Foles, Eagles, Foles!: A legend is born. @FakeWIPCaller is ready to call the Eagles' quarterback controversy.

Foles, Eagles, Foles!: A legend is born. @FakeWIPCaller is ready to call the Eagles' quarterback controversy.

In Sunday's thrilling victory over Tampa Bay, Eagles fans got a glimpse at the future of the franchise -- and that future is Nick Foles.
Not only did Foles throw for 296 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, but he was poised, confident, and didn't choke at all. Foles led the first-place Eagles to a big victory and brought the Birds' supposed "quarterback controversy" to an instant end. He even ran for a touchdown, putting forever to rest that stupid idea about Foles not being able to run.

It's more clear than ever that Nick Foles -- and not Michael Vick, Matt Barkley or some other quarterback in next year's draft -- is the future of this team. Merrill Reese said on the morning show Wednesday that he wouldn't trade Foles for the No. 1 pick in next year's draft, and it's hard to disagree with him.

Let's look at Foles' two starts against the Bucs, both last December and Sunday, which represent a pretty fair cross-section of his ability. Foles threw for a total of 54 completions, 677 yards and 5 touchdowns. And, of course, two wins. Donovan McNabb, we all remember, couldn't beat the Bucs in 2003. Foles beat them in both 2012 and 2013.

And the best part of all is, he's only going to get better.

Foles, assuming Chip Kelly doesn't do something foolish like let Vick start on Sunday, will now have a chance to further cement his legend with a signature victory next Sunday against the Cowboys.

With Chip's offense in place and a frontline quarterback like Foles, my only concern is the Eagles' defense. If things don't improve soon, I'm concerned the Eagles will squander Nick Foles' prime.
We've been hearing since last year about that awesome quarterback class in the 2012 draft that's going to thoroughly shake up the league. Andrew Luck. RG3. Russell Wilson. Has Nick Foles' name been on that list?


Not yet.

But after Sunday, it will be.

Other Philly sports takes:

- And how about Riley Cooper, huh? Four catches, 120 yards, a touchdown and complete redemption. I sure hope everyone who's bashed Cooper the last few weeks- especially the ones who wanted him cut in training camp- are ready to line up and apologize.

- On his weekly interview on the morning show Monday, Chip Kelly joked that if Angelo Cataldi were out for any period of time and the other members of the crew hosted in his place, the show "wouldn't miss a beat." That tells me one thing about Chip: He listens to the WIP morning show.

- It was great to see Danny Trejo, the actor who plays "Machete," show up at a Flyers game last week. But why didn't the Flyers offer him a contract, to play on the blue line? We know Trejo  can win a fight, and so what if he's almost 70 years old- he's not that much older than Jagr.

- For way too long, the Flyers organization has been living in the past of the '70s. Now, with Ron Hextall in the front office and Craig Berube coaching, they're finally, at last, living in the '80s. And if Berube doesn't work out, I'm all for the triumphant return to the bench of Mike Keenan.

- Speaking of which, I'm so glad to hear the Phillies have brought Larry Bowa back to the coaching staff. Having both him and Ed Wade back in the organizational fold really brings back the Phils' glory days. Anything to wash off the stink of the Charlie Manuel years. I can't wait for Bobby Abreu to be named special assistant.

- My Phillies offseason plan? Trade Ryan Howard for pitching. Move Jimmy Rollins down in the order. Spend some money on free agents for once. And most importantly, trade Domonic Brown. Boom- first place, here we come.

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Watch: Travis Konecny scores his 1st NHL goal, joyfully hugs Ivan Provorov

Watch: Travis Konecny scores his 1st NHL goal, joyfully hugs Ivan Provorov

The first of many for the kid.

Travis Konecny on Tuesday night scored goal No. 1 of what should be an exciting and promising career in orange and black.

Not only was it the 19-year-old's first NHL marker, but it ignited a third-period comeback from three goals down as the Flyers stunned the Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center with a 4-3 shootout win when they looked dead in the water at second intermission.

"Obviously, it makes it 3-1," Brayden Schenn said of Konecny's special moment. "It gets the crowd going a bit. It gets us going. Any time a guy scores a first goal, like I said, it gets a little more excitement through the building and through our team."

The goal wasn't of the flashy variety, but it epitomized the youngster's complete game. Teammates have routinely praised Konecny for his willingness to score ugly by finding the greasy areas — as we so love to call them — and doing work, despite his a not-so-intimidating frame.

So skillfully, Konecny deflected a power-play point drive by the other 19-year-old Ivan Provorov. Like a little kid — then again, he is a teenager — Konecny leapt into the boards in celebration, smiling ear to ear. In came Provorov for a big hug. Watching those two have fun is fun.

Flyers fans, frame this screenshot and hang it somewhere (and don't you dare cut out Matt Read). Meanwhile, for Konecny's goal and the celebration, watch the video above.

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Sabres 3 (SO)


A very tired Flyers squad came back with a vengeance against the well-rested Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night to win, 4-3, in a shootout at the Wells Fargo Center.
Claude Giroux got the shootout winner.

It was an ugly affair for 40 minutes, starting with goalie Michal Neuvirth, who allowed three goals on 17 shots before being lifted in the second period for the second time in two weeks. The Flyers trailed 3-0 going into the third period.
Whatever energy the Flyers had coming back from Montreal on Monday was saved for the third period when they got three power-play goals from Travis Konecny, Brayden Schenn and Mark Streit to make it 3-3.
The Sabres had not played a game in five days while the Flyers are in the midst of six games in nine days and it showed.
The rookie Konecny scored his first NHL goal in the third period, tipping home Ivan Provorov’s point drive during a power play.
Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas returned after serving a six-game suspension to begin the season.
New lines
In an effort to get Schenn going — scoreless in three games coming in — coach Dave Hakstol dropped him to the third line with Nick Cousins and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Matt Read, the club’s top goal scorer, moved into Schenn’s spot on the top line with Giroux and Wayne Simmonds.
Boyd Gordon played his 700th NHL game.
Notable goals
Konecny’s first NHL marker.
Goalie report
There was probably not much Neuvirth could do on the Sabres' first goal. Zemgus Girgensons shot from a hard angle in the corner to the net and the puck jumped, hitting Tyler Ennis for a 1-0 lead in the second period. That said, he wasn’t very good on the next two goals. Neuvirth has been pulled twice in just three starts.
Power play
The Flyers' power play awakened. Konecny's goal, plus Schenn's and Streit's. That marked a season high, too.
Penalty kill
Chris VandeVelde overskated the puck during a shorthanded two-on-one for what would have been a goal in the first period. Gordon lost a draw to Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Moulson jumped on it, went to the net with purpose for a quick backhander to make it 2-0 3:56 into the second period. Moulson had two power-play goals. The Flyers' PK units were poor.
Simmonds avoided a hearing and possible suspension for his cross check from behind to Montreal’s Andrei Markov on Monday night that jolted the Canadiens defenseman into the boards face-first. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety reviewed the hit and saw no cause for action.
Dale Weise (suspended), Scott Laughton (knee), Michael Del Zotto (knee), Michael Raffl (abdominal pull) and Nick Schultz (healthy). 
Up next
The Flyers will be off on Wednesday. They are in the midst of six games in nine days and will host Arizona on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.