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Some poor SKC soul grabs Gooch by the neck, lives to tell about it

Some poor SKC soul grabs Gooch by the neck, lives to tell about it

If you’re coming up with a list of which Union player you definitely shouldn’t grab by the neck under any circumstance, you’d start with Oguchi Onyewu, take a coffee break, come back to the list, write down Gooch’s name again, and then figure out the rest.

The 35-year-old center back is massive, once got into a fight with one of the world’s best players, had an iconic staredown vs. Mexico, and is currently sporting a fairly large chip on his shoulder.

And yet …


The moment in question happened after Benny Feilhaber blew up at a seemingly good penalty call that allowed the Union to bury a penalty kick and escape Kansas City with a 1-1 draw in a game in which they were outplayed last night.

Why Sporting Kansas City’s Elie Sanchez got mad enough to then grab Onyewu by the neck in the ensuing scrum is unclear. What’s even more unclear is how Gooch managed not to erupt, other than the simple explanation that the Union’s 6-foot-4 ripped behemoth barely felt it.


Either way, Sanchez may be looking at a suspension. And the Union are leaving Kansas City feeling really good about clawing out a tough road point against one of the best teams in the West leading up to the Gold Cup break.

And while the Union can mostly thank goalkeeper John McCarthy — who really is the perfect backup goalkeeper for Philly — for coming through with some big saves while filling in Andre Blake (who’s currently with Jamaica at the Gold Cup), Onyewu’s leadership and poise was another big reason for the result.

The two-time World Cup veteran has already swatted away plenty of critics who figured he was washed up. Now, he may just be one of the Union’s top players — so best not get him too mad.

Mike Francesa admits to not really knowing what he was talking about with Kelce's speech

Mike Francesa admits to not really knowing what he was talking about with Kelce's speech

Mike Francesa probably wears flip flops in the city in the middle of winter.

The former radio host absolutely tore into Jason Kelce last week for his legendary speech on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Francesa even went so far as to say Jeff Lurie should cut Kelce for it.

Now, Francesa did a total 180 on it. 

Just to refresh, here's what he said last week:

“Should have stayed home, the jerk," Francesa begins on Kelce. "Why is that I have to be in my car when these guys win championships, and they decide that they are going to grace the audience with this profanity-laced stupidity. You gotta turn it off, your kids can’t even listen it. He sounded like a total moron. How about going up there and acting like a champion and not acting like a total moron? I turn that stuff off. I’ve seen LeBron James do that, now I’ve seen him do that. You know what? It’s not the time or place. You ever heard of winning like a champion? Somebody should have taken a hook and pulled him off.”

And here's what he had to say today as a guest on Angelo Cataldi's morning show on 94 WIP:

Bottom line is, I went back last night and watched the thing in its entirety, and I have to say, it was not as bad as I thought it was when I watched it and got to see it. I wish he hadn’t used any profanity because it would have been a classic, it was really well done, he did a great job. I thought it was one that would last and could be used a long time. I know it’s popular in Philly even with the profanity but to me those are such special moments that I wish they would raise their level. I’d like to see them do it so they can be used time and time again. Take the profanity out of it.

No. 1, I overreacted. I wouldn’t cut him. I take that back, I apologize to Kelce for that. No. 2, it was not as bad as I thought. I just wish he had raised his vocabulary a little. That was a great speech. He did a great job. 

"Should have stayed home, the jerk!" to "That was a great speech. He did a great job." Okay.

I guess the first step is admitting you have a problem.

You can listen to the full interview here.

Lane Johnson mocks newspaper cover painting Yankees as underdogs

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Lane Johnson mocks newspaper cover painting Yankees as underdogs

Lane Johnson went from underdog to Super Bowl champion this season and he sold a whole lot of dog masks along the way.

Johnon embraced the underdog role more literally than many of his teammates and wore a dog mask after the Eagles playoff victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The rest, as they say, is history.

Jason Kelce helped elevate the underdog narrative to legendary status with his parade day speech about hungry dogs running faster.

The Eagles status as one of the greatest underdog champions of all time has been cemented.

You know who is not an underdog... ever? The New York Yankees. So when Lane saw the cover of today's New York Daily News with the Yankees in a dog masks, he was not having it.

In the Daily News' defense, the cover is playing up an article by Mike Mazzeo that says the Yankees can't really embrace an underdog card because they have a $200 million payroll. It's not #FakeNews, Lane, as much as it's poking fun at Yankees GM Brian Cashman attempting to paint the Bronx Bombers as the underdogs relative to the AL East division champs up in Boston. “We’re ‘The Little Engine That Could,’” Cashman told a New York radio station.

Yeah, the Little Engine on the Death Star maybe.

The Yankees were World Series favorite at 5/1, per Westgate, ahead of even the Astros last time we checked. So let the NYDN have their fun, just know that they're laughing along the way.