Kolb Manages A Close One Against Saints Prior to It Turning Ugly, 48-22

Kolb Manages A Close One Against Saints Prior to It Turning Ugly, 48-22

The big storyline coming into today's game against New Orleans was Keving Kolb getting his first start at quarterback after a full week of practice with the first team offense. Kolb played okay and was not one of the key factors that led to the Eagles decisive 48-22 loss at the hands of the high powered Saints. Mistakes on special teams and a porous defense that was backed up against a wall for much of the day did them in.

Aside from the one really bad interception Kolb threw early in the second half and two stupid INTs in the closing minutes when the game was well out of reach, Kolb limited his mistakes for a good portion of this game when it mattered. Sure, he didn't do anything particularly remarkable but he managed the game well in his first start. When the line gave him adequate time, he found the open man and when he was pressured, he got rid of the ball quickly.

I put this one on poor play from the special teams, boneheaded penalties, and the defense. It started with DeSean Jackson's decision to return a punt late in the first half which resulted in a holding penalty which led to a poor Sav Rocca punt allowing the Saints to put up a quick TD to end the half. It continued on the first play of the second half when Ellis Hobbs gave the Saints the ball right back. And things just kind of unraveled from there.

I have no doubt many fans will be blaming this one on Kolb despite his decent showing. After his first incomplete pass, commenters were already calling for Jeff Garcia. But Kolb played decent enough for me to feel confident that he could beat the Chiefs next week given the opportunity.

What worries me, aside from the poor special teams and defense, is Westbrook going down with an ankle injury and Asante leaving the game with a stinger.

Any positives? I think you have to look at Brent Celek's performance as one of the few positive performances today.

What'd you think of Kolb's effort? Does he deserve another shot against the Chiefs if McNabb can't go? Do you give McNabb the extra two weeks rest? Start Garcia? Get crazy and start Vick in his first game back in 2 years? Me? I'd go with Kolb again if McNabb isn't ready.

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."