Football fans in the Delaware Valley and all over are starting to get excited. The NFL kicks off the regular season on Thursday, then after a full slate of action on Sunday the Eagles head to Washington for the first half of a Monday night double header.
In preparation for the return of the Birds, PhiladelphiaEagles.com is asking fans to Tweet using the hashtag #FlyEaglesFly so their thoughts will appear on this pretty cool social media page. The real gem here though is at the top in the form of a video that intertwines the team and its fans nicely, set to a backdrop of shots from around the city as well as some of the greatest players and plays in franchise history.
The part that stood out to me was the “we will rise” sentiment. I’m not sure if the narrator meant that as Eagles fans will wake from their slumbers and be ready to go wild every Sunday, but I took it to mean this franchise and the city along with it will rise on the wings of an improving team and new vision.
Regardless of how you interpret its message, if you bother to at all, this is a well-produced video featuring plenty of the all-time Eagles favorites and highlights. Enjoy!
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:
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.
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.