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Lane Johnson mocks newspaper cover painting Yankees as underdogs

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Lane Johnson mocks newspaper cover painting Yankees as underdogs

Lane Johnson went from underdog to Super Bowl champion this season and he sold a whole lot of dog masks along the way.

Johnon embraced the underdog role more literally than many of his teammates and wore a dog mask after the Eagles playoff victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The rest, as they say, is history.

Jason Kelce helped elevate the underdog narrative to legendary status with his parade day speech about hungry dogs running faster.

The Eagles status as one of the greatest underdog champions of all time has been cemented.

You know who is not an underdog... ever? The New York Yankees. So when Lane saw the cover of today's New York Daily News with the Yankees in a dog masks, he was not having it.

In the Daily News' defense, the cover is playing up an article by Mike Mazzeo that says the Yankees can't really embrace an underdog card because they have a $200 million payroll. It's not #FakeNews, Lane, as much as it's poking fun at Yankees GM Brian Cashman attempting to paint the Bronx Bombers as the underdogs relative to the AL East division champs up in Boston. “We’re ‘The Little Engine That Could,’” Cashman told a New York radio station.

Yeah, the Little Engine on the Death Star maybe.

The Yankees were World Series favorite at 5/1, per Westgate, ahead of even the Astros last time we checked. So let the NYDN have their fun, just know that they're laughing along the way.

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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