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No, trading Jordan Matthews does not make sense

No, trading Jordan Matthews does not make sense

Eagles management would be better off individually eating live bees than they would be trading Jordan Matthews.

That is not an exaggeration; it is a literal blanket statement. Howie Roseman, if you're reading this, please, I beg of you, if you're even thinking of offering up JMatt in a trade, quickly remove yourself from your office, go to the nearest bee hive, and proceed to eat the bees one by one. That way, when you feel the bees stinging you both on the inside and out, you can feel comfort in knowing you didn't trade away the Eagles only competent wide receiver.

The case has been made this week, inexplicably, that the Eagles should consider trading Jordan Matthews, the former second round pick and only offensive weapon not named Zach Ertz that Carson Wentz currently has at his disposal. The argument goes like this: Matthews isn't a jaw-dropping star, he's an upcoming free agent, he wasn't taken by this current regime, and  they're likely to add wide receivers this offseason, therefore the Iggles would be smart to move him.

I honestly can't think of a more ridiculous line of thinking, and I grew up at a time when people were spray-painting hair onto their domes.

First, what would be the point? Like, best case scenario, how do the Eagles win this trade? Well, for starters, they'd have to get fair compensation, and considering JMatt was a second round pick, it seems unlikely you'd get anything higher than a third. Then, you need to count on Howie Roseman (he of Marcus Smith fame) to get that third round pick right. Then, on top of all that, you'll need to replace Matthews production, presumably with a free agent wide receiver you’d need to pay MORE than you're currently paying JMatt.

Don't you see?? THERE IS NO CONCEIVABLE WAY FOR THE EAGLES TO WIN A TRADE WHERE JORDAN MATTHEWS IS SENT PACKING. Maybe if the day after the trade, Matthews opts to retire and pursue a career as a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, THEN someone could argue Howie pulled a fast one. Otherwise, the odds of the Iggles winning a JMatt trade are about as likely as Joel Embiid playing an 82-game-season.

Yeah, okay, that last one was uncalled for. Apologies. 

But for anyone out there arguing that Matthews doesn’t make enough "big plays," please realize that not every player on the team needs to be DeSean Jackson. If you're arguing the Birds should trade Matthews because he's not a NUMBER ONE WIDE RECEIVER, I'd like to gently remind you that teams use two, sometimes three, and even (gasp!) four wide receivers on the field at once. This isn't a back-up quarterback we're talking about here; it's a guy who’s gonna play a lot of football.

And play a lot of GOOD football. With a full offseason training with Carson Wentz, and presumably a better wide receiver than Nelson "OH GAWD I DROPPED ANOTHER ONE!!" Agholor to partner with, Matthews is likely in for his best statistical season ever. 

"Well if he's really good this season, he'll leave in free agency next year." SO WHAT!? That be GREAT!! You're telling me that a year from now, the Birds could have a wideout other franchises actually covet?!? How is that not a good thing?

Well, Matthews was a Chip Kelly guy. THAT IS NOT AN ARGUMENT FOR TRADING SOMEONE AWAY. If JMatt was struggling to make the roster and was hanging at the bottom of the depth chart, then sure, being a pick of the Chippah might be a strike against him. But this is the Birds best wide receiver for the past three seasons, and it’s not even close. Ditching him would create a hole that would not be easy (or cheap) to fix.

Listen, I don't need 538 to tell me the Eagles aren't likely to win the Super Bowl this season. But to suggest they're somehow better off by trading a homegrown stud wide receiver who works hard and loves football is an argument not based in logic. Quite bluntly, trading JMatt will make this team worse. 

The whole hypothetical reminds me, oddly enough, of when the Iggles signed Nnamdi Asomugha. Try to follow me here, as I’ve inhaled a lot of Windex since then for the sole purpose of wiping Vince Young's Dream Team out of my memory. But the Birds traded for cornerback Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie AND signed Asomugha that lockout-shortened offseason, despite having stud cornerback Asante Samuel on the squad (who they planned on trading, which they eventually did). 

