Barack Obama points to Chris Long as model American

Barack Obama points to Chris Long as model American

The clock is running out on 2017 and it was certainly a year that put many through the ringers.

But it wasn't all bad this calendar year.

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, took some time on Friday to reflect back and point out some of the positive stories that took place in an otherwise challenging year.

"As we count down to the new year, we get to reflect and prepare for what’s ahead. For all the bad news that seemed to dominate our collective consciousness, there are countless stories from this year that remind us what's best about America," Obama wrote.

He shared the stories of a Houston wedding planner who turned a postponed wedding due to Hurricane Harvey into a volunteer opportunity and the tale of a 10-year-old boy in Chicago trying to help the homeless.

And he shared the story about Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long that we all in Philadelphia know so well by this point.

"Chris Long gave his paychecks from the first six games of the NFL season to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, VA. He wanted to do more, so he decided to give away an entire season’s salary. That’s a story from 2017," Obama wrote.

Long first spoke out after the ugly incidents in Charlottesville and later vowed to play the entire 2017 season for free and instead give those earnings to causes he felt needed the money more than he did.

In a time when professional athletes frequently get called out and criticized by many in power, it's refreshing to see one of our own get recognized for his generosity and willingness to help a cause he believes in.

Long has also been a strong supporter of Malcolm Jenkins' efforts to raise awareness for racial and social injustices.

Obama finished with a message calling on all Americans to pitch in and do what they can.

"All across America people chose to get involved, get engaged and stand up. Each of us can make a difference, and all of us ought to try. So go keep changing the world in 2018."

Is there an NFL conspiracy against the Eagles?

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Is there an NFL conspiracy against the Eagles?

Somebody jumped the gun this week in a promotion for Super Bowl LII. Or did they?

This year's Super Bowl will feature either the Patriots or Jaguars taking on either the Eagles or Vikings. Unless there is some conspiracy afoot!

You see, there is an image going around that the NFL posted a promo of Super Bowl LII featuring only the Patriots and Vikings along with some head-scratching text. Just another attempt to disrespect the Birds!

Turns out the posting doesn't look like it came from an official NFL account. It included the following text:

Your team is headed to Super Bowl LII...and you could too! When you donate to United Way, you could score 2 club-level seats to watch the PATRIOTS vs. the VIKINGS battle it out for the coveted Super Bowl title! But...that's not all! You could also WIN pre-game sideline access + other cool perks! Don't pass up this touchdown experience - donate TODAY for your chance to WIN big


So are the conference championship games fixed?!? Unlikely. 

NBC Sports Philly's Amy Fadool explains, "Just so you know...that site is not sponsored with the NFL nor United Way. It just is a prize website that uses prizes to get donations to the United Way. So that pic is fake. But the site is real."

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Jason Kelce has a message for dog mask wearers at NFC Championship

Jason Kelce has a message for dog mask wearers at NFC Championship

Dog masks at Eagles games? Are they good or bad? It's tough to say.

But many Philadelphia fans are into it, so we're running with it on Sunday when the Birds take on the Vikings in the NFC Championship game at the Linc.

Eagles center Jason Kelce joined Angelo Cataldi on the 94 WIP morning show and talked about what it was like to witness the wild 4th down stand to win the game against the Falcons last week. But he also spoke about the big game this coming Sunday with the Vikings.

Fans wearing dog masks in the stadium came up after a few of the Eagles adopted the underdog mentality quite literally.

Kelce had a message for fans with masks inside the Linc.

"A quieter crowd is always beneficial to the offense," Kelce said. 

"Take the dog masks off when the [Eagles'] defense is on the field. We need as much noise out there as we can get."

"If you really want to see a home field advantage, all you have to do is look at how much better a defense is at home or away. Our defense has been great everywhere for the most part but I think they've been averaging something like less than 13 points at home. Something crazy. The noise level affects offenses more. The fact that our crowd gets so into it when our defense is on the field it's hard for opposing offenses to function. We even got a little of that up at MetLife Stadium when Eli Manning was complaining."

You can listen to Kelce's full interview below (via CBS) and start training your screaming voice for Sunday now. Gonna be loud at the Linc.