Chase's Four Letter Fallout

Chase's Four Letter Fallout

First off, if you haven't seen the video, catch it here. It's a must watch.


Like many of you, I watched last night's Home Run Derby in hopes of seeing Chase Utley showcase his sweet swing to a national audience. While Chase failed to really get his long ball groove going at Yankee Stadium, Josh Hamilton had the hitting spectacle on lockdown. That guy was impressive.

Upon viewing Chase being introduced live at Yankee stadium, I was rather shocked to hear my favorite baseball player get booed. You don't boo Chase Utley. It wasn't until people commenting on this site pointed it out to us that we realized Chase Utley dropped an F-bomb in reaction to the boos. "Boo? F*ck you," Chase quipped to fellow second basemen Dan Uggla as the cameras rolled and caught every syllable.

Reactions across the web, not surprisingly, were varied.

First it was over to the Mets fans who were typically outraged, writing headlines stating "Chase Utley has no class." Right, the guy just saves puppies for show.

While the jorted Mets fans took their anger out on the typically congenial Chase Utley, other's pointed to the Phillies second baseman as an "American Hero" for his response to the New York crowd, "One million bucks says that half of these rich yuppies don’t even know
who Chase Utley is, with the other half ordering yagah bombs."

Is swearing wrong? Yes, my mother taught me so. (Hi Mom!) People should not resort to foul language. It's unbecoming. But that doesn't mean even the most angelic of us don't slip from time to time. Heck, even my instant reaction to the Bronx boos last night, albeit jokingly, caused some foul language. "Did they just boo Chase Utley? Fuck New York. You don't boo Chase Utley! (Only we can boo him, which we don't.)"

Even Yahoo! Sports, a reputable news organization, called it "one of the funniest swears ever captured on TV."

Todd Zolecki, the tremendous beat writer for the Inquirer, had the unenviable job of trying to explain the situation in a manner fit for a five year old's eyes.

As Utley ran onto the field
to stand next to Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, New York
Mets fans lustily booed Utley.

To which Utley responded, "Boo? [Expletive]."

But really, shouldn't it be "[Expletive] you?"

It was a mistake on Utley's part and he knew it. But Chase is a good guy and good guys make amends. After the game, he set us straight, "I do want to apologize because it was definitely a poor choice of
words. I really didn't mean anything by it. I was kind of
just joking around with my buddy over there [Uggla], so again, I do
want to apologize."

Chase will be just fine. He's one of the best guys in baseball who let one little F-bomb slip on national television. Heck, we can all just blame it on ESPN like we do everything else anyway. We're expecting Chase to bounce back big time tonight en route to nabbing the All Star game MVP and sealing the Phils home field advantage in the World Series.

So what's the moral of all of this? Well, swearing is wrong. Not even the best second baseman to ever play in Philadelphia should swear. Using the F word is definitely wrong. But also damn funny sometimes.

And on that note, we turn to commenter TJ, who last night had this to say:

I like this side of Chase. We always see the quiet, soft spoken, don't show emotion Chase...

Plus, if I had a dollar for everytime I said fuck you to prick NY fans, I'd have $85 million.

Now all of you go clean your mouths out with a bar of soap. OR order your tee shirt here.

Whichever you prefer.

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Darren Sproles can still help Eagles as long as Doug Pederson doesn't get carried away

Darren Sproles can still help Eagles as long as Doug Pederson doesn't get carried away

You probably know the reasons why it didn’t make sense to bring Darren Sproles back like they did on Friday evening. He’s too old. The team needs to get younger. They can’t rely on him to stay healthy. 

How’s this for one reason the Eagles were right to bring him back? 

He can help. 

Yeah, I know Sproles is 36. I know he’s played just nine regular-season games in the last two years. I know he had a minor hamstring injury that turned out to be a not-so-minor hamstring injury last year. 

I also know that the Eagles are better today than they were yesterday. Because as long as Doug Pederson doesn’t get carried way, Sproles can still help the Eagles in 2019. 

That is a key point, though. During his three years as head coach, we’ve seen Pederson at times rely on Sproles a little more than he probably should. If he does that this time around, it might not help. But if the Eagles can settle Sproles into a role where he’s a punt returner and a change-of-pace guy on offense (primarily as a pass-catching threat), this can definitely work. 

Pederson loves Sproles. He hasn’t tried to hide that. At the owners meetings this offseason, when asked about Sproles and the possibility of a return for one more season, Pederson said openly, “I would love to have Darren back.” 

Now that it has happened, it’s up to Pederson to not run his favorite veteran Swiss Army knife into the ground. 

And because the Eagles will enter this season with a former Pro Bowler in Jordan Howard, a second-round pick in Miles Sanders and a Super Bowl hero in Corey Clement also on the roster, it should suppress the temptation to over-play Sproles. 

Sproles will be the Eagles’ punt returner. He can play on third downs. He can be used as a utility-type receiver hybrid on offense. 

I’m thinking somewhere in the range of 8-10 touches max per game is about right.  

Nick Foles got an overwhelming amount of credit for helping the Eagles push their way into the playoffs last season, but Sproles deserves a ton of credit, too. After many had written him off when his severe hamstring injury lingered, Sproles came back in early December and gave the Eagles a spark that helped propel them into the postseason. 

In the last five regular-season games last year, Sproles had 110 rushing yards, 138 receiving yards and three offensive touchdowns. 

The Eagles were 5-1 with him in the regular season (4-1 down the stretch) in 2018 and 6-2 overall. 

And without him, they probably don’t win that Dec. 23 game at home against the Texans. In that one, Sproles became the oldest Eagle ever to have over 100 yards from scrimmage in a game. 

Sproles comes into this season just 162 all-purpose yards behind Tim Brown for fifth in NFL history. If he can stay healthy, he should have no problem easily overtaking Brown in 2019. 

And he might just help the Eagles make another run in the process. 

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