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Eagles vs. Cowboys Thanksgiving Halftime Show Will Feature Pitbull, You Changing the Channel

This Thanksgiving, the Eagles will play the most anticipated mid-season season game in a long time, against the now 6-1 Dallas Cowboys. The mid-day matchup will be the culmination of all the “who’s better?” talk that kicked off once both teams hit 5-1. It may even feel more high tension than last year’s division-on-the-line Week 17 matchup. And halfway through that tension, you’ll see Pitbull.

Mr. Worldwide, the walking Bud Light commercial [Ed. note: I kind of like Pitbull.], will perform at halftime in Cowboys Stadium, just in time for you to explain to your relatives why that guy yelling in Spanish won’t take his damn sunglasses off.

¡Dale!

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Your Monday Morning Roundup

So what did we learn this bye week? We learned that the Cowboys are probably for real (at least until their annual December implosion) and that Dez Bryant is a man. We learned that Kyle Orton still has some hilarious heroics left in him. We learned that we’ve reached peak Seahawks. We’ve learned that the Flyers are not going to win a game in regulation all season. And we learned that you should never take my betting or fantasy advice– we’ll leave that to our friends at Godfather Locks and Draft Kings.

Let’s hit it!

 

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The roundup:

Hearing that the Flyers plan to announce a new, female in-arena host to work with Dancin’ Shawny. No idea if it’s in response to the backlash over the Ice Girls thing (it probably is), but if I were the Flyers, I’d choose someone who is ambitiously unattractive, almost ironically so, like Quinn’s new girlfriend in Homeland. This way they can respond to future criticism about being sexist by pointing to the video board and saying, “Have you met our new in-game host?”

Fairly certain Sidney Crosby dressed as Rocky for Halloween:

H/T to (@eaglesfan2018)

H/T to (@eaglesfan2018)

Five years ago last nightAnd they have done it to Broxton again! In Game 4! Wow, what a finish!

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Couldn’t agree more, Sheil. Some NFL Network director is dreading a meeting request from his boss this morning. TWICE. It happened TWICE. I’m surprised Scott Hanson didn’t leave alpha base zero, head to the control room, and maul the guy with his lapel pin. Also, side benefit of watching RedZone– here’s an actual conversation I had with Mrs. CB yesterday:

Will you take out the trash at the commercial?

Sure. Anything for you, my love.

Masked gunmen robbed the Chickie’s and Pete’s in Drexel Hill yesterday, one of them wearing a Chickie’s and Pete’s hoodie:

The men then took the manager and three other employees and locked them in a freezer, Chitwood said. A kitchen manager found them shortly after.

“Those people would have froze to death in that freezer,” Chitwood said.

One of the gunmen, seen on surveillance footage, was wearing a Chickie’s and Pete’s hoodie. Chitwood believes the robbers had a car waiting for them outside, possibly a silver Toyota Prius.

A Prius.

Please add Jason Diamond of the Men’s Journal to your shit lists:

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Hear us out on this one: Philadelphia has some great and storied franchises, but they also have notoriously bad fans. But maybe a good idea would be to move all four of the teams for two years, trying them out in different markets to get a feel for how they might work out, but also to sorta punish the fans for the bad behavior.

H/T to reader Justin

Possibly the best photo of the NFL season:

The overly-sensitive, mostly-completely-misguided Union had negative (but clean) signs removed from the stands this weekend. There’s a way to endear yourself to a fan base after yet another disappointing season in a C-level league.

LeSean McCoy on the Giants: “We kicked their ass. I liked it.”

GREAT breakdown of DeSean’s inability to block compared to Jeremy Maclin and other guys not cut by the Eagles.

There are some reports out there that the Flyers are not happy with Brayden Schenn and that a move is possible. Don’t know how much there is to that, since I’m mostly unfamiliar with the reporter, but, um, yeah, Schenn stinks right now.

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Penn State head coach James Franklin TOOK THE CHOPPER to the Bonner game Friday night:

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Selling impressionable kids on the completely unrealistic, fantasyland concept of being a baller who flies into high school games on a helicopter is pretty goddamn lame. Yeah, there’s a logistical benefit to using a helicopter to get around, but 1) what a waste of money, and 2) grow up, Peter Pan.

Great use of social media here. That’s totally the move. I outlawed it back in the day. Instant loss if you scored using it:

http://i.instagram.com/p/uPES8HqHzC/

 

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CULTURE WINS FOOTBALL: Chip Kelly Visited Victor Cruz in the Hospital Sunday Night Because Chip Is an Amazing Person

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Culture wins football. Culture cares. Chip may have told his team that it was F-ing late, but not late enough to prevent him from stopping by Jefferson to check on the opponent’s star wide receiver.

Also, does it not look worse and worse by the day for the NY Daily News and their silly cover?

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Sam Hinkie Releases Statement on Embiid’s Brother as Joel Returns to Cameroon

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Other than the awkward wording on “We are poorly designed for that kind of loss” — almost as if he wants to remind you the Sixers are designed for some kind of loss — Sam Hinkie released a very nice statement about the passing of Joel Embiid’s younger brother, Arthur. Embiid is returning home to be with his family in Cameroon during this terrible time. On Instagram, Embiid said some words about his late brother, who was thirteen years old. Said Embiid:

“RIP for my brother who died at the age of 13. The bad thing is that I hadn’t seen since I left Cameroon 4 years ago and all these days, I was just thinking about next summer so I have a chance to finally see him again….. GOD has a plan for all of us. We just gotta pray. HES GONNA BE MISSED.”

