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Eagles avoid Curse of Billy Penn after workers place figurine atop new tower

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Eagles avoid Curse of Billy Penn after workers place figurine atop new tower

The Eagles’ 10-1 start has everyone in the city hoping for a trip to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII.

With the team rolling right now, the only thing that could stop the Birds is ... a hex? Well, not if some local workers have anything to do with it.

According to Philly.com’s Bob Fernandez, ironworkers at the latest Comcast tower — which will be the new tallest building in the city — placed a small William Penn statue on the highest steal beam.

“They did not want to take the chance and wait for the jinx,” Mike Delaney, executive vice president at LF Driscoll, the construction manager for the new Comcast tower, said of the crews' insistence to move up construction to put Penn in place.  

The jinx Delaney was referring to is the "Curse of Billy Penn." After sitting as the overseer of Philly atop City Hall for decades, Penn's statue was replaced as the skyline's highest mark by skyscraper One Liberty Place in 1987. The building was nearly 400 feet higher than the peak of Penn's statue, which apparently broke a silent agreement of how no building should be above the city's founder.

Those were bleak times for Philadelphia sports, with no championships in sight between the four major sports teams. Fans connected the fact that the statue no longer reigned over the city and the curse was born.

Jump ahead two championship-free decades to when the Comcast Center was finished in 2007, and a couple of workers on the building decided to place a small Penn figurine on the top. The following year, the Phillies took down the Rays in the World Series and finally brought a title back to town.

Now with the Eagles possibly in position to capture that ever-elusive first Super Bowl, the crews at the new Comcast building didn't want to leave anything to chance.

Eagles social media pokes fun at MLB free agency

Eagles social media pokes fun at MLB free agency

Just how ridiculous is the Bryce Harper saga right now? Even the Eagles' social media team is getting in on poking fun at Twitter’s most infamous source of MLB news.

Heyman, a well-respected member of the MLB media community, has earned such a dig by the Eagles from his nonstop posts about MLB free agency that don’t seem to advance the story or provide new information.

In fact, each one of his tweets are now met with memes and replies poking fun at that very fact.

He is, however, still breaking news and has been on the forefront of the Manny Machado, Bryce Harper beat. However, the length of time both of these megastars have taken to make their decision is hurting Heyman’s Twitter clout. Or, is Heyman hurting himself, posting so many updates that go nowhere?

Either way, the Eagles' social media team probably came up with this idea, asked someone if they thought it was funny and they said, “Sure, why not, let’s post it.”

This is another reminder of the level of lunacy this MLB offseason has reached. Fortunately, the Phillies will play a real baseball game on Friday and NBC Sports Philadelphia+ will have its first broadcast of the spring this Saturday.

As for now, we continue to wait.

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Don't get too excited about Alshon Jeffery wanting Eagles to bring back kelly green uniforms

Don't get too excited about Alshon Jeffery wanting Eagles to bring back kelly green uniforms

Things have been pretty quiet on the Eagles front the past few weeks aside from the Nick Foles' franchise tag watch. Heck, even their home stadium has turned its turf to the hockey world this week as the Flyers are set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins outside in South Philadelphia this weekend.

So it seems as good a time as any to talk about the Birds bringing back their kelly green uniforms.

Their star wide receiver would love it.

Alshon Jeffery sparked this discussion last night when he tweeted at former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski about those sweet old-timey green uniforms.

"Can we bring these uniforms back @Eagles...," Jeffery tweeted.

Philly fans have been saying the same thing for years. Obviously, there are obstacles. But the Eagles have said in the past year that they've been working on those hurdles.

Team owner Jeffrey Lurie spoke about the second helmet issue at the owners' meetings last March.

“What we’re hoping to have happen ... the whole key is we want a kelly green helmet to go with the kelly green jersey. We’re trying to get the league to allow a second helmet. That’s where it’s at. They very much know we want this and we want it badly. We’re waiting," Lurie said.

Here's what the NFL told us back in March:

Competition committee chairman Rich McKay told NBC Sports Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon that the opposition to the possible rule change is a safety issue, not one of cost. Basically, the older rule is in place because they wanted each player fitted correctly for one helmet per season. McKay seemed optimistic the rule might eventually change.

There was no change in the rules for the 2018 season.

And while the Eagles have publicly stated their desire to bring back the kelly green unis, there have been rumors inside the Eagles' locker room that Lurie actually can't stand the kelly green uniforms, that he associates them with the old regime's philosophy before he took over the franchise.

So, maybe you'll see kelly green on Jeffery someday. Or maybe you won't. 

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