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.

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Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.