And in the Second Round, Buzz Bissinger Selects Nick Foles

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In Philadelphia magazine’s July cover story, Buzz Bissinger wrote memorably of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles that, “unless he stops being chickenshit and goes into the middle, he will never guide the Eagles to the place that only tantalizes us.” He instructed Foles to “Sidle up to a bar on the road and order a slug of single malt, not a double shot of milk.” And,”Don’t ever publicly say again that your favorite movie is The Lion King.” Bissinger observed that “there’s still an aura of softness about him, no fire. Maybe it’s the hee-haw face.”

But Bissinger overlooked all that on Labor Day, when he selected Foles in the second round of his 12-team fantasy football league.

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Um, Guys? Brent Celek’s New Lifestyle Brand Is Surprisingly Amazing

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The Washburn Weekender, $1,400. | Photo via REVISIT.

Welcome to the start of the NFL season! For Eagles fans, this means you’re only a few days away from the first regular season game. But in the interim between last season and pre-season outings (which you can read all about over on Birds 24/7), Eagles tight end Brent Celek was busy at another venture: a “lifestyle brand.”

Wait! Don’t groan yet.

How it Was Made: The Eagles’ #FlyEaglesFly Video Starring Bradley Cooper

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This afternoon I reached out to 160Over90, the local branding agency in charge of creating the Philadelphia Eagles #FlyEaglesFly videos. I chatted with Creative Director Brendan Quinn, who, along with a team of writers and videographers, was in charge of the concept and creation of the spot. He talked about how he got Bradley Cooper involved, how keyboardist Kamal Gray helped procure the rights to The Roots song in the background, and getting some of Philly’s rowdiest Eagles fans involved in the project.

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WATCH: Bradley Cooper, John Legend and The Roots Team Up for Eagles Campaign Video

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The Philadelphia Eagles released the latest video in its #FlyEaglesFly campaign, a new series of ads designed to promote the local NFL team’s upcoming season.

This time around the video, called “Everything and More,” features a collaboration between Philly’s Bradley Cooper and The Roots, and Penn alum John Legend. Cooper does the voiceover, an impassioned monologue about what the Eagles mean to the City of Philadelphia: “This is more than a team. It’s a family. It’s our family. This is more than a city. It’s our home. This is more than a game. This is everything … and more,” he says.

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Sorry Birds Fans, but the Eagles Won’t Win the Super Bowl This Year

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

I am as excited about this coming season as any Eagles fan. I gobble up every item from Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus on Birds 24/7. I jockey between the two Philadelphia talk radio stations to catch every Eagles point. I’ll even watch the meaningless fourth pre-season game to see if Ifeanyi Momah can make the team.

Excitement is fueled by expectations; and expectations were fueled by The Statement.

It was a statement that can launch the already high hopes of excited Eagles fans into the stratosphere of unreasonable expectations. The Statement came from none other than NFL booth expert Cris Collinsworth. When asked to name his Super Bowl favorite, the first team out of his mouth was “Eagles.”

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Here’s an Animated GIF of Chip Kelly Diving Into a Pool of Ice Water

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Yesterday, the entire Philadelphia Eagles team took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The team did it as one: Much of the team climbed into a giant pool filled with ice water and had dump trucks pour more ice water on them.

But the best part of the Eagles’ Ice Bucket Challenge is shown in the animated GIF above, which shows coach Chip Kelly diving into the pool head-first before any of his players did.

Kelly does the ice bucket challenge like he calls plays: As quickly as possible. Plus, you have to believe those dump trucks had several different ways to pour ice on the Eagles players. Kelly uses packaged plays everywhere!

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Sadly, the Eagles Aren’t Going Back to Kelly Green Jerseys

Philadelphia Eagles running back Wilbert Montgomery  in a game against the New York Giants on September 2, 1984. Photo | AP, Paul Spinelli.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Wilbert Montgomery in a game against the New York Giants on September 2, 1984. Photo | AP, Paul Spinelli.

Eagles president Don Smolenski caused a stir this morning when he said on 94 WIP’s morning show that the Eagles were considering wearing the kelly green jerseys again. The station trumpeted it as a major change, and Smolenski seemed to hint at nefarious plots against kelly green: “We have talked about it and there are some rules with the NFL that provide some restrictions that we’re trying to work through, but that’s going to take some time.”

Eagles fans – at least ones with taste, unlike Foobooz editor Arthur Etchells, who prefers the current “midnight green” teal-ish uniforms — rejoiced. A return to the obviously superior kelly green color scheme, finally!

But it turns out the Eagles just want to wear kelly green occasionally, as a third jersey. Currently, the Eagles wear their black jerseys as their alternate colors. (I prefer these to the midnight green ones. Kelly green and white — and black jerseys twice a season — would be the ideal combo.) But there’s an issue: Due to new helmet safety protocols in the wake of the NFL concussion lawsuits, teams can’t wear one-off helmets anymore.

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Eagles Hiring Swoop Apprentice

Do you have experience wearing a mascot costume? Do you like the Eagles? Do you want to work for them in a mascot costume?

Well, do I have good news for you: The Eagles are hiring a Swoop apprentice! Yes, the Eagles recently posted an ad online for a mascot apprentice. If hired, you will be a backup Swoop at 50 appearances a year after you’ve been trained. (Or, in the words of the job ad, “once learning of craft is achieved.”)

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Phillies, Eagles Among 50 Most-Valuable Sports Franchises in World

Forbes named both the Eagles and the Phillies to its annual list of the world’s 50 most-valuable sports teams. The Eagles come in at No. 17, while the Phillies are No. 39.

The Eagles are worth $1.314 billion. They trail the other three teams in the NFC East in valuation: Dallas is No. 5 (the most-valuable NFL team), Washington is No. 9 and the Giants are No. 10. Real Madrid is the most-valuable sports team in the world; the Yankees are No. 1 in the U.S. (and No. 4 worldwide).

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