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Joel Embiid led the party-like atmosphere in Philly's Game 1 rout of Heat

Joel Embiid led the party-like atmosphere in Philly's Game 1 rout of Heat

The first playoff game of the Process Era was a rousing success.

The Sixers played so well in the second half that fans in the Wells Fargo Center didn't even have to really sweat. It was a playoff victory party and everybody in the building was loving it.

That includes The Phantom of the Process, the bell-ringer on the evening, one Joel Embiid.

Nothing captured the mood of the night better than Jo, Justin, and Cov's reaction below. I believe it was after that wild, off-balance Marco Bellinelli three.

Brett Brown said it before the game: "This place is gonna blow up tonight." And boy did it.

"Just incredible. The start of the game, you feel it. Joel goes out and rings the bell and you feel it," Brown said of the crowd's energy. "The Philadelphia fans, apart from the vocal side and the volume, there's this complete passion. Sometimes I glance up into the crowd and you just see it."

The loudest moment I experienced from high in the rafters was Ben Simmons' monster slam. The entire Wells Fargo Center went bonkers.

Ben gave a special shoutout to the fans tailgating.

"It was amazing," Simmons said of the Philly faithful. "Them tailagaiting before the game, the atmosphere was insane amazing. Philly has some of the best fans in the NBA."

JJ Redick said the second half, with the Sixers hitting shots and crowd getting into it, is the kind of thing a player dreams about.

"The crowd gave me goosebumps. As a basketball player, you dream about those moments," Redick said.

But he also said it was just one win. This team wants more. And boy are they fun to watch.

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Here's a fun little video of the pregame vibe in Philly:

Eagles vets give rookies some bad, hilarious haircuts

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Eagles vets give rookies some bad, hilarious haircuts

These Super Bowl champions sure do know how to have fun … at the expense of the rookies.

The Eagles' veterans on Tuesday took to social media to showcase their hazing of the team's rookies. Don't worry, it's not the bad kind of hazing. Except if you think bad haircuts and no eyebrows are cruel.

We're going to let the haircuts do the talking.

You can watch more of the Eagles' barbershop here.

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Eagles fans troll Patriots fans again with billboard outside Gillette Stadium

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Eagles fans troll Patriots fans again with billboard outside Gillette Stadium

The Eagles swear they've moved on from Super Bowl LII, but fans? Yeah, that's never going to happen.

With the Super Bowl rematch just two days away and the Birds heading up to Foxboro, Massachusetts, Eagles fans are making sure the Patriots and their fans remember who won the Super Bowl just a few months ago.

Gina Lewis, a Massachusetts-based Birds fan, erected a billboard at the intersection of Route 1 and North Street, which is about one mile outside of Gillette Stadium.

So folks driving to Gillette Stadium from Boston, and even up from Philly, will see the billboard as they head to the Eagles-Patriots preseason game Thursday.

In terms of billboards, it's not exactly the prettiest. The idea was fantastic, but the execution could have been better. The notion that Patriots fans will have to be reminded that the Eagles beat New England, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII is brilliant.

That's not a knock on the person who designed the billboard, though. Jordan Spector is a Philadelphia-based artist who designed the billboard.

The original text on the billboard was supposed to be: "No one likes us and we don’t care." But the billboard company forced them to change it.

To be fair to Spector, the actual design of the billboard is crisper than the one that went up. You can support Spector's work (you should because art is fun) here.

Some background as to how the billboard came to be a thing. Back in June, Lewis tweeted this:

It doesn't appear the coworker came through on his promise, but that doesn't really matter. Lewis started a GoFundMe, which remains active, to raise the $5,000 to pay for the billboard.

After it reached its goal, the GoFundMe remains active and the next $5,000 will be donated to Carson Wentz's AO1 Foundation. At the time of this posting, it's raised $6,530 out of its $10,000 goal.

If you're obliged to donate, you can here.

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