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First stop on the bummer train? Not only did the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins embarrass them, but it gave the Redskins an emotional boost. That, at least, according to a Washington Post story titled “Redskins win goes a long way in mending fences.”

Really, like it matters:
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What else you got, Roob?

The Eagles have some very good players on both sides of the ball, but they are much farther away from being a championship contender than they thought. You can rationalize away the Seattle and Dallas losses, but not this one. This is a game that a team with playoff aspirations simply can’t lose. You can’t call yourself a good team, an elite team, a contender, and come down to Washington and lose this game to a team that hasn’t won since October. They have a lot of work to do. A lot more than they thought.

Sports Illustrated doesn’t know how no one has benched Bradley Fletcher yet:

Whatever it is about Fletcher that had defensive coordinator Billy Davis matching him up against the opponent’s best receiver happened again in Washington, when Fletcher was lined up against DeSean Jackson, who burned him on the aforementioned deep pass, and more. This wasn’t just a two-week slide, either. Through Week 15, according to Pro Football Focus’ charting stats, Fletcher has allowed 53 catches on 106 targets for 908 yards, nine touchdowns, one interception and an opponent passer rating of 103.8. It’s clear that Fletcher doesn’t have the vertical speed, coverage awareness and turn-and-run ability to mirror the league’s best receivers, but there appears to be a curious level of inflexibility (or basic awareness) regarding this notion

Eliot Shorr-Parks looks back at five plays that could have changed the Eagles season, but somehow fails to say “every pass thrown Bradley Fletcher’s way.”

Who will replace Fletcher next year? Hopefully one of these guys or really anyone else.

Bradley Fletcher, when talking about the Eagles’ horrible turnover rate, called them a “great bad team,” which might be the most fitting description we’ve heard all year.

Here is what the Eagles’ 2015 schedule will look like, because that’s what we’re all doing now.

The Eagles are just the third team since 1990 to miss the playoffs after a 9-3 start or better.

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RADIO WARS: Anthony Gargano Is Not on the Air Today and It’s Contract Related (Update)

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Anthony Gargano is not on the air today and it doesn’t sound like it’s because of a previously scheduled day off or vacation. G Cobb and Brian Haddad are hosting the Afternoon show (with a delightful placed ad read from Gargano as a lead-in) and made no mention of Anthony’s (or Rob Ellis’) absence. The show’s usual theme music wasn’t played.

As I mentioned the other day, Gargano’s contract is up in… carry the 2… subtract 94.1… exactly 12 days, and as of yet no deal on an extension has been reached. The thought is that WIP Operations Manager Andy Bloom eventually plans to put his guy, Josh Innes, on in the afternoons. I’m told WIP offered Gargano a one-year extension, perhaps to give Innes more time to be groomed for that role and thus his battle with stated foe Mike Missanelli. Gargano, not surprisingly, didn’t appreciate the offer. Ensuing negotiations have been contentious. I’m also hearing that there have been discussions between Gargano and 97.5 The Fanatic Program Director Matt Nahigian about Cuz hosting a show that leads into Missanelli’s. It would cost Greater Media (97.5) some dough, but I wouldn’t completely rule it out.

This isn’t an unprecedented move, of course. Last year around this time, Glen Macnow recused himself from his show with Gargano while details of his new contract were being hammered out. And this summer, Tony Bruno did the same when 97.5 offered him what he says was a six-month deal. Macnow is still on WIP and other CBS Philly properties, but has been replaced by Rob Ellis on the Afternoon show. Bruno, as you know, is podcasting. Cue the music:

UPDATE: Since posting the story multiple folks have told me that Gargano is done at WIP. Something like this isn’t going to be confirmed by the station too eagerly, but barring a drastic change here, it sounds like Gargano is out.

UPDATE 2: Sources say Gargano is out at WIP and that the final decision to cut ties, following a contentious negotiation, may have come from CBS corporate suits in New York.

UPDATE 3: There are, of course, two sides to every story, and other sources say the decision was Gargano’s, and that blaming CBS in NY is a convenient way for WIP to sidestep blame. These are, after all, RADIO WARS.

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Draft Kings Is Giving You Another Chance to Win a Lot of Money for Very Little Money

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The NFL regular season is starting to wind down, and while Draft Kings runs games for every major sport (and some collegiate ones), something about “fantasy” and “football” just goes hand in hand. The Millionaire Maker leagues for the season are over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still walk away with some real money.

This week, Draft Kings is offering up a chance to win your share of $400,000 — with a top prize of $50,000 — for a deposit of only $5. The $400,000 Flea Flicker Championship works just like all of the other football leagues:

– Starts on Sunday, December 21st at 1:00 EST
– Salary Cap Style Drafting. $50,000 to select 9 spots. 8 players and 1 defense
– Roster Format: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex and 1 Defense
– First time depositors at DraftKings receive a 100% bonus up to $600

The only difference is that $400,000 prize pool, $350,000 of which will be spread out to those who finish from second place to 18,995th place. Those are some pretty solid chances. Go ahead and pick your team now.

