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Josh Huff’s Kick Return Won Some Guy a New Truck

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

When Josh Huff took back a kickoff 107 yards to start the game yesterday, Eagles fans everywhere where thrilled. And Kyle Roche from Burlington, NJ would be even more thrilled about 30 seconds later.

Roche had entered the Quality Plus Ford stores Opening Kick Off contest, but was not aware he was chosen as the potential winner. “I sat down with my brothers and my family and everybody and he ran the kick back and it was an awesome moment,” Roche said according to WIP. “I didn’t even know I won the truck at first.” The contest print says:

“The entrant’s whose entry is randomly selected will be the Official Finalist for that game date. Official finalist’s name will be announced on-air during the professional Philadelphia football team radio broadcast prior to either the opening kickoff or the second half kickoff, whichever the Philadelphia football team will be receiving. Any selected Official Finalist who does not meet the eligibility requirements will be disqualified. An alternate finalist will then be randomly selected and notified per the procedures outlined above, time permitting. Odds of being selection an Official Finalist are dependent upon the total number of entries received for a given game date.

Grand Prize is one (1) 2014 Ford F-150 with a maximum retail value not to exceed $26,000.”

Roche said he had no idea he was the randomly selected finalist until his phone started getting tons of congratulatory calls and texts, and said he’d give Huff a “ride in that truck any day.” That’s a nice thought, but just bragging about how you got the truck is pretty great too. “Won this truck because of a Josh Huff kick return” is some “Price is Right” level stuff.

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Bird Droppings: A Pre-Thanksgiving Feast

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Sanchez

He baffles me sometimes. There are moments when he looks like a world-class quarterback – when he’ll calmly avoid pressure, step forward, and make an excellent throw, or when he’ll hit a perfectly-timed out route to Jeremy Maclin on the right side at the end of the first half  – but other times he’s so inaccurate with an arm so weak that you now understand why Jets fans hate him. Well put here:

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Sometimes his balls catch wind and hang up there forever, just begging to be intercepted. He also has an amazing ability, thanks to his weak arm, to overthrow the ball when he’s trying to lead receivers. The result is a dead duck that’s 10 feet out in front of its target and twisting toward the ground at an uncatchable rate, like when you try to toss a shuttlecock to your wife on a windy day at the beach. That’s Mark Sanchez– shuttlecockmaster:

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That’s not to say he’s terrible, because he’s not. In fact, he might be better than Foles has been this year, and he has thrown for 300 yards in each of his three starts. But, his quarterback rating, average yards per completion and TD-INT ratio has gone down in each of them. Of course, regardless of play on the field, he’s always good for one-liners, such as:

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LeSean McCoy

Rainmaker. There’s a reason why I drafted him in both of my Draft Kings lineups yesterday…. home game, bad run defense, has shown signs of breaking out the last few weeks. This is the first time all season he’s looked like the McCoy of last year. But if you take away that one run (which, fortunately, the time-space continuum won’t allow the Titans to do), he had roughly 80 yards on 20 carries. Nothing to write home about.

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This is how McCoy has success. The other thing, I’d say, is that there seemed to be fewer defenders getting in behind the line– McCoy’s not flat-out fast enough or big enough to get by or through them when that happens. Yesterday, he had enough time to set up his one nasty cut on a dime (or two).

 

Josh Huff 

The opening kick return was the longest positive yards play in Eagles history.

I mean, I’ve always liked Josh Huff. What kind of asshole wrote this last week? “Josh Huff needs to be benched. I’m tired of Josh Huff. He’s got a ton of talent, but this is three out of four games where he’s made egregious errors.” Love that dude. The haters are gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, I guess.

This move right here…

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… was unfair, like in Tecmo Bowl when the little sprites stayed facing forward but you could make them move laterally just by pressing up or down on the controller. I’m just surprised Huff wasn’t blinking:

TOUCHDOWN!

