LeSean McCoy's brash antics carry him to Round 2 of Madden cover vote while Nick Foles' two-bit marketing campaign predictably falls flat

LeSean McCoy's brash antics carry him to Round 2 of Madden cover vote while Nick Foles' two-bit marketing campaign predictably falls flat

Nick Foles wanted to get the word out that he was, remarkably, a part of the Madden NFL 15 cover vote. So, the Pro Bowl quarterback/Napoleon Dynamite lookalike shot a video of himself from inside of a fishbowl, or something—that part remains unclear.

LeSean McCoy wanted to get the word out about LeSean McCoy, so he called Fred Jackson “grandpa Freddy” and insisted his former backup, Bryce Brown, was going to take Jackson’s job in Buffalo.

Foles is officially out of the contest. Shady rolls on to Round 2, perhaps unknowingly—he would’ve called Jackson “OLD!!” regardless.

Yet whether he knows it or not, there is no arguing McCoy had the better strategy. Foles tried, which is always the first mistake of doing anything. McCoy just started a bunch of Twitter beefs with other NFL running backs. He didn’t even mention Madden!

Shady was also going head-to-head with Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in the first round, which was smart, because there’s really no contest. The reigning NFL rushing champion versus that guy who did that thing in Indianapolis? Please.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles front office has some very important questions to ask itself in the wake of this disaster. Like how is Foles supposed to lead 10 other professional athletes on a game-winning drive in the Super Bowl when he can’t even inspire a bunch of nerds to vote him on the cover of a video game? The whole Gee, golly, just glad to be here routine is obviously wearing thin.

I don’t want to hear that he was up against an established and still-ascending star in quarterback San Francisco 49ers signal-caller Colin Kaepernick. If Foles was taking this seriously, he would’ve cracked wise about Kaepernick’s 58.4 completion percentage last season or seeming inability to play from within the pocket.

And learn how to use your phone, dammit. You’re younger than I am, you ought to know how to take a decent video by now at least. It certainly can’t be as difficult as completing a pass to Jeff Maehl, a feat you actually did manage to accomplish last year.

Anyway, vote for Shady, don’t vote for Shady. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t care. Which is probably the exact thing that made you wanna vote for him in the first place.


Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.