The master of the Eagles’ wide-nine defensive front has plenty of potent defensive ends to choose from. And one of the newest additions apparently has a potent liquid flowing through his veins.
“He’s got some piss in his blood,” defensive line coach Jim Washburn said of rookie defensive end Vinny Curry. (And piss in the blood is always better than blood in the piss.)
Possibly putting some piss in the blood (or blood in the piss) of story author Jeff McLane is the fact that his editor(s) at the Philadelphia Inquirer removed the money quote from Washburn’s description of Curry.
In the paper and on the website: “He’s a little bit farther behind playing where he played. But he’ll be fine. Tough.”
Said McLane on Twitter: “This quip from Jim Washburn was cut from my Vinny Curry story, but I have no problem reprinting the full quote here: ‘He’s a little bit farther behind playing where he played,’ Washburn said of Curry. ‘But he’ll be fine. Tough. He’s got some piss in his blood.’”
Though we’re not in the business of helping save the newspaper business (then again, it’s likely too late for that), the heightened sensitivity to the presence of the word “piss” in print is another reason why it’s becoming harder and harder to find stuff with which to wrap fish. As layers of editors try to justify their ongoing existence, all it takes is one who is afraid of his or her own shadow to kill what otherwise would be a compelling, entertaining, and/or eye-catching quote.
Maybe the newspapers are applying a 1950s mindset because they yearn for the 1950s monopoly they enjoyed over the media landscape. Regardless, if newspapers hope to survive in the modern world, they need to get some piss in their blood. Or blood in their piss.
And they need to be willing to say “piss.”
Piss. Piss. Piss. Piss. Piss.