 

Special teams

I don’t know how many times it can be said, but the Eagles special teams can not be considered a nice to have random element. They are responsible for roughy seven points per game one way or the other. People write them off when evaluating the Birds, but the unit is a huge part of their success and can, in fact, be counted on. Check this out:

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The next time someone tells you the Eagles’ secondary is suspect, counter with, “Dem special teams tho.”

 

Bradley Fletcher

Shoutout to the guy behind me in the Southwest Terrace yesterday who has seen (and now been blinded) by the light that is Bradley Fletcher. Not only can’t he cover, but on the Titans’ first touchdown, he missed this tackle…

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… and not only missed it, but missed it as in he didn’t touch the guy (!!!):

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I don’t know how you go from that first screenshot to the second without making contact. I briefly considered that Fletcher was trying to throw the game, or thought he was an extra in a football movie that had been instructed to let the white team score by missing in epic fashion.

 

Cody Parkey

Is human:

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That sucks.

 

Movember

This guy wins:

via @Philly_Fan09

pic via @Philly_Fan09

 

Jersey fouls

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iPads at the game

pic via (@T_Rocks44)

pic via (@T_Rocks44)

 

Food at Lincoln Financial Field

It blows. The worst selection of food stuffs at the sports complex. The Eagles promote all these great eateries, but most are in the club level, and the common man is left to fend for himself with a selection of generic fare. Unlike Citizens Bank Park, where you can’t go 10 feet without spotting quality food and craft beers, at the Linc you can walk halfway around the stadium, on any level, and find nothing but lousy “Philly classics” and shitty cheesesteaks. There’s, like, one Tony Luke’s that has quality food (which appears to actually come from TL’s), but the rest is terrible. It’s difficult to find a non-Bud-owned craft beer (looking at you, Goose Island) or speciality food items. In the Southwest Terrace, where I’ve sat twice this season, there’s a “Chickie’s and Pete’s.” I don’t hate Chickie’s like some people do. When hot and fresh, their food, however bad for you, hits the spot. Yesterday, my wife and I took my parents to the game. They ordered chicken cheesesteaks at the stand. Well, after three tries they couldn’t get sandwiches that weren’t nasty and cold. My mom went back twice and complained that the sandwiches felt like they came out of a refrigerator. Both times workers replaced them with yet more nasty, cold ones. She finally went to an accommodating manager, who gave her the money back and explained that it’s not actually Chickie’s and Pete’s, but rather just their name for publicity. That’s terrible. We know Aramark mans the concession stands for name eateries, but it doesn’t even sound like that’s the case with this one– it’s just Aramark’s shitty food under Chickie’s name. We ordered pretzels at another stand– rock hard and barely edible. This is the third out of four times this year I couldn’t get a decent $10 sandwich at an Eagles game. The workers at the Linc may be the friendliest of all the local stadiums, but maybe that’s because they have to make up for the embarrassing concession food quality.

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We’re Giving Away a Pair of Tickets to the Eagles-Titans Game

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Our friends at NRG Energy – the company responsible for those Earth-saving wind turbines and solar panels at Lincoln Financial Field – emailed me last night and said, “Hey, we have two last-minute Eagles tickets to give away for the game on Sunday. Want to help us with that?”

“Yes, I do.”

So that’s what we’re going to do. Here’s the deal:

From now until 8 pm tonight (Saturday!) you can enter to win. We’ll pick a winner this evening and notify you via Twitter. How to enter? Well, that’s easy:

1) Have a Twitter account.

2) Follow NRG Energy (@NRGEnergy) and Tweet the following: Follow @NRGEnergy and listen to Philly sports podcasts on LibertyBroadcast.co to enter to win 2 Eagles tickets http://bit.ly/PHinf3

That’s it. We’ll pick a winner, at random, tonight. Oh, and listen to The Tony Bruno ShowBGN (Bleeding Green Nation) Radio, and our podcast, Crossing Streams, at LibertyBroadcast.co– you won’t go back to radio. And you can find out more about NRG and their Eagles giveaways right here: http://bit.ly/PHinf3.

