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The Buccaneers' pathetic attempt to troll the Eagles

The Buccaneers' pathetic attempt to troll the Eagles

Apparently, when your franchise hasn't accomplished anything in recent memory, the best you can do is celebrate a game that occurred nearly two decades ago.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of the worst franchises in football in recent years, are holding what they're calling a "Shut Down the Vet Rewatch Party" Sunday afternoon to commemorate their 2002 NFC Championship Game win over the Eagles in the last game played at Veterans Stadium.

As troll attempts go, this one is pretty lame. Especially when you look at what the two franchises have done since that 2002 season.

Since 2003, the Eagles have won a Super Bowl, 10 playoff games and seven division titles.

During the same span, the Bucs have won ZERO playoff games and two division titles, both leading to embarrassing home wild-card losses.

The Buccaneers are one of only seven teams that hasn't won a playoff game since 2003, along with the Bengals, Lions, Bills, Dolphins, Raiders and Browns.

The Bucs, four-point underdogs, beat the Eagles 27-10 at the Vet on Jan. 19, 2003, before beating the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego a week later.

You could at least respect the Bucs if they held a virtual party to celebrate their Super Bowl championship. 

But to celebrate the NFC Championship Game?

That would be like the Eagles holding a "Rewatch Party" to celebrate the 2017 NFC Championship Game win over the Vikings. That was a hell of a game, but who bothers celebrating a step along the way when you won the Super Bowl soon after?

No, what makes this a troll attempt — and a pathetic one — is that the Buccaneers are going out of their way to specifically mock the Eagles, a franchise that's had far more success than they've had.

Heck, the Eagles have had more winning seasons since 2002 than the Buccaneers have had in their entire 44-year existence! 

If you're a real glutton for punishment and want to see Blaine Bishop hobbling down the left sideline after Joe Jurevicius or Ronde Barber running 92 yards for a touchdown ... well, there's something seriously wrong with you. But you can watch the game here or here at 4 p.m.

Or you could just troll the Buccaneers right back and flood their Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts (@Buccaneers) with this link.

That way they can have some highlights from a Super Bowl triumph that isn't ancient history.

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Fletcher Cox spills details from Eagles D-line getaway at his ranch

Fletcher Cox spills details from Eagles D-line getaway at his ranch

Eagles defensive tackle Bruce Hector grew up in Tampa, Florida, and went to college at South Florida. Bruce Hector is 6-foot-2, 296 pounds. 

Bruce Hector had never ridden a horse. Of course he hadn’t. 

That changed in May when Fletcher Cox hosted most of his defensive line teammates at his ranch in Texas. 

Hector and Derek Barnett rode horses for the first time. The guy shot skeet — “everybody sucked at first until about 20 minutes into it,” Cox said — and Malik Jackson, whom Cox affectionately referred to as a “Cali Kid” got to spend some quality time with mosquitos and flies. 

It was one of those things, it was very important to me that I did that, to let those guys know ‘hey, I’m here for you, let’s all get together and get it done,’” Cox said. “Once the guys got there, we had everything laid out, food, places to stay. And guys enjoyed it.

In addition to all the activities Cox’s ranch has to offer, the Eagles’ defensive linemen also worked out together while trying to stay safe during COVID-19. 

Aside from the horses who had to support 300-pound linemen, the real MVPs of the getaway were Stephanie and Sue, two women who work on Cox’s ranch and were in charge of making sure everything was clean for the Eagles as they got together during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Eagles’ Pro Bowl defensive lineman said Stephanie and Sue “really stayed on top of it.” 

“I asked them, ‘hey when guys wake up go in their room, make sure you’re spraying everything down, make sure you’re washing the bedspread, making sure that everything is getting sprayed every day,’” Cox said. 

And they did. 

Aside from that, the only people working out on the fields were Cox and his teammates. In an offseason where the Eagles lost all of OTAs and minicamps, Cox felt like he had to step up and get the group together. Without those workouts, the Eagles’ defensive line wouldn’t have been together until training camp this month.  

“I knew I had the place to get all the guys down to my place in Texas,” Cox said. “I reached out to all the guys. I told the guys, ‘hey if you feel safe coming down, let’s all get together as a group, as a D-line unit and try to knock some things out.’ Let’s get a couple days where we can get some work in and just kind of hang out and be around each other.”

Cox, 29, has really grown into his role as a leader on the team, similarly to Carson Wentz, who got a group of receivers together this offseason in Houston. 

On Wednesday, Cox said the defensive line will need to lead the Eagles in 2020 and he’s probably right. That makes his role even more important. He’s the leader of the group that has to lead the team. 

Give him a lot of credit for getting his teammates together during a difficult and unusual offseason. Give that horse a ton of credit too. 

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John Hightower patterns his game after 1 particular NFL star receiver

John Hightower patterns his game after 1 particular NFL star receiver

If there’s one NFL receiver Eagles 5th-round pick John Hightower patterns his game after it’s Stefon Diggs. 

Throughout the last few months, I’ve heard Hightower say that several times, both before and after he got drafted. But on a Zoom call last week, I got a chance to ask Hightower a question. 

Why Diggs? 

“Stefon Diggs’ routes are phenomenal,” Hightower said. “He makes great cuts, he catches the ball very well. He’s an intelligent player.” 

Fair enough. 

While Diggs has never been a Pro Bowler, he has become one of the best and most consistent receivers in the NFL, known for his route-running and technique. 

Like Hightower, Diggs was a 5th-round pick. Diggs came out of Maryland in the 5th round in 2015, made an immediate impact as a rookie and put together five really impressive seasons in Minnesota before getting traded to the Bills this offseason. 

Take a look at the comparison between Diggs coming out in 2015 and Hightower this season: 

Aside from their physical similarities and getting drafted in the same round, Hightower and Diggs both grew up in the same area, in the DMV.

Diggs is from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and went to Our Lady of Good Counsel and Hightower is from Landover and went to Riverdale Baptist. 

“It’s really good to see that,” Hightower said of watching a guy from his area make it the way Diggs has. “Obviously someone from the area making it to the place the Stefon Diggs made it to. Pretty much growing up everybody knew Stefon Diggs was going to be who he is today. It was great to see him from high school to college and then now in the league to still do what he’s been doing.”

Hightower hopes to continue following Diggs’ path. 

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