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The Eagles Invited a Guy Named “Weston Steelhammer” to Tryouts

Kevin Kinkead - May 10, 2019

Great name, Weston Steelhammer. Sounds like a porn star alias, or the name of a safety who delivers big hits.

He’s got an interesting background story as well. Steelhammer actually finished his college career at Air Force several years ago and took part in Eagles minicamp back in 2017. However, he had to complete a two-year military service commitment before playing professional ball.

From Pro Football Talk:

For the last two years, Steelhammer has been serving in the Air Force, as required by the U.S. Department of Defense, but now his active-duty obligation is over and he’s free to pursue an NFL career.

The military has changed the rules through the years for players from Army, Navy and Air Force who have NFL opportunities. At some times, players have been required to serve as many as five years before playing, while at other times players have been allowed to go straight from college football to the NFL. President Trump said this week that he is considering changing the current rule and allowing service academy players to turn pro immediately without any compulsory military service.

A three-year starter at Air Force, Steelhammer played youth football with Eagles coach Doug Pederson’s son, and Pederson was happy to give him an opportunity once he and fulfilled his commitment.

That’s pretty cool/interesting.

I did some light Friday afternoon research and didn’t find any current Army players in the NFL, though the Patriots’ long snapper, Joe Cardona, went to the Naval Academy, as did Seattle practice squad quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Another long snapper, Austin Cutting, went to the Air Force Academy, and was drafted two weeks ago by the Vikings.

Please join me in thanking Mr. Steelhammer for his service to our country. I hope he makes the team and lays the Steelhammer on an unsuspecting receiver coming across the middle.

His career stats and a highlight video, after the jump:

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Eagles Extend Stadium Naming Rights With Lincoln Financial

Kevin Kinkead - May 9, 2019

Remember the Eagles “major community announcement” that was teased for today?

The team is extending their relationship with Lincoln Financial through 2032. So that means “The Linc” will be called “The Linc” for the next 13 years.

From the team website:

Lincoln Financial Group and the Philadelphia Eagles announced Thursday that they have agreed to extend the stadium naming rights for Lincoln Financial Field through the 2032 NFL season. The partnership, which began in 2002, is one of the longest naming rights relationships in the NFL. The state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility, lovingly referred to as “The Linc” by fans, is the home of the Philadelphia Eagles. Since kicking off the 2003 season, the Eagles have hosted many memorable moments at Lincoln Financial Field including, the famous “4th-and-26” conversion, the Snow Bowl in 2013, three NFC Championship Games, and of course raising the Super Bowl LII Championship banner.

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Under the new agreement, Lincoln Financial Group will have a more dynamic stadium presence with new signage prominently featured in, around and on top of the stadium.

Here’s video of the announcement, which is taking place as we speak:

Lane Johnson is All In on the Sixers

Kevin Kinkead - May 9, 2019

Remember when the Eagles were underdogs on their home field, despite being the #1 seed in the playoffs?

Yeah, me too.

Lane Johnson is invoking that theme as he throws support behind the Sixers:

Ben Simmons can’t shoot!

Joel Embiid can’t stay healthy!

Jimmy Butler doesn’t wanna be here!

Tobias Harris is inconsistent!

JJ Redick is too old!

Brett Brown can’t coach!

It’s the whole damn team!

I imagine a Jason Kelce speech would go something like that if it was instead applied to the local basketball team.

Game six tonight.

It is a must win game.

Howie Roseman Reiterates His Desire to Sign Carson Wentz to a Long-Term Deal

Kevin Kinkead - May 7, 2019

Howie Roseman was on Angelo Cataldi’s show this morning.

Angelo kissed his ass for a little bit to start the interview, then jumped into a variety of topics, including:

Free agency

  • Malik Jackson is a “quick-twitch, explosive pass rusher.” Howie thinks he fits the scheme and can get off the ball, notes that he’s won a Super Bowl and fits in well next to Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan.
  • Jernigan can play, is an “A-Gap player and has a different skill-set than the other guys.” He’s excited about the group of defensive tackles. Vinny Curry brings familiarity to the defensive end position. Chris Long has been a great Eagle and integral part of the defense. They are going to “keep those conversations between us and him,” RE: whether or not Long returns for another season.
  • Need young guys like Josh Sweat and Daeshon Hall and Shareef Miller to push at end. Howie also loves Joe Ostman.

On DeSean Jackson:

Have you seen him run? Have you seen the games he’s played against us the last few years? Did everyone in Philadelphia not know where that ball was going on the first play of the game when we played in Tampa last year? And he ran right by us. And I think the thing about DeSean is that all of us need time to mature. And DeSean’s got a family. He’s got two kids. He has been here every day in the offseason program. He looks great; he’s excited about the opportunity. He knows is legacy is going to be defined in Philadelphia. Our conversations with him about what he wants his career to be remembered as, it’s as an Eagle. He embraces the city. He’s got an unbelievable skill set. He’s got chemistry in this building. We couldn’t be more excited to have him back.

