Usually pertaining to athletes looking to make some sort of comeback, it’s always funny to hear them talk about the weight that they’ve lost, as if their stomachs and thick thighs were the only thing holding them back from a miraculous return to the pros.
Such seems to be the case with quarterback Donovan McNabb. After being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles after more than a decade, McNabb had brief and unsuccessful stops in both Washington and Minnesota before being released last December. Since then, no teams have cared to inquire and McNabb discovered how bad he was at sportscasting.
However, I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite. Back in 2010 when Mike Shanahan and the Redskins traded for McNabb, I ignored all the obvious red flags and embraced Donovan like he was a childhood friend. And even through his crummy play in Washington, I continued to support him and even made excuses for his crappiness.
In addition to practicing with famed quarterback coach George Whitfield, McNabb expressed to ESPN his intentions of returning to the game of football at the ripe age of 35.
I’m in great shape, dropped 15-20 pounds. But again, it’s not really about that. Because for me, people may have seen how strong I looked, and they kind of [figured] maybe [I] out of shape or whatever. But now that I’m lighter, people all of a sudden [are saying], ‘Well, he’s in shape.’ I’ve been in shape.
Whether people think McNabb passes the ‘smell test’ or not based on his weight or how light he is on his feet, he still has to prove that he can throw a pass above the receiver’s waist. He still has to try and retain his coveted ‘leadership’ attribute after blasting Redskins coaches when he was already in Minnesota. And he also has to prove some sort of endurance, as he was benched with two minutes to go in a crucial game against the Lions in 2010 in favor of Rex Grossman.
My guess? Donovan McNabb remains out of football. And broadcasting.
Injuries in sports are never a laughing matter. But when guys hurt themselves away from the game, the rule book indicates that laughing is allowed, depending solely on the situation. In the case of Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters, this is a laughing matter. Unless of course you’re an Eagles fan.
According to Comcast SportsNet, Peters, who had already lost this season to a ruptured Achilles tendon, was using a Roll-A-Bout device to manuever around his home. While in the kitchen, likely doing what 340-pound lineman do, the handicap device “malfunctioned” and Peters “fell on his face and reinjured his Achilles.”
Peters will require a second surgery now that will delay his recovery another three weeks. And considering the fact that the five-time Pro Bowler plans on suing the Roll-A-Bout manufacturer, Peters doesn’t appear to be one of those guys that can laugh at himself when he busts his ass.
The question now is whether or not Peters has a case. According to the Roll-A-Bout website, a majority of their models support up to 500 pounds. But is it possible that Peters is penny-pinching his new contract and decided to go with the RA-250 Standard Model instead?
With Dale Hunter’s recent resignation as coach of the Washington Capitals, fans are left in limbo as to what comes next for the team.
After firing the talkative and offense-oriented Bruce Boudreau, the Caps hired the tight-lipped former defenseman Hunter, dishing out a drastic change for a team that bolstered league big-shots like Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom. Although the regular season wasn’t necessarily as flashy on paper with Hunter leading the way, the Capitals did show a newfound resilience and toughness come playoff time.
Despite that feel good story, the Capitals were bounced in the seventh game of the second round and are now without a coach, as Hunter thought more of his time in London, Ontario coaching his minor league team and running a family business.
And that’s no cut on Hunter. He came to Washington as a favor to the team that employed him for the majority of his professional career. He performed well and seemingly helped changed the culture and attitude of the team for the better. But what will general manager George McPhee do moving forward?
The consensus amongst fans seems to be retaining a Hunter-like style of Capitals hockey, displaying teamwork and a willingness on defense. What the front office believes is best for the business (aka ticket sales) could be something completely different. No one will know the true direction of the Capitals until the next coach is hired.
Perhaps I’m still a little bitter that the Caps were bounced from the playoffs by none other than the New York Rangers, but I don’t even think Rangers fans would argue that their head coach John Tortorella is a huge asshole.
Not to be misinterpreted, Tortorella appears to be a good hockey coach. But, man, what a jerk. Here’s a clip of his postgame press conference following his team’s Game 2 loss in the Eastern Conference finals. Mind you, these are normal for Torty.