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Mcnabb Wins Points In Tough Spot


Mcnabb Wins Points In Tough Spot
Welcome to another edition of "Odds and Ends."

Until Thursday night, I was going to write about the topic du jour among Philadelphia sports fans: Should Andy Reid really have benched quarterback Donovan McNabb at halftime of the Ravens game?

What strikes me now, though, is how McNabb responded to the demotion, which Coach Reid didn't have the guts (and that's one of the kinder words I've heard used) to tell him about in person.

I have no idea what McNabb's long-term future holds, but he handled this embarrassing situation with class, professionalism and humor.

And then, having been restored to his starting role once again, he proceeded to throw four touchdown passes against the Cardinals and play a virtually error-free game (except for two intentional grounding penalties) in front of a national TV audience.

Kevin Kolb who?

The Phillies haven't done much yet this offseason, except re-sign left-handed reliever Scott Eyre, but they did swap outfield prospects with the Rangers, sending Reading Phillies alum Greg Golson to Texas for slugger John Mayberry Jr.

This is one of those deals that appears to make sense for both teams. The Rangers want more outfield depth and the Phils are looking for some power-hitting insurance if free agent Pat Burrell walks.

The son of former Kansas City Royals first baseman John Mayberry, the younger Mayberry was drafted out of Stanford in the first round three years ago and has yet to blossom, though he did swat 20 homers and drive in 74 runs between Class AA and AAA this year.

Also a first-round pick, Golson, 23, had a good season at Reading but looked badly overmatched at the plate in his September stint with the Phillies. Plus, with Shane Victorino ensconced in center field and other Phils outfield prospects moving quickly through the system, Golson was expendable.

One Web site I checked compared the 6-foot-6-inch Mayberry, who will be 25 in December, to Philadelphia outfielder Jayson Werth, who turned out to be a late bloomer.

Earlier this month, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed two 20-year-old pitchers from India, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel.

They arrived in the U.S. six months ago after being the top finishers in an Indian reality TV show, "Million Dollar Arm." The contest, sponsored by a California sports management company, drew about 30,000 contestants. (Move over, "American Idol.")

After working extensively with Southern California pitching coach Tom House, the duo staged a tryout Nov. 6 in Arizona that was attended by 30 pro scouts.

Singh, a 6-2 left-hander, hit 84 mph on the radar gun during his tryout while Patel, a 5-11 right-hander, topped out at 90. Both, however, have reportedly thrown harder in workout sessions that weren't attended by scouts.

Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray, a longtime Eagles season-ticket holder, won't be able to make the Birds' Monday, Dec. 15, game against Cleveland.

That's because Gray, a Democrat and early Barack Obama supporter, will be in Harrisburg at a meeting of the Electoral College.

Though he bleeds Eagles green, Gray said he doesn't mind. "Voting in the Electoral College is an honor," he said.

Monday night games aren't his favorite anyway, Gray said.

Of course, with the Eagles a long shot to make the playoffs, it's not like he's missing a lot. And the Browns are worse than the Birds, so the game could turn out to be a yawnfest.

I'm sure the people at ESPN are absolutely thrilled with the ratings that matchup will generate.

Paula Wolf, a sports enthusiast who uses a wheelchair because of rheumatoid arthritis, is a staff writer for the Sunday News. E-mail her at pwolf@lnpnews.com


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 1, 2008

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