WATCH: Eagles Fans Already Booing QB Carson Wentz

The Eagles selected Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft last night, and Birds 24/7 has exhaustive analysis. (We even sent Josh Panuil to Bismark, North Dakota!)

But how did Wentz’s first trip to Philadelphia as a member of the Eagles go? Well …

The scene: Wentz arrives at PHL Airport earlier this afternoon. A pack of reporters was there to greet him, including CBS 3 Sports Director Don Bell, who broadcast the above video live on Facebook. Also in attendance were a few Eagles fans, who immediately went up to the 23-year-old Eagles QB of the future and asked him for an autograph.

Then things got, um, silly. Read more »

Eagles Schedule Crystal Ball: How The Birds Can Make the 2016 Playoffs

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The purpose of this column is to find a way for the Philadelphia Eagles to win their division and get into the NFL playoffs.

It is a daunting task, this being the team’s first year under new head coach Doug Pederson and facing a just-released schedule that if not directly from hell, originates just down the street from the fiery inferno.

The entire success of the 2016 Eagles depends on a couple of trouble spots: the second game of the season at the Chicago Bears, and a treacherous spot of three games in a row later in the season against Seattle, Green Bay and Cincinnati. It is those spots that will determine whether the Eagles finish 8-8 or even 9-7. Both records might be enough to win a lousy NFC East. (And I don’t want to hear from Dallas fans about how the Cowboys are the team to beat this year because they have Tony Romo back. If the Cowboys were that good, they might have won one game without Romo last year). Truth is, everybody in the NFC East is pretty much the same, and it may take a tie-breaker to determine the winner between several teams with mediocre records.

Of course, the only true way to determine the final record is to examine the schedule game by game. I’m not breaking any new ground here, since every Eagle fan has done this at their cubicle.

So without further ado:  Read more »

Missanelli: The Flyers — Yes, the Flyers — Are Philly’s Best Franchise Right Now

The Flyers celebrate after winning against the Washington Capitals Wednesday, 2-1.

The Flyers celebrate after winning 2-1 against the Washington Capitals Wednesday. | AP Photo/Matt Slocum

It was a bleak sports decade, the 1970s in Philadelphia, until the Philadelphia Flyers won two Stanley Cups.

The Flyers’ Cups were a kickstart to what would turn out to be a golden winning era in Philly. From there, the Phillies, with a maturing lot from their farm system, became contenders, culminating in a 1980 World Championship. The Eagles, under Dick Vermeil, went to a Super Bowl. The Sixers were in a hunt every year until finally pushing through in 1983.

What does that have to do with today? Perhaps, as Yogi would have said, it’s déjà vu all over again.

I’m on the record saying that in the year 2020, all four of Philadelphia’s major sports teams will be contenders. But the Flyers may be way ahead of schedule. Read more »

FBI: This Guy in an Eagles Hat Robbed 3 Center City Banks

Eagles hat - alleged bank robber

Stills released by the FBI of a man accused of robbing three Center City banks in the last year.

Yesterday, the Philadelphia field office of the FBI released images of a man it says robbed three Center City banks within the last year. The man is alleged to have robbed the Beneficial Bank at 16th and Chestnut on July 27th, the Republic Bank at 16th and Walnut on October 7th and the Firstrust Bank at 16th and Market on March 18th.

But what really drew my attention is, of course, the alleged robber’s outfit: Shorts, hoodie, Eagles hat. The official uniform of random Philadelphians! The FBI says he fled on foot from each robbery. Read more »

New Eagles Offensive Lineman: “Wawa Is The Truth”

Brandon Brooks: Wawa Is The Truth

Brandon Brooks loves Wawa.

When the Eagles signed offensive lineman Brandon Brooks to a 5-year, $40 million deal earlier this month, his first words about the city of Philadelphia were pretty good.

Philly is “like a smaller, cleaner version of New York,” he said. Who knew the city derisively nicknamed “Filthydelphia” had a reputation as being clean, even if it was just in a comparison to New York? Brandon Brooks started off on the right foot.

Now things are getting even better. He’s embraced Wawa. Read more »

Randall Cunningham’s Daughter Is a World-Champion High Jumper

Vashti Cunningham holds the U.S. flag after winning the women's high jump final during the World Indoor Athletics Championships, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Portland, Ore. Cunningham won the event.

Vashti Cunningham holds the U.S. flag after winning the women’s high jump final during the World Indoor Athletics Championships, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Portland, Ore. Cunningham won the event.

Randall Cunningham was one of the most exciting players the Eagles have ever had. A quarterback with the team from 1985 to 1995, Cunningham was an MVP, a first-team All-Pro and produced many a thrilling highlight.

Cunningham was an incredible athlete. But his children might be even better. His son, Randall Cunningham II, is a top high-jumper at USC. But it’s his daughter, Vashti Cunningham, who is the most successful.

Yesterday, Vashti won the world championship in the high jump at the IAAF World Indoor Track Championships. She is just a senior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. High jumpers peak when they’re in their 20s; Vashti is just 18. Read more »

Maybe Sam Bradford Likes Philly After All

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Last week the Eagles got stability in their quarterback position, and Sam Bradford got a franchise tag contract without really getting a franchise tag contract.

Here’s the way his contract breaks down:

Bradford got a two-year contract that can make him a maximum (with incentives, roster bonuses and such) of $35 million. He got an $11 million signing bonus, but his salary cap this year for the Eagles is a manageable $12.5 million. In reality, Bradford will make $18 million this season in salary and the Eagles can buy him out of the second year of the contract for $4 million. Essentially, they have guaranteed him $22 million and he may only play for them for one season. Read more »

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