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Let’s Check in on Giants Fans

Kevin Kinkead - January 22, 2018

Yea, they’ve won a few Super Bowls and the Eagles haven’t.

Eli Manning and Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler and whatever.

But let’s check in on New York fans today, beginning with a somewhat “tone deaf” tweet from a dope running the Empire State Building account:

It went about as well as expected:

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What a Time to be Alive: Ten Takeaways from Eagles 38, Vikings 7

Kevin Kinkead - January 22, 2018

I’ve tried to write about the Eagles this season without any sort of emotional attachment to the team.

But the truth is that I grew up a Birds fan in the suburbs, so it would be disingenuous for me to say that I didn’t really care about the results. Of course I wanted them to win just as much as you did, and not just for “clicks.”

So it’s kind of strange, because I didn’t know how to feel after the Eagles put together the most comprehensive beatdown I’ve seen in more than a decade. I just sort of sat there in my living room, typing away with a shit-eating grin, happy for people like my 67-year-old dad, who has never seen the Eagles win the Super Bowl. I thought about the five uncles who have watched the Birds bomb out year after year after year. You think about the blue collar family from Bridesburg or Bordentown, where Sunday means more than just watching football.

It’s about the people, you know? It always has been, and it means something to this town that you just can’t explain to outsiders. Philly fans have been through a lot.

That said, I’ve never seen a local team play better in a “big game” scenario. Never. And if you want to kind of boil it down to one line that really explains everything, it’s this:

They scored 38 unanswered points in the NFC Championship Game.

I mean.. Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven. They scored 38 unanswered points in the NFC Championship game, coming from behind after the Vikings went 75 yards for the easiest of touchdowns on the game’s opening drive. You probably had that sinking feeling. Crossing Broad slack chat was “tight,” if you know what I mean. And drunk. At least four people were totally hammered. It was that familiar feeling of impending doom.

But..

“Not so fast my friends!” as Lee Corso once said.

What we witnessed after that first Eagle drive was nothing short of total destruction.

We’ve seen so many losers come through this city, and yet here we are in 2018, with Doug Pederson and Nick Foles, of all people, leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

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“Is He Really Going?” – Zach Ertz’s Wife Loses it After Hearing Super Bowl News

Kevin Kinkead - January 21, 2018

You probably know that Zach Ertz’s wife Julie plays for the United States national soccer team.

She didn’t get to watch the Birds on Sunday night because the U.S. women were playing at the exact same time as the NFC Championship Game.

But as she walked off the field, she was given the news:

Ertz scored a goal in the game, so go figure. She’s nasty. She’s a hell of a player.

And she spoke about Zach afterward:

Update:

We now have video of Zach watching his wife’s reaction:

PLAY OF THE GAME: The Pick-Six

Kevin Kinkead - January 21, 2018

It was 7-0 Vikings.

Shelton Gibson had just committed a dumb penalty after Trey Burton screwed up a wide-open third down pass. The Eagle defense got smoked on the opening drive.

It was the worst start imaginable. We were headed for another spirit-crushing NFC Championship Game flame out.

Then…..

…this:

What…. a….. play!

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Idiots Being Idiots in the Parking Lot

Kevin Kinkead - January 21, 2018

Somebody shared this video with Kyle on Twitter.

I don’t know much about the context, though I don’t see any Vikings gear. It looks like Eagle fans fighting each other.

Check it out for yourself, courtesy of @rayz_ya:

 

 

Getting the Results: Four Observations from Sixers 116, Bucks 94

Kevin Kinkead - January 21, 2018

Sometimes life gives you no Kyrie Irving, or no Kawhi Leonard, or no Giannis Antetokounmpo.

And when that happens you just go ahead and beat undermanned teams, improving to 22-20 and the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 7th win in eight games.

It was a low-key critical game in the playoff race between two teams that will probably be in that six to nine range for rest of January and into April. The sore knee bothering the Greek Freak, combined with a “personal” absence for reigning rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon took some of the shine off this game, but the Sixers got the job done at home while navigating their usual third quarter scare.

Brett Brown on the takeaways from the win:

“I think it’s a real snapshot as to who we are. You have some solid periods where you guard and don’t turn it over, then you blink and you have 11 turnovers in the third period and then you regroup and hold them to 14 points in the fourth period. We had a lead, they got it back to two, we ballooned out. That’s this group, and if any of us are trying to make it immediately more than it is that’s just not the reality of this group we have. They’re young, they’re kind of wild, we’re trying to tame them as much as we can. But it’s also part of the passion and the thing that makes them good and so the takeaways are the snapshot of how erratic and fun and sometimes good, sometimes painful this young team is.”

The Sixers only turned the ball over three times in the first half, building a six point lead as Milwaukee shot 50% from three-point range. They allowed the Bucks to get within two points in the 4th quarter, then went on a 13-0 run to rebuild the lead and close it out.

Post game, Joel Embiid’s social media game was on point, poking fun at Bucks owner Wes Edens, who famously jabbed the Sixers’ rebuilding efforts last June, claiming that he’d rather talk about the “results” than the “process.”

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Viking Injuries, and Maybe a Bit of Gamesmanship

Kevin Kinkead - January 19, 2018

Is Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen really 100% for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game? Probably not, but he’s going to play. He told people he was fine this week, even though he’s been limited in practice with a back problem.

Friday, he was officially listed as questionable on the Vikings’ injury report:

It’s probably a Julio Jones-type of thing – limited all week, play through the pain in the playoffs.

Sendejo, the strong safety, is going through concussion protocol but expected to play after taking what I thought looked like a cheap hit from Michael Thomas last weekend:

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The Union Made a Blockbuster Trade

Kevin Kinkead - January 19, 2018

Look at the Philadelphia Union sneaking into the spotlight.

The MLS Draft took place today in Center City, but with a total of zero early round picks, the Union instead pulled off a huge trade, acquiring 27-year-old winger David Accam from the Chicago Fire for $1.2 million in allocation money.

I’ll explain “allocation money” in a minute.

Accam is a speedy attacker who put up a career-high 14 goals and 8 assists last year. He’s played three MLS seasons and was heading into the final year of his Chicago contract. I’d assume, hopefully, that the Union wouldn’t spend $1.2 mill on a guy who might not re-sign. Accam had recently been going back and forth with the Fire front office over his contract situation, which might have precipitated their decision to move him. He’s a designated player who made a $750,000 base salary last season.

He’s worth that salary because he can do stuff like this:

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