We're two weeks out from the Eagles' season opener at Washington.
Fantasy football is back. Sunday afternoons will be fun again. All (not really) will be well in the world again. And count Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson as excited as we all are.
Johnson on Wednesday penned an article on The Players' Tribune that touches on everything from his 10-game suspension last season for performance-enhancing drugs to the Dallas Cowboys to Washington, which has beaten the Eagles five straight times — the Birds' longest losing streak to the Washington football team since a six-game streak from 1981-84 (h/t to CSNPhilly's resident stat guy Reuben Frank).
We have gathered our favorite tidbits from Johnson's piece below:
On his 10-game suspension and the aftermath:
"That experience of being on the sidelines — and the humiliation of being asked about it on a daily basis (and I’m still hearing about it from fans on Twitter) — hasn’t been for nothing. It forced me to reevaluate not just my suspension, but also how I carried myself in general. At times in my career I’ve lost focus. Well, I’m done with that.
In other words, this situation has lit a fire under my ass."
On the season opener in Washington
"Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people."
On Cowboys fans in Philly
"I realized that if you want to be a Cowboys fan, that that’s something between you and your maker. But never be a Cowboys fan dumb enough to mouth off at an Eagles tailgate in Philly."
On what he wants from Eagles fans
"Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans."
To read Johnson's full piece, click here. It's quite entertaining.
The Kings aren't happy with Joel Embiid.
They placed some blame on the Sixers' big man for their 23-point loss Thursday night.
How was Embiid at fault for a game he didn't even play?
Well, the Kings felt the wrath of Karl-Anthony Towns.
Let's just say Embiid may have fired up Towns after he embarrassed the Timberwolves' big man on Instagram the night prior (see story). In Embiid's defense, Towns was the instigator (see story).
Nonetheless, Towns went off on the Kings for 30 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and a plus-22 rating, leading the Timberwolves to a 119-96 win.
"I came to be an assassin tonight, not a basketball player," Towns said after the victory. "I wanted to try to be as active as possible and just disrupt the game as much as possible as well."
Way to go, JoJo.
Pat Neshek is unofficially a Phillie once again, and he’s got jokes.
The lone All-Star for the 2017 Phillies, Neshek wore No. 17 in his short stint with the team last season. No problem, when he rejoins the team in spring training this season, he will get his number back, right?
Enter Rhys Hoskins.
After a relatively slow start to his MLB career for the first few games, Hoskins went on an absolute tear, belting 18 home runs in less than one-third of the season during his rookie campaign. During that time, a lot of fans probably bought a ton of Rhys Hoskins No. 17 jerseys.
Well, Neshek is back and he wants his number back. He posted this tweet Thursday.
He let 22 minutes go by before responding with this Tweet.
Some fans were not amused with his first post.
That’s a pretty funny joke and it shows that Neshek, who is an avid baseball card collector, is a true fan of the game, kept up with how his former team was doing while he was away last season and has a decent sense of humor.
Looks like Neshek will find a new number, but Phillies fans will hope he’s just as effective in it as he was last season in No. 17.