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The biggest difference between the Phillies and Eagles parades

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The biggest difference between the Phillies and Eagles parades

Footballs.

Because you can’t safely throw a baseball across Broad Street.

Footballs were the lowkey MVP of the Eagles' Super Bowl parade.

If you’re like me, you spent somewhere around four to five hours standing on Broad Street on Thursday morning. Waiting isn’t always the most entertaining activity but my fellow Philadelphians made this more fun than I could have imagined.

There were a couple of factors that made waiting so damn fun. The first and most obvious is the dueling Eagles chants. The west side of Broad battling back and forth with the east side of the street, trying to out-cheer one another was a blast. The fact that the Birds have an easy-to-sing fight song made for another wonderful moment every few minutes.

Oh, and cold ones helped warm the whole body.

I was setup near Broad and Lombard streets where a nerf football proved to be the MVP of the day. There was the thrill of the ball coming anywhere near you like at a baseball game, but also the cheers and jeers of a good or bad toss. If a fan’s throw didn’t make it across Broad, there were boos. And applause if the ball made it into the crowd on the other side.

But what really set the crowd ablaze was the folks with the cannons who were able to launch the nerf ball from one side of Broad all the way on top of the buildings on the other. The whole street would erupt. It was awesome.

I was on the other side of the street in the below video as an example:

Then the people on the roof would toss it back and the whole process would start over.

This was happening all along the parade route. Videos of the Philly Police Department getting involved have popped up on social media. 

We’ll always have Jason Kelce’s legendary speech. But we’ll also have the “Cops! On! Bikes!” chants, the beer trees, and footballs flying over buildings.

Won’t forget any of that anytime soon.

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If you want to relive the parade one more time, NBC Sports Philadelphia will re-air its coverage on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 PM.

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Aspiring astronaut Joel Embiid found Eric Jr. tweets funny

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Aspiring astronaut Joel Embiid found Eric Jr. tweets funny

One of the sad things about the NBA offseason is that we don't get quite as much Joel Embiid in our lives on a regular basis.

Sure, he'll pop up at a local basketball court every now and then or maybe at a charity soccer event but we don't get to see him on our television every third day or so. That's a bummer for trusters of the process.

Thankfully, Vulture's Nate Jones caught up with Jojo the other day to ask him about some of the more eventful moments of the offseason thus far, such as Bryan Colangelo's burner accounts and his playground antics.

Embiid's answers rarely disappoint.

Jones: One of the things you’re famous for doing in the off-season is dunking on five-foot-tall white guys. Are you going to be doing more of that this summer?

Embiid: I don’t know. That’s not something I wake up in the morning like, I’m gonna go to the court and dunk on people. It’s just usually I go do my regular stuff, play tennis, and then some random fans happen to be talking shit, so then I gotta teach them a lesson. And that’s what I do.

I love it so much. Jo just has to teach fools a lesson. So that's what he does.

When asked about Colangelo's burner accounts, he calls Eric Jr., "my boy" and says he enjoyed the collar tweets: "The collar tweets were actually really fun. I enjoyed that one. Those were funny."

There's some other funny stuff mixed in, so go check out the whole Q&A, and be happy that these words actually came out of Joel Embiid's mouth:

I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut.

Are you listening, Elon Musk? Make it happen. But not until he retires in 17 years. Maybe he can head up Donald Trump's Space Force at that point. Nobody would mess with Joel Embiid in space.

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• Joel Embiid finally comments on Bryan Colangelo's departure

Eagles players thoroughly enjoyed Baker Mayfield owning Colin Cowherd

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Eagles players thoroughly enjoyed Baker Mayfield owning Colin Cowherd

Baker Mayfield wasn't universally praised before being drafted into the NFL. Much of the criticism surrounding him was somewhat flimsy, however.

Take Colin Cowherd for example -- speaking of guys who are not universally praised lol. He's still grasping at straws.

Cowherd had Mayfield on his show and pointed to a clip in which the quarterback tossed a touchdown and ran over to celebrate with the Ohklahoma band and student section instead of his teammates. Cowherd pointed to it being an example of Mayfield lacking... something?

Mayfield wasn't having it tough and responded in fantastic fashion. Watch the exchange below.

Plenty of people on Twitter thoroughly enjoyed the exchange; a couple of Eagles players among them.

Chris Long liked it. Lane Johnson loved it. Somebody else presumably wanted more of it.


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