Eagles you told Philly.com you’d rather the team keep over DeSean Jackson

Eagles you told Philly.com you’d rather the team keep over DeSean Jackson

With the Philadelphia Eagles’ offseason already a week old, various media outlets are running through the tried and true “Stay or Go” exercise. We did that for the club’s 11 impending free agents, but it seems a little silly to do for the entire roster and coaching staff since a large percentage are definitely returning.

Philly.com put a bit of a different spin on Stay or Go this year though by letting you, the reader, decide who should be back—and heavens, did you ever disappoint. Look no further than DeSean Jackson’s 57.8-percent approval rating, which was good for 37th out of the 61 players, coaches and front office members who were part of the polling

Among the players Eagles fans would rather keep over a two-time Pro Bowler were three wide receivers: Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin and even Jason Avant. Never mind Jackson is coming off of a career year in which he set personal bests in receptions (82) and yards (1,332) while coming up just 77 yards shy of setting the franchise’s single-season mark for receiving yards in a season.

Hell, Jackson only narrowly beat out Swoop, the damn mascot.

Amazingly enough, at 93.7 percent, Cooper was the receiver fans want the team to keep the most despite his season totals (47 REC, 835 YDS, 8 TD) falling well short of anything Jackson or Maclin have ever done. Riley Cooper, the same guy who posted a quarter of his 2013 production against the Oakland Raiders, averaged 3.6 receptions for 49.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns over the final seven games of the season, and oh yeah, got caught using a racial slur just this past summer.

More Eagles people want more than Jackson: Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper; Chris Polk, the third-string running back; Matt Barkley, with five turnovers and no touchdown drives; and backup offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, who spent the entire year on the inactive list.

Look, I get Jackson is a polarizing player because of that giant chip on his shoulder, but this would be a lot easier to understand if he weren’t producing or were getting in trouble off the field. Neither of those things are the case. It really makes the fan base look bad when nearly half the folks believe the team would be better off without him.

For more fun and analysis with Philly.com’s Stay or Go results, be sure to check out Jimmy Kempski’s piece, which includes some fantastic MS Paint work. Some of the Top 5 might surprise you… although the bottom 5 most definitely will not.

>> Eagles fans ‘stay or go’ analysis, in MS Paint form [Philly.com]

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.