The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Carson Wentz Had the Best-Selling Jersey in the NFL

And just a few months ago, he was locked in a bathroom in Jersey …

Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

We won’t say that nothing good ever happens for Philly sports fans. How could we say that with this, and this, and this, and even this? We will say that it’s been a tough ride lately for those whose mental health hinges on the fate of the Eagles, who in their last five seasons were 8-and-8, 4-and-12 (yikes!), 10-and-6, 10-and-6 again and then 7-and-9. We were staring into the abyss of long years spent rebuilding, as Doug Pederson sucked what he could out of Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel while slowly nursing number two draft pick Carson Wentz — who’d cracked a rib in the preseason, no less — into NFL form. Once Wentz got out of that bathroom, that is. 

And then, overnight, like Dorothy, we stepped from that grim gray landscape into a blinding Technicolor world in which Bradford became a Viking, Daniel turned trusty mentor, and Wentz — prairie-boy-out-of-nowhere Wentz — stepped behind center Jason Kelce and coolly, calmly made his NFL debut. He went 22 for 37, passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions (hear that? NO INTERCEPTIONS!), and made it look so easy that no less than Joe Theismann compared him to Ben Roethlisberger. Oh, and overnight, Wentz’s jersey became the league’s best-seller. So c’mon, everybody, put those shirts on and settle in for Monday night!

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