Bud Light Gave Lane Johnson More Beer

Chris Jastrzembski - March 17, 2018

Lane Johnson loves beer. That’s obvious.

At the beginning of the season, he offered to buy the entire city beer for a Super Bowl parade if the Eagles won the big game (which they did). Bud Light later came in and said they would pick up the tab.

You know the rest. They won the Super Bowl, we had a parade, and free beer was given out.

Prior to the start of the new league year, Johnson agreed to restructure his contract to help the team’s salary cap situation. He’s still making the same amount of money, except his base salary for the season is now $790,000.

As a gift for his actions, Bud Light sent him more beer for helping his team out.

Where would Lane rank in the Bud Light royal family? He’s probably not the king (though he should be), but he’s definitely a knight.

I can’t wait for the eventual Bud Light Lane Johnson commercial to come out that has him saving the entire village from disaster.

Your Friday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - March 16, 2018

It looked like the Sixers’ woes would continue on the road against a struggling New York team Thursday night. But then, they woke up.

Threes from Robert Covington, JJ Redick, and Dario Saric helped the Sixers beat the Knicks 118-110:

For the second straight game, Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. He also became the third rookie to tally 1,000 points, 500 assists, and 500 rebounds in a season, joining Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. He passed Johnson for triple-doubles as a rookie:

Joel Embiid led the game with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Dario Saric also had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Covington, Redick, and Marco Belinelli all scored in double figures as well. Covington went 5-for-7 from three.

The win gives the Sixers some breathing room with Milwaukee. They’re now up a game and a half on the Bucks for 6th in the East, and are now two games behind Indiana for third.

They look to gain more ground tonight as they take on the Brooklyn Nets at home at 7 PM.


Let him play.

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Your Thursday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - March 15, 2018

With the new NFL league year beginning at 4 PM yesterday, the Eagles are officially the defending Super Bowl champions. That still feels weird to say.

The Birds were relatively quiet with the exception of re-signing Nigel Bradham to a five-year, $40 million deal. The team also pushed back Michael Bennett’s roster bonus. Just this morning, they restructured Zach Ertz’s contract. Does that mean Vinny Curry and Mychal Kendricks might stay?

The biggest surprise of the day came with cornerback Patrick Robinson, who appeared to be staying with the Eagles, but signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Even though the Eagles reportedly offered more overall money, the Saints offered more guaranteed money.

Meanwhile, there’s more decisions to be made with some current players. Vinny Curry might have to restructure his deal or be let go, while Mychal Kendricks appears to be getting shopped around once again. But the most interesting nugget involved Nick Foles:

Arizona later signed Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon. Good luck with those two QBs. And will Buffalo signing AJ McCarron, it seem more and more likely Foles will stay in Philadelphia for the upcoming season.

As for free agents, Beau Allen signed with Tampa Bay and LeGarrette Blount will meet with the Detroit Lions on Friday.

Elsewhere, the Giants signed Nate Solder, the Cardinals released Tyrann Mathieu, Ndamukong Suh and Julius Thomas were released by the Dolphins, Trevor Siemian was traded to Minnesota to serve as Kirk Cousins’ backup, and Joe Thomas announced his retirement.

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Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - March 14, 2018

With the playoffs quickly approaching, the Sixers find themselves in a unique situation. They’re pretty much a lock to make the postseason.

That means the team won’t be playing against below average squads such as Brooklyn or Atlanta, but top-half teams like Toronto or, in last night’s case, Indiana. If the playoffs began today, the Sixers would face the Pacers in the first round.

The Sixers can’t make many mistakes in the playoffs, and they did just that in a 101-98 loss to Indiana. The team committed 21 turnovers, with the Pacers outscoring the Sixers in points off turnovers 29-12.

Ben Simmonds had his seventh triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists, and 13 rebounds while Joel Embiid put up 29 points and 12 rebounds for his 34th double-double of the season. Robert Covington also notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Dario Saric cooled off a little with 18 points, but is still shooting well above his season average in his past 10 and 15 games.

The Sixers look to get back on track with a back-to-back against New York teams. They’re at MSG to take on the Knicks Thursday night before meeting Brooklyn for the second time in the past week at home on Friday.

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Your Friday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - March 9, 2018

Well, winning the Super Bowl was fun. Because it appears the Super Bowl high that the Sixers and Flyers got appears to be over:

The Sixers looked to get revenge from last week’s one-point loss to the Miami Heat in South Beach. They didn’t.

Instead, they lost again by nine. And it was an important game for both teams. With the season series split at two games apiece, the tiebreaker if needed would go to conference record. Currently, the Heat would win that tiebreaker with a 24-18 record compared to the Sixers’ 21-17 mark.

