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Philly Special in final voting for best moment in NFL history

Philly Special in final voting for best moment in NFL history

The NFL has been celebrating its 100th season all year long and to cap it off they're having fans vote on the "greatest moment in NFL history."

The Philadelphia Eagles are represented by none other than the Philly Special from Super Bowl 52, the same game in which Tom Brady both dropped a pass and fumbled the ball away after a Brandon Graham strip sack.

Nick Foles' touchdown reception in the Super Bowl has some stiff competition, however.

First off, the Miami Dolphins' "perfect season" is among the eight finalists. That's not even a moment. That's a whole season. Cross that one off. Similarly, "the Ice Bowl" is in contention, but again, that is a whole game, not really a "moment."

The "Minneapolis Miracle" is actually a moment, but the stakes simply weren't as high as the Philly Special. Same could be said for Marshawn Lynch's "Beast Quake." Great plays both. Not the greatest.

In my opinion, the only real competition to the Philly Special for greatest moment are Dwight Clark's "The Catch" from Joe Montana, "The Immaculate Reception" by Franco Harris, or "The Helmet Catch" by David Tyree. I'm thinking we cross that last one off because it involved Eli Manning.

The Catch and the Immaculate Reception are legit competition and staple moments in the history of the NFL. Like Trey Burton's pass, they're the kind of moments you'll tell your kids about. Are they greater moments than the Philly Special? Not in my mind, but it's safe to say we here in Philly are probably a little bias.

You can vote on the finalists here.

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Sixers vs. Heat: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers vs. Heat: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

The Sixers (20-8) look to stay perfect at home while the Heat (19-8) look for a measure of revenge at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night.

The Sixers come into this one relatively healthy, though Josh Richardson admitted Tuesday he’s been dealing with an injury to his right shooting wrist.

Meanwhile, Miami will be without Goran Dragic (right groin strain), Justise Winslow (lower back strain) and James Johnson (personal reasons). Derrick Jones Jr. (migraine) is listed as questionable. Philly native Dion Waiters is serving yet another suspension.

Here are the essentials for tonight’s game:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia 
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch:

Well-rested Sixers

The Sixers’ schedule to start the season hasn’t been very forgiving. They just wrapped up five games in seven nights with an ugly loss to the Nets Sunday.

Safe to say, they enjoyed having the last two days to rest up.

“I’m not going to lie,” Richardson said after practice Tuesday, “usually it’s good to get right back at it because it’s the NBA and you have a lot of games, but for me personally it was good to just sit out and be still for a minute. After practice, I can tell all the guys are ready to go again.”

The Sixers should have Joel Embiid back, who missed Sunday’s game with an upper respiratory illness. While Richardson’s wrist injury won’t cause him to miss time, he admitted that it's affecting his ability to flick his wrist while shooting.

Up until Sunday’s night game, shooting hadn’t been much of a problem for Tobias Harris. Over his last 17 games, Harris is averaging 21.8 points a game while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 39.4 from three.

Harris also thought the rest came at just the right time. 

“We needed a couple days,” Harris said. “I think that kind of was another thing that affected that game, just legs and whatnot. So, yesterday to have the day off and today to come in here, get some work in and get a practice in, it’s always good. I think we definitely needed that day off. I needed a day.”

It wasn’t a typical day off for Harris, who spent time with students and teachers at Bethune Elementary School in North Philadelphia. Harris, who was given the richest contract in franchise history, continues to devote his time and money to various educational initiatives.

Avoiding the drama

On Monday, Sixers Twitter lost its collective mind when Trey Burke’s dad tweeted his displeasure with his son’s playing time. It then reached a fever pitch when big man Kyle O’Quinn liked a picture of the tweet that was shared on Instagram.

Welcome to the NBA in 2019.

Brett Brown’s club has mostly avoided drama this season. To Burke’s credit, he released a statement through the team saying that he disagreed with his father’s assessment. It also wasn’t the first time he’s dealt with his father being outspoken about his playing time.

As for O’Quinn, he faced the media Tuesday. Here’s what he had this to say when asked about liking the post and whether it had anything to do with how he felt about his own situation:

“No, I mean, it had nothing to do with me. Nothing to do with me. It was just a Philly post and a like is just kind of like acknowledgement. So if a guy goes down on another team and you like that post, am I cheering that on? I don't think so. I'm just acknowledging it. If I want to add a comment to say my thoughts, I will but a like I think is a little harmless and more thought deeply on your part.”

Another shot for Butler’s revenge game?

All that talk about Jimmy Butler’s return to the Wells Fargo Center and it was Richardson whole stole the show against his former team in a blowout on Nov. 23.

The Heat are coming off a brutal loss to the 10-17 Grizzlies Monday night. They gave up 73 points in the first half alone in the 118-111 defeat.

But just like the Sixers in Brooklyn, every team is due for a clunker. Miami looks like it isn’t going away in the East.

Butler looks well on his way to his fifth All-Star appearance, while young big Bam Adebayo may be poised to be for his first. While Butler and veteran Goran Dragic have carried a chunk of the scoring load, rookies Kendrick Nunn (16.1 points per game) and Tyler Herro (14.2) have been excellent.

With the Sixers at full strength, this will be a stiff test for the Heat.

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Trey Burton couldn’t bring himself to throw in Philly Special-like play

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Trey Burton couldn’t bring himself to throw in Philly Special-like play

If you haven’t seen it by now, in a crucial moment of Sunday’s game against the Giants, the Chicago Bears ran a play that looked an awful lot like the Philly Special. 

They called it the “Oompa Loompa,” but it probably looks familiar. 

And, apparently, Trey Burton just couldn’t bring himself to be the guy to throw the pass for that play. Not after he was the guy to throw the pass on the Philly Special in the Eagles’ Super Bowl win. 

Here’s what Burton said, via the Chicago Tribune:

Honestly when they put it up on the board (in practice), I got crazy anxiety. I was kind of freaking out a little bit, just because a ton of unbelievable memories come back to mind from the Super Bowl. … I remember not really saying much and going out in practice and trying to do it, and I just couldn’t. Physically there was some type of block that wasn’t letting me do it.

Burton, who played in Philly for four seasons before joining the Bears this past offseason, told head coach Matt Nagy about his anxiety as the pass-thrower and they tweaked the play to allow Tarik Cohen to throw the touchdown pass instead. 

Burton then took over the Corey Clement role. It was his job to pitch the ball to Cohen on the play. 

The “Oompa Loompa” wasn’t exactly the Philly Special. On this play, Chase Daniel took the snap … it wasn’t a direct snap, which meant there was a handoff before the pitch and the QB didn’t become the receiver. But it still looked a lot like the Philly Special, which is apparently why Burton had trouble duplicating the biggest and most famous play of his career.

The Giants actually won the game in overtime, but it doesn’t mean this play wasn’t spectacular. It was. It’s also pretty cool that Burton couldn’t bring himself to make that play in another city.

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