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Colin Cowherd: Philadelphia is 'The dumbest sports city in America'

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Colin Cowherd: Philadelphia is 'The dumbest sports city in America'

Whatever you do today, I would advise you don't watch video of Colin Cowherd bashing the good people of Philadelphia. Don't give him the satisfaction. The entire unhinged rant is already transcribed for you, and once you've read it, you'll never have any need or desire to watch or listen to Colin Cowherd ever again.

Cowherd says Philadelphia "has to be the dumbest sports city in America" because we ran former Eagles coach Andy Reid out of town. Not just Reid, but former Phillies manager Terry Francona, too. And Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright -- well, he's still around, but no thanks to you!

Oh, it gets worse. Much worse.

I want to talk about the city of Philadelphia for three minutes, which has to be the dumbest sports city in America because they ran Andy Reid out of town. This is amazing.

Andy Reid's won 60 percent of his NFL games with average-to-below-average quarterbacks. Nobody's done that in 20 years. He got to five NFC Championships and a Super Bowl with a quarterback with an 85.0 passer rating in his career and a 59 percent completion ratio, Donovan McNabb. Nobody does that. Andy Reid has won 61 percent of his games -- that's better than Mike Holmgren, who had a Hall of Fame quarterback or two; Bill Parcells; Tom Coughlin; it's even with a legend, Tom Landry. But Andy Reid got run out of Philadelphia. Now think about that. He won four straight NFC Championships. Aaron Rodgers, with a great coach, with a good GM, in a weaker division, Aaron Rodgers -- eight years, three NFC Championships. Andy Reid went to five. Andy Reid was bum-rushed out of Philadelphia. (Laughter.) By the way, 19 years coaching, 16 non-losing seasons with average quarterbacks. He single-handedly resurrected Michael Vick's career. He single-handedly resurrected Alex Smith's career -- San Francisco kicked Alex Smith out of town. Who does that? Winning with average quarterbacks. Joe Gibbs? About the only one I can think of, and he's called a legend.

But this is what Philadelphia does. The Phillies had Terry Francona -- they ran him out of town. He's the best manager in baseball. He wins everywhere. Since leaving Philadelphia, Terry Francona's been managing 14 years. He's never had a losing record. Do you get how hard that is? They did it with Jay Wright at Villanova. Rollie Massimino won a National Championship, they gave the job to Jay Wright. He's won 71 percent of his games. In the last three years, he's the winningest program in college basketball. It's got tough academics. It's not big and large and profound like North Carolina. It's a small private school in Philadelphia, which has a number of good basketball programs in the region, and they've been on Jay Wright before he won that title for years.

Are you people crazy? You ran Andy Reid out of town. You ran Terry Francona out of town. Jay Wright's one of the top five coaches in college basketball, you're on him constantly. By the way, Philly was originally the nation's capital, and you blew that, too, late 1700s. You probably ran George Washington out of town. I'm sorry. Andy Reid's been in the sport 20 years. He's winning more than Holmgren, Parcells and Coughlin. Run out of town. Resurrecting careers.

Maybe Philly fans are so dopey, they just don't like the word "read." They don't like to read. I don't know what it is. But you cheered Michael Irvin's career-ending injury. I can't trust a fan base that has a courtroom and a jail under their stadium. But do you get and appreciate how good Francona, Jay Wright and Andy Reid are? He's going what nobody can do in football - win with quarterbacks people don't want. It's incredible, and they're the best team in the NFL.

I think most Eagles fans appreciated Reid's tenure with the club, or at least gained some perspective after he left. But it was 14 years, the last four of which the Eagles did not win a playoff game, or so much as reach the postseason the last two. Also, suggesting McNabb was only an average quarterback, or acting like Vick or Smith aren't tremendously talented is absurd -- never mind the myriad of other half-truths and flat-out inaccuracies Cowherd's rant contains. All of these situations are far more nuanced than he could ever comprehend.

But hey, this is Philadelphia, and we're used to unknowledgeable blowhards stereotyping the city and its fans. The Eagles summed up Cowherd's little outburst perfectly.

If you want to watch Cowherd -- and I strongly suggest you don't -- here it is. But do yourself a favor, and tell Cowherd and his employers how you really feel by skipping his show. With takes such these, clearly you're not missing anything.

Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

The new big man in town, Bryce Harper, went to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night to take in the Sixers game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He rubbed shoulders with some of the previous biggest (little) men in town.

Harper was in attendance and rang the bell prior to tip-off — something he'll surely do many times during Phillies games across the street this summer.

When Harper made his way to his seat in a suite, he was seated alongside Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Rhys Hoskins was also in the suite as were all of the aforementioned players' significant others. Talk about some serious Philly sports firepower right there.

And then later in the game, the Sixers shared an image of a couple of legendary No. 3s meeting in the bowels of the Center. I'd love to hear the conversation between Allen Iverson and Harper.

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was also in the building, sitting a bit closer to the court. Rapper Meek Mill was also in the building and took a photo with A.I. Which got me wondering: What's the perfect storm of Philly sports stardom in a Rat Pack sort of way? Obviously you had Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the court last night. In terms of the Flyers, aside from Gritty, you'd have to go Claude Giroux or maybe a fun-loving guy like Scott Hartnell from years past? Recently retired players that could fit the bill from other teams would have to include Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and maybe Pat Burrell just for fun. Is anyone in recent Eagles memory a bigger name than Brian Dawkins? He'd fill the fedora quotient. Nick Foles could be fun in a clean and wholesome sort of way.

My Philly sports Rat Pack would consist of A.I., Simmons, Embiid, Kendall Jenner, Wentz, Jason Kelce and Gritty. We got a good portion of that in the building last night.

Who is in your Philly sports Rat Pack?

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Nationals fans don’t get to be mad at Bryce Harper

Nationals fans don’t get to be mad at Bryce Harper

They can boo him. They can even hate him. But there’s absolutely no way Washington Nationals fans can fault Bryce Harper.

Sportswriters instructed Nats fans not to show up to the stadium unless they plan to boo Harper. Metro TV personalities smashed a pinata with the six-time All-Star’s photograph. Fans destroyed their No. 34 jerseys and showed up to the ballpark with signs that read “traitor.” The mayor of Washington D.C. took to social media to compare a baseball player to Benedict Arnold.

And yet, on Monday it was revealed in The Washington Post that the Nationals didn't just offer Harper less money and fewer years than the Phillies. The structure of the 10-year, $300 million contract proposed in September would’ve deferred payment on $100 million – 33 percent of the total value – until 2052. Then, in January, the club followed up with an even worse deal: 12 years, $250 million that wouldn’t be fully paid until the year 2072.

Harper would be 79 in 2072, assuming he lived that long.

There’s loyalty and hometown discounts. Then there’s situations that just don’t make sense.

Now seems like a good time to point out the Nationals are owned by Ted Lerner, whose own net worth is estimated to be in the multi billions. The team has done pretty well for itself at the gate, finishing 11th in Major League Baseball in average attendance in 2018 despite some of the highest ticket prices in the game. And while the TV contract is in dispute, the organization will eventually claim hundreds of millions of dollars in right fees dating back to 2012.

The money was there. Even without Harper, the Nationals have the seventh-largest payroll in baseball this season – never mind management’s inability to construct a winning team with that checkbook.

Why is this coming back on the player?

It’s one thing for fans to suggest a professional athlete should consider taking less money. It’s quite another to argue the athlete should sign a contract where a sizable portion of the cash might be paid when he’s living in a nursing home.

On some level, this is all reminiscent of when Jayson Werth pulled a reverse-Harper and left the Phillies to sign with the NL East rival Nationals in in 2011. The Phillies chose to allocate finances in such a way the club decided it would only retain Werth for below-market value, so he left. Fans weren’t happy, and he was booed every time he came to town.

But Werth wasn’t a generational talent. He was a cog, people ultimately understood he got a better deal, plus letting him go meant the Phillies could re-sign Cliff Lee, for example.

The Nationals let the face of baseball leave D.C. without a serious offer, and all they got was the money to sign Patrick Corbin.

Hey, it happens, and Nats fans should boo Harper for all 13 years in red pinstripes, the same as any Philly fan would in their shoes.

Just don’t cry Harper is a traitor. He’s in a Phils uniform because the Nationals screwed up, and the only place fingers need to be pointed is directly at the front office.

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