Eagles-hater Pete Morelli allowed to referee future Birds' games

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Eagles-hater Pete Morelli allowed to referee future Birds' games

If you like penalties and hate the Eagles, you clicked on the right story.

Alleged Eagles hater Pete Morelli will be allowed to referee future Birds' games after the league found no signs of bias towards the Eagles. 

How's this for bias? In a Week 6 win over the Panthers, the Eagles were flagged 10 times for 126 yards. Compare that to the Panthers' one penalty for one yard and you see the problem.

But it wasn't the first time Morelli got flag-happy against the Eagles. In Morelli's last 4 Eagles' games — all away from the Linc — his crew has thrown 40 penalties for 396 yards to opponents' eight penalties for 74 yards. I'm not a numbers guy, but something seems off here.

In true Philly sports fashion, the Eagles will now reach the Super Bowl where Morelli and Co. will be waiting to rain yellow on the field, leading to an Andy Reid-led Chiefs' victory where Reid orchestrates an efficient two-minute game-winning drive, perfectly utilizing all three timeouts. 

Charles Barkley defends Markelle Fultz, calls out idiots on Twitter

Charles Barkley defends Markelle Fultz, calls out idiots on Twitter

The Sixers home opener on Thursday night in South Philadelphia was an eventful and somewhat easy win over the Chicago Bulls.

Joel Embiid had his way on the offensive end. Ben Simmons did it all en route to a seemingly effortless triple-double. And Markelle Fultz shot the ball. A lot.

All eyes are going to be on the second-year player who missed most of last season for... issues and with two nationaly televised games to start the season, the buzz around Markelle is palpable.

Fultz didn't magically find the kind of killer jumper you might expect from a No. 1 overall pick last night, but he did seemingly find the confidence to take it. After passing up a few open looks early in the game and missing his first few shots, the basketball experts on Twitter let their displeasure be known. Fultz may have had the backing of the 20,302 in the Wells Fargo Center last night who encouraged him to let it rip, but the sentiment of fans sitting at home wasn't as forgiving.

TNT analyst, former Sixer great, and generally fun guy Charles Barkley had a message for these tweet-happy folks following the game.

“Listen, let me talk to these damn idiots on Twitter," Barkley said. "People are pulling for [Markelle]. The kid struggled mentally with his shot. We’re all pulling for him. That’s why we’re excited to see him do well. You just sit at home in your grandma’s basement with your drawers on, typing on your damn keyboard. Shut the hell up. We’re pulling for Markelle Fultz.”

“All the people on the Internet who are mean, they sit at home living with their parents — like 32-years-old living with their parents, got their computer out, watching the world go by them, cookie crumbs on their stomach.”

I wouldn't expect the polarizing nature of Fultz's play to go away over the next few months. It will certainly be one of the more intriguing storylines to follow all season long.

Here are what some of the people closest to Markelle had to say about his shot last night:

Brett Brown: “I felt when he was shooting the ball, they kept going under middle pick and rolls. He shot it to mean it, he didn’t look afraid of anything. He missed the shots, but they looked good, and I think in general, we played him quite a bit of minutes, he took the most shots out of anybody on the team, I thought his defense was very good. It’s a big night for that young man.”

Joel Embiid: “Everybody always gets excited when he shoots a three.  He’s going to make those, he’s worked on his shot the whole summer so that’s nothing to worry about. I think the way he can help us is just being a playmaker. When I’m on the floor with him I really feel comfortable. He really knows how to find guys and understands when someone needs the ball, that’s where he’s going to help us a lot.”

Ben Simmons: “It’s huge. Especially him starting, you want a guy like that to come out and hit shots and make shots and feel comfortable and confident coming out.”

Markelle Fultz: “I’m never afraid to take shots. I worked hard this summer. Tonight. I didn’t make a lot of shots, but I am going to keep shooting. If I see an open shot, then I’m going to shoot it; that’s what I worked for. Tonight didn’t fall, but eventually, it will. I’m going to keep working.”

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Flyers mascot Gritty has a pumpkin ... and it's unreal

Flyers mascot Gritty has a pumpkin ... and it's unreal

The Flyers introduced Gritty at the perfect time of year.

With fall in the air and Halloween right around the corner, we're seeing the Flyers' mascot more and more.

Gritty costumes will be all over the Delaware Valley, maybe even the country. We've already seen an adorable baby Gritty (see story).

And we now have a Gritty pumpkin. The resemblance is uncanny. The pumpkin is also huge, just like Gritty.

You can see the Gritty pumpkin (by Instagram user @hbbrinton) at "The Great Pumpkin Carve of Chadds Ford."

Here it is in its beauty:

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