Banana Tosser Caught

Banana Tosser Caught

London, Ontario police say they've identified the asshat who threw a banana onto the ice at the John Labatt Centre last week, when the Flyers played the Detroit Red Wings in an exhibition game. The banana was tossed as Wayne Simmonds skated toward the Detroit net on a shootout attempt.

The jerk's name is Christopher Moorhouse, and he faces a fine of up to $2,000. Interestingly, the story also says that London Police Chief Brad Duncan has asked people not to consider vigilante action against Moorhouse. I'd assume if they were considering it, that wouldn't dissuade them. If they were not, mightn't be a bit more likely now that it's been raised as a possibility?

In any case, by the powers of Google, Christopher Moorhouse will forever be linked to the racism-charged incident in Ontario, including any time a prospective employer types his name in. Very unfortunate for anyone else sharing that name.

>> Suspected banana thrower ID'd and charged [London Free Press]

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.

The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.

Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL. 

Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season. 

If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.

The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.

It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.