Jon Gruden Still Enjoys Legendary EaglesCowboys 4th & 1

Jon Gruden Still Enjoys Legendary EaglesCowboys 4th & 1

I was flipping through the channels during a break in the Flyers game when I stumbled upon Jon Gruden's "QB Camp" on ESPN. He was talking with Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert about lord knows what (if I had to guess I'd say Gruden was being intense and rattling off a 67 word play call), when out of the corner of my eye I noticed a framed newspaper story.

I paused the DVR and took a closer look. The headline reads "Eagles Stop Cowboys Cold" and features a photo of the glorious defensive stand from that 1995 Eagles/Cowboys game at the Vet. I mean, the play has all-time legendary status for Eagles fans, but I had no idea it meant anything to Gruden.

He took the Raiders to the playoffs (!) and lost in the tuck rule AFC Championship game. He won a Super Bowl with Tampa. He's an analyst on Monday Night Football. The guy pisses football. With everything he's accomplished in his career he has the headline from his days as the Eagles offensive coordinator hanging on his wall.

I did a bit of the Googling on the game and came across this postgame story from Frank Fitzpatrick in the December 11, 1995 Inquirer. The first paragraph of the story reads...

"Time ran out and Jon Gruden pounded his fists jubilantly on the coaching  box's plexiglass window, the rhythmic thumps shaking the tiny cubicle.  On the field below, as the Eagles danced and leaped, their heartbeats,  not to mention those of their wildly whooