Angelo Cataldi: Jonathan Papelbon's a jerk, and other idle thoughts

Jonathan Papelbon will be gone before next season. Bet on it.

He hasn’t had many opportunities, but when Papelbon has been asked to close a game, he has delivered. Credit: Getty Images He hasn’t had many opportunities, but when Papelbon has
been asked to close a game, he has delivered. Credit: Getty Images

 

Jonathan Papelbon found a way to steal some attention from the Eagles over the weekend when he grabbed his crotch in retaliation to booing fans. For his efforts, Papelbon won a week’s suspension without pay – and the answer to his prayers. He will be gone before next season. Bet on it.

 

Other idle thoughts:

 

  • Other than that horrific elevator tape, the most appalling part of the Ray Rice mess has been the response in Baltimore, where many fans continue to embrace a thug. Hero-worshipping in sports is fine, on those rare occasions when the athlete is worthy of the adoration. Ray Rice deserves only our disgust.

  • Claude Giroux actually voted for himself last week in an ESPN poll of the NHL’s best player. The Flyers captain needs to look at the highlights of his putrid first two months of last season, and then he needs to deal with the painful truth. He is overrated – as a player and as a captain.

  • Atlantic City is in trouble. Casinos are going bankrupt almost on a weekly basis. There is only one immediate way to help the former gambling mecca, and that’s sports betting. If fans are going to wager illegally anyway, shouldn’t their money be used to prop up a city desperate for help?

  • LeSean McCoy said he was “making a statement” with his 20-cent tip on a $61 bill at a local Philadelphia restaurant last week. Yes, the Eagles’ star running back most certainly was. He was stating that even great players can be pompous jerks.

 
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