The Philadelphia Eagles dominated the New York Giants on Sunday night, 27-0. But you wouldn't know that was the main story if you were reading Monday's edition of the New York Daily News. Take a look for yourself at the paper's cover:
The cover depicts some member of the Eagles staff apparently celebrating the torn patellar tendon injury of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. It also includes a screenshot of a tweet from 97.5 The Fanatic radio host Mike Missanelli. Surely, these acts represent the monstrous Philadelphia fan base, right?
Well, not exactly. First of all, the staff member is likely seen celebrating the play because it was a huge fourth down stop for the Eagles. The Giants were facing 4th-and-goal at the 3-yard line and Cruz dropped the pass to force a turnover on downs. The Philadelphia crowd erupted because all they were focusing on was the drop. They did not realize Cruz was even injured until he had spent quite some time laying on the ground. I don't know how it could be any more obvious that the Eagles staff member was celebrating the play and not Cruz's injury.
UPDATE: The staff member's name is Charlie and he explains his side of the story below, via CBS Philly.
Angelo, I never call the radio,” Charlie told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday morning. “I just want to be clear. I don’t want to make it look bad for Philadelphia, especially me. I got to live with myself. It was fourth and two, which is an exciting play, the ball was overthrown and I just reacted like we just stopped them, so I was just cheering. As soon as I saw him [Cruz] hurt, we—everyone stopped cheering. I didn’t cheer for that. And honestly, if anyone in the media followed it, they’ll see me go down to my knee—not with the players, but I’m actually, I said a prayer for him as well. It was terrible. I would never do that.”
Philadelphia players themselves were very supportive of their opponent. Take a look at the picture above this article to see proof of Eagles players huddling around Cruz and praying for him. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was actually the first player that I even saw motion for the trainers to come out in order to help Cruz.
As for the Mikey Miss tweet... it was dumb. No one is denying that. To say Missanelli's tweet was anything representative of the Philadelphia fan base's reaction to Cruz's injury, however, is just way off base. The Philadelphia crowd was actually very respectful to Cruz once they realized his injury was serious.
Eagles fans are clapping (in support) for Cruz as he’s carted off the field.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 13, 2014
What's funny about all of this is that the New York Daily News spent part of the week leading up the Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants game focusing on how the Eagles would pay for their slights against Big Blue. One ridiculous article was even written comparing the Eagles' harmless, cheesy flash cartoon video to Ray Rice hitting his wife and the Sayreville football scandal. The video was even called "tasteless".
But now that the Giants were dominated, the NYDN doesn't focus on that. Instead, they go back to trying to make Philadelphia look bad in a way that totally misrepresents what happened. It's a truly cowardly, disingenuous move by the New York Daily News.
Talk about sore losers.