N.Y. writer rips McNabb

Newsday (N.Y.) columnist Arthur Staple ripped into Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb yesterday, calling him a "whiner" and saying he's no Eli Manning:

McNabb and the Eagles flamed out in the NFC Championship game Sunday, the fifth time in McNabb's solid Philly career that he and his team have lost in the semis. The one time they won, the lasting image of McNabb's Super Bowl trip will be him, disoriented and sick, trying (and failing) to lead his team to an upset of the Patriots. That's a big amount of fail at crucial times.

Staple goes on to say that the Eagles' late-season run is good news for Giants fans because it means McNabb and Andy Reid will continue to direct the franchise.

This late-season resurrection by the Eagles may have been the worst thing that could have happened down the Jersey Turnpike. If the Eagles had missed the playoffs, Reid and McNabb could have both been jettisoned and Philly could have started fresh -- maybe even with Steve Spagnuolo at the helm. Instead, it could be the best thing to happen to Giants fans. McNabb might command a new deal and, the bitter playoff loss aside, the Giants have to like their chances with Manning against a 32-year-old McNabb and Philly.


Meanwhile, The Inquirer's Bob Brookover has confirmed a Yahoo report that "Go Cards" and other similar messages were burned into the front lawn of McNabb's Arizona home last week.

Here is the Yahoo report, in which Michael Silver says McNabb took a photo of the damaged lawn and used it for motivation for Sunday's game.

AZFamily.com reports that the incident took place on Saturday night, before the NFC championship game and that one person has been arrested.