This photo is causing quite the stir in Philadelphia. Plaxico Burress was released from prison today and donned a throwback Phils hat for his first interviews. Paired with speculation from Bradon Jacobs that Plaxico was done with the Giants and would like to stay in the NFC East, the natural response has been to debate the merit of Burress joining the Eagles despite the fact the players are locked out and it’s all weakly founded speculation. I don’t have a real strong feeling about this either way. Yes, he was in prison, but this isn’t a Michael Vick situation. He shot himself in the leg. He’s a moron who made a terrible decision. I think we can get past that on a moral level.
My question would be, does Plaxico play defense? Does he play the offensive line? Because, that is where the Eagles could really use some help. At one time Burress was a big-time threat and the Giants certainly felt his departure initially, but I don’t know if he’s a real game-changer at 34 years old after being away from the game for 2 years. I could certainly see the Eagles signing him, though. Main reason? To mess with DeSean Jackson, chip away at his numbers some more, continue to devalue him for his eventual free agency. Now that, would be a classic Eagles move. I wouldn’t read too much into this hat, though. The Phillies, seemingly out of nowhere, have some street cred.
Baseball draft today. The least exciting of all drafts, especially when there isn’t a Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg available. The Nationals unfortunately don’t have the first pick this year, so they have to hope that Scott Boras’s latest project falls to number six. That would be Kansas schoolboy phenom Bubba Starling who has to decide whether to play minor league baseball or go play quarterback for Nebraska. Decisions, decisions. Boras, who is acting solely as an “advisor,” would probably like to wring out the Nationals for another four or five million. How you turn that down to play football, I have no idea. Starling will have to slip by the Royals at five, but if the Nats landed him that would be an unprecedented 3-year haul in terms of hype. Pirates (Number one pick) seem to be deciding between UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole and Rice 3B, Anthony Rendon. The Phillies don’t pick until #39, and most mock drafts have them attempting to add depth at catcher or middle infield.
Random Question for you. I’m watching the NBA Finals last night, and I see a commercial for a remake of Charlie’s Angels. They already remade it into a movie, but now they are bringing it back as a television show on ABC. The originality is staggering. My question is, how do these shows get pitched? Does someone go into a meeting and just say, Let’s do Charlie’s Angels again? Wouldn’t it be more entertaining if the person went through this big pitch: “Ok, there’s these 3 chicks. They are private investigators. Hotties. They work for a mysterious man who is never seen on screen. We only hear his voice. And, every week they just solve mysteries and what have you.” Then the person in charge says, “You mean Charlie’s Angels?” And, they agree to remake it one more time. The second way seems more fun to me. I don’t know. I guess the first way could be fun too, then you go in and be like, “Let’s remake Family Ties, but have the parents be conservatives and Alex P. Keaton be a liberal.”
Quiz of the Day: Speed Geography. Category: Typing the Globe. My Score: 44.