Eagles Place Franchise Tag on DeSean Jackson

Eagles Place Franchise Tag on DeSean Jackson

The Eagles announced on Thursday that they've placed their franchise tag on DeSean Jackson, ensuring they'll have control over the speedster for at least the 2012 season. They must now try and determine whether or not they can get DeSean inked to a longer term deal, decide whether they want to try and trade him, or simply have him play out the season under the terms of a franchise player, which for a wide receiver is around $9.4 million.

I'd guess they'll try and come to some sort of longer term agreement with DJacc, but we all know how that has gone in the past. A trade is pretty unlikely. There are free agents, and any other team is gonna have the same problems with giving DeSean the long-term contract he wants, not to mention give up the draft picks the birds will want in return.

Tagging Jackson means the Eagles most likely will not be in the market for any of the top free agent wide receivers. Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Brent Celek, and Shady McCoy are still quite the arsenal of weapons for Michael Vick heading into 2012.

Howie Roseman had this to add, via Dave Spadaro,"We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him."

"We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that."

Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

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Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.

The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky. 

Their record by year:

      2013-14: 8-26-2
      2014-15: 18-15-4
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1

Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).

Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller. 

But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times. 

Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well... 

Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself. 

Get this guy to the All-Star team already.