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Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

We're two weeks out from the Eagles' season opener at Washington.

Fantasy football is back. Sunday afternoons will be fun again. All (not really) will be well in the world again. And count Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson as excited as we all are.

Johnson on Wednesday penned an article on The Players' Tribune that touches on everything from his 10-game suspension last season for performance-enhancing drugs to the Dallas Cowboys to Washington, which has beaten the Eagles five straight times — the Birds' longest losing streak to the Washington football team since a six-game streak from 1981-84 (h/t to CSNPhilly's resident stat guy Reuben Frank).

We have gathered our favorite tidbits from Johnson's piece below:

On his 10-game suspension and the aftermath:
"That experience of being on the sidelines — and the humiliation of being asked about it on a daily basis (and I’m still hearing about it from fans on Twitter) — hasn’t been for nothing. It forced me to reevaluate not just my suspension, but also how I carried myself in general. At times in my career I’ve lost focus. Well, I’m done with that.

In other words, this situation has lit a fire under my ass."

On the season opener in Washington
"Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people."

On Cowboys fans in Philly
"I realized that if you want to be a Cowboys fan, that that’s something between you and your maker. But never be a Cowboys fan dumb enough to mouth off at an Eagles tailgate in Philly."

On what he wants from Eagles fans 
"Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans."

To read Johnson's full piece, click here. It's quite entertaining.

Gritty, the Flyers' new mascot, is up to all sorts of shenanigans on his 1st night out

Gritty, the Flyers' new mascot, is up to all sorts of shenanigans on his 1st night out

So Gritty's got jokes.

We saw him strike fear into the Penguins with this tweet.

Then, in his first-ever appearance on the Wells Fargo Center Jumbotron, he showed his personality during the "Kiss Cam" segment. After making the moves on a fan, Gritty handed her a bottle of mouthwash.

Looking at Gritty, he was probably the one with the bad breath.

Anyway, Gritty took to the ice during first intermission. He had trouble staying on his feet (which you can watch in the video above) and instead of shooting shirts into the crowd, he started aiming and firing them at those helping on the ice.

What a rascal.

Gritty will be worth keeping an eye on because he's already wreaking havoc.

Imagine when the Penguins come to town?

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Carson Wentz's pin may be even better than his kelly green jacket

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Carson Wentz's pin may be even better than his kelly green jacket

It’s official, Carson Wentz is the Eagles' No. 1 fan, and he’s got the outfit to prove it. 

On Sunday, Wentz returned to action for the first time in nine months and led the Eagles to victory. He celebrated his win in true Eagles style, rocking a kelly green blazer to his postgame press conference. 

As if this outfit wasn’t sharp enough, take a closer look at his blazer... Notice anything? JawnOfTheDead on Reddit discovered that the pin on his jacket is a #1 Eagles Fan pin. 

Fitting.

For less than five dollars, you can buy a pin of your own on eBay

Not sure if Carson won a football game or The Masters, but either way, we’re loving this look. 

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