The turning point would be a big fourth quarter for the Heat. Miami went 13 for 18 on field goal attempts and five for six from the three-point line. That was much more efficient than Philly’s seven makes out of 22 attempts.

Dario Saric had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while JJ Redick, Joel Embiid, Marco Belinelli, and Ben Simmons scored in double digits.

Hassan Whiteside led the way for Miami with 26 points, while Dwyane Wade added 16. Both players scored eight points in the final frame to help Miami run away.

With the win, Miami is now one game back of the Sixers for sixth in the East. The Sixers are now a game and a half behind Indiana and Milwaukee for fourth and fifth place.

After the game, Embiid wasn’t happy with Whiteside. He called him soft:

Embiid didn’t look good for most of the game. Maybe he was right in regards to having a bad stretch?

The Sixers begin a relatively easier seven-game stretch Sunday night in Brooklyn against the Nets. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. In that stretch, they take on only one current playoff team in Indiana on Tuesday night at home. A home meeting with Brooklyn, along with games against New York, Charlotte, Memphis, and Orlando fill that stretch.

It also helps that last night’s game was the last road game against a playoff team.

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Chris Jastrzembski - March 8, 2018

The offseason really has begun for the Eagles. And Howie Roseman continues to fleece teams with unbelievable trades.

His most recent act: Acquiring Michael Bennett and a seventh round pick for rarely used wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth round pick. I still don’t know how he did it, but Howie did it.

He’s going to be a great fit not only on the defense as an edge rusher who can play inside, too, but also will be a fit in the locker room with guys such as Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long matching his stance on social justice issues. And he wants Meek Mill to be released from prison, which means he’s already off to a good start.

Players, including Mychal Kendricks, were already happy to have him on the team:

Bennett also posted a long letter to Seattle after the trade was reported:

Dear Seattle, #12s, You have meant so much to me and my family! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. First and foremost I want to thank my wife and family, for always supporting me and helping guide me in every situation. My wife is the backbone of our family and I am truly blessed to have her and our three daughters. I of course want to thank Paul Allen, Pete Carroll, John Schneider, Peter McLoughlin, Erik Kennedy and Mo Kelly for bringing me to the Seahawks and giving me the opportunity to help bring Seattle their first Championship. My teammates. My brothers! More important than any championship or ring are the relationships I have made with the men in that locker room. We experienced marriages, births, deaths, and everything in between, and those are moments I will cherish forever. Last but certainly not least, to the City of Seattle, one of the best in the world. You fans are world class. The way you support us players on and off the field, helping to build bridges across our communities and understand what it means to give back and be community-minded. I am forever grateful for allowing me to grow and evolve in this time that I’ve had with you. I expanded my family in this city, I had one of my babies here. This truly was home for us and it’s been such an incredible five years. I want to assure you that the work we have started here with The Bennett Family Foundation will not stop. We are committed to this city, community and the schools we serve. It’s been a blessing to be able to meet so many great people through our work, and share our passion and dedication to better the World, and we look forward to meeting so many more of you. We are just getting started. We thank you, we love you, God Bless! Love, Black Santa

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The new league year begins next Wednesday. The Eagles are roughly $15.1 million over the projected salary cap for the 2018 season. That means more moves will have to be made. More than likely, Vinny Curry will either be released or cut. This is nowhere near done, and we’ll likely be moving bodies up until Wednesday.

Meanwhile with the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones is opening his checkbook. Except it’s to pay the NFL more than $2 million in legal fees.

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Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - March 7, 2018

It was a game the Sixers needed to win, and they did just that.

Thanks to a resurgent Robert Covington, the Sixers bounced back from Sunday’s loss to Milwaukee with a dominant 128-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Covington led the way with a team-high 22 points and went 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Ben Simmons posted a near triple-double with 16 points, 13 assists, and eight rebounds, while Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, and Ersan Ilyasova also finished in double figures.

The Sixers are still a game back of the Washington Wizards thanks to an overtime victory over the Miami Heat last night. Speaking of the Heat, the Sixers will make another trip to South Beach on Thursday.

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The Eagles’ Super Bowl Victory Made it on to Wheel of Fortune

Chris Jastrzembski - March 5, 2018

Did you know the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last month?

Well, they did. And many of us haven’t stopped mentioning it since. Now, Wheel of Fortune wanted to remind everyone which NFL team still reigns supreme.

The celebrations have died down in the past couple of weeks, but there’s still a little part of me that gets giddy when I think about the Eagles winning the Super Bowl.

And by the way, the team’s Super Bowl Championship movie comes out tomorrow.