Must have been a slow news day at the NovaCare center yesterday (which it kind of was; I watched the coordinator pressers and they weren't terribly interesting or lengthy), because there were about three different versions of "L.J. Smith responds to critics" in the local papers today. Not that the L.J. Smith angle isn't interesting, but jeez, there are certainly bigger fish for breadings and frying, no?
Implicit in the content of the articles is the suggestion that L.J. Smith has somehow drawn the ire of the fanbase, which I sort of get, but not really. I mean, sure, some folks in the philly.com comments and the Birds' message boards are down on L.J., but I've never really felt the anti-L.J. rage. Strike that -- I've been pretty chill with him ever since he stopped holding the ball with one hand like a loaf of bread; that totally used to cheese me off.
Could it just be that the normal targets of rage are out of focus these days? I mean, they finally benched Considine, McNabb is playing well, and DeSean Jackson has made us forget that we hate the wideouts. Hating on the kicker is too obviously fickle. Is L.J. just the last guy standing?
Personally, I could use slightly more anti-Lorenzo Booker vitriol from the fanbase. That guy almost got Dunavin killed against Pittsburgh and looked mostly useless against the Bears.
Let me know if I'm missing anyone on the list above; specifically, whom should I be hating on more?