It was supposed to be an important day for the NFL regional Combine, as the first woman to every tryout punted her way into the history books. But at the Jets' Florham Park, NJ training facility this weekend, kicker and former club soccer player Lauren Silberman couldn’t get the lift she needed, and wound up re-aggravating a quadriceps injury before leaving early.
Sadly, her poor showing has been cited as a “publicity stunt” by some, as accusations have surfaced saying Silberman did not arrive “physically or mentally prepared” for an NFL tryout. Other Combine attendees reported that she actually came to them to ask how to approach the ball.
A confusing end to an inspiring story. However, by receiving fanfare just for showing up, followed by a lackluster talent showcase, Silberman seems a great fit for the Eagles' special teams.
If you look at the Phillies’ top prospect lists of the past few years, Darin Ruf is not on any of them. That did not stop the Phillies from inviting the first baseman - who has never played higher than Double-A ball - to this year’s spring training, where they are attempting to play him in the outfield.
Philly is renown for its cultivation of raw acting talent, like Bradley Cooper or John Wilkes Booth. The sports scene is known for its fiery dramatics and distinct narratives. It’s no surprise that filmmakers in the past few years have found the area so watchable.