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Eagles' Super Bowl win created memories of a lifetime for Philly fans

Eagles' Super Bowl win created memories of a lifetime for Philly fans

“The Eagles won the Super Bowl.”

I must have said that out loud a hundred times last night.

I didn’t know if those words would ever be true. But now they are. So I’ll say it again. The Eagles won the Super Bowl and the city of Philadelphia rejoiced unlike ever before. I know I did.

The confidence in Philly going into the game terrified me. The nerves and anxiety I experienced last night were unlike anything I can remember. I was a mess. I didn’t really know if we were going to win. I had bad feelings at times watching Tom Brady torch us. We all did. But the Eagles found a way. That’s not to say I doubted them. I knew they could do it, I just couldn’t believe it until it was real.

And I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Before the game, I stressed about watching it. Who, what, where, logistics. But it all worked out.

Philadelphia will never forget this moment. We were just treated to some of the best memories of our lives. I’ve got a few.

I’ll remember never being so nervous for anything in my entire life. The anxiety. My heart. The hype video didn't help.

I’ll remember Nick Foles catching a touchdown and thinking to myself that maybe the sporting gods were with us tonight. Dude was throwing dimes.

I’ll remember thinking, multiple times, how much I love Malcolm Jenkins. And how freakin’ gutsy and beautiful Doug Pederson is. Alshon making the incredible happen. Zach Ertz on the podium shouting out what Philadelphia would have done if they overturned his touchdown. Guys were ballin’.

I’ll remember hating Cris Collinsworth and pacing the room over those stupid reviews.

I’ll remember the football being batted around near Gronk, hanging in the air, and finally hitting the ground.

I’ll remember jumping up and down in my living room like an insane person. 

I’ll remember the parade of green people growing block by block, E-A-G-L-E-S chants growing louder and louder, and finally turning into a sea of smiling faces as we reached Broad Street.

I’ll remember my sister Kaitlin taking photos of the shiny green bulbs on the pilgrimage down Pine. I’ll remember high-fiving lunatics hanging out of car windows with football helmets on.

I’ll remember the beautiful fireworks echoing off the buildings with tens of thousands of buzzed fans lighting up underneath.

I’ll remember FaceTime-ing my brother Mike and nephew Julian from Broad Street, making sure they got a taste of the mayhem.

I’ll remember the congratulatory texts from everyone who knows what this means to us Eagles fans, including my friends from college in Boston. They know we needed it.

I’ll remember my wife Allison leading hundreds in front of the Kimmel Center in “Fly, Eagles, Fly.”

I’ll remember the guy with a 30-pack of Natty Light standing on the median making best friends with my 63-year-old dad.

I’ll remember my peeps from Fishtown and Point Breeze showing up at my door at 1:00 am because the bars along Broad Street closed and the celebration needed to go on. Also, real talk: they needed our bathroom. I’ll remember Dreams and Nightmares and Hall and Oates on repeat.

I’ll remember lying in bed with a beer at 3:30 in the morning reading tweets, watching celebration videos, and thinking I’ll remember the moment forever.

I’ll remember all the “GO BIRDS!” and the camaraderie in the city of Philadelphia on social media.

I’ll remember hugging my dad when the game clock struck zero and it actually happened.

“We did it.”

I’ve got all these great new memories. All because the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

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Here are some of the other sights and sounds from a Super Bowl celebration we'll never forget.

Nick Foles caught a touchdown. On 4th down. In the Super Bowl. Never forget.

I loved this line from Ertz:

Ray Didinger getting emotional is everything:

Jason Kelce with his Chase Utley moment:

Nick is going on vacation.

This moment between Carson Wentz and Nick. "Wow."

This bit from the Assoicated Press quoting MY DAD:

Rick Campitelli, 63, who came into the city to watch the game with his son, said he wished his father-in-law could have been alive to see this moment.

"This is the greatest," said Campitelli, wearing the jersey of Wilbert Montgomery, the former Eagles running back to whom he once sold insurance. "I was hoping they would do it before I died, and they did it."

Cops loving life:

We didn't just climb poles:

Beau Allen with the tweet of the morning:

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid getting in on the Philly love:

Just some band dudes hanging out a window playing the Eagles fight song.

I mean, when is it not fun to love the Phanatic:

JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

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JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

Updated at 12:50 a.m.

Early Sunday, a video surfaced on social media that appeared to put Sixers’ guard JJ Redick in an extremely poor light. Redick has since responded to clear up the situation.

Here’s what happened:

At about 8 a.m., a post appeared on Reddit showing a screenshot and caption alleging that Redick said a racial slur during a video from NBA players wishing Chinese fans a Happy New Year. The video caused a huge uproar on social media. If you wish to see the video, it is located here, at the top.

On the surface, without a response, it looked odd from the start. Redick, who we have come to know as a well-spoken individual who is typically very appreciative of basketball fans, isn’t someone you’d expect this from, let alone with a camera pointing directly at his face with an NBA microphone in front of his lips.

He offered this response on his official Twitter account, saying he was tongue-tied and had no intentions of saying what he did on the video.

Fans reacted on both sides of the issue, some still asking for an apology and others taking Redick for his word. 

On Sunday night, Redick followed up with a longer statement on his Twitter and Instagram, where he further explained himself and indeed issued an apology.

Please read. Thank you.

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Early Monday, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin tweeted a statement saying that he spoke with Redick and believes the Sixers' guard didn't say a racial slur.

With the All-Star Break going on, Redick won’t be available for a few more days for the media to ask him about this. There’s a chance this story will continue into next week.

The Process is ready for primetime

The Process is ready for primetime

Basically, you saw everything you'd want to see from Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid during the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Friday night, as they kept doing what they've basically done all February: winning. 

Ben Simmons was electric all over the court, ending with 11 points (5-5 FG, mostly dunks), six boards, a game-high 13 assists and a team-high four steals. A still-locked-in Dario Saric was the beneficiary of a handful of those dimes, ending with 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3PT), three boards and five assists. 

Joel Embiid had an underwhelming stat line in his thankfully clipped playing time (just eight minutes after sitting out Wednesday's game — we'll see him more on Sunday), ending with just five points and two boards, and not exactly displaying the defensive dominance we're accustomed to from our big man. But the five points came on back-to-back possessions in the third, where JoJo nailed a top-of-the-break three and then scored on a dunk following a Fultzian spin move to the basket, showing the range of his skills in an appropriately breathtaking (and Internet-slaying) manner. 

And of course, the Sixers — I mean, Team World — won handily, outscoring Team USA in every quarter and ultimately triumphing 155-124. Even though Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic took home MVP honors on the night for his white-hot shooting night (26 points on 9-16 FG, including a handful of Steph Curry-esque extended pull-up triples), I thought Simmons was the best all-around player on the floor, another thumb in the eye of the All-Star committee that snubbed him (four times!) for the proper game on Sunday night. 

Perhaps more importantly, the Sixers' presence just dominated the game altogether. Hell, they made up 3/5 of Team World's starting lineup — no other team had more than two representatives, across both squads, though the Lakers would have were Lonzo Ball available — and in the broadcast booth, the TNT guys couldn't stop talking about Embiid all night, comparing him to Hakeem and debating whether they'd ever seen a big man of his versatility before. 

And to think, this year they'll actually be represented on Saturday and Sunday, too. Hopefully Ben and Dario get a nice, relaxing All-Star break from here — they've certainly earned it — and now, it's Embiid's spotlight. The Process is ready for primetime, baby, and longtime Trusters should make sure to enjoy this moment as much as JoJo himself undoubtedly will.