Saturday Extras: JC Romero's Porsche Stolen, King Dunlap Arrested (Separate Incidents)

Saturday Extras: JC Romero's Porsche Stolen, King Dunlap Arrested (Separate Incidents)

Just a few links to get our weekend programming underway...

JC Romero was the victim of an auto theft, which, when I say it that way, doesn't really seem to accurately convey the nature of the crime. The bandit didn't make off with my Honda. They took a $190,000 brand new Porsche Panemera. JC had it in for servicing at Bert Smith Porsche in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it was stolen from the dealership. I vote we send in Frances McDormand's character from Fargo. Good luck to JC in getting back his ride, which he drove down to spring training that time Enrico interviewed him. [Phollowing the Phillies]

Another Philly athlete found his name in a police report yesterday as well, only he wasn't the one filing it.

Last night, Eagles' offensive tackle King Dunlap was booked in Nashville after he parked his car on a plaza area at Bridgestone Arena and refused to move when directed by police. It's not uncommon for NFL players to get arrested for something involving their cars, but this is the first time I can recall one getting booked at an NCAA Women's basketball game. Hey King, it's Bridgestone Arena. Dunlaps can't just park on the sidewalk and then tell cops they're not moving, even if their intentions are good...

Dunlap said he was trying to pick up his father, who was in a wheelchair. According to The Tennessean, police told him move the SUV to a different area where he could pick up his father, and that they would help. Dunlap refused again, and was arrested for reckless driving and disorderly conduct. [Tennessean, via Pro Football Talk]

Meanwhile, Mike Vick was winning a Maxwell Award. He also explained why he canceled his Oprah appearance. Personally, and I'm as disgusted at Vick's past as the next guy, I don't get why he'd go on Oprah at all. For all I care, his reason for canceling could be, "I just didn't feel like it. It's Oprah. I'm a football player, not a guy trying to sell his fictitious memoirs." (Incidentally, that's not what he gave as his reason.) Maybe it would help him garner future endorsement deals if he bowed at the altar of Oprah, but no interview he does in 2011 will erase his past, nor improve his play on the football field, and those seem to be the only things people care about when it comes to Michael Vick. His being on Oprah would be good for one person—Oprah. [Daily News]

Getting away from the police blotter, who wants to hear a Penguin talk Sixers hoops and anonymous celebrity? I DO! Here's Zoo With Roy on Spike Eskin's podcast. The first 10 minutes of this sheds a lot of light on the life of the Penguin, then they get into the Hersey Hawkins dong stuff. [WYSP]

It sounds as though many fans are tired of the moniker "The Four Aces," but I've still always been curious—which Phillies starter would fit each suit? Bob Brookover answered that question yesterday, though I could only locate it on the Toronto Star site. 

And finally, this photo, entitled On the C Train, by Ted H. 

The Eagles need a big-time wide receiver


The Eagles need a big-time wide receiver

I’ve been saying it since early 2000s: The Eagles will never, ever win a Super Bowl again until they go out and get a big-time wide receiver. 

The one year they had one -- 2004, with Terrell Owens -- they got to the Super Bowl. But they never got there earlier, with the likes of Na Brown, Todd Pinkston and James Thrash; nor later, when they blew it with T.O. and failed to land Big-Time Receivers like Roy Williams, Erik Moulds, Javon Walker, or Peerless Price. 

We face a similar situation today.  The Eagles are 4-2 and just beat the Vikings, the league’s last undefeated team. But the team’s lackluster receiving corps threatens to derail the season, and with it the crucial first year of Carson Wentz’s career. Missing out on the playoffs in their rookie year because of receivers who can’t catch the ball is the sort of thing that ruins young quarterbacks for life. 

Don’t make the same mistake again, Howie Roseman. Go out and get Alshon Jeffrey. Or Torrey Smith. Or better yet, Alshon Jeffrey AND Torrey Smith. I don’t care what it takes- and it’s not like the Eagles are ever having draft picks again anyway. 

Of course, none of this would be a problem if we’d traded for Anquan Boldin. I’ve wanted the Eagles to get Anquan Boldin for 10 years, and they never have- not even this year, when he was a free agent, and he went and signed with the Lions and helped beat us two weeks ago.  

So in conclusion: Do whatever it takes, Howie. Start a bidding war. Just keep offering #1 picks until the Bears or Niners say yes. 


In an event I’d have considered considerably less likely than either the prospect of a Cubs world championship or the election of a woman as president of the United States, Joel Embiid on Wednesday night played in a regular season game for the Philadelphia 76ers. It took almost three years, but Embiid finally passed Andrew Bynum on the Sixers’ All-Time Games Played List. 

But Embiid was not the MVP for the Sixers’ opener. That title goes to the older gentleman who charged at Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook with two raised middle fingers, as he screamed an f-bomb at him. 

Yes, he was thrown out of the arena, though had it been up to me I’d have given the guy a ticket upgrade, and possibly a job with the team. The greater point is, how many times did you see fans in courtside seats flipping the bird at opposing superstars, in the three years Sam Hinkie was in charge? Exactly. The passion for the Sixers is back. 

My ideal scenario: The Sixers trade for Russell Westbrook, and the cover of next year’s team yearbook is Westbrook and that fan, side by side, flipping the bird together. 


Other Philly sports takes: 

- It’s so, so pathetic that Pittsburgh keeps changing the name of its hockey arena. 

- I heard they were doing E-A-G-L-E-S chants at the Sixers home opener. Awful- they should keep that stuff where it belongs, at Phillies games. 

- I can't figure out how to pronounce Big V's full name so for now I'll just call him "Winston Justice.”

- My thoughts on the WIP lineup changes? It’s about to time they gave a shot to an ex-Eagle in the mid-day, and an overweight out-of-towner in the afternoon. 

Follow @FakeWIPCaller on Twitter. 

Mike McQueary's defamation suit against Penn State headed to jury

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Mike McQueary's defamation suit against Penn State headed to jury

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Lawyers for a former Penn State assistant football coach are urging jurors to find the university liable for how it treated him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.

Both sides in the defamation and whistleblower lawsuit filed by Mike McQueary made closing arguments Thursday.

McQueary claims he was defamed by a statement the school president released the day Sandusky was charged, retaliated against for helping with the Sandusky investigation and misled by school administrators.

Penn State argues McQueary's reputation was harmed by public opinion about his decision not to go to police or child-welfare authorities when he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower in 2001.

McQueary is seeking more than $4 million.