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Jeremy Maclin bypassed Eagles for Baltimore because crabcakes are delicious (probably)

Jeremy Maclin bypassed Eagles for Baltimore because crabcakes are delicious (probably)

Here's a fun story about Jeremy Maclin not returning to the Eagles.

Once the surprise of Maclin being released by the Kansas City Chiefs wore off, Eagles fans naturally wondered about a return to Philadelphia. Forget that the Birds had just recently signed Alshon Jeffery and Torey Smith. All the receivers belong to us.

(We never thought the Eagles needed him back fwiw)

But a deal in Buffalo or Baltimore always seemed more likely for a variety of reasons. Money, yes, but also seafood.

As CSN Mid-Atlantic pointed out, a Maryland seafood joint attempted to woo Maclin to Baltimore with the promise of free crabcakes for as long as he was employed by the Ravens.

Not sure that would get it done, they upped the offer to free crabcakes FOR LIFE!

And sure enough, Maclin inked a two-year deal with the Ravens and you best believe he wants some of that sweet seafood action.

CSN Mid-Atlantic caught up with John Minadakis who is the CEO of the restaurant and isn't real worried about the cost of unlimited crabcakes.

"How many crab cakes can one person eat?" Minadakis said. "It's not going to take us out of business. That's for sure."

I suppose it's better to make ths sort of offer to a skinny wide reciever as opposed to, say, a 400-pound tight end.

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

The online petition to ban Pete Morelli from officiating Eagles games is rapidly gaining signatures.

Count Malcolm Jenkins for one.

"I would definitely sign that petition if it came across my desk," Jenkins said with a laugh to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark on Monday at the safety's Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event.

The Eagles beat the Panthers, 28-23, last Thursday night despite a significant discrepancy in penalty yards. It was a game officiated by Morelli's crew — and you can see why that's notable by clicking right here.

"We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren’t good calls," Jenkins said after the game. "For us, adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and keep playing, and hunker down. We continue to play aggressively, that is the biggest thing. We don’t want that to take away our aggression, or our ability to make plays. So we just go to the next play."

What about the next signature? 

Eagles fans just need to get that petition to Jenkins' desk.

Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

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Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

Dodgers fans had a reason to be ecstatic on Sunday night after Justin Turner hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs, 4-1, and give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

But not as ecstatic as one fan in particular.

Keith Hupp, a retired police officer and lifelong Dodgers fan, was waiting under the home run ball in the center-field stands and snagged it with his son's glove. He was also wearing a Dodgers Chase Utley jersey.

He even made the catch with his non-preferred hand.

“I’m a lefty,” Hupp said to J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register. “I’ve dislocated my right shoulder so many times, I had to resort to my son’s glove on my left hand. So the last five or six home run balls I’ve caught, I’ve caught with my left hand.”

And the craziest part about this story is that it wasn't the first time it had happened. Hupp caught Turner's sixth-inning solo homer in Game 3 of last year's NLCS against the Cubs in almost the same place, the center-field stands at Dodger Stadium.

Although he has 24 home run balls in his collection, Hupp won't be keeping last night's game-winner. After making the catch, he gave the ball to a security guard, and was escorted underneath the stadium to meet Turner and make a trade with him. 

In a postgame interview with MLB.com, Turner said Hupp couldn't decide what he wanted for the ball right away. They exchanged information and agreed that Hupp will get back to Turner in a few days when he decides what he wants.

Twitter had some good responses to Hupp's memorable home run catch: