaged 35 starts and won 89 games during his six seasons with the Phillies. He also authored one of the most iconic moments in club history when he pitched the franchise's first perfect game on a searing hot Father's Day in 1964 against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.
Talking about a perfect game as it is unfolding is considered baseball taboo. To mention it is to risk jinxing it. But Bunning broke tradition and in the late innings of that game talked openly with teammates in the dugout about the possibility of finishing off the feat.
"Jim Bunning was way too practical of a man to worry about a jinx," former teammate Rick Wise once said. Wise pitched the second game of that Father's Day doubleheader. It started 20 minutes after Bunning completed his perfecto and Wise had trouble finding a ball and a catcher to warm him up because everyone was busy celebrating the perfect game.
Bunning went 224-184 with a 3.27 ERA in 591 career games. He led the American League with 20 wins in 1957. He led the league in innings twice and strikeouts three times. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1996 and went into Cooperstown as a Phillie.
Bunning had two tours with the Phillies, 1964-67 and 1970-71, and was a straight-laced competitor who expected effort and excellence from his teammates. During his second time through Philadelphia, as he was nearing the end of his career, he was a teammate of a young shortstop named Larry Bowa.
"I remember him coming up to me and saying, ‘Don’t ever, ever lose your energy. I don’t want to turn around and see your head dropping because you’re 0 for 3,’" Bowa recalled Saturday. "He said, ‘I don’t ever want to see that.’ He said, ‘You’ve got to be accountable. You’ve got to play with energy. You’ve got to play every inning of every game.
"I made an error one day and he turned around — I didn’t even want to make eye contact with him — he turned around and he was rubbing the ball and looked at me and I went, 'Yeah, I know I should have caught it.' He was just that intense."
Bunning had a mean streak on the mound. He led the league in hit batsman four times.
Bowa recalled the time Ron Hunt — a notorious plunkee — did not get out of the way of a Bunning breaking ball. As Hunt ran to first base, Bunning admonished him.
"He went over and said, 'Ron, if you want to get hit, I’ll hit you next time and it won’t be a breaking ball.' That’s what kind of competitor he was."
Bunning suffered a stroke last year.
"I knew he had been sick," Bowa said. "Tremendous, tremendous person who taught me a lot about the game in a short time.
"He always gave me good advice. He talked about self-evaluation with me all the time. He said you’ve got to be accountable in this game, no one gives you anything in this game. I never had a pitcher mentor me like he did. In spring training, he told me, ‘Keep your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open.’ It was that simple. I said, ‘Yes, sir.’
"When a guy like that takes the time with someone who is just starting, it’s, I mean, it resonated throughout my career."