Roundup: McNabb’s puking incident just a myth

After Donovan McNabb threw three interceptions during the Eagles’ 24-21 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, some Philadelphia fans┬ásaid he choked in the big game.

McNabb might have choked, but did he really puke, as the story has been told (and re-told)? Hold on for just a second.

McNabb’s detractors — and let’s face it, there are a lot of them out there — have long used the supposed incident that he vomited in the huddle during the final minutes of the Super Bowl as a reason to hate (even more) on the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

But on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer went to great lengths to debunk the entire thing, calling it a myth:

He was not a passer and a hurler, as one account quipped. (At least not in this game. A YouTube video does show a heaving McNabb — in a game against Tampa Bay.)

Indeed, an alternative explanation has been almost completely overlooked — that McNabb was gasping, not because of nerves, but he got the wind knocked out of him while recovering a fumble, as New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi piled on.

“There was nothing on film to confirm it, which makes me skeptical,” said Comcast and WIP-AM analyst Ray Didinger, who long worked for NFL Films. “I do think he was gasping for air, and I think it was a result of the Bruschi hit. . . . The projectile vomiting? I’m not sure that happened.”

Other headlines from Around the Web on Tuesday:

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