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Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Jalen Reagor hasn't yet set foot on a football field wearing midnight green, but the Eagles' first-round pick is already a pro at comebacks.

Professional Talker Skip Bayless popped off about Reagor's (admittedly unexpected) draft slot late last week, making fun of the Eagles for taking Reagor at No. 21 overall.

Here's what Bayless had to say:

I about fell out of my chair over that, for the wrong reason. Jalen Reagor went way higher than any draft expert had mocked him. I'm mocking that pick right now, because I thought it was a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.

There are, of course, different ways to responds when a person like Bayless (loud, looking for attention) singles out a player.

You can try to argue the points made, and point out that while Reagor going at No. 21 overall may have been a surprise, you'd be hard pressed to name four wideouts who went after Reagor and are widely seen as better players.

Justin Jefferson at No. 22? Fine. Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 is a pick 'em, as is Tee Higgins at No. 33, and most basically everyone would give Reagor the edge over guys like Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, and Chase Claypool.

You can take the petty angle and remind Bayless, a noted Cowboys fan, which team is the reigning NFC East champion. (It's the Eagles.)

Or you can be Reagor, and simply tell Bayless that you heard what he thinks, and keep it moving:

Nice and subtle. Reagor is keeping a list, but he's unbothered. Perfect.

Something tells me this clip will be re-shared plenty when Reagor scores his first touchdown against the Cowboys.

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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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Emmanuel Acho torches Chip Kelly's NFL career with '2020 plans' meme

Emmanuel Acho torches Chip Kelly's NFL career with '2020 plans' meme

We've seen our fair share of mini-viral memes throughout pro sports' indefinite pause, from the Gossip Girl setup to incredible Andy Reid-iPod mash-ups during the Draft.

The latest format making the rounds is based on how unexpectedly odd 2020 has been, and the way it's derailed everyone's plans. It's a straightforward setup:

Got it? Got it.

Enter former Eagles linebacker and special teamer Emmanuel Acho, who decided to ride the meme's wave and go after none other than former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly:

Whew man.

This isn't the first time Acho has put Kelly in his crosshairs. Back in 2018, he used his role on ESPN to light Kelly's rough start at UCLA on fire - and right after Kelly left a brief stint with ESPN, no less:

Acho was also aggressive with his subtweeting back when the Eagles fired Kelly in 2015:

Of course, Acho isn't the only Eagle who has recently taken aim at Kelly, who is still coaching for UCLA, for now.

On the first night of this year's NFL Draft, former (and future?) Eagle LeSean McCoy and current Eagle DeSean Jackson were chatting about the old days on Instagram Live, and they quickly began trash-talking Kelly.

And early in 2019, Jackson and former Eagle Michael Vick went to town on Kelly's decision-making during his time in Philly:

It's been years since Kelly was a hot name in the football world, but his former NFL players still seem to have plenty of contempt for The Man Who Changed Football.

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