Eagles Roundup: Dawkins Up For Man of Year, Jim Johnson Up in the Booth?

Eagles Roundup: Dawkins Up For Man of Year, Jim Johnson Up in the Booth?

Brian Dawkins, Kurt Warner, and Matt Birk, are the three players up for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Dawkins says, "That's huge. Take a look
at the list of guys who have won that award, and you're going to see
some very upstanding and great character people. They are all very
caring individuals, and the guy who the award is named after is the
embodiment of that. It would be a great honor that I would really
cherish if I'm able to win that."

Jim Johnson's back is hurting and whether he'll coach again from up high on Sunday is a game time decision. Johnson also mentions the likelihood of seeing more Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley than we saw on Turkey Day due to Edgerin James reemergence.

On the crowd noise and whether the roof will be open: "We don't know if the roof is going to be open or closed right now, and
we really don't care," Mornhinweg said. "I think Jamaal [Jackson, the
center] does a good job, and I think Donovan changes it up pretty well,
and so we've been pretty good that way. I think we're one of the top
offenses with lack of penalties . . . Now, all that doesn't matter for
this game; we have to get it done in this game."

On The DL Podcast catches up with Ed Rendell and talks politics but sneaks in a few Eagles/Steelers questions. Listen here. I believe the Gov even discussing that Mayor's Bet crap is premature and stupid. $.02

Jordan Sparks, some American Idol chick I've never heard of, will sing the national anthem on Sunday.

Why would any Philadelphian be a fan of the Cardinals? Tom Tupa and Tecmo Super Bowl, of course.

The Iggles aren't taking the Cards lightly. You can tell many of the players on this team have been here before and know the right things to say. "There is no time for looking past anybody," Brian Dawkins said. "We're
on the road, in hostile environment. We're not looking at that last
game and thinking the same thing is going to happen again. We
understand it's going to be tough to win and we will have to have our
A-game to do it."

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).