The Birds flew across the country and took home the win yesterday against the Los Angeles Chargers. It certainly was not the prettiest of wins.
Re-live the nail-biter with Chris’s Game Thread.
As you look at some of that content in the thread and videos online today, you’ll think it was an Eagles home game, but apparently the Chargers have given up on trying to sell seats.
The crowd that did show up, predominantly Eagles fans, loved seeing LeGarette Blount’s career-long 68-yard run that allowed the Eagles to score a much-needed touchdown to aid the winning effort. It was a Herculean effort– hearing Merrill Reese calling it, is just as good as seeing.
Eagles fans came out early and supported the team and Jason Peters stopped by to sign a special autograph:
WATCH: Eagles LT Jason Peters signs wounded Warrior's leg!!
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) October 1, 2017
The amount of Eagles fans in attendance, thousands of miles from Philly, resonated with Malcom Jenkins:
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 2, 2017
The Monday after an Eagles win is always good, but it is even better when the Cowboys and Giants lose. The Redskins play tonight against the lone undefeated team left in the league, the Chiefs. The Eagles winning and rest of the division losing? I LOVE it.
Now, let’s recap what went down on a jam-packed weekend.
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The Phillies wrapped up their season on Sunday, with a lopsided win over the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The team’s performance in the final few weeks, mainly fueled by the talent of the young prospects, kept the Phillies from losing 100 games and also having the worst record in baseball, a title they held for a majority of the 2017 season. That belongs to the Detroit Tigers. The Phillies finished third worst.
Also, Sunday was Freddy Galvis’s 162nd game of the season, making him just the sixth Phillie to play in every game of a season.
Sunday’s season finale was also the final game for manager Pete Mackanin. The team announced on Friday afternoon that he will no longer manage the team, but will stay with the organization. Personally, I am surprised, but regardless there will be a new manager in 2018, so now what? That’s the question BWanksCB posed.
Whoever does manage the Phillies next year will coach the ballclub in the 2018 edition of the Little League Classic.
The excitement for the Sixers is starting to build even more after this weekend when the team held its Blue-White scrimmage at The Palestra, which featured Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid, with the former two actually playing in the contest. You can watch the whole thing here.
Heading into the scrimmage, at the conclusion of training camp, our Kevin Kinkead compiled some copious notes on the team.
Although Embiid did not play, he did dance:
We are live!
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 1, 2017
While Joel dabbed, Ben dunked:
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 1, 2017
The Sixers open the regular season in 17 days and this video of Brett Brown mic’d up should get you ready:
— NBA (@NBA) September 29, 2017
While the team preps for the season, its CEO Scott O’Neil appeared on Bloomberg’s Business of Sports podcast.
The Flyers battled the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon in the team’s preseason match-up before opening up the regular season on Wednesday. Now they need to trim the roster before battling the San Jose Sharks in Game 1.
Our Flyers reporter, Anthony SanFilippo, predicted who he thinks is making the roster on the defense side. The team has yet to announce the official, final roster, but did make an announcement about three players. The team tweeted that Oskar Lindblom is heading to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to start the season and that both Nolan Patrick and Robert Hagg are sticking around as they have made the team going into opening night.
The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday with the Flyers starting the 2017-18 campaign on the west coast.
No. 4 Penn State football battled with Indiana on Saturday in Happy Valley early before pulling away with the 45-14 win. The latest AP Top 25 was released, on Sunday, and the Nittany Lions held steady at that fourth position.
Saquon Barkley, who has the be the clear frontrunner for the Heisman this season, was the subject of a great feature about what he did at a high school track meet. I covered that track meet for a local paper and it was a special moment:
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) October 1, 2017
The 5-0 PSU squad battles Northwestern on Saturday at noon.
Unlike Penn State, Tennessee football is struggling mightily and many are saying that head coach Butch Jones’s days in Rocky Top are numbered. Who will replace him? The odds on favorite is Chip Kelly.
LSU’s homecoming was this weekend and they paid Troy $985,000 to come play them in hopes of an easy win to keep up with the festivities of the weekend. The Tigers lost both on the field and on Twitter:
Hey @LSU, thanks for having us down for homecoming! We really enjoyed it! 😁
— Troy University (@TROYUnews) October 1, 2017
Back to the professional ranks, the NFL was in London again and the Jay Cutler of old made the trip across the pond:
Jay Cutler didn't move or give a single f*** during this wildcat formation. pic.twitter.com/zkOZlCgEvQ
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 1, 2017
The Dolphins lost the game.
The Ravens lost to the Steelers and were booed throughout the game for their poor play. Its home crowd booed them pre-game as well, for kneeling:
On a somewhat related note, FiveThirtyEight broke down the political affiliation of every NFL team’s fanbase. The Eagles fanbase leans heavily democratic, compared to the rest of the league.
The MLB playoffs starts Tuesday night. Here is your guide for when the games are and where to watch them:
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) October 2, 2017
Sunday was CSN Philly’s 20th anniversary:
It's our 20th birthday today, and while our name will change, our mission remains the same.
Thanks to EVERYONE who has made CSN special. pic.twitter.com/1dXQskuad3
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 2, 2017
It was also the last day of CSN Philly. Today it is now known as NBC Sports Philadelphia:
— Kyle Scott (@CrossingBroad) October 1, 2017
In non-sports news…
There was a knife attack in France on Sunday that killed two people.
Nokia is bringing back its old classic cell phone…alert your parents!
Horrible events in Las Vegas.
Happy Monday, make it a good week!