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I Never Once Doubted You, Eagles

I Never Once Doubted You, Eagles

The Eagles did it.

On Sunday night, as throughout the entire season, they had to overcome a lot. Injuries. Adversity. Tom Brady. Bill Belichick. The refs. The league. The oddsmakers. Cris Collinsworth. That Patriots defensive coordinator who I could have sworn reached the second round of Wing Bowl before vomiting out. Whatever cheating the Pats attempted that we’ll find out about in three years. And most of all, everyone who said or wrote something nasty about Philadelphia fans throughout our run, or picked against us.

But we did it. And after Sunday night, I don’t know if I can ever be negative again. It’s a strange feeling, but a great one.

Over the years, I’ve been skeptical about the Eagles, and the chances they would ever, in any of our lifetimes, win a Super Bowl.

I didn’t trust Jeffrey Lurie, and may or may not have said a few hundred times that the team would never hoist a Lombardi Trophy as long as he was owner. We lived through all of McNabb’s choking, the eras of Mike McMahon, Kevin Kolb, Sam Bradford, various Detmers, the Dream Team, General Manager Chip Kelly and not getting Marcus Mariota.  

But this year was different. And really, we should have known this back at the start of the season. That the Eagles would lose MVP-caliber Carson Wentz and not miss a beat. That Nick Foles would win the Super Bowl, beating Tom Brady while both throwing and catching touchdown passes. That Eagles fans would turn multiple road games into home games, the Super Bowl included.

I should have known that Doug Pederson would turn out to be a genius, with not a single one of the negative coaching traits of his mentor Andy Reid. That Howie Roseman would throw a perfect game of an offseason. That Jeffrey Lurie would emerge as a very good owner, and even better dancer?

But somehow, some way, all of that happened. The Eagles are world champions, and there will be a parade.  

So congrats Doug Pederson, you earned this:

In all seriousness, I’ve been told by a lot of you over the years that I’ve made you laugh and helped get you through some of those tough times, and bad losses, and hopeless stretches. I’m happy to have done that, and am continually in awe of this town and these fans. Enjoy this, everyone!

Anyway, what the hell is going on with Markelle Fultz? Have you seen some of those shots? The Sixers should be ashamed!

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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.