With Dawkins Gone, Quintin Mikell Believes Others Will Lead

With Dawkins Gone, Quintin Mikell Believes Others Will Lead

Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb have very different styles. Dawkins epitomizes the term "wearing emotions on your sleeve" while McNabb is a master in the art of passive-aggressiveness. But in their own ways, they are both leaders. With Dawkins now house hunting in Denver -- I'm sure Iverson's old digs are still available -- the Eagles defense will need someone to step up and take the reins. Quintin Mikell believes that he and his teammates will be able to meet the challenge.

Chris McPherson, he of Spadaro ilk, caught up with Q on Monday and got his thoughts on the seemingly gaping void in terms of leadership left behind by BDawk. Mikell notes that it will obviously be tough to fill number 20's shoes but he believes guys will step up.

"I feel like I've learned so much from him, but I feel like no one
is ever done learning," Mikell said by telephone on Monday. "When you
are done learning, you're dead."

A wise young man, Quintin is. Socrates would be proud.

Mikell talked to Dawkins on Sunday and admitted that he's "grieving
over the shock of losing someone important." But Mikell realizes that
it's now time to take everything he learned from Dawkins and teach and
share those experiences with his teammates.

And Spiderman would be proud.

"I feel like I'm ready to take on a bigger role as a leader. I have
to be," Mikell said. "You will never be able to replace what he did. I
feel like with us having a committee of people who can set examples,
who can put people in the right place that we can get the job done."

You can only mourn for so long. It looks like Dawk left some great impressoins on the guys helped groom. Now it's time for them to try to reach similar levels of greatness.

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Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."