Nick Foles

Nick Foles willing and ready to help Peyton Manning take down Tom Brady

Nick Foles willing and ready to help Peyton Manning take down Tom Brady

Anytime you put a microphone in front of Peyton Manning, it’s good TV. 

Today is no exception. 

Tiger Wood and Manning are golfing against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady today in a nationally televised showdown, Champions for Charity, to raise money to assist coronavirus relief efforts. 

Manning was trying to figure out who he could have gotten to caddy for him to rattle Brady and he landed on two names. 

“It’s hard to get to him,” Manning said. “So do you bring Eli? Could do that. Do you bring Nick Foles? Maybe.” 

That’s when Brady turned around: “That’s a cheap shot.”  

And Foles is ready! 

Could you imagine: It’s all tied up going into the final hole, Foles walks up next to Manning just before Brady’s tee shot … “You want Philly Philly?” 

Brady might be a six-time Super Bowl champion but he’s lost three times in the big game. To Eli Manning in 2008 and 2011 and to Foles in 2017. 

You might remember that game. You know, the one where Foles outplayed the greatest quarterback in NFL history, winning Super Bowl LII MVP, as the Eagles won 41-33 to kick off the greatest party in Philadelphia’s history. 

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How Carson Wentz became the butt of Sports Twitter's most annoying joke

How Carson Wentz became the butt of Sports Twitter's most annoying joke

"In 4 seasons Carson Wentz has ZERO playoff wins, 48 regular season fumbles. He is 7-20 vs teams over 500. He has no heart no desire to win. His teammates hate him. He has started 5-6 in 3 of his first 4 seasons. Eagles are 24-6 in their last 30 games with Nick Foles"

- Twitter Proverb

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If you've used Twitter to talk about sports since early March, you've probably run into The Tweet.

It laments Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz's career statistics, attacks his character and suggests former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles would be a suitable replacement.

These ideas aren't unique to one account. Segments of Eagles Twitter, NFL Twitter, and Sports Twitter all participate in the Wentz-Foles debate, some every day. It's a raging fire.

But The Tweet is different. It's the same 54-word, 268-character screed every single time:

Since March, it's appeared in the replies of every major sports account on Twitter, from Bleacher Report to ESPN, and has been sent to almost every individual sports personality.

It's a copypasta, an internet phrase that borrows heavily from "copy and paste" and dates back to the mid-2000s. A famous example from the mid-2010s: People began copy-and-pasting the entire script of "The Bee Movie" onto Tumblr, Facebook, and Reddit posts as one big, weird inside joke.

The Tweet is now Sports Twitter's most invasive copypasta, an inescapable non-response used to troll anyone who (unwisely) wants to actually have the Wentz-Foles debate.

From what I can tell, it began with one account.

@funnydan521 was an anti-Wentz "bot" account, seemingly dedicated to disparaging Wentz for hours on end. The account's anti-Wentz streak dated back at least to late 2019, retweeting anti-Wentz sentiments and replying to both local and national reporters ad nauseam. 

To some, @funnydan521 is known simply as "yellow flower guy" because his Twitter profile photo was of yellow flowers, and since his account was suspended in mid-March, the photo is all that's left of his Twitter presence:

Because of the suspension, it's hard to find the first time @funnydany521 first used The Tweet. We might never pinpoint the exact origin of The Tweet. But we can keep pulling the thread and trying to piece together its journey together.

Because, when @funnydan521 was suspended in mid-March for violating Twitter's rules against spam using the reply function, the person behind the account created a new account: @alex77033705.

And @alex77033705 was ruthless.

People quickly made the connection between @funnydan521 and @alex77033705, especially when @alex77033705 started posting the same tweet in the replies of any major sports account:

You name the outlet: @alex77033705 was there, carrying on @funnydan521's legacy.

@alex77033705 would also reply with a link to one YouTube video, entitled "Carson Wentz is the dumbest player in sports," a 187-second, faceless rant about Wentz:

@alex77033705 would also seek out and actively "like" other accounts who shared The Tweet:

If you go and look at all replies to @alex77033705, you'll find a stream of people asking why they do what they do. You can scroll for what feels like an eternity, wading through Wentz-Foles arguments, expletives and the detritus of a broken internet.

@alex77033705 earned quite a reputation online, to the point where users would tweet about them unprompted:

@alex77033705 became known.

Finally, after two months, @alex77033705 was suspended this week for spam using the reply function. It's unclear when exactly the account was suspended, but the account's last action was retweeting a tweet from May 17.

Some mourned the loss of @alex77033705:

But the account's legacy is far from over.

According to the Advanced Twitter Search feature, The Tweet turned from a one-person wrecking crew into a copypasta in early May, when a few accounts went semi-viral by sending The Tweet:

Pretty quickly, Twitter users noticed The Tweet was appearing everywhere:

Since the early May explosion, it's so popular that accounts like Barstool UND (10K+ followers) are getting in on it:

It's so popular that it spread to Facebook, where anti-Eagles fanpage EaglesBasher (9K+ likes) got in on it 

It's so popular that it reached local sports blog Crossing Broad's comment section, in a story about the Eagles' schedule release:

It's everywhere now.

In an attempt to reclaim the joke, Eagles fans are starting to turn The Tweet on its head. Users like @TrillBroDude have changed their display name into a portion of The Tweet:

Ultimately, with The Tweet's current level of ubiquity, it's probably smart for Wentz fans to lean into the joke. Because of the effort @alex77033705 and @funnydan521 put into laying the ground work, odds are good The Tweet is here to stay.

At least until Wentz wins his first playoff game.

