Freddie Mitchell Facing Federal Tax Fraud Charges Update

Freddie Mitchell Facing Federal Tax Fraud Charges Update

Freddie Mitchell was always a favorite here at Level. Whether it was his postgame bowtie, his putting on the belt as the "People's Champ" following a big catch (he made a few!), or trying his hand at the BBQ restaurant business or motivational YouTube channel in his post-NFL career, we've always sort of enjoyed Freddie's brand of crazy. It seemed mostly harmless.

But today we learned about a more serious problem for FredEx. He's now allegedly involved himself in some serious scheming against Uncle Sam and now faces federal tax fraud charges.

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Don't think he'll be thanking his accountant for being too great any time soon.

Fox Sports reports on the details:

The target of the alleged scheme was a professional athlete with the
initials A.G., who investigators said had no knowledge of the scam, but
paid for a firm connected with Mitchell to do his taxes.

According to the indictment, the plan was to file false federal tax returns electronically.

Russ-Walls and Walls allegedly filed the returns, claiming refunds
ranging from $170,000 to $1.9 million. The two men also attached false
documents to support the refund claims, according to the indictment.

Now. We did a little brain storming to try and figure out if there are any former Eagles with the initials A.G. Our search came up short (Abe Gibson played in the 50s and Anthony Griggs in the 80s). Could it be a UCLA Bruins tie in? No A.G.'s have been drafted out of UCLA to play in the NFL or NBA. So no leads there...

Our Eagles guru Kulp said the first name that popped into his head as a fit for the A.G. initials was Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green or tight tnd extraordinaire Antonio Gates. Also, Freddie spent a summer with the Kansas City chiefs and could have befriended tight end Tony Gonzalez, or Anthony Gonzalez?

What athletes out there have the initials A.G. that would trust Mr. Mitchell?

UPDATE: Howard Eskin says he talked to Freddie who claims to be innocent and caught in the middle of the scam. He also noted the A.G. we were trying to guess is NBA player Drew Gooden who just so happened to come out of hibernation against the Sixers the other night.

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

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The Associated Press

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

After winning its first American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Temple learned its postseason fate Sunday and it does not involve a New Year's Six bowl game.

The Owls will play Wake Forest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland. Temple also finished No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and No. 23 in the AP poll.

At 10-3, Temple has its first back-to-back 10-win season in program history. It's also the first time the Owls have been ranked in consecutive seasons. Head coach Matt Rhule now has 28 wins as Temple's head coach, tying him with Bruce Arians' for the sixth-most in school history.

Wake Forest finished the season 6-6 and on a three-game losing streak, but two of those three loses came to No. 2 Clemson and No. 13 Louisville. The Deamon Deacons have lost five of their last six games.

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers (13-10-3) at Predators (11-8-4)
6 p.m. on CSN and CSNPhilly.com

The Flyers have won a season-high four games in a row. They'll try to make it five Sunday night when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for the second game of a back-to-back set.

Let's take a look at five things you need to know.

1. Streaking like 2014?
Not only do the Flyers have a chance to extend their season-best winning streak, but they're also looking to win their most consecutive games since March 15-22, 2014, when they also won five straight.

The Flyers have put up strong showings in the back ends of back-to-backs, going 4-1-1 thus far.

“You just have to have the work ethic night in and night out," Steve Mason said Saturday after the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. "And, I think we were struggling to find that. There are games when we were swarming and giving teams no other option, and other nights we were chasing the puck.

"We have another tough test going to Nashville to play. So, we’re going to have to follow up with another great effort.” 

2. A Provorov encore?
Ivan Provorov's confidence has to be at his highest of the season.

In Saturday's win, the 19-year-old blueliner scored two goals in a 31-second span to double his goal total through the first 25 games.

Provorov said he thinks defense first, but the offensive production is a good sign.

“Score one goal in a game, it’s a good feeling. Score two in one shift, it’s unbelievable,” Provorov said.

“Every time you score, it’s like a confidence booster."

3. Predators finding stride
After losing eight of their first 11 games, Peter Laviolette's Predators have gotten on track, going 8-3-1 since.

Nashville ranks in the top half of the league in goals per game (3.00 — tied for fifth), goals against per game (2.61 — 15th), power-play percentage (22.6 — sixth) and penalty-kill percentage (84.5 — 10th).

Last time out, the Predators blew a 4-1 lead in the third period for a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Saturday, so they should be extra focused.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: On Saturday, Brayden Schenn scored just his second goal in his past 18 games. Schenn can be streaky so maybe he feeds off that goal. He's also a career plus-4 against the Predators, with two goals and three assists in eight games.

Predators: Let's go P.K. Subban, who isn't exactly a favorite among Flyers fans. He's off to a nice start in his first season in Nashville with six goals and 10 assists, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

5. This and that
• Flyers goalie Steve Mason is 7-7-5 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 career games against the Predators.

• Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is 3-2-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in seven career games against the Flyers.

• Claude Giroux is four assists away from passing Rick MacLeish (369) and Eric Lindros (369) for fifth on the Flyers’ all-time list.