We, too, wish Joel and his family the best.

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Brandon Boykin is Going to Buy a Bunch of Ice Cream for Kids if they Start Reading

"You better read. I ain't playin' around." Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

“You better read. I ain’t playin’ around.”
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles have a lot of free time on their bye week, and while some may be relaxing or going out to party, Brandon Boykin is encouraging kids to read and bribing them with ice cream. As reported by Brian Hickey over at Newsworks, Boykin spoke to kids at Prince Hall Elementary School on Wednesday about the importance or reading. One super cool kid told Boykin he reads “Dictionaries [and] other large books,” like a total boss, but Boykin was there to serve in his role as the “leading voice” of the “READ! By 4th Campaign” to get 4th grade students reading at a 4th grade level. He even tried to bribe them:

If the kids keep up their end of the bargain by reading daily, he’ll return to the West Oak Lane to visit and, quite possibly, host an ice-cream party. (He joked that he would tackle those who don’t abide by the reading rules).

And as one of the only people in the Eagles secondary who is actually a good tackler, someone should tell these kids he means business.

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Nick Foles Stands up for an Injured Darren Sproles, Calls Him a “Special Dude”

In last week’s shutout of the Giants, Darren Sproles suffered an MCL strain when he was tackled by Markus Kuhn, who then proceeded to pull him over by his neck while laying on Sproles’ leg. A classic WWE maneuver, it’s basically an inverted Crippler Crossface. Injuries happen in the NFL, but this one was undeniably caused by after the play extracurriculars, and Nick Foles did not like that at all. As you can see in the Instagram video above, via at Bleeding Green Nation, Foles went to the referee to ask why the hell they let that happen. Transcript below for those who can’t watch the video:

Nick Foles: You can’t bend a dude backwards.

Official: We blew the whistles, man.

Foles: Yeah, well call something on him! You can’t bend a guy backwards and break his leg. You can’t bend a guy backwards.

Official: I know that, Nick. I know that.

Foles: This guy is a special dude right here.

Official: I know, I know.

Foles: You know [Markus Kuhn] knew that. That pisses me off! That’s my teammate!

You always like to see anyone on the team stick up for his teammates, and it’s good to see Foles get a little animated. Plus, the way he called Sproles a “special dude” makes me think he really likes him, as a person, and that’s nice.

And while we’re here talking about the good people at Bleeding Green Nation, we’re very excited to announce that they are joining us at the Liberty Broadcast Co., where we will be hosting their future podcasts.

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Time Is Running out to Sign up for Draft Kings’ Week 7 Millionaire League

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HURRY UP! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

That lede is for the people coming across this post on Sunday morning. Everyone else can take their time a bit, since your team isn’t due until Sunday at 1 P.M. But if it’s currently Sunday at 11:30 A.M…. man, you gotta hurry.

Once again, Draft Kings is offering you a chance to bet on yourself and win big in another Millionaire League. You won’t have the Eagles to watch or care about, so why not throw a team together with a $27 deposit and try to bring home some BIG MONEY? All you have to do it pick your team using the given salary cap — team consists of one QB, two RBs, three WRs, and one TE, Flex and Defense — make your deposit, wait, and watch. The top 15,500 finishers bring home cash, and the first place winner gets $1,000,000 of the total $2,000,000 prize pool. And if it’s your first time playing, Draft Kings will give you a 100% bonus on your deposit up to $600.

It’s all really quite simple, and addictively fun. PICK YOUR TEAM, and then be sure to download the Draft Kings app, because you’re going to be obsessively checking it on Sunday. [Editor's note: May I recommend Red Zone and the Draft Kings app for you?]

PICK YOUR TEAM

Good luck, readers.

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Hinkie, Brett Brown, Mbah a Moute Skip Preseason Game to be at Joel Embiid’s Side after Brother Dies

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There’s a lot being said about the Eagles having a familial atmosphere, but it hasn’t really seemed that way with the Sixers. Sam Hinkie has wheeled and dealed so much that the roster is nearly unrecognizable. But when Joel Embiid’s yonger brother, Arthur, died yesterday, the team went into family mode.

Embiid was nowhere to be found at last night’s preseason game, as he was home grieving Arthur’s death. But he wasn’t alone. Same Hinkie, Brett Brown, and Embiid’s mentor, Luc Mbah a Moute, all skipped the game to be at Embiid’s side at his house.

Assistant coach Chad Iske, who coached in place of Brett Brown, told The Inquirer: “We are all a family here. Obviously, everybody is thinking about Joel and his family. Our hearts and prayers are with him.”

Tony Wroten said that teammates asked him if he had Embiid’s number, in an attempt to reach out to him to offer support. “When you hear news like that,” Wroten said, “it kind of kills everything.”

We might not really know many of them, but to hear that some key members of the Sixers skipped an admittedly pointless game in order to be at the side of one of their own while he mourned the loss of his brother at least gives you a better sense of who they are.

UPDATE: Bob Cooney reports that an auto accident killed 14-year-old Arthur.

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