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You Can Run the Philly Special with Nick Foles

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

Wanna recreate one of the coolest plays in Super Bowl history while aiding a good cause at the same time?

You and a friend can join Nick Foles to run the Philly Special and tour the Eagles facility.

To enter, all you have to do is make a donation to Dysautonomia International, a nonprofit that advocates for more than 70 million people who live with autonomic nervous system disorders. It’s a cause that means a lot to Foles, as his wife Tori battles an issue known as “postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome,” or POTS. You can help move the research forward for better treatments, and eventually a cure.

For more information, click here: Run the Philly Special with Nick Foles 

Also, you can spend an evening with Foles and Brandon Graham coming up just a month from now, on September 25th.

The event will take place at The Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia and includes a moderated discussion and Q&A session hosted by former Eagles Quarterback, Ron Jaworski. Cocktail hour with open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres will include the opportunity for guests to mingle and take photos with Jaworski, Keith Byars, & Dallas Goedert.

Go to Fanatics.com to purchase general admission tickets for $299, which includes one Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles Framed 15″ X 17″ Super Bowl LII Champions MVP collage with a piece of game-used football. There’s a $999 option and a $1,499 option that includes a photo opportunity with Foles and Graham.

All the tickets can be bought at Fanatics. Get them right here.

That’s an affiliate link, so if you use it you’ll also be supporting the site. And, you know, hanging with two Super Bowl champions.

It Seems the Washington Nationals Have Quit on the 2018 Season

BWanksCB - August 21, 2018

The Phillies will open up a critical three-game set in Washington this evening against an underachieving Nationals team that was thought to be making a last-ditch effort to remain alive in the NL East. Instead it appears they are already dead. Wave the white flag:

Well then.

Washington’s decision to move Murphy is a bit of a stunner, and it will certainly should make things easier for Phillies pitchers this week. Murphy was hitting .340 with a .904 OPS since the All-Star break. Also on the move is first baseman Matt Adams who is hitting .257 with 18 homers this season, despite hitting .061 in 33 at-bats this month:

What about Bryce Harper, you ask?


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JJ Redick’s Twitter Account No Longer Exists

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

I guess you saw the story last week about JJ Redick’s bizarre encounter with a New York City courtesy car driver who had some sort of cage in the back of his vehicle. Redick explained what happened on his podcast and Phil wrote about it here. 

The long and short of it is that JJ thought a human being might have been inside the cage, but he wasn’t sure. He took a LOT of heat from random folks online because they don’t think he did enough to address a problem that they thought could have been serious – human trafficking, child abduction, something along those lines. Redick was with his wife and sister-in-law at the time and asked the driver to pull over. They got into a taxi instead.

He responded on Friday to people who were criticizing him for not getting a picture of the driver and/or calling the police immediately:

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Some NBA Owners Apparently Want Access to Players’ Mental Health Records

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

This popped up in an ESPN story written by Jackie MacMullan. 

In case you haven’t been paying attention, a movement began this year to address concerns of mental health in the NBA. Kevin Love came forward to describe his struggles. DeMar DeRozan did the same. The NBA recently launched the “Mental Health and Wellness Program”, which is being funded by both the league and players association. Dr. William Parham was brought in to be the program’s first director.

Related to that, MacMullan’s article featured this nugget:

Yet there remain many obstacles to confront, chief among them the stigma attached to mental health that prompts many players to suffer in silence. The union also insists that mental health treatment be confidential, but some NBA owners, who in some cases are paying their players hundreds of millions of dollars, want access to the files of their “investments.” That is not, however, the league’s position. “The NBA fully supports protecting the confidentiality of players’ mental health information and, accordingly, committed to the players association that any mental health program we undertake would do so,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass says.

Confidentiality, says Love, has to be non-negotiable. Without it, he says, he never would have become comfortable enough to announce from that All-Star dais that he was seeking treatment.

It’s also a legal issue. I can’t imagine how NBA owners would navigate HIPAA laws to get those files. Lawyers would be licking their chops to take that case, if it ever made it to a courtroom.

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Victor Cruz Retires, Joins ESPN

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

Nothing sums up the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles “Dream Team” like the week three 29-16 home loss against the New York Giants.

It was late in the first quarter, New York up 7-0, when Eli Manning saw a wide-9 Eagles blitz and hit Victor Cruz on a simple flare pass. Kurt Coleman missed the first tackle, then Nnamdi Asomugha whiffed on an arm tackle, clattered into his teammate, and Cruz took it in 74 yards for the score.

Cruz went on to score 9 touchdowns that season and rack up 1,536 yards as the Giants won the Super Bowl. The Dream Team finished 8-8.

He had another 1,000 yard receiving season in 2012, then came back to Philly and tore his patellar tendon reaching for a pass in the end zone in 2014 He missed the entire 2015 season with a separate calf issue, returned to put up okay numbers in 2016, then was released by the Giants.

He was just never the same after those injuries, but really became a thorn in the side during the tail-end of Andy Reid’s tenure. Cruz finished his career with 45 catches for 679 yards against the Birds, snagging five total touchdowns. He put up 75 receiving yards on average in 9 games vs. Philly.

Now he’s joining ESPN as a studio analyst:

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Marty Mornhinweg Now Looks Like Andy Reid

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

I nearly spit out my coffee when I saw this on Twitter:

Haha.

God bless Marty Mornhinweg. Guy gave 10 years of his career to the Philadelphia Eagles. Then he went to the Jets to become Rex Ryan’s offensive coordinator, which lasted two seasons until Todd Bowles was brought in.

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Doug Pederson Was Pissed at the Jaguars

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

Doug Pederson’s book comes out today, titled “Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion.

It was co-authored by Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report and The Athletic, and – ironically enough – Pederson turned down an offer to have ex-critic Mike Lombardi write the book instead. 

That was probably the most interesting excerpt floating around the internet, pre-release. Also intriguing is a passage that details Pederson’s displeasure with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who decided to run out the clock at the end of the first half instead of pushing for more points against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Vito Stellino, who is not an extra in The Godfather but a Hall of Fame sports writer, lays it out after the jump:

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Crossed Up: Playing Down and Looking Up

JoyOnBroad - August 21, 2018

Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ continued struggles against bad teams, the flawed NL East, the Odubel Herrera problem, Aaron Nola as an MVP candidate, and the bullpen’s potential Achilles’ Heel.

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