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Are 2017 Eagles greatest team in Philly sports history?

Are 2017 Eagles greatest team in Philly sports history?

Are the 2017 Eagles the most talented team in Philadelphia sports history? Impossible to say. Are they even the most talented Eagles team of all-time? Maybe, maybe not — I seriously doubt anybody much cares about that debate now.

There very well could be teams with more or superior All-Star and Hall of Fame players in the city’s professional sports past. Teams that won world championships, even some teams that did not. Phillies teams. Sixers teams. Flyers teams. Perhaps Eagles teams.

But has there ever been a more satisfying team in Philly sports than this Eagles squad? A group that will go down as more beloved? A greater team, if you will?

Right off the bat, the Eagles check off two of the most important boxes. First of all, They Won — there’s a lot of love and appreciation for teams that didn’t quite get over the hump, but nothing beats a winner. Second is The Wait — this is the Eagles’ first championship in 57 years, since 1960, and the first-ever victory in a Super Bowl, the latter tidbit something rivals used to needle the fan base.

It doesn’t hurt that This Is A Football Town, either. That’s not necessarily a fair criterion, but the reality is a larger number of people care or care more the Eagles won.

Again, the greatness we’re attempting to measure is in the intangibles — and this Eagles team seems to cover just about all of them.

This season was Completely Unexpected. Sure, some of us thought the Eagles could win, maybe, 11 games if everything broke right. Those people were not the majority, and nobody outside of the NovaCare Complex and most optimistic fans who shout it every year were predicting this team to win the Super Bowl back in August.

Remarkably, the Sheer Improbability only grew as the season went on. Once we knew the Eagles were good, the injuries began to mount. Losing Darren Sproles was a huge blow. Doubt really crept in when Jason Peters went down. Jordan Hicks went on IR, and it was how much can this team take? Once Carson Wentz limped up the tunnel, nobody could be blamed for feeling a sense of dread.

Of course, what Philly fan doesn’t love an Underdog Story? Despite being the top playoff seed in the conference, few handicappers in Vegas or so-called experts in the national media thought a team led by Nick Foles could go on a serious playoff run, let alone knock off the Patriots. The Eagles took those slights and ran with them, all the way to the Rocky statue at the end of the parade route.

And they were The Good Guys! OK, maybe not in Minnesota, certainly not in Boston, but a lot of the nation was pulling for the Eagles. Not only that, the locker room, coaching staff and front office are all full of genuinely good people who are easy to root for, which sadly is not always the case in sports. If a team’s morality is important to you, you have not been disappointed by this group.

The Eagles were Fun To Watch. They finished third in the NFL in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense. They were aggressive but also calculated. They came up big in the clutch. They were good, and they had an exciting style that was aesthetically pleasing.

I’ve lived long enough to witness only two world championships and remember maybe 20 legitimate contenders, so I’m hardly a historian. I alone do not have the perspective to say this Eagles team was the greatest pro sports team the city has ever seen.

But given all of those factors, you will be hard-pressed to come up with a team that felt more magical, that even speaking objectively was more special than this.

Joel Embiid takes shot at Aron Baynes on Twitter

Joel Embiid takes shot at Aron Baynes on Twitter

With the Sixers eliminated, Joel Embiid was asked at his end-of-the-season press conference if he had a prediction for which remaining team would win the NBA championship.

His response was short and simple.

"Nah," he said, "I don't care."

However, Embiid looks like he's still keeping some tabs on the NBA postseason.

And, watching from afar, he's apparently not too impressed with Aron Baynes.

If you recall, during the Eastern Conference semifinals series in which the Sixers fell to the Celtics in five games, Embiid and Baynes had their moments.

Lots of physicality. A few minor scuffles. And this monster dunk by Embiid.

That's probably what the Sixers' big man was referring to when he tweeted Monday night during Game 4 of the Cavaliers-Celtics series.

Could this play have prompted the tweet?

Baynes probably isn't focused on Embiid or Twitter right now in the heat of the Eastern Conference Finals, but maybe he'll be asked about the tweet during media availability sessions before the series goes to Game 5 Wednesday.

The 31-year-old from New Zealand, a role player not known for tons of offense but with a championship ring, can become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. We'll have to see where he plays next season, but let's hope some matchups with Embiid are in the near future.

Eagles teammates expose Nelson Agholor's golf swing

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Wendell Smallwood's Instagram story

Eagles teammates expose Nelson Agholor's golf swing

Fortunately for Nelson Agholor, he doesn't make a living off his golf swing.

Instead, he gets paid to make plays on the football field, something he did plenty of during a career year last season, helping the Eagles win their first-ever Super Bowl title.

But that didn't prevent his teammates from ribbing him Monday.

Zach Ertz and Wendell Smallwood exposed their buddy by posting videos of Agholor golfing not so well (to put it nicely) on their Instagram stories, which you can watch here.

It clearly looks like Agholor is a beginner at the sport of golf. Give him credit for trying. Known for being one of the hardest workers in the Eagles' locker room, it wouldn't be surprising to see, with time, Agholor develop that golf swing.

But for now, he's going to draw some comparisons to Charles Barkley.