Eagles New DE Vinny Curry Had the Kind of Weekend Dreams Are Made Of

Eagles New DE Vinny Curry Had the Kind of Weekend Dreams Are Made Of

It was one heck of a weekend for new Eagle Vinny Curry. He was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the team he was a huge fan of as a kid growing up in nearby Neptune, New Jersey. Not only that, but he had the opportunity to be at the NovaCare Complex on Saturday as the team brought back some of the best players of the last few decades in celebration of Brian Dawkins getting his No. 20 Eagles jersey retired.

Talk about one hell of a "welcome to the family."

Sure, getting the best football player to add to your team is priority No. 1, but it's also awesome from a fan's point of view when the player drafted appears to be a great guy with a passion for the game and in Vinny's case, a tremendous passion for the Philadelphia Eagles. He even said he didn't want to let the NFL Network cameras into his home because he had too much Eagles' memorabilia on the walls. He didn't want to have to take it down just yet.

From Reuben Frank's story on Curry from over the weekend which you should really just go read in its entirety.

“For most people, the draft is the best day of their life,” Vinny Curry
said. “But growing up an Eagle fan, being blessed with the opportunity
of seeing Brian Dawkins retire and give a speech here, this has got to
be the best day of my life.”

Not only is it a fantastic story of a kid's dream coming true, but many experts absolutely loved the pick for the Birds. Peter King called it the best selection in the draft on the defensive side of the ball.

Best pick, defense:Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall, 59th overall to Philadelphia.
The Eagles took a page from the Giants and improved their pass-rush
with good depth in the front seven in this draft. Curry should be a
25-snap rotational rusher.

As if all of that didn't make for a wild enough weekend, there's this chill-inducing nugget about the quarterback of the Eagles pulling him aside on Saturday:

At one point, Curry walked in, and Vick pulled him aside.

“He told me, ‘You’re not an Eagles fan anymore,’” Curry said. ‘“You’re a teammate.’”

Maybe now he can finally give us a tour of his home now. And add some more hardware to that Eagles shrine in a couple of years.

>>From Eagles fan to player, starstruck Curry soaks it in [CSN]

>>Philadelphia pick Vinny Curry is a really big Eagles fan [NFL]

>>Listen to Curry on the radio this morning with the WIP morning show

Mike Vick had some words of encouragement for him as well:

Draymond Green says what we all really think about Joel Embiid

Draymond Green says what we all really think about Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid has caught the eye of a Golden State Warrior.

At Golden State's shootaround Sunday night at the Sixers' practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, Warriors power forward Draymond Green said what we all think about Joel Embiid.

"He has a chance to be really f------ good," Green said.

Green and the Warriors will miss Embiid Monday when they tip off against the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center. Embiid will miss two more games to minimize the risk of aggravating his left knee injury. The Sixers are targeting Friday against the Knicks for his return (see story).

Embiid hasn't played since the Jan. 27 game against Houston and has missed 16 of their last 17 games. Still, the 22-year-old has shown, when healthy, he's a special player that Sixers can build around.

In 31 games -- with minute restrictions and missing 27 games, too -- Embiid is averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists. He's shooting 46.6 from the field, and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. Despite running a tremendous Twitter campaign for the NBA All-Star Game, he missed out being an All-Star in his first year. He won the NBA's Rookie of the Month for October, November, December and January. Yeah, we all agree with Green.

But how much of Embiid has Green seen?

"I haven't had a chance to watch him," Green said. "I think he has a chance to be damn good. He's figuring it out. He's versatile. He can do a lot of things."

For more from the Warriors on the Sixers' potential, watch the video above.

Best of NHL: Sergei Bobrovsky ties career high with 32nd win as Blue Jackets top Rangers

Best of NHL: Sergei Bobrovsky ties career high with 32nd win as Blue Jackets top Rangers

NEW YORK -- Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg each scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots to tie his career high with his 32nd win. Josh Anderson also scored and Oliver Bjorkstrand had two assists to help the Blue Jackets win for the fourth time in five games.

Columbus won for the second time in two days after its bye week and moved past the Rangers into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Blue Jackets won three of five in the season series -- including both games at Madison Square Garden -- after losing seven straight meetings coming in.

Rick Nash scored a tying goal for the Rangers early in the first period. Jesper Fast scored in the final second, and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 26 saves (see full recap).

Surging Blackhawks beat Blues on late Anisimov goal
CHICAGO -- Artem Anisimov scored with 5:20 left in the third period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win and ninth in their last 10.

Anisimov beat Jake Allen on the glove side from the right edge of the crease for his 22nd goal after taking a pinpoint cross-ice pass from linemate Artemi Panarin. Tanner Kero added an empty-netter with 2.6 seconds left.

Patrick Kane assisted on Anisimov's winner and scored a power-play goal. Jonathan Toews also had a goal and an assist for surging Chicago, which pulled one point behind first-place Minnesota in the Central Division and Western Conference.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had an assist for his 500th NHL point.

Magnus Paajarvi and Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues, who played their first game following their bye week and lost their third straight (see full recap).

Gaudreau's 2 goals helps Flames down Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and an assist to help the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday.

Micheal Ferland also scored for the Flames. They have earned at least one point in six straight games, going 5-0-1 in that stretch to move into playoff position in the Western Conference.

Victor Rask scored on the power play for Carolina. The Hurricanes have lost six of seven to fall into last place in the Metropolitan Division.

Brian Elliott made 34 saves for the Flames, with his best coming with roughly 15 minutes to play when he stopped Jeff Skinner from point-blank range.

Eddie Lack finished with 21 saves. He made his second straight start for Carolina (see full recap).

Turris, Anderson lead Senators past Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kyle Turris scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Craig Anderson stopped 37 shots to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Sunday night.

Zack Smith had an early short-handed goal for the Senators, who have won four of six.

Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida, and James Reimer made 31 saves. The Panthers have lost three straight after sweeping a five-game road trip, and dropped their last four home games overall.

Turris put Ottawa ahead when his wrist shot went over Reimer's glove at 9:58 of the second for his 21st goal of the season.

The Senators took a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal by Smith. Reimer blocked a shot from Erik Karlsson, but Smith grabbed the rebound and poked in the puck at 6:28 of the first. Smith has 12 career short-handed goals (see full recap).