Lane Johnson doubles down on comments about the Patriot Way

Lane Johnson doubles down on comments about the Patriot Way

Lane Johnson isn't backing down.

In a return appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast, the Eagles' right tackle doubled down on his recent assessment of the Patriot Way.

"I think a lot of guys just wanna be happy playing football. ... The Patriots, they obviously won five Super Bowls. So it's the Patriot Way to win the Super Bowl," Johnson said. "Does that mean that everybody has to act the same way, do the same thing? Is that necessarily the guidelines to win the Super Bowl?"

In Johnson's first appearance on the podcast, he called the Patriot Way a "fear-based organization" and questioned whether players actually have fun during their time in New England, even amid the historic success. Those comments caused a stir, most notably from former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who clapped back at Johnson's comments in multiple appearances on ESPN.

Johnson then responded on Twitter by calling Bruschi "a company man." On the podcast, Johnson followed up on ex-Patriots disagreeing with his comments by inferring that they aren't telling the real truth about their time in New England. 

"Well they kept interviewing ex-Patriots players, what do you think they're gonna say? 'I hated it there? No, I won Super Bowls. We had a great time.' They're not gonna bad-mouth their coach," Johnson said. "They're not gonna say what they really want to say. Do you think that's gonna happen? Hell no, it's not gonna happen."

Johnson not only upset an ex-Patriot with his comments but their fans as well. 

"And I just pissed in everybody's Cheerios and everybody in Boston," Johnson said. "Hey, I got hate mail I still haven't read. I'm looking forward to reading it."

Johnson's full appearance on the podcast can be heard here via Barstool Sports. Johnson joins the podcast about 59 minutes in.

Nick Foles can't even go to Whole Foods anymore

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Nick Foles can't even go to Whole Foods anymore

The Nick Foles World Tour continued on Thursday night as the Super Bowl MVP appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The comedian and the backup-turned-Super-Bowl-MVP chatted about the newfound fame that had Foles in Los Angeles for this appearance and has had him seemingly everywhere since the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Nothing is sacred anymore for Foles. 

"It's a little bit different," Foles said. "My safe spot to go was always Whole Foods. No one cared, no one recognized. But I can't go into Whole Foods now and I love going there. I knew things had changed when I went in there and got recognized."

Whole Foods had a suggestion for Foles.

Kimmel then noted how many Eagles fans are in L.A. (Remember when the Eagles basically had home games twice there this season?) Kimmel asked Foles if he's been seeing a lot of Birds fans while in L.A. 

Foles: "Everywhere. Everywhere we've been there's been a ton of Philly fans, which is awesome." 

Kimmel: "What do they do when they see you?"

Foles: "Most of the time it's ... cry. It starts off as a normal conversation, then it turns into tears. And everyone asks me, 'What do you do?'"

Kimmel: "Yeah, what do you do?" 

Foles: "I simply just say, 'I understand. I get it.' Trust me, I've been in Philly. I get it. I get it; I know. And it means a lot. And the fact that the whole city cried, it was so emotional, that's what was so special to us. To be a part of winning this thing and bringing it back home to where it hasn't been. That's what was so special. And if you look at the parade and everything that went on, all the fans, all the speeches players gave, Jason Kelce gave. If you haven't watched that speech, watch Jason Kelce's speech." 

Kimmel: "That was a beautiful speech. That was right up there with Dr. Martin Luther King. That was some speech and some outfit he was wearing." 

From there, Foles tried to explain Kelce's speech and what he was saying about Eagles fans. He, of course, noted Kelce did it with a little bit different language. 

Then Kimmel asked Foles about being a backup. The host noted that there's no way Foles could go back to being a backup, right? Well, what Kimmel might not know is that Foles is under contract in Philly for 2018 and Carson Wentz is still recovering from a torn ACL and LCL. 

"We love Philly," Foles said. "You know, that stuff's out of my control. My agents, they handle all that. But we love Philly, we love the situation. And we'll worry about it when that time comes."

Finally, Kimmel asked Foles if he's heard from Tom Brady since the end of the game. Foles said not yet. Foles did offer that after the Super Bowl ends, there's chaos on the field and it's hard to move or get anywhere.

Kimmel came up with a solid solution. Brady should send Foles a pair of Ugg boots ... with a pebble inside. 

Here's the full appearance: 

Torrey Smith's adorable 3-year-old son is just like you

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Torrey Smith's adorable 3-year-old son is just like you

Eagles fans, get to know T.J. Smith.

He's soaking in the Super Bowl victory just like you โ€ฆ and it's awesome.

T.J. (Torrey Jeremiah) is the adorable 3-year-old son of Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Showing excellent camera presence and professionalism, T.J. sat down with the NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes for an interview that aired Thursday on NFL Total Access.

T.J. was asked about the Super Bowl, the championship parade and football.

And, beautifully, he used his answers as an opportunity to take some subtle but perfect shots at the Patriots.

When asked about the Patriots, the little guy made this face and firmly said he only likes the Eagles.

Great answer.

And the interview got only better from there.

Here are some of the highlights, while you can watch it all below.

No Patriots bus, just Eagles bus. I was sitting at the top.

- T.J. when asked if he liked the parade

The Patriots' quarterback never caught the ball. Well, Nick Foles caught the ball and scored a touchdown.

- T.J. when asked for the best part of the Super Bowl and if he had fun

Here's T.J. hanging out with his dad, his brother Kameron and Carson Wentz after the 38-7 NFC Championship Game win over the Vikings.


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He's clearly the man and ready to take down the Patriots.

Mission accomplished.