Eagles rookie Jake Elliott may have kicked a 61-yard field goal -- the longest in franchise history -- to defeat the NFC East rival Giants in Week 3. Whatever. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis still wasn't impressed.
Elliott, of course, was a fifth-round draft pick in Cincinnati, but ultimately failed to win the job in training camp, losing to veteran Randy Bullock. As it turns out, that's not working out so hot for the Bengals, as Bullock missed a 48-yard field goal during the third quarter of an eventual overtime loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Yet when Elliott's heroics were brought to Lewis' attention, the head coach didn't seem to care or think it was a big deal. Instead, he chose to throw shade Elliott's way.
Lewis actually does have a point. Elliott actually missed a 52-yard field goal earlier against the Giants, as well as a 30-yard try in Kansas City the week before. Those were some pretty important kicks, too. Bullock, meanwhile is 4 for 5.
Still, Lewis is sort of missing the point. The Bengals essentially wasted a mid-round draft pick on a perfectly capable kicker who is winning games for another team, when his own kicker who's playing for his fifth NFL team can't be trusted to do the same.
Elliott may be 3 for 5, but Cincinnati's record is 0-3, thanks in part to a missed field goal. In other words, Lewis has no room to talk.
While the Phillies put up seven early runs Friday in an attempt to overcome a shaky start by Jake Arrieta out of the All-Star break, there was some drama in D.C.
Stephen Strasburg, in his return from the DL, was pulled after allowing six runs in 4⅔ innings to the Braves. As he jogged off the field and down the dugout steps, he was greeted by Nats ace Max Scherzer, who gave him a supportive pat on the back.
Seconds later, Strasburg barked at Scherzer, who snapped his head back and shrugged in exasperation.
Scherzer was clearly ticked off and shouted back at Strasburg with some emphatic gestures. Strasburg jumped up and began to walk down the steps back to the clubhouse with Scherzer following him. It appeared they wanted to finish their heated conversation in private.
It's been a frustrating season for the Nats. They're 48-49 and six games behind both the Braves and Phillies. This was Strasburg's 14th start of the season and it hasn't been Strasburg-like at all. He has a 3.90 ERA and has allowed 12 home runs in 85⅓ innings.
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Joel Embiid's new backup wasn't very fond of the Sixers' star center when he wasn't his teammate.
The Sixers will eventually acquire Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony (see story). The trade is not official yet.
As is the case these days with social media, players' old takes resurface and Muscala is no different — except this time, it's not old tweets from a teenaged Muscala.
Appearing on the Road Trippin' podcast (h/t Jeff McMenamin and Pro Basketball Talk) on Feb. 13, 2018, Muscala, then with the Hawks, said the following:
I don’t like the Sixers.
I just don’t like them. I just feel like they talk a lot of s—, especially Embiid.
I understand there’s going to be some trash-talking. But I just feel like — I don’t know. Sometimes, I just — I respect players that just let their play do the talking. And I think sometimes, it just gets excessive, especially with Embiid.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the league. I think it’s entertaining, and I think people can feed off of that. In a weird way, I respect him for being to do that, because it takes a lot of guts and confidence, at the same time.
One important thing to note here. Muscala and Embiid were not teammates at the time and anyone who has watched Embiid play basketball knows he's a trash-talker. Of course, his opponents are not going to like it.
Embiid played just one game against the Hawks in 2017-18. He scored 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes on Nov. 1, 2017. Muscala? Just two points in 22 minutes.
Yeah, it's pretty clear who had the better stat line. And you can bet Embiid was chirping the entire game. Who could blame him?
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