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Crazy Ass Penn Students Pose for Holiday Card with Racist Blow up Doll

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Maybe the most UPENN headline ever. If it’s not genitalia-flashing, or sleeping with Michael Carter-Williams, or shitting all willy-nilly, or just general partying, it’s a racist blow up doll.

Some frat guys might be in trouble after their Christmas card featured what they claim is a racist Beyonce sex doll, but was probably just any old racist sex doll. From The Daily Pennsylvanian:

Penn’s chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity is currently under investigation by its international organization and campus officials for a photo circulated on social media Sunday night. All chapter operations have been suspended for the duration of the investigation.

The image was a Christmas photo of the fraternity brothers taken following their Secret Santa gift exchange. Controversy over the photo stemmed from a dark-skinned blow-up doll in the top left of the photo — seemingly one of the only objects of color in the picture, as most of the men appear to be Caucasian.

This is pretty terrible, but as Matt Mullin points out, the real crime here may be the two guys in Cowboys gear.

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Reach into the Couch Cushions for this Week’s Draft Kings Quarter Arcade Championship League

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I know. These Draft Kings posts may be getting to some of you. There’s a portion of the readership here who will just never be into the Daily Fantasy thing, and that’s fine. But some of you may be thinking “I’m not dropping $27 on a crapshoot to win a million bucks,” or “I’m not throwing down ten (or twenty) dollars to try to win ninety dollars in your private league (or a couple grand in a huge public league).” I get it. Kyle doesn’t (because he’s addicted to it). But I can see where you’re coming from. Draft Kings will never win some of you over, and that’s okay.

But for those who are open to it and just haven’t given it a shot yet — or, like me, are finally out of their season-long fantasy league — we’ve got a great icebreaker league for you. For the rules, most of it is the usual stuff: Your roster is 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex and 1 Defense. You draft salary-cap style. The league starts with the 1 p.m. games on Sunday. But here’s where the low-risk, high-reward stuff comes in to play.

– $25,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $2,000
$0.25 entry fee
– Top 23,665 are paid.​
– First time depositors at DraftKings receive a 100% bonus up to $600

Twenty-five cents. I think I dropped three times that amount in the tip cup with my coffee this morning. It’s nothing. And while the league accepts over 117,000 spots, a little over the top 20% will walk away with money. If you come in 23,665th place, you double your money. If you crack the top 95, you can pull in at least $10 on your $.25 investment. And if you snag first place, that quarter turns into $2,000. It’s about as low-risk as you can get, and really, I just hope one of the readers here pulls in some money. Not Kyle, but definitely one of you. You can pick your team and enter the league right here.

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We’re Giving Away a Pair of Tickets to the Eagles-Seahawks Game on Sunday

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Our pals at NRG Energy — the people who put those wind turbines and solar panels at the Linc and got Matthew McConaughey’s disembodied voice for their commercials — want one of you to watch the Eagles face off against the Seahawks in person. Why? Because they are nice people, they like our Earth, and they support the Birds. We’re going to pick a winner at random (like we did for the Redskins, Giants, and Titans games), and here’s what you have to do:

1. Have a twitter account.

2. You have to follow or already be following NRG Energy (@NRGEnergy) and Liberty Broadcast Co. (@LibertyPods) and tweet the following message: “Follow @NRGEnergy and @LibertyPods, home of great Philly sports podcasts, to enter to win 2 Eagles-Seahawks tickets http://bit.ly/PHinf3″

That is all you need to do. We’ll pick a random winner early in the day tomorrow. And make sure you actually do pop over to LibertyBroadcast.co, where there are new episodes of Crossing Streams, the Tony Bruno Show, BGN Radio, and (soon to be) more. More info on NRG and what they do with the Eagles can be found over here, and start sending out those tweets.

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Join our Week 14 Draft Kings League

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Depending on who you were, our Thanksgiving Draft Kings league could have went really well. I spent a good amount of the day in first place before the late game swept in and knocked me down to fifth. Readers dxk224, cain138, and MazzMind took home first, second, and third place, respectively. But, it was still a fun way to care about the games that weren’t Eagles/Cowboys. So we figured let’s do it again this week. The rules are the same, except this week you can pick from every game minus Thursday’s Cowboys/Bears matchup. It’s $10 to play, there are 20 participants per league (we’ll make more as they fill up), and the payouts are as follows:

First place: $90

Second place: $54

Third place: $36

League 1 is full, Sign Up for League 2 Here

So create your team for our Week 14 league. You don’t have to actually make your deposit until right before the games start (but don’t forget to do so) so you can mess with your roster all you want. And you can keep switching things around over and over again even after the deposit, with the same game-time deadline. You’ll fill your team with 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, and 1 DST (defense and special teams). Kyle is playing (bdncb1). I am playing (jgna3). Each league that gets made will be capped at 20 entrants, and as we said above, the top three walk away with money. Go ahead and sign up/deposit now.

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On the other side of things for Draft Kings, they announced more details of their partnership with the Sixers today, including a contest (detailed on Instagram and over here) that culminates in a shootout on the court that will award one winner an all-expenses paid trip to a Sixers road game. At the very least, the trip would be very nice.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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UPDATE: Kelce wasn’t in the photo because he had to take a piss:

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