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Insensitive radio host apologizes, says mocking Halladay's death was 'low-class'

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Insensitive radio host apologizes, says mocking Halladay's death was 'low-class'

Boston sports talk radio host Michael Felger found himself in the news for being incredibly insensitive to the death of former Phillies ace Roy Halladay in an airplane crash on Tuesday.

Felger said insensitive thing after insensitive thing on 98.5 The Sports Hub yesterday and even included sound effects for some odd attempt at ... I really have no idea what.

It's hard to listen to.

Both Deadspin and Awful Announcing transcribed much of his ramblings, which included Felger calling Halladay a "moron" as well as adding he had "no sympathy" for the deceased baseball star.

"He got what he deserved," Felger said at one point.

His comments received incredible backlash from all humans with a sense of decency.

I'm not against people having legitimate, thoughtful debate about the safety of flying personal aircrafts or even asking if it's a responsible thing for a parent to do, but mocking a man who died within the last few hours and calling him names — let alone saying he "got what he deserved" — is pure evil.

The cause of Halladay's crash isn't even known yet. The NTSB announced on Wednesday that a full investigation of the incident is underway. 

Felger opened his 2 p.m. show today by commenting on his behavior from yesterday.

"In a nutshell, I would say I feel bad about what happened on a lot of levels. I feel bad about what I said and how I conducted myself," Felger said. "To say it was insensitive or over the top is stating the obvious."

"I could come in and say, 'I apologize if I offended anyone,' but that's fake and hollow everyone hates that. The only folks I really want to extend that to are the loved ones of Halladay. They're the ones who are dealing with enough right now not to have me come over the top and do what I did yesterday. Sorry doesn't do it justice as it relates to them. That's going to stick with me a while as it relates to them.

"I meant part of what I said yesterday and a lot of what I said was just dumb hyperbole. There was stuff I did mean, but the presentation, the tone, and the hyperbole was just low-class, bad, not good. I don't feel good about it. I regret my conduct yesterday."

"The tone and the hysterics were really uncalled for."

Felger also attempted to clarify that the "he got what he deserved" line that drew such outrage was not actually in reference to Halladay, but instead to a hypothetical about if Felger himself were to die in a helicopter accident. You can take him at his word or listen to the audio and judge for yourself.

Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

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Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

It's not everyday you see an Eagles player take the ball and run for 71 yards. So Philadelphia fans understandably went bonkers when Jay Ajayi did just that in the Birds' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

It's also not that frequent that you see a dude get chased down from behind on such a play.

Sadly, the latter happened to Ajayi and his teammates let him hear it on the sidelines after. The fantastic Inside the NFL gave us an up-close look at the roasting.

You almost feel bad for Ajayi, like Kenjon Barner is laying it on a little too thick.

"You slow as $#@!," one player tells him.

"They're gonna lower my speed on Madden," Ajayi says.

Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

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Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

After spending the year out of football, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly is returning to the sideline — and might be aligning with ex-Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in the process.

According to reports, Kelly is expected to accept a head coaching job at one of two college football programs. The decision is down to Florida and UCLA, and he is rumored to have already turned away other high-profile programs such as Nebraska and Tennessee.

UCLA may be Kelly's most likely landing spot at this point, with alumnus Aikman putting on a "full-court press," says ESPN's Mark Schlabach, and Florida supposedly wanting an answer ASAP.

Wherever Kelly winds up going, that should end his unsuccessful foray into the NFL once and for all. Consider this an obituary of sorts.

The move will cement Kelly as a "college coach," if his pro tenure hadn't accomplished that already. After guiding the Eagles to the playoffs and being named Coach of the Year in his first season, he missed the postseason the next two years and was fired. Kelly got the hook again after one miserable season with the 49ers, bottoming out with a 2-14 record.

There are no shortage of excuses for why Kelly flamed out in the NFL. Lack of talent — specifically under center — was certainly a factor, though his failed stint as the chief talent evaluator in his final season with the Eagles certainly contributed to that.

The simple truth is not everything that works in college translates at the next level, and Kelly never adjusted.

Kelly only turns 54 this week, so a return to the professional ranks years down the road isn't completely out of the question. After his last two trainwreck seasons in the league, it's difficult to imagine what an organization would still see.

Employing schemes that aren't suited to the team's personnel, calling the same 10 to 15 plays every game, eliminating the quarterback's ability to call an audible or even something as small as never using a snap count may work at university. Those concepts are fundamentally opposed to what has been successful in the NFL.

Honestly, it's kind of too bad. The Eagles could use that easy W on the schedule periodically.

Perhaps the Eagles should just be grateful to have survived Kelly's radical changes without overhauling the entire roster again, and somehow coming out better off for everything. After releasing DeSean Jackson, trading away LeSean McCoy, trading for Sam Bradford, and spending huge sums of money on the likes of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell -- to name a few, and all in the span of a year -- the franchise easily could've wound up in the tank.

There's no denying Kelly looked like a genius while at Oregon, racking up 46-7 record and three top-five finishes in four seasons as head coach. Yet like so many college coaches before him, and many bound to come after, he was never destined for sustained success in the NFL.