Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)
Looking to free up salary before the free agency signing period begins, the Eagles released Connor Barwin on Thursday morning. The fan favorite spent four years with the Eagles.
“Thank you Philadelphia from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me and for being the amazing city you are,” Barwin wrote on Instagram. “Laura and I want to thank Jeffrey Laurie, the entire Eagles organization, and all the fans for their support. It has been an honor and a privilege to play for this historic franchise.”
Yes, that’s right: He only spent four seasons in Philadelphia, but he managed to spell Jeffrey Lurie’s name “Jeffrey Laurie.” He really has achieved honorary From Here status. Read more »
Eagles GM Howie Roseman celebrates after the team won a coin flip. | Image via Philadelphia Eagles’ coin-flip livestream
The Eagles now know where they’ll be picking in this year’s NFL Draft on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
On Friday, the Eagles won the coin flip that determined the 14th and 15th selections in April’s draft.
The coin flip was between the Colts and the Vikings, but the Eagles got the Vikings’ number-one selection in the Sam Bradford trade last summer. So GM Howie Roseman stood on stage with representatives from the Colts and Vikings before the coin flip. The NFL even hyped up the pick a bit, moving the coin flip back a half hour in order to get fans to come watch it.
“It’s a great result,” Howie Roseman told the Eagles’ website after the coin flip. “We’re excited to be able to pick at 14. We’re excited for the draft in Philly. We know how excited our fans are going to be when we make this 14th pick.” Read more »
USA Today Sports
One Philadelphia-area man can prevent the Patriots from winning the Super Bowl with just his arm.
That man is Matt Ryan, Exton native and quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan, a 2002 graduate of Penn Charter, led the Falcons to a 44-21 win in the NFC Championship yesterday. He’ll face the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Yes, a guy from Philly can stop the Patriots from winning their fifth Super Bowl. Since every Eagles fan knows our team will never, ever win one, this is something we can all get behind. Read more »
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie co-hosted a sports talk radio program this morning, filling in for former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. I would say this seems odd, but I am a resident of the state in which the sitting governor routinely participated in an Eagles post-game panel show.
But I can criticize Christie’s choice of descriptors for Eagles fans. Speaking on WFAN’s Boomer And Carton Show, Christie said the Eagles have “sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.” Read more »
Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™
Now that the last shreds of wrapping paper have been vacuumed up and the good dishes are finally put away, we revisit our time-honored tradition of taking a look back at the year and the losers, miscreants, and ne’er-do-wells it spawned. (For a more optimistic view of Philadelphia, consider Holly Otterbein‘s Biggest Winners of 2016.)
The once-lovable former champion of the everyman now spends his time being largely irrelevant and making facepalm-worthy comments in places like the Washington Post. But when you’re pulling in a cool $5,000 each month to do virtually nothing for a casino in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you probably don’t care. Read more »
The Eagles last night finally ended a five-game losing streak that seemed much longer, beating the Giants, 24-19 at Lincoln Financial Field. (As usual, Birds 24/7 has more.)
But last night’s victory was also a win for local coffee drinkers, who for the first time since November 14th — the day after a 24-15 win over the Falcons — can enjoy a free hot or iced medium coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. The donut-and-coffee chain holds a promotion where, if the Eagles win, you get a free drink the next day if you sign up for their “DD Perks” campaign. (Yes, I agree: “DD Perks” would be an excellent name for a stripper.)
The Eagles are 6-9 this season, and have not been doing much for fans who enjoy free coffee. But there is a business in the region that has been giving us free stuff just for liking the Eagles, no matter how they’ve done this season: ACME. Read more »
Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)
When it happened in 2014, Brandon Brooks thought he just had an ulcer. But then it happened again in 2015, and now it’s happened twice in the last three weeks. The 27-year-old offensive lineman has missed four games in the last three seasons because of a last-minute illness that popped up on game day. Each time, he would wake up around 4 or 5 a.m., vomit uncontrollably for about 24 hours, lack the strength to even stand up and wonder what was happening to him afterward.
Now, he knows what the cause is. Read more »
• If you feel like you kind of suck at your job on days after the Eagles lose a game, you’re not wrong: A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that mood, work engagement and job performance all drop the day after a fan’s team loses a game. (Finally, a perk to not caring about football.) [Men’s Health]
Read more »
Jordan Matthews photo by USA Today Sports; Hillary Clinton photo by Tim Pierce (license)
For years, it was called the “Redskins Rule.” If the Washington football team with the racist nickname won their last home game before the presidential election, the incumbent party would retain the presidency. If Washington’s football team lost, the party not in power would win the White House.
Unfortunately for political wonks who enjoy spurious relationships, the rule was broken in 2004. Wonks then came up with a “revised rule” that said the rule was flipped in the election subsequent to elections where the popular vote winner lost the presidency in the Electoral College. But Washington lost its last home game before the 2012 election, and so the rule is no longer in effect. Read more »
Jordan Matthews. (USA TODAY Sports)
The Eagles travel up I-95 North to take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in the first of two meetings between the teams. The Eagles look to go 5-3 on the season and stay in the hunt for the NFC East crown. We’ll periodically update this thread throughout the game with highlights and drive summaries. Feel free to jump in the comments below. Read more »