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The Eagles Will Run a 50/50 Raffle This Year, Likely Give out More Money Than the Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers Combined

The Eagles will follow the lead of the Phillies and Flyers and Sixers by rolling out a 50/50 raffle at home games this season.

The Eagles’ raffle will benefit the health and educational programs of the Eagles Youth Partnership. It’s pretty much guaranteed to be huge money, too. The Flyers’ 50/50 is the most successful in the city right now (peaking at $72,545 total jackpot in the playoffs, leaving one lucky fan with over $36,000), while the Sixers and Phillies routinely hand out checks well under $5,000. I would not be surprised, however, if the good spirits, alcohol, and general sold-out status of games pushed the Eagles’ total jackpot to double the Flyers’ max.

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Evan Mathis Completely Punked Everyone, Will Not Hold Out

Despite reports to the contrary — and fears about an already hindered offensive line — Evan Mathis reported to his hotel room at camp on time today. A holdout situation was rumored for a while, but Mathis himself downplayed the talk (before the talk picked up again).

This is just another case of Evan Mathis completely and totally punking everyone again. Or people preferring rumors and rumblings over the actual words of a player.

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Matt Barkley Found Some of Donovan McNabb’s Old Shoes and Joel Embiid Knows Someone with Photoshop

Right now in the Twitter accounts of local athletes who aren’t playing:

The prototype cleats above, which are certainly more stylish than any of the other cleats McNabb wore, were found by Matt Barkley while he was hanging around the NovaCare Complex(?). Barkley was presumably looking for some flashy kicks because he wanted to look his best for his catch with Jimmy Kempski.

Donovan, you’re free right? You can swing on by and pick those up anytime.

And Joel Embiid knows someone who is does passable Photoshop work:

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Lane Johnson’s Suspension is Official

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It took a while before it was announced by the league, but Lane Johnson will now officially miss the first four games of the upcoming season while serving a PED suspension. Of the failed PED test, Johnson said:

“In April while training, I mistakenly and foolishly put a prescribed medication in my body to help with a medical issue. I mistakenly failed to clear it with Eagles trainers and check the NFL list of banned substances. I am extremely sorry for this mistake and I will learn from it and be smarter in the future,” Johnson said. “This will be very hard on me to not be battling with my teammates for four games – but I will be ready and better than ever when I return.”

Johnson will be eligible to rejoin the team at home against the Rams in week five.

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OLD MAN YELLS AT BLOG

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Les Bowen read something he didn’t like on the interwebs today. Again. As per the usual, angry beat writer fights modern web practices stories are best told via embeddable widget. To the Storify machine!

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NFL Refs Will be Expected to be in Better Shape to Keep Up With the Eagles Offense

Photo Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Less than a year ago, before Chip Kelly even rolled out his fast-paced, high-powered style of a professional football offense, there was a report that referees would not be expected to speed up their own game to keep Kelly’s pace. The report at the time stated:

“League insiders say there are exactly zero indications NFL referees will be willing participants in the Kelly era. The NFL, they say, has a long-standing pace at which they do things between plays and the referees “aren’t going to change just to accommodate someone’s offense,” said Mike Pereira, a former NFL vice president of officiating who is now an analyst for Fox Sports …

Blandino said he has talked to every NFL team coaching staff during the off-season to emphasize that there’s no forcing the issue—the offense will not be able to snap the ball until the referees signals they’re ready.”

And now, as we begin to stare down the start of Kelly’s sophomore effort, the tune has changed. According to an NFL report, officials have been going through a more rigorous “physical assessment” than in previous years, as part of an effort to make sure they can keep up with a faster paced game.

In the NFL.com video, former Eagle and current NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent said this:

“As the game evolves, we also must make sure that (the officials) are evolving as well. You see the likes of coach Kelly and that high-tempo offense. They’re running rapid plays. The ball needs to be spotted rapidly, and we want to make sure that our officials are now also evolving to that pace of our game.”

What a difference only one year, and one extremely high scoring season (a record 11,985 points were scored, with games averaging 46.8 points, the highest average in NFL history), with eight NFL teams averaging scoring drives under three minutes, makes. It’s like the NFL just now realized scoring is good.

via Philly.com

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Guy Who Had One Tackle for the Eagles Will Likely Never Have Another Tackle for the Eagles

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re anything like me, you saw a teaser for the news last night that showed a mugshot and promised an “Eagles player” got arrested. You then looked at the mugshot and thought to yourself, “Are they sure he’s an Eagles player?” He is. Kinda.

Keelan Johnson, a safety who spent some time on the practice squad before making the roster for two games and making one tackle, was arrested in Arizona on Saturday after he allegedly “‘violently pushed’ an officer in the chest, causing him to strike his head against a tree.” He’s been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. So what did the new Philadelphia Eagles, who hate doors and secrets, say about this? “We are disappointed … We are still trying to learn all of the facts.” Among those facts is probably when they can cut all ties with him. Does Friday around 4pm sound good? Although, there’s already no one paying attention to this story, so they can actually do it whenever.

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Eagles, Phillies Make Forbes’ List of the Top 50 Most Valuble Sports Teams

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Forbes released its list of the most valuable franchises in sports today, and as expected the top three spots are claimed by soccer teams. Real Madrid takes the first spot, Barcelona takes second, and Manchester United took the number three spot. From there, it was basically your usual suspects (Yankees, Cowboys, Dodgers, Patriots, etc.) and a little further down came the Eagles:

#17 Philadelphia Eagles
Value: $1.314 billion
Owner: Jeffrey Lurie

The Eagles are wrapping up a two-year, $125 million renovation of Lincoln Financial Field in time for the 2014 season. Changes include new HD video boards and HD TVs around the stadium, as well as 1,600 new seats.

The Eagles hit the list as the 7th most valuable NFL team (after spending some time as the fifth), but the least valuable team in the NFC East (and I’m fine with being valued below teams owned by noted assholes Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder). The rest of the NFL packs the list, with only the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars not making the cut.

Near the bottom of the list, the Phillies come one spot below the SF Giants:

#39 Philadelphia Phillies
Value: $975 million
Owner: Partnership led by David Montgomery

The Phillies signed a new, long-term local television agreement with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia in January that will begin with the 2016 season and is worth $5 billion, more than twice the team’s current deal with the regional sports network and its over-the-air partner, Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate.

The Philles are the 6th MLB team on the list (behind the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, and Giants). And even though number six isn’t bad at all, we can also feel good about the Mets’ standing: “The Raiders, New York Mets and Formula 1’s McLaren dropped out of the top 50.” That feels nice.

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