The two most popular photo galleries of 2013: Ice cold football and warm sunny beaches with cheerleaders

The two most popular photo galleries of 2013: Ice cold football and warm sunny beaches with cheerleaders

It's always fun to look back at the year in website posts to see what was most popular. It's also not exactly surprising to see that the two most popular photo galleries on The700Level.com in 2013 were the Philadelphia Eagles football game played in a blizzard at the Linc and a team cheerleading event that took place in mostly bikinis down at the Jersey shore.

Which one was more popular, you think?

Well it wasn't even close. The Snow Bowl got twice as much traffic as the Eagles cheerleader bikini adventures down at the shore proving that the world isn't exactly as predictable as you'd think. Which is nice.

1. 12 best photos from the Eagles-Lions Snow Bowl

2. Photo Gallery: Eagles Cheerleaders Play Bikini Football On Beach with Hurricane Sandy Responders

A sad-ish looking Charlie Manuel leaving Citizens Bank Park for the final time with a Wawa bag after getting fired may have been the single most viewed photo though.

You can check out more of our Philly sports 2013 year in review stuff here.

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.