More after the jump:

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Donovan McNabb Elaborates on His Carson Wentz Comments

Kevin Kinkead - May 7, 2019

Donovan McNabb, the greatest quarterback in Philadelphia Eagles history, was on 97.5 the Fanatic this morning.

You’ll recall recent comments he made about Carson Wentz, noting his concern for the QB’s injury history and suggesting that the Eagles might want to draft a quarterback if Wentz doesn’t get the Birds out of the divisional round in the near future. Donovan clarified those comments after a backlash that included Lane Johnson referring to him as a snake and essentially accusing him of jealousy.

So Donovan was asked again about his Carson comments, with Marc Farzetta explaining that people took it negatively.

McNabb:

But my point is, why? Because I’m an analyst and a question is presented to me, I’m supposed to answer the way I see fit. Being truthful, right? I think a lot of times media members send mixed messages because they say one, players are not honest and upfront, then, two, when they are honest and upfront then it’s too much. Or, three, if sometimes when it’s certain people, we want to judge it or have a different type of emotional feel to their answer because of who it is. And that’s unfair. It’s unfair because, from a reality and business standpoint, if you’re not able to be out on the football field and contributing to your team on a consistent basis, which is the most important position to a football team, they’re gonna have the backup come in.

And if the backup is in too much, one thing you don’t want to have is your backup being out there really too much longer than you want him to be, then you’re gonna go out there and draft someone who you think can fill that void. That’s just the lay of the land. We’ve all been through it. Tra (Thomas) has been through it. I’ve been through it. The list of everybody that’s played in the past, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 100 years, these owners and presidents and GMs, they’re gonna find a way to either find a player less talented than you that they can pay less, or find two players that they can pay for the price they’re paying you, if you’re not contributing.

Farzetta then asked Donovan if Carson Wentz is a guy in whom Donovan would invest his future. Can he be a perennial MVP candidate?

More McNabb, after the jump:

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PA Gaming Control Board Holds Hearing on Stadium Casino and Hotel

Kevin Kinkead - May 6, 2019

Let’s get it back to economic development.

As we await the launch of PA online sports betting betting any day now, today the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held a public input hearing and license renewal jawn for the planned Live! Hotel and Casino, which is expected to open next year on the plot of land where the Holiday Inn used to be at the sports complex.

The hotel/casino is expected to have 125 table games, 2,000 slot machines, and 200+ hotel rooms. And of course a sportsbook, which will complete locally with SugarHouse Sportsbook, Parx Sportsbook and Harrah’s. This was originally a joint development between Greenwood Racing and The Cordish Companies, which purchased the site for $37 million dollars last January. Cordish later bought out Greenwood and now controls the entirety of the project.

The presentation was shared on Youtube, and Cordish showed some slides to the Gaming Board.

Among then, was this list of community benefits:

 

And some mock ups and diagrams of the property and the finished project, after the jump:

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Meet the Philadelphia Eagles’ First Male Cheerleader

Kevin Kinkead - May 1, 2019

Let’s give a warm Philadelphia welcome to Kyle Tanguay, who is the Birds’ newest cheerleader. He’s the first dude to make the squad, ever.

Some info via Action News

The Philadelphia Eagles will have a male cheerleader at home games this upcoming season.

Kyle Tanguay was one of the talented dancers chosen during Tuesday night’s final tryouts for the 2019 Eagles Cheerleading Squad.

Tanguay is from Rochester, New Hampshire.

According to his website, he started dancing at the age of 10. He is currently a student at the University of the Arts.

Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies were the first male cheerleaders in the NFL when they joined the Los Angeles Ram squad in 2018. They also became the first to perform at the Super Bowl.

Yeah, cool. Welcome aboard.

Men make for good cheerleaders because they are natural “bases” and “spotters.” At least I think that’s the case. My mom has been a cheerleading coach for decades, and I think that’s what you call the people who lift the 5 foot, 95 pound girls into the air, where they do a triple back flip or some other crazy stunt.

Of course the social media comments on this story are all over the place. People still have an issue with male cheerleaders in 2019, for whatever reason, but as long as Kyle is a hard-working, blue collar, lunch pail carrying Philly guy, he’s good in my book.

Crossing Broadcast: Sixers/Raptors, Ben/Embiid, Eagles Draft, The Night King

Russ Joy - April 30, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down the Sixers’ adjustments in Game 2 against the Raptors, what we could see in Game 3, Jimmy Butler’s huge game, Jay Wright turning down UCLA, a Ben Simmons/Joel Embiid hypothetical, and more. They then recap the Eagles’ draft and more Kate Smith fallout. The final segment includes Twitter questions and reactions to Game of Thrones S8E3 “The Long Night”.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes/Apple Podcasts] [Spotify][Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @Kevin_Kinkead @JoyOnBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

Audio after the jump:
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