Meanwhile, the roster had an embarrassing number of weak-links, from the O-line (rookie Danny Watkins started) to safety (rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett started) to middle linebacker (rookies Casey Matthews and Brian Rolle both started) to kicker (Alex Henery, who I still hate).

Why is this all familiar? Because instead of focusing on the holes in the roster, the Birds putzed around and tried to upgrade in places they were already set. Just like they’d be putzing around now by trading their best wide receiver and then having to waste time and resources trying to replace him.

Oh, and who was the GM of the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles? 

Howie "I should know better" Roseman.

Building a football team is about filling holes. The Eagles are a bad team in need of building. Trading away Jordan Matthews, a proven high-quality football player, does not help this team build upward.

If Howie and the Birds brain trust thinks otherwise, they'd be better off dining at a beehive.

Jimmy Rollins has the house to beat in the East … and it can be yours

Jimmy Rollins has the house to beat in the East … and it can be yours

I guess if you were a member of the 2008 Phillies, it’s the summer to sell your house. Yesterday, we featured Cole Hamels' absolutely insane 10-bedroom Missouri mega-mansion, and today, it’s longtime Phillie and 2007 MLB MVP Jimmy Rollins, who recently put his Swedesboro, New Jersey, estate up for sale.

Rollins, who saw his 17-year career likely come to a close after a failed stint in Spring Training with the San Francisco Giants earlier this season, listed his five-bedroom, 3.5 bath house less than a month ago for $799,000, the same exact price he bought it for.

According to Realtor.com, Rollins moved into the home in 2005, well before he earned the vast majority of the near $100 million he would pull in during his career.

Especially for the price, roughly $9 million less than Hamels’ crib, this house is pretty sweet. It sits on 2.58 acres of land and is a total of 5,292 square feet. In addition to the eat-in kitchen and massive walk-in closets, the best part of this house has to be the backyard, which includes a pool with hot tub and a waterfall.

Other features of Rollins’ house include a detached three-car garage, a full finished basement, poker room and gym.

Here’s the entire listing, complete with photos and information.

Union top fan experience in Philly while Eagles come in last, study says

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Union top fan experience in Philly while Eagles come in last, study says

Every Philly team has something unique and special about attending one of their games. And all fans have their own opinions so ranking them objectively is sure to prove challenging with results that will be disagreed with by many.

But J.D. Power attempted to rank the "fan experience" of Philadelphia's major sports teams using a set of objective criteria (see full study here).

Here's how they described the process:

Fan satisfaction is evaluated across seven factors (in order of importance): seating area and game experience; security and ushers; leaving the game; arriving at the game; food and beverage; ticket purchase; and souvenirs and merchandise. Satisfaction is measured on a 1,000-point scale. Additional factors that are measured but not included in the official ranking are loyalty and future intentions; team performance (on-field); and team image.

The Union scored highest of all the Philly teams while the Eagles came in last in our town.

If you ask me where the best time is had at a sporting event in Philly, I'm going with an Eagles game. But that's not really considering bang for your buck.

"This study is about finding out which teams are giving their fans the best experience for their dollar,” said Greg Truex, Senior Director, Sports Research at J.D. Power. 

And while the Sixers have been the worst team in the NBA for seasons now, they still make extra strides to provide a solid fan experience on the periphery. 

The Phillies came in second to the Union, followed by the Sixers with the Flyers and Birds rounding out the bottom.

Here are the key takeaways J.D. Power took for Philadelphia:

•  The Union rings the bell: The Union takes the top-scoring spot in the Philly market, aided by top performances in stadium arrival at the game, and seating area and game experience.

•  Another reason to boo: There was no road to victory for the E-A-G-L-E-S in this year’s study, whose score of 701 puts them in fifth. The next closest team in the Philadelphia market is the Flyers, which scores 51 points higher (752).

•  Trust the process: Despite years of tanking, the Sixers still score a respectable 759 points, proving it’s possible to provide fans with a good experience even in the face of on-court failures.