Eagles Fans Are Among Most Stable in NFL (Or We're Just Resigned to Sucking, Which Is Prob More Accurate)

Eagles Fans Are Among Most Stable in NFL (Or We're Just Resigned to Sucking, Which Is Prob More Accurate)

You may think sitting next to your cousin Tony at the bar and watching him throw his iPhone through the pretty Budweiser mirror hanging on the wall after Mike Vick fumbles for the third time in a game is a good barometer of the level of mental stability among Eagles fans. But to really measure the stability of the Birds fanbase you've got to do a scientific Twitter study based on years and years of data going back to the days of Chuck Bednarik and Tommy McDonald.

That's exactly what a study by by Emory University did, but instead of using decades of data, they just used the 2012 season. Plus, Twitter sucked back when Jaws was the Eagles QB. Twitter was all, "PUT IN Joe Pisarcik ALREADY!

So as this CBS title points out, the Eagles were in fact among the most stable fanbases last season, but as the study explanation goes on to show, we probably just stopped really giving a shit:

The Philadelphia Eagles’ fan base is an interesting story.  It may be surprising to many to see them in the list of “stable” fans.   A better moniker for these fans in 2012 might be “resigned”.  It seems that as Philly began to lose more games, fans started to look forward to the next season, and a new head coach.  A majority of the fan tweets after a game were about changes for the next season, and not about the most recent loss.

So next time you're sitting in the Linc and see a guy in a Hugh Douglas jersey scream for three straight quarters at the lady in a Tom Brady jersey, just whip out your iPhone, fire up Tweetdeck and remind yourself that as a whole we're a pretty stable bunch! Or just go grab some crab fries and a beer because who cares.

>>NFL Fans at the "Twitter water cooler" [Emory]

>>Eagles fans are third most mentally stable in the NFL [CBS]

La Salle wins 5th straight, moves into 1st-place tie in A-10

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La Salle wins 5th straight, moves into 1st-place tie in A-10

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Jordan Price scored 21 of his 29 points in the first half to help La Salle beat Davidson 91-83 on Thursday night for its fifth straight victory.

The Explorers closed the first half on a 16-2 run, with eight points from Price, for a 49-40 lead. Then La Salle made eight of its first 12 shots of the second half to build a 67-54 lead.

Jack Gibbs completed a 3-point play with 1:41 left to pull Davidson to 82-79 but La Salle scored on its next two possessions -- with baskets by B.J. Johnson and Demetrius Henry. The Explorers hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 25.8 seconds to seal it.

Johnson finished with 19 points, Pookie Powell had 14 and Amar Stukes 12 for La Salle (11-5, 5-1 Atlantic 10), which is tied for first in league play with Dayton and Richmond.

Peyton Aldridge made five 3-pointers and had 33 points and nine rebounds for Davidson (9-8, 2-4). Gibbs added four 3s, 25 points and seven assists.

Joel Embiid not named All-Star starter, can still make it as reserve

Joel Embiid not named All-Star starter, can still make it as reserve

Joel Embiid will have to hope NBA coaches trust the process.

Embiid on Thursday was not named a starter in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler locked in the three Eastern Conference frontcourt spots. Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan rounded out the backcourt.

James (25.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.1 assists) and Antetokounmpo (23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists) were locks as starters. That left Butler, Kevin Love and Embiid as the next in contention. Butler is a two-time All-Star averaging 24.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 36.8 minutes for the 21-22 Bulls. Love is posting 20.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31.6 minutes per game on the Eastern Conference-leading, 29-11 Cavaliers.

The Western Conference starting spots went to Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis. 

The voting was made up of fan votes (50 percent), player votes (25 percent) and media votes (25 percent). Embiid has a chance to be voted in by the NBA coaches, whose reserve selections will be announced on Jan. 26. 

Embiid would have been named a starter had the results been based on fan voting (50 percent). He finished third ahead of Love and Butler.

Embiid was in the running for a starting role during a breakout rookie season. He is averaging 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game. Even though his playing time is capped at 28 minutes, he ranks seventh among all players in scoring per 48 minutes. He is eighth overall in free throw attempts per game (7.9) and 10th in those made (6.2).

Embiid had obstacles, though, when it came to the voting: rookie status, 28-minute restriction, limited games played (29) because of his allocated workload, and the Sixers’ record.

Even though the All-Star Game highlights individual achievements, team record is often taken into consideration. The Sixers have won seven of their last nine games (see story), but still stand well below .500 at 14-26.

When it came to the players’ vote, it is hard for a rookie who hasn’t even competed against every team in the league to make a strong enough impression for another player to influence their perception of the top talent. Embiid finished outside of the top five in the players' vote, behind James, Antetokounmpo, Butler, Paul George and Kristaps Porzingis. Meanwhile, the Sixers' big man finished fifth in the media vote.

Embiid and the Sixers were very active in pushing for the fan votes. Embiid received the social media support of celebrities including Triple H, Kevin Hart and MLB MVP Mike Trout, among others. The Sixers promoted Embiid through a Shirley Temple campaign based on his favorite drink.

Embiid picked up major steam in the last week of voting. He had trailed Love by 16,028 fan votes in the second returns on Jan. 12.

He took to Twitter to express his gratitude.