Opening Day: Questions and Answers With Doug Pederson

Photograph courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Photograph courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The city has come a long way since you were the Eagles quarterback in 1999. What changes stand out? The fan base has always been very passionate and very excited about the Eagles. That’s the part that hasn’t changed. Obviously, the NovaCare facility and Lincoln Financial are all new since I played here in ’99. I love to see the excitement in the community. Change is exciting. Read more »

10 Burning Questions About the 2016 Eagles Season

Howie Roseman, Carson Wentz, Jeffrey Lurie and Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Howie Roseman, Carson Wentz, Jeffrey Lurie and Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

It sure hasn’t been a quiet nine months since Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fired Chip Kelly and tried to turn back the clock to 1999 by hiring Andy Reid’s protégé: Doug Pederson. Lurie also put Howie Roseman back in charge, initiating an unusually large amount of wheeling and dealing to retool the roster.

The Eagles re-signed Sam Bradford, added Chase Daniel, traded up in the draft for Carson Wentz and then traded Bradford away — and that’s just what happened at the quarterback position. They also spent hundreds of millions of dollars by giving out several large contracts and brought in more than a dozen new coaches.

Now that the deals are done and the season is upon us, what can we expect from the 2016 Eagles? Read more »

Eagles vs. Browns 2016: Game Time, TV Schedule, Online Streaming, Channel, Odds and More

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

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 »

2016 NFL Season Predictions

Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

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 »

WATCH: Carson Wentz Stars In Funny High School Trick Shot Video


(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 2017 NFL Draft Will Be in Philadelphia

A grey NFL Draft helmet and a football

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 Advances to America’s Got Talent Finals

Jon Dorenbos

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 »

WATCH: Jon Dorenbos Kills It on America’s Got Talent Last Night

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 »

5 Questions With Eagles Great Tommy McDonald

Tommy McDonald played seven seasons with the Eagles, from 1957 to 1963. Photo provided

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 »

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