UPDATE: The winner:

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Andy Reid Gobbles up Another Ex-player

Jason Avant. From Pro Football Talk:

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Chiefs are signing Jason Avant, who worked out for the team on Friday. The Chiefs haven’t made an announcement, but Avant’s agent Doug Hendrickson congratulated his client on finding a new team.

Andy loves his guys.

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The ESPN Playoff Machine Shows All the Ways the Eagles’ Season Could Shake Out

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Last weekend’s Eagles game was not pretty. The Packers put about three wins’ worth of play into one game, but thankfully the Eagles could only walk away with one extra loss. In many ways, the Mark Sanchez-led Eagles are a big mystery going forward, and the playoffs are up in the air. The ESPN Playoff Machine is going to help us through this, however. That image above is how the playoffs would look if the season ended today. The season does not end today. So, let us take a look at a variety of outcomes.

offensive rank

The above situation, perhaps the most unlikely of the bunch, is what it would look like if the team with the highest-ranked offense won every game for the rest of the season. Since the Eagles offense currently ranks near the top, they win out. But on the other side?

def rank

With the better defense winning each game, the Eagles are in trouble. They’d end up 8-8 and missing the playoffs. Luckily, this might actually be less likely than that #1 seed above it.

win out at home

If the Eagles win out at home — and so does everyone else — there is good news and bad news. The good news is they can be proud of an 8-0 record on the year at Lincoln Financial Field. The bad news is that they’d face the Packers in the first round. That matchup, as we saw last week, is less than ideal, but being at the Linc instead of being at Lambeau could make a huge difference.

win pct

Using win percentage as the difference maker leads to all kinds of insanity. This is the bizarro playoff picture where the Patriots and Cardinals are the only teams to make the cut without a tie, and this would also require the Eagles and Cowboys to tie both of their matchups, which may implode both cities.

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And finally, that is what happens if I predict every game for the rest of the season correctly (perhaps the least likely of all the scenarios): The Saints are embarrassing but make the playoffs. The Eagles and Dallas each take one from the other at home, and end up facing off at the Linc in the first round. And every team in the AFC North has a better record than the Saints, which will lead to more talk of restructuring the playoffs.

Any of these scenarios could be right — or completely, amazingly wrong — but when you look at strength of schedule, offensive rank, home field advantage, and all the other options here, the Eagles still look to be in pretty good shape. You can pick each game for the remainder of the year and see how your playoff bracket would shake out over here.

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Philadelphia’s Second Casino will be Built at the Sports Complex

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After years of considering multiple proposals and presentations, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has finally awarded Philadelphia’s second casino license, and it’s going to replace the Holiday Inn.

As reported by The Inquirer, the board voted unanimously to award the license to Live! Hotel and Casino, at the proposed site of 900 Packer Ave. The Live! proposal calls for 2,000 slot machines, 125 table games, and a 220-room hotel (renovated from the existing Holiday Inn). Additionally, the venue proposal included six restaurants and a music venue.

And maybe once (if) they legalize sports gambling, you can place your margin of defeat bet before heading to the Sixers game.

[Editor’s note: I’m sure this place will be totally great and not at all trashy or a disappointment like Xinfity Live!:

But for real– sports gambling cometh.]

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The NFC Contenders, Ranked

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1) Packers

Photo credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Well, shit. You don’t want to play them. Aaron Rodgers has shown no ill-effects of dating bonafide sex fiend Sloan Sabbith (careful). Hell, she’s played such an important role in all of this that she’s cracked his Google related searches:

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One of these things just doesn’t belong here

As if his 28 touchdowns, three interceptions, 120.1 quarterback rating, boyish good looks, approachable everyman demeanor and deadpan acting skills weren’t enough to make you hate that you can’t hate him, just take a look at the adorable images of him and Munn on Google– they love each other!

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Damn you, Rodgers! Why must you be so perfect?

