Today in Philly Sports History: TO Wears Irvin Jersey After Loss to Cowboys, 2005

Today in Philly Sports History: TO Wears Irvin Jersey After Loss to Cowboys, 2005

The Eagles were 3-1 for the season going into a game against the Cowboys on October 9th, 2005, but the offense wasn't quite clicking the way it had been in the Super Bowl run of 2004. This became abundantly clear in Texas Stadium, where QB Donovan McNabb went only 13 for 26 for a measley 131 yards, only 50 of which went to star receiver Terrell Owens. The Eagles were shredded by the Cowboys hookup of Drew Bledsoe to Terry Glenn, and lost the game 33-10 while failing to score a single offensive touchdown. But the real story might have been what hapened after the game, as Owens donned a throwback Michael Irvin jersey--he of the much-hated 90s Cowboys dynasty--on the way out of the city.

"On the way home, I give these guys an opportunity to wear comfortable
clothes," said coach Andy Reid. "I have done that since I have been here, and he's very close
with Michael. I don't think it's that big of a deal." Naturally, Eagles fans were somewhat less forgiving at the sight of the betrayal, and the backlash was heavy for a former fan-favorite that was increasingly becoming more and more of a malcontent, falling out with teammates and organization.

Naturally, Owens's donning of the Silver and Blue turned out to be prophetic, as by the next season he was Jerry Jones's new golden boy, lighting it up with Tony Romo on America's Team. Eagles fans can no doubt take great solace, however, in the fact that TO's days in the Lone Star state ended just as acrimoniously as his time in Philly, and he seems mere seconds away at all times from self-immolation now up in Buffalo. Some receivers, you just can't reach.

Andres Blanco fractures left index finger, likely heading to 15-day DL

Andres Blanco fractures left index finger, likely heading to 15-day DL

PITTSBURGH --- Utility infielder Andres Blanco suffered a fractured left index finger in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

Blanco was injured when Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco slid into his hand during a play at third base. Blanco was making his second straight start at third in place of Maikel Franco, who was out with a sore left wrist after being hit by a pitch Friday from Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.

Franco took over at third for Blanco, who hit a solo home run off Pirates rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon in the first inning. Blanco is hitting .271 with four homers in 75 games this season.

Meanwhile, catcher Cameron Rupp was not in the lineup after being hit in the left ear flap of his batting helmet on Saturday by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Carlos Ruiz started behind the plate.

Rupp passed Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol both Saturday and Sunday.

"If you get hit in the head, you probably want to take a little bit more precaution than if it was another part of your body,” Rupp said.

Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Mike Piazza has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Selected by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft with the 1,390th pick, ahead of only five other players, Piazza is the lowest-drafted player to reach the Hall of Fame. He made it in on his fourth try.

Piazza played 16 years with five teams and hit 427 home runs, including a major-league record 396 as a catcher. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.

Perhaps even more impressive, Piazza had six seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .300 batting average. All other catchers in baseball history combined have posted nine such seasons.

Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.

A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.

Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.

In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.