Then we can all update The Tweet, and begin a new chapter.

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How many players from Super Bowl team will get into Eagles Hall of Fame?

How many players from Super Bowl team will get into Eagles Hall of Fame?

There are 36 players in the Eagles Hall of Fame, from Bill Hewitt, who made his Eagles debut in 1936, to David Akers, an Eagle until 2010.

The 1960 team has the most Hall of Famers, with eight, and the 1988, 1989 and 1990 Eagles — despite not winning a playoff game — had seven, as did the 1961 team.

The 1948 NFL Championship team had five and and the 1949 NFL Championship team had six.

The last Eagles team with more than one future Hall of Famer was the 2009 team, with Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Jeremiah Trotter and Akers.

All of which got us thinking about the 2018 Super Bowl championship team.

How many players from that team will one day be enshrined in the Eagles Hall of Fame?

And can the 2018 team break the 1960 team’s record?

Let’s take a look at the candidates:

Brandon Brooks
Like Darren Sproles and Malcolm Jenkins, Brooks never made a Pro Bowl until he joined the Eagles. He’s now made three straight, which ties him with Jason Kelce for most Pro Bowls in franchise history among interior linemen.

Verdict: Possible

Brent Celek
Never made a Pro Bowl but played 175 games in an Eagles uniform — fourth-most in franchise history — and ranks fifth with 398 cathes and ninth with 4,998 yards.

Verdict: Possible

Fletcher Cox
Has made five straight Pro Bowls (and counting), and only Reggie White and Pete Pihos have made more. Ranks seventh in franchise history with 48 sacks, most ever by an Eagles defensive tackle. Named to the NFL Team of the Decade for the 2010s.

Verdict: Lock

Zach Ertz
Already second in franchise history with 525 catches and fifth with 5,743 yards. Has more catches than any tight end in NFL history after seven seasons. Had the game-winning TD catch in the Super Bowl.

Verdict: Lock

Nick Foles
Only started 37 games in an Eagles uniform but went 25-12, made a Pro Bowl in 2013, tied an NFL record with 7 TDs vs. the Raiders, compiled a 98.8 career postseason passer rating and had a record-setting 2017 postseason with six TDs, one INT, 73 perent completion and a 115.7 passer rating. And was Super Bowl MVP.

Verdict: Lock

Brandon Graham
Hasn’t made a Pro Bowl, but ranks fifth in franchise history with 51 sacks, has played third-most games in franchise history by a defensive lineman (12 below Trent Cole’s 155) and made one of the biggest plays in franchise history with his strip-sack of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.

Verdict: Possible

Malcolm Jenkins
Made his first three career Pro Bowls during his six seasons with the Eagles. Had 11 INTs, 12 forced fumbles and 5 ½ sacks as an Eagle and never missed a game or a practice.

Verdict: Probable

Lane Johnson 
After two suspensions in his first four seasons, has settled in as one of NFL’s top right tackles, making three straight Pro Bowls and First Team All-Pro in 2017. 

Verdict: Possible

Jason Kelce
The three-time First Team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler is the greatest interior lineman in franchise history. Should get into the Eagles Hall of Fame just based on his speech following the Super Bowl parade.

Verdict: Lock

Jason Peters 
Made seven Pro Bowls as an Eagle and was a two-time First Team All-Pro. Only Chuck Bednarik has made more Pro Bowls as an Eagle. Named to the Team of the Decade for the 2010s.

Verdict: Lock

Darren Sproles 
Sproles made the Pro Bowl after each of his first three seasons with the Eagles. In all, Sproles piled up 2,790 scrimmage yards, 146 receptions, 18 touchdowns, a 4.5 rushing average and four punt return TDs as an Eagle. 

Verdict: Possible

Carson Wentz 
He’s put together a fine body of regular-season work — Wentz is the only QB in NFL history with three straight seasons of 20 TD passes and seven or fewer INTs — but Wentz’s chances of getting into the Eagles Hall of Fame depend on the postseason success he has the rest of his Eagles career.

Verdict: Possible

Eagles Hall of Famers (players only)

PK David Akers (1999-2010)
CB Eric Allen (1988-94)
LB Maxie Baughan (1960-65)
LB-C Chuck Bednarik (1949-62)
LB Bill Bergey (1974-80)
S Bill Bradley (1969-76)
CB Tom Brookshier (1953-1961)
OT Bob Brown (1964-68)
DT Jerome Brown (1987-91)
RB Timmy Brown (1960-67)
WR Harold Carmichael (1971-83)
QB Randall Cunningham (1985-95)
S Brian Dawkins (1996-2008)
E-DE Bill Hewitt (1936-43)
QB Ron Jaworski (1977-1986)
LB Seth Joyner (1986-93)
QB Sonny Jurgensen (1957-63)
RB Ollie Matson (1964-66)
WR Tommy McDonald (1957-63)
QB Donovan McNabb (1999-2009)
RB Wilbert Montgomery (1977-84)
E Pete Pihos (1947-55)
WR Mike Quick (1982 -90)
E Pete Retzlaff (1956-66)
C Jim Ringo (1964-67)
DE Clyde Simmons (1986-93)
OT Jerry Sisemore  (1973-84)
LB Jeremiah Trotter (1998-09)
QB Norm Van Brocklin (1958-60)
RB Steve Van Buren (1944-51)
CB Troy Vincent (1996-03)
OT Stan Walters (1975-83)
WR-TE Bobby Walston (1943-51)
RB Brian Westbrook (2002-09)
DE Reggie White (1985-92)
OT Al Wistert (1943-51)
C Alex Wojciechowicz (1946-50)

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