I wanted so bad to disdain him on Sunday, but I just couldn’t do it. He seems to have the same effect on those around him as a warm summer’s day visit to a waterpark, and he could disarm a Muslim radical simply by showing up in his sideline beanie and smiling:

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Jihad, schmihad

Beyond that, the Packers have two outstanding wide receivers, a monster of a running back, and a defense that I guess is pretty good?* They’re beatable on the road, but if the road to the Super Bowl goes through Green Bay, forget about it.

*It’s hard to tell since the Packers have outscored opponents 188-61 at home this season, allowing the defense to go into an Internal Prevent— which needs to be the name of Clay Matthews’ memoirs.

 

2) Cardinals

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As much as I immediately feel safe upon the sight of Rodgers, I want to rage-kick small zoo animals every time I see Bruce Arians, his really stupid glasses and hipster press conference hat. It’s like he can’t make up his mind between being a football coach and an ornithologist. I’m just waiting for him to point out all the scientific inaccuracies of his team’s logo during an impromptu media scrum. THE NORTHERN CARDINAL HAS INSET EYES AND A TAPERED BEAK! WHAT THE FUCK WITH THIS SCOWL?!?! But beyond that oddity and the fact that Carson Palmer is done for the season, it’s hard to argue with 9-1 and wins over the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys and Lions.

That said, things get even tougher for the Cardinals from here on out: Seahawks (twice), Chiefs, and 49ers again. They’re going to lose at least two of those games, and they have to play in St. Louis, where the inconsistent (but dangerous!) Rams have beaten both the Seahawks and Broncos. As of now the Cardinals deserve a top-two spot, but they are shaping up to be 2014’s Chiefs— peaking (beaking?!) too early. The early bird might not get this worm.

 

3) Eagles

Other than the Packers, I don’t see a team in the NFC that is clearly better than the Eagles. If you watch enough RedZone, you know that there is a lot of shit in the NFL, and particularly in the NFC. Every team has holes. The Eagles, though not perfect, have no more than anyone else. The losses to the 49ers and Cardinals were coin flips. They win those games handily at home. Even with a terrible offensive effort in San Fran, they came within three yards and a decent play call of winning the game. Everyone wants to write off the special teams play as an unreliable fluke, but how many punts do they have to block or return before people start realizing that you can basically count on one game-changing play per game from the unit?

The Eagles’ biggest problem at the moment is that they lose the literal coin flips to the Packers, 49ers and Cardinals when it comes to seeding. But, assuming the Cowboys are about to hit a wall (I think so), the Eagles have a fairly easy remaining schedule: Titans, Cowboys (twice), Seahawks, Redskins and Giants. Anything less than 4-2 (which would leave them with an 11-5 record) would be a huge disappointment.

 

4) Lions

It feels like every year the Lions are supposed to be good, supposed to be contenders. But this is how they’ve finished the last two seasons, stretches that they’ve entered at 6-3 and 4-4, respectively:

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By my count, that’s a 1-14 record in their final 15 games over the last two seasons combined. And right on cue this year, Week 11, they managed a measly six points against the Cardinals. That sound you hear is Lions fans conversing with Ned Ryerson:

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The Series of Events Leading to DeSean Jaccson’s Unceremonious Release from the Redskins Began Today

Photo credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins suck. They suck so bad that they lost 27-7 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who [spits on finger, puts it in the air to gauge wind speed and direction] yep, they suck, too. Some fantasy talking head on YouTube convinced me to draft RGIII and Pierre Garcon as a high-reward combo on Draft Kings yesterday. Thanks, jackass. I should’ve known better, because the Redskins suck. On Redskins Postgame Live, former Eagle and Redskin Brian Mitchell explained how much they suck, via ThaCover2.com:

“Embarrassing. This is atrocious. It’s despicable. It’s pathetic. I think it’s asinine.”

“I see a lot of players blaming media and everybody else and running around as if they won the damn Super Bowl somewhere.”

“This team has SUCKED over the last few years. And as a former player I’m embarrassed to watch this junk over and over again.”

“Play some damn football, you sucked on the field today. And you know who you are.”

And all that sucking has DeSean Jaccson beginning the process of his eventual release from the Redskins. This morning he instantly grammed:

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