Jack McInerney Taking Teammates' Chicharito Nicknames in Stride

Jack McInerney Taking Teammates' Chicharito Nicknames in Stride

Guest post by Dave Zeitlin

As soon as reporters began to crowd around Philadelphia
Union striker Jack McInerney’s locker in the bowels of creaky RFK Stadium
on Sunday night, the catcalls began.

“Hey, Chicharito!”

“Jackarito!”

“From Golden Boy to Golden Boot!”

As always, McInerney smiled. He’s gotten used to the
relentless barrage from his teammates ever since he was dubbed “The American
Chicharito” on an MLSsoccer.com
podcast
because of his similar skill-set (read: ability to poach goals) to Mexican
and Manchester United star Javier
“Chicharito” Hernandez
.

“It’s probably not going to stop all year,” McInerney said
Wednesday with a laugh.

It probably won’t as long as he keeps doing what Chicharito
does.

Following a two-goal effort against D.C. on Sunday, McInerney
took over sole possession of the MLS Golden Boot race
with six goals in the
Union’s first seven games. That made the 20-year-old McInerney the youngest
player to ever lead the league in goals at any
point in any season, according to Elias.

And then, just for good measure, the rising star took home MLS
Player of the Week honors
on Monday.

What have the past few days been like for the kid?

“I’ve gotten more text messages and tweets these last three
or four days than I’ve ever gotten,” McInerney said. “It’s been a little different.
I’m not going to say I don’t like it. As long as I’m playing well, I’m happy.”

He’s happy enough that he’ll deal with his new nicknames, even
if he has tried to brush off the comparison to the Manchester United striker
.
Not that his teammates care about that.

“Now they’re talking about putting it on the back of my
jersey,” McInerney laughed.

Jackarito and
Bimbo on the same jersey? Let’s get Adidas on the phone. That could be a big
seller.

Ed Rendell, Jim Kenney roast Chris Christie for ripping Eagles fans

Ed Rendell, Jim Kenney roast Chris Christie for ripping Eagles fans

What a week it's been for Chris Christie. 

After watching his top-seeded Cowboys be picked apart by Aaron Rodgers in the divisional round, and being passed over for a position in Donald Trump's administration, the New Jersey governer called Eagles fans "generally angry, awful people."

He can now add being torched by Former Pennsylvania governer Ed Rendell and Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney to that list. 

"You understand how his approval rating is probably the lowest of any governer in the country," Rendell said. 

(Three fire emojis).

"In retrospect, the governer's had a pretty rough couple years," Kenney said. "His presidential campaign crashed and burned, his bromance with the President-Elect didn't seem to go anywhere. I understand why he may be a little bitter or angry."

Boom. Roasted.

Watch the full video for more.

We finally found something (not great) about Joel Embiid: Manziel Buddy?

We finally found something (not great) about Joel Embiid: Manziel Buddy?

Ugh. Joel Embiid may not be perfect.

He may be buddies with Johnny Manziel, at least according to the former NFL hopeful turned party boy.

It all started when Manziel took to Twitter today to talk about doing a free autograph signing for the people of Texas.

The Twitter rant also included this strange line: "No lie.. I was a [bad word] in 2016 I'm just trying to be a good PERSON again#LostInTheSauce."

Hey, owning it is the first step to recovery, right? 

Also, he knows how to get Twitter's attention:

And:

And:

After doing one Google search, there were reports of the pair hanging over the summer in LA. From Busted Coverage:

[Manziel] was tearing up the Warick LA lounge with his Los Angeles friends at a party that included Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, Kendra Wilkinson and Joel Embiid among others.

More to this as we learn it...