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Video: Bradley Cooper Wants Dallas

I’m at an 11 right now.

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Here are the Eagles Cheerleaders Explaining the Read Option or Something

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Over at USA Today, they’re hosting videos of some Eagles cheerleaders supposedly explaining the read option and the no-huddle offense, but they could be reading the instructions for an electric stovetop or the details of your student loans and we wouldn’t notice the difference.

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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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Report: Furkan Aldemir Is Coming from Turkey to save the Sixers This Thanksgiving

Apparently that is a thing he does.

Furkan Aldemir, a 6’10” power forward not named Dario Saric, was originally acquired by the Sixers in the Hinkiest of ways: “Aldemir was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 53rd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and then had his rights shipped immediately to the Houston Rockets … The Sixers obtained his rights in the deal that brought Royce White to PCOM for a few weeks in exchange for a Top-55 protected pick that the Rockets will never see.” Aldemir signed a new three-year contract in May with Galatasaray Istanbul, in Turkey, but it looks like that may be null and void since the dude hasn’t been paid in five months.

According to Euro Hoops, Aldemir has decided to terminate his contract with Galatasaray due to the lack of payment. Euro Hoops continues, saying Aldemir “is expected to cross the Atlantic and continue his career in the NBA with the Sixers who own his NBA rights.”

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Aldemir is, according to the Sixers, “one of the best rebounders in all of international basketball,” and he’s averaging 8.5 points (on 65.3% shooting) and 9.6 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game. Will his play improve the team by much? Can he even make it worse? We don’t know. But just be warned if someone says “Furkan Aldemir,” they aren’t having a stroke, they’re just talking basketball. Sixers basketball.

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Your Monday Morning Roundup

Eagles Camp FootballThere’s more.

Let’s hit it!

 

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The roundup:

Tim McManus on a potential beef between Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman:

There have been persistent rumblings about shifting dynamics behind the scenes: Namely, that Kelly and Roseman’s relationship has cooled and that the collaborative process between coach and general manager is not where it once was (Kelly and Gamble remain tight, per sources).

Kelly’s clout within the organization is growing as his methods continue to bear fruit. There is a shared optimism internally that this head coach has what it takes to deliver the city its first Lombardi Trophy. From designing schemes to running  an efficient, culture-conscious program, Kelly has delivered in a number of areas. When it comes to the draft — an area that Roseman performed well in when he assumed command in 2012 —  Kelly’s level of prowess is less defined. The more control he gains, the more he will be held responsible for successes and failures in every facet of the operation.

And we look forward to Chip never answering one of Tim’s questions again.

Michael Barkann got vicious on DC-based ESPN-er Britt McHenry, who tweeted this throwback pic of herself:

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Barkann responded (and since deleted) a Tweet saying (paraphrasing): Crazy how modest [or humble] you are.

McHenry fired back:

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The sexism charge is a little over the top, and one female reporter reached out to me and was eager to comment how much of a disaster she thinks McHenry’s Twitter is, but who doesn’t love a good unnecessary Twitter beef? If I were Barkann, I would’ve left the Tweet up.

– Bill Cosby voice – YA SEE, IF YOU PUT THE ROOFIE IN THE JELLO THEN MAYBE SHE’LL FORGET WHO SHE IS AND YOU CAN FORCE YOURSELF UPON HER! -end Bill Cosby voice- Yeah, he’s fucked.

Evan Mathis is great:

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Jim Cramer’s tribute to his pop, who passed away last week:

Pop loved going to the Eagles games with me. We had season tickets with my buddy Tom McGrath. Pop got pneumonia sitting outside during a playoff game in 2005. He never wore more than a light jacket. He was real sick when we went to the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., to see us lose to the Pats. He wasn’t going to miss it. After his bout with pneumonia, Tommy and I split a box so he wouldn’t get cold again. We didn’t like to miss games. He couldn’t go this year, as he was too frail, but three weeks ago he told me he was going to the Titans game this Sunday and that he would be willing to use his walker or a wheelchair.

We sat next to each other every game and he loved cheering, especially on their third down, so the opposing quarterback wouldn’t be able to think. He loved the crowd in the box, including the CNBCers I brought. Especially the crew. He loved the crew guys. And the anchors. He always said, “Call me Ken,” but they always called him Mr. Cramer. He will always be Mr. Cramer. I will always be Jimmy. We buried him with his Eagles hat.

Video here. Good luck watching that. Just a few hours before he died last Wednesday night, Cramer’s dad said to the CNBC star, “Jimmy, now we know why Sanchez was just a backup to Foles.”

Odell Beckham:

Photo credit: NJ Advance Media for NJ.com-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: NJ Advance Media for NJ.com-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of people were tweeting that Jason Avant made the same catch a couple of years ago:

Disagree. Even if you set aside context, Avant’s catch, while great, was nowhere near Beckham’s. Good hands Avant palmed the ball. Beckham caught it in his fingers. Two, to be exact. Ridiculous.

The best of the Odell memes here and here.

Howard Cosell, a bad guy.

Aaron Rodgers trolled the Vikings. <3 you, Aaron.

Reuben Frank’s the good:

Twenty-one carries for 130 yards and a touchdown. Over the last seven weeks, McCoy is averaging 95 yards and 4.5 yards per carry. That’s legit production. The Shady of old? You got him.

The bad:

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And the ugly:

The Eagles allowed 24 points to a team averaging 16.8 points per game with a rookie making his fourth career start on the road during a short week.

Those “We Want Dallas” chants you heard on you TV? Mark Sanchez heard them too: “We’re in the third quarter and people are screaming about the Dallas game while this game is still gong on. It’s something special. I’ll get into it throughout the week.” And Trent Cole added on: “If you can’t get excited about this game, you shouldn’t be playing.’

Jerry Jones on the Thanksgiving matchup, and pretending he’s ever been on a farm: “We prepared during our bye week for Philadelphia, so we’ve got some hay in the barn.”

Let’s throw Sproles back there and see if we can’t make it three:

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Someone was back in town for the Eagles game:

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The New York Post called Sanchez’s play “Jets-esque” and had some other things to say.

The turnovers are a problem, and as Elliot Shorr-Parks points out, the Eagles are in bad company:

After Sunday’s win, the Eagles have a negative-nine turnover differential on the season. The only teams with a worse turnover ratio are the New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. Combined, those teams are 7-36, an ominous sign that the Eagles are playing with fire when it comes to winning despite turning the ball over.

The Eagles’ website is ready for Thursday.

Chip Kelly on the short week that leads to Dallas:

“We’ve looked at them a lot … They play extremely hard on the defensive side of the ball. I think that’s the one thing that really jumps out for you, and then obviously offensively they’re running the ball at a very, very high rate and putting up a lot of really good yards in terms of what [Dallas RB] DeMarco Murray is doing, and then you’ve got a great quarterback in [Dallas QB] Tony Romo, you’ve got a great tight end in [Dallas TE Jason] Witten, got some outstanding receivers, so it’s going to be a heck of a game on Thursday.”

Traditionally, Jason Garrett’s Cowboys are terrible this time of year: “Since Garrett took over midway through the 2010 season, the Cowboys are 10-13 from Thanksgiving on.”

 

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This is just some of the feedback I got this weekend about our interview with Scott O’Neil:

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You can listen to that interview, along with The Tony Bruno Show and BGN Radio, at LibertyBroadcast.co.

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Bird Droppings: A Pre-Thanksgiving Feast

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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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