Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.
Philadelphia Eagles football is officially back. The Birds play the first game of their 2016 NFL schedule tomorrow on Sunday, Sept. 10. The Eagles open their season against the Cleveland Browns.
This week’s game is highly anticipated not only because it’s the first game of the season, but also because it marks Carson Wentz’s first career NFL start. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft was scheduled to be inactive on game day to start out. That changed, of course, when Philadelphia surprisingly traded projected starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Vikings in exchange for a 2017 first round pick (and 2018 conditional pick). It will be interesting to see how Wentz fares. The 23-year-old passer is clearly talented. Can he limit his rookies mistakes? Read more »
Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
The 2016 NFL season officially kicked off on Thursday night but the first full Sunday of football action is still a few days away. With that in mind, there’s still time for some predictions to be made for the upcoming season. Here’s one take on how the 2016 NFL season will play out, along with a specific record prediction for the Philadelphia Eagles. Read more »
(Kameron Wingenbach – YouTube)
Carson Wentz is all business when he’s facing the media, but don’t let that fool you. The Eagles’ rookie quarterback hasn’t been afraid to show off a lighter side on social media. Whether it’s tweeting about how he got stuck in a New Jersey gas station bathroom or joking around with his teammates, Wentz lets his personality shine.
As it turns out, Wentz has always been a little goofy. Look no further than this funny video of him attempting “trick shots” with his high school friends. Watch below. Read more »
The set-up at City Hall before the announcement the 2017 NFL Draft would be held in Philadelphia | Photo: Dan McQuade
This is Philadelphia sports, and things can’t be easy. So of course it’s happening this way: The NFL Draft is returning to Philadelphia next year for the first time since 1961. The Eagles do not have a first-round pick.
The draft will begin on April 27th and run through the 29th, and will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The NFL said draftees will walk up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when they are selected. Just like Rocky!
“How cool is this!” Ron Jaworski said to the assembled media at City Hall today. “About a post-pattern from here, eighty years ago the first NFL Draft was held. And guess what: We’re back, Philadelphia!”
The NFL Draft was held in New York between 1965 and 2014, but a few years ago the NFL decided to make it more of a fan-focused experience. It was held in Chicago’s Grant Park and Auditorium Theatre the past two years. Read more »
Jon Dorenbos performs in the semifinals of America’s Got Talent on August 30th | Screengrab via NBC
Most Eagles fans have come to terms with the fact that their favorite team is never going to win the Super Bowl. Never, ever. What if Carson Wentz is a Hall of Fame-caliber stud? He’ll be like Dan Marino — an all-time great who never won the big one.
That’s why Eagles fans have to settle for little victories. Such as: Jon Dorenbos could win a televised talent competition!
Dorenbos, a magician, has advanced to the finals of this season of America’s Got Talent. The Eagles long snapper learned his fate last night, when public voting moved him through the semifinals. Read more »
Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos appeared again on America’s Got Talent last night, and he did not disappoint. Using a fast-patter — as if he’d just done a rail of coke before going on stage — he had the judges long-snap footballs onto a map of the United States. (Heidi Klum delivered a perfect snap; Simon Cowell missed the map entirely.)
He then went through a convoluted shtick that seemed to be mostly misdirection — he made some “mistakes” during it, always a solid magician’s trick — before he pulled out a map from inside a notebook he’d given Howie Mandel. The map had the exact places where the four hosts had thrown their footballs! Read more »
Tommy McDonald played seven seasons with the Eagles, from 1957 to 1963. Photo provided
Long before Ray Didinger was an award-winning sportswriter, Comcast SportsNet commentator and WIP host, he was an eager kid trotting after Tommy McDonald, No. 25, at Eagles training camp, spouting off the wide receiver’s stats and hoping to carry his helmet.
Year later, Didinger started crossing paths with his boyhood hero as a writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Daily News, and the two formed a close friendship. But it wasn’t until McDonald was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 that he revealed their long-ago connection.
Didinger turned the story of that friendship into his first play, Tommy and Me, produced by Theatre Exile and premiering tonight at FringeArts. The show’s full run is already sold out.
McDonald, now 82, answered our questions about seeing the play, asking Didinger to present him at the Hall of Fame and being a lifelong Eagles fan. Read more »
Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced today that he won’t bring criminal charges against Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who was accused of sexually assaulting a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club last month.
Read more »
Randall Cunningham’s daughter is going to the Olympics.
Over the holiday weekend, Vashti Cunningham finished second in high jump at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. Her runner-up performance at the trials earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Rio later this summer.
“God blessed that girl, that little tall girl,” Cunningham told reporters afterward. “She stayed so calm out there. She listens, and she wants it just as much as Allyson Felix.”
Cunningham, who won the indoor world high jump championship this winter, is just 18 years old. She is a legitimate contender for a gold medal at the Olympics — she’ll try to become one of the youngest medalists of all time at this year’s Games. Randall, the former Eagles quarterback, is her coach. She is the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to reach the Olympics since 1980 (a games the U.S. later boycotted). Read more »
Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5th, 1989. | Photo by Gillian Allen/AP
Buddy Ryan, the Eagles coach who built one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, has died. He was 85.
Ryan coached the Eagles for five seasons, winning one division title and making the playoffs three times. He never won a playoff game, but he is beloved in Philadelphia.
Take the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the most hated team of Eagles fans. In 1987, with the Eagles about to win the game, Ryan faked a kneeldown and had Randall Cunningham throw a long pass downfield. On the next play, the last one of the game, the Eagles scored a meaningless touchdown to run up the score. It was in retaliation for Cowboys coach Tom Landry using players who crossed the picket line against the Eagles’ replacements earlier in the season. Read more »