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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.

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. 

Chris Long defends LeBron James after attack from Fox News host

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Chris Long defends LeBron James after attack from Fox News host

Chris Long is beloved by Philadelphians for much more than rocking a full-lenghth faux fur during the Eagles' Super Bowl championship parade. Most in Philly respect Long because he is one to speak his mind on whatever topic he sees fit. He's also a man of action, not just talk.

So when Fox News host Laura Ingraham attacked LeBron James and Kevin Durant for expressing their views on Donald Trump, Long stood up for his fellow athletes.

"Keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, 'shut up and dribble,'" Ingraham said.

As someone who hears "stick to sports" on a regular basis, this commentary hit close to home for the Eagles defensive end.

Long took exception and wanted to point out some of the people Ingraham's own network has on for their own political commentary. He launched into a Twitter thread pointing out some of the political experts.