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Phillies fans pay tribute to Roy Halladay

Phillies fans pay tribute to Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay may have been a Phillie for just four seasons, but his impact on the Phillies, the fan base, and the city was felt well beyond those four years.

Halladay died Tuesday in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Halladay's death shook the sports world. His former teammates went to social media to remember Halladay. Phillies managing partner John Middleton and chairman David Montgomery shared their memories of Halladay. Cole Hamels, a member of the Four Aces with Halladay in 2011, said Halladay taught him so much more about life than just baseball.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury wrote, Halladay was all business on the mound, but the side that stood out the most about Halladay was just how much he cared for other people.

In 2010, his first season with the Phillies, Halladay won the NL Cy Young and then was the runner-up in 2011. He pitched a perfect game in Miami in 2010 and then tossed one of just two playoff no-hitters in baseball history.

Halladay, in a short time, became one of the most beloved figures in Phillies history, and Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, fans showed their appreciation by leaving a Phils hat with "thanks for the memories" written in sharpie on it, a signed Halladay photo, a Halladay shirt, roses, candles lined up to form Halladay's No. 34 and more in a memorial to Halladay at Citizens Bank Park.

Here are some photos as of Wednesday morning:


Photos: NBC Sports Philadelphia's Tom Finer.

T.O. unplugged on Twitter

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T.O. unplugged on Twitter

Terrell Owens is never one to hold his tongue. Or in this case, his fingers.

Answering fans’ Twitter questions on Friday night, the former Eagles wide receiver and Hall of Fame finalist opened up about several topics.

Things started off relatively tame, as T.O. was asked about playing for Andy Reid and the coach’s inability to win the big game.

Things took a turn when Owens’ Philadelphia exit — and the person he felt was behind it, who went unnamed, (Donovan McNabb) — was brought up.

… And his feelings on Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.

However, Owens’ former San Francisco 49ers head coach, Steve Mariucci, got it the worst. Or maybe he’s just the worst.

At least Owens made it clear that despite playing for five teams during his NFL career, he will always bleed green.

Zach Ertz reveals secret origins of the dog mask

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Zach Ertz reveals secret origins of the dog mask

Dog mask mania has swept through Philadelphia ever since Lane Johnson and Chris Long donned the creepy masks following the Eagles' divisional round win over the Falcons. We know why the duo wore them but where in the world did they get the idea?

Well, thanks to Zach Ertz — and his article on The Players' Tribune — we now have the answer.

The Friday before the game, Long, Johnson, Ertz, Jason Kelce and Brent Celek were having dinner when Johnson just couldn't contain his excitement for the idea.

“You know how everyone keeps saying we’re underdogs?" Johnson said. "Even though we’re the No. 1 seed? Well … we were on Amazon last night, and we ordered these dog masks.

“Yeah, and when we win, because we’re gonna freaking win, we’re going to do everything in the masks. Media. Postgame. Everything. Dogs.”

And the rest is history. The dog masks have become a must-own for Eagles fans — if you managed to buy one before they sell out that is. The Linc will surely be filled with tens of thousands of rabid German shepherds. But will Long and Johnson get to gloat in the masks postgame again? 

For the full origin story of the masks and a ridiculous Carson Wentz story, read Ertz's full article here.