In Philadelphia, our media knows not just how to report the news, but how to become the story. Need I remind you of the Larry Mendte/Alycia Lane craziness?
Not to be outdone by local news reporters, this week two Eagles beat writers decided to make headlines themselves. Frankly, after what we saw last week on the field, the distraction was welcome.
In this corner, the Daily News‘ Les Bowen. Well known. Well respected. Experienced. Humorous. Seemingly mild-mannered.
In the other corner is tthe Inquirer’s Jeff McLane. The young buck. Still the relatively new kid on the block. So he’s got something to prove.
McLane took to Twitter on Tuesday not just to defend himself after a perceived slight by Bowen, but to go after the old guy calling him, among other things, “an old hack.” Bowen very pointedly said via the social medium that he would deal with the situation the way real men do: Face to face.
Boy, did he ever. By punching McLane in the side of the head when he saw him at the next Eagles practice.
That day, it wasn’t the team that dominated the news. It was the beat writers. It was an alternate universe where players talked about the media and not the reverse.
Accordingly, there are a few tweets of the week today, all having to do with the Beatdown by Bowen (I’m hoping this phrasewill be his new Twitter bio/ Whaddya think, Les?).
DE Jason Babin got it exactly right:
But WR Riley Cooper wanted to know more:
DE Darryl Tapp took some time on to take a break from easing back into practice after his pectoral injury to inquire about the situation:
But then Tapp got the real scoop:
Even former Eagle Quintin Mikell heard about the news in St. Louis and had to check in.
Happy Friday, Eagles fans! A bit of advice: Try not to piss off Les Bowen this weekend.