The Eagles are going to the NFC Championship. They are showing all the signs of being a team that is finally gelling at the right moment and playing their best football in the second half of the season and will be totally underrated come January (see also: Giants, 2011, and Packers, 2010). Their offense has been a top 5 offense all season long. They have the best running back in the NFL. Their quarterback is breaking strange records left and right. And now, the defense is both playing well and getting turnovers. The Eagles are going to finish 10-6 and win two playoff games.
Sure, there are still some signs that they’re not a great team – as repeatedly pointed out and harped on by Ray Didinger on Postgame Live – such as their inability to close out a game without inducing a heart attack, Chip Kelly’s ballsy yet perplexing play-call selections during crucial plays, and the fact that Nick Foles has been the beneficiary of quite a bit of luck (from deflected and caught passes, to penalties negating interceptions). But, the positives far outweigh the negatives. They might not be as well-polished as the Saints or Seahawks, but they’re good enough to beat either of those teams and then lose to the other during consecutive playoff games.
And Foles: He didn’t play that well yesterday. He missed several wide open receivers, made a few terrible decisions, and nearly got himself killed by holding on to the ball too long and trying to get extra yards when he should’ve slid… and he still finished with a 112 QB rating. That’s the sign of a good player– you still have success when you’re off.
Let’s hit it!
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A man was killed in the parking lot outside Arrowhead Stadium.
Police are investigating the death of a man Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium after he got into a struggle with another person.
The incident occurred in a parking lot at the stadium while the Chiefs played the Denver Broncos just inside the venue, Kansas City, Missouri, police spokesman Tye Grant said.
The altercation began when someone left the game and found the man, who later died at an area hospital, inside their car. The man may have owned a similar car, Grant said.
Yeah… but we once threw snowballs at Santa.
Police say the incident had nothing to do with fan rivalry and it appears to just be a case of someone being at the wrong place in the wrong time… so we’ll refrain from any more references about rowdy sports fans and cities.
Our friends at Phans of Philly, who led a trip to Nashville to see Steve Mason beat the Predators this weekend, were at a bar last night with the Vancouver Canucks, who play the Preds on Tuesday. This is their, likely drunken, late-night Twitter report:
I’m gonna try to get more information (and pictures?) on this today.
Marcus Vick has given you whiplash:
The Phillies wished you a happy Thanksgivingamaukkah with another slightly creepy Photoshop:
But maybe as pathetic as this:pic via (@theREALbillymac)
I keep reading that as Titizens Bank Park. Which would be an awesome name, by the way.
In case you missed it, Villanova beat number two Kansas and then celebrated in a conference room in the Battle for Atlantis:
They went on win the tournament, beating Iowa in overtime on Saturday. They’re going to become a top 18 team today.
The Capitals had to use their video coach as backup goalie.
Philly native and Malvern Prep grad David Boreanaz loves the Flyers oh so much:
I have so many problems with this Wells Fargo commercial:
Here’s how Wells Fargo describes it on their YouTube page:
A young college student gets her first pay check and is thrilled to show her family. Following mom’s advice to deposit the check right away, she uses Mobile Deposit on her smartphone. In a unexpected twist, her grandmother mistakenly thinks she is simply taking a picture of the check and asks for a copy – which the young girl agrees to send to her right away.
First of all, how many people and generations are living in that house? And, because they’re hispanic, it’s slightly racist, right? And I don’t understand why everyone is so excited that this girl – who is at least 18, but looks 22 – just got her first paycheck working at her college bookstore. Did she never work before this? How did she not have some sort of job in high school? What kind of lazy-promotiong home is this?! Congratulations… you just got your first minimum wage paycheck a week after you had your first legal drink! And why is everyone moving like this was directed by Aaron Sorkin? So many things wrong.
Now, speaking of weird videos… some Eagles Christmas cheer from Colin:
Annnnnd speaking of Christmas cheer, Jim Thome:
When Washington, Ill., mayor Gary Manier was reached by phone Wednesday night, he had no idea of the $100,000 personal commitment made by Jim and Andrea Thome and the Thome family to help rebuild a city devastated by tornadoes on Nov. 17.
Manier was overwhelmed by the generous act from one of the game’s greatest sluggers and greatest people, who also was born and raised 15 miles from Washington in Peoria, Ill., in addition to the help presented by the White Sox and three more of Thome’s former teams.
“I’m so thankful for a Central Illinois guy thinking about us,” said Manier of Thome, who currently serves as special assistant to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. “You don’t really know what to say.”
Thome toured the devastation last Wednesday in Washington, where his brother Randy and his family reside. Thome was joined by Manier and former NBA player Doug Lee, who hails from Washington as well. Manier said that 1,086 homes were damaged and 532 were destroyed.
The visit understandably had a profound effect on Thome.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. The devastation literally took my breath away,” said Thome in a statement from a White Sox release Wednesday, which also announced the team’s help in the tornado relief efforts.
“I knew at that moment that Andrea and I would do whatever we could to help the people of Washington, so near to where I grew up, and home to my brother Randy and his family,” Thome added in the statement. “We are so grateful that my former teams stepped up to join us in our efforts to help.”
On 60 Minutes last night, Amazon revealed that they are building a private cloud for the CIA and then unveiled their army of delivery drones. No, there’s nothing creepy about that at all.
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