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How a horrifying monster took over Philadelphia sports

How a horrifying monster took over Philadelphia sports

Carson Wentz is back at quarterback for the first-place Eagles. Villanova's the defending national champion. The Phillies suffered a monumental collapse and even worse, the bar in their stadium is going out of business. The Sixers celebrated the start of training camp by finishing up the longest GM search in history.

But no one in Philadelphia cares about any of that. We've all somehow fallen under the spell of a giant, orange, prickly monster. 

No, not you, Angelo.  

I'm talking of course about Gritty, the ghastly, googly-eyed, bearded, dancing monstrosity who was introduced earlier this week as the Flyers's new mascot. Even though Gritty resembles an unwashed Muppet, he's drawn national media attention, while taking up so much oxygen locally that none of even had time to argue over Wentz vs. Foles. 

I don't like it. Silly mascots that got talked about on Good Morning America are not what the Philadelphia Flyers are about. They represent actual grit, and toughness, and missing teeth. It's bad enough that we have a coach who's from North Dakota. But now a fluffy mascot? How can Gritty represent the Flyers, when he wasn't even on the 1975 team? 

But don't take my word for it. Listen to Ed Snider's grandson, who wrote for the Inquirer op-ed page that Gritty misrepresents what the Flyers are about. I know whenever the Eagles are facing a big decision, the first question I ask is, "what do Leonard Tose's grandchildren think?"

I will, though, give Gritty a chance to prove himself to me, the way all new Flyers players do: By getting into a fight on the ice, and winning it. None of this T-shirt gun stuff.

Other Philly sports takes: 

- For the last ten years, injured big men have been such an important part of the Sixers as a franchise that it was only a matter of time before they put one of them in charge. I'm okay with Elton Brand, though, as long as he doesn't have a Twitter account, a father, or a wife. 

- How can the Phillies come back from this year's collapse? Once they've signed Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Clayton Kershaw, it's simple: 1) Fire everyone, 2) bring back Larry Bowa as manager, and 3) Name Lenny Dykstra general manager. 

- There is one thing I like about this Phillies team, though. Unlike the post-championship Eagles, there's no need for a wrenching, existential debate over whether it's okay to boo them this year. 

- It's nice to have Jordan Matthews back on the Eagles, but as long as we're bringing back Chip Kelly-era wide receivers, why not Paul Turner? And of course, where's Riley Cooper? So sick of the double standards. 

- Mychal Kendricks may be headed to jail, but I'll always appreciate that he used "cheesesteaks" as a code word for "kickbacks." He'll always be a True Eagle to me. 

- Ava Graham tweeted recently that while "Angelo’s tweets are his own," he types some himself while while he dictates others. This makes one thing clear: Angelo could be president of the United States. 

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Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

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Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

The Eagles have been quite the disappointment this season, with the latest being their atrocious 37-31 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday in South Florida. And with disappointments come possible troll jobs? 

As the clock wound down and fans became increasingly exasperated with the team, social media anger started to build and it looks like one fellow Philadelphia team may have added just an oh-so-subtle jab in there.

As the 37-31 score went final, the Flyers sent out quite the interesting reminder of their impressive record this November. It seems like they don’t want fans to forget that they are NOT part of the teams that have been disappointing this city. 

You have to admit, the timing is a bit suspicious. 


Fans certainly seem to think that the Flyers are trolling the Eagles with their post, based on the replies. 

https://twitter.com/sluongo19/status/1201252463703154688 https://twitter.com/btcs41/status/1201252665977720837

We love a little friendly fire between the Philadelphia sports teams, if this is a true troll job. Or maybe it’s just a conveniently scheduled tweet by the Flyers' social media team. 

You be the judge. 

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Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Updated: 6:35 p.m.

Oh boy.

Things have gotten wild over in the Eagles' world today, beginning with former Eagles cornerback Orlando Scandrick torching almost everyone on his old team on FS1’s “Undisputed” this morning (see story).

Then, Malcolm Jenkins clapped back at Scandrick in NSFW fashion to essentially dismiss the claims by Scandrick, to which Scandrick then responded on Colin Cowherd’s show that he essentially “wasn’t attacking anyone personally”(see story).

And so, after a morning of ping-ponging back and forth, we have the ultimate response, from the team itself.

The Eagles social media account offically weighed in in the most brilliant way. Actions speak louder than words, Scandrick, and you can't run from history.

Well damn, they really just exposed Scandrick. I mean, how do you come back from being shredded by both Jenkins and a professional NFL team?

So long Scandrick, you won’t be missed.

Jenkins himself apparently liked the tweet, too ... he had a very interesting quote tweet.



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