Category: Football

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World Champions

by Colten Hagadus

58 years it has been since Philadelphia has seen its football team on top. That changed last weekend when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. It has been truly a cinderella season for the Eagles as most analysts did not pick them to finish above 4th in the NFC East. The team silenced the critics by starting the season on a 12-1 run and ended up finishing the season 13-3. The adversity surrounding the team was sky high as they were plagued by monstrous injuries that seemingly should have ended their season. When a team’s starting quarterback, left tackle, and middle linebacker go down, you are left with backups at the sport’s most important positions. This did not seem to phase the Eagles as they used the “next man up” mentality and made sure they did their job on every play.

Projected to lose every game they played in the playoffs, the Eagles dug deep and grinded out wins against the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings. They embraced being the underdogs in ways that really connected the players with its fan base. Fans got tattoos as “underdog” t-shirts, masks, and hats promoted by players Lane Johnson and Chris Long. The slogan “Dilly Dilly” which first appeared in a Bud Light commercial really caught on in the Philadelphia market. “Dilly Dilly” changed to “Philly Philly” as even Bud Light embraced it as they promised free beer to Philadelphia if they won the Super Bowl. Turns out they had to follow through with their promise because the Eagles sacked Tom Brady with 2:16 left in the game to go on and win the Super Bowl. Nick Foles won MVP and Nelson Agholor came away with 9 catches. However, no one made a bigger play in the game than Brandon Graham. The whole game was an offensive shootout with neither team’s defense being able to make a stand. Graham then changed the complexion of the game by shocking the world by making the biggest strip sack of his life.

The storybook season finally came to an end after the closing speeches on a sunny but brisk Thursday in downtown Philadelphia. The parade was a great success as Eagles center Jason Kelce gave arguably the greatest speech in sports history. Philadelphia really came together this week as people from all generations were able to celebrate this special victory.

 

The Biggest Stage in All of Sports

By Colten Hagadus

This year marks the 52nd Super Bowl in NFL history. It is must see TV, as it brings almost 111 million Americans together for the television event. It is also the one football game per year that produces the most unique commercials and an always-dazzling 30 minute half time show. This year the game is being played by the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. It is certainly a tale of two different teams, as the Patriots have already won five Super Bowls, while the Eagles have made two Super Bowl appearances, but haven’t walked away with a win in either case.

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NFL Week 11

By Brett Minnick
Following a week filled with blowout wins for hot teams, week 11 looks to have a few more upsets in it.  Last week, the Patriots blew out the Broncos; but look for the Raiders to make a statement and possibly live up to the preseason hype against one of the top teams of the NFL. The Chargers and Bills face off this week as the Bills come off a blowout loss against the Saints. The Chargers are coming off a slim loss to the Jags and will have to streak for a chance in the playoffs. The Bills are benching Tyrod Taylor this week after a lackluster offensive attack last week. Nathan Peterman, a rookie from Pitt, will start in his stead and try to win a starting job. The Rams crushed the Texans last week but will face one of the NFL’s top defenses in the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings offense has looked good throughout the year behind should be backup turned starter Case Keenum.  If the Rams can overcome the Everson Griffen lead Vikings D, they should be able to come out on top.  Lastly, the Falcons and Seahawks matchup in primetime Monday Night Football.  This battle of the NFC powerhouses will be pivotal for if they can secure a wild card spot.

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NFL Week 9

By: Brett Minnick

 

One of the best games of the 2017 season and certainly the best of the week was the week 8 shootout between young gun Deshaun Watson and electrifying Russell Wilson.  The Texans and Seahawks have typically been known for their defense in years, but the 41-38 final score speaks otherwise.  Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson both showed elite passing ability, escapability in the pocket, and poise when faced with clutch situations, such as Russell Wilson hitting Jimmy Graham for the go ahead touchdown.

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