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. 

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

VOORHEES, N.J. — Radko Gudas (wrist) is closer to game action as the Flyers’ defenseman has been cleared to shoot pucks for the “past couple of days.”
 
The 26-year-old, recovering from a fractured right wrist (his shooting hand), was shooting and hitting in practice Wednesday at Flyers Skate Zone. Gudas has yet to play in a preseason game, but said he’s “pretty close” to 100 percent.
 
“I can’t say it’s really 100 percent, but it’s getting there soon,” Gudas said following practice.
 
“There’s a lot of time for me to get in top, game-like shape. There’s not a chance I would miss the start of the season.”
 
Gudas said the most important aspect of the wrist’s healing is keeping it stable by wearing a brace to limit too much moving.
 
“It’s better, I’m shooting on it in practices, feels better every day,” he said. “I’m working on a lot of it every day with the strength guys and the doctors here. We’re going day to day, I’m seeing myself sooner than later jumping on the ice.”
 
The second-year Flyer would like to play in preseason games before the start of the regular season, but also understands the importance of not rushing to avoid costing him regular-season games as a result.
 
“That’s the main part — feeling pain-free,” Gudas said. “Throughout the season, there’s not a lot of time off so we need to make sure everything is the best it can be before the season starts.
 
“Obviously it’s going to be the coaches’ decision when to put me in. I’m sure they’re talking with the staff for when would be the proper time.”
 
Gudas signed a four-year contract extension in June after playing a career-high 76 games and recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 2015-16.
 
After practice, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol did not have an update on Gudas or defenseman Nick Schultz, who was shaken up Tuesday night.
 
“Everybody wants to play at least a game or two before the season,” Gudas said. “I don’t think it needs to be said.
 
“He wants to have me ready and I want to be ready.”

Now 22/1 to win Super Bowl, Eagles also the NFC East favorite

Now 22/1 to win Super Bowl, Eagles also the NFC East favorite

The Eagles crushed a Super Bowl contender on Sunday at the Linc. And Vegas took notice.

According to Bovada, the Eagles' odds to win the Super Bowl went from 33/1 to 22/1. Just nine teams have shorter odds to win the Super Bowl. The Patriots are tops at 15/4, followed by the Packers (8/1) and the team the Eagles beat, the Steelers (9/1).

With the win, the Eagles also became the favorite to win the NFC East, going from 11/4 to 2/1. They're followed by the Cowboys and Giants (both at 11/5) and last year's division champs, Washington, is at 6/1.

The Eagles are also 12/1 to win the NFC.

Of course, the biggest story for the Eagles this season has been the emergence of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. He had his first 300-yard passing game Sunday and was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. His odds to win MVP went from 50/1 to 33/1. Those are the same odds as Drew Brees and Eli Manning.

Meanwhile, former Eagles quarterback and current Minnesota Viking Sam Bradford went from 50/1 to 25/1 to win MVP.

While Wentz's MVP odds shortened, his odds to win Rookie of the Year actually got longer, going from 8/5 to 7/4. That could have something to do with the odds of Ezekiel Elliot (7/4), Dak Prescott (5/1) and Sterling Shepard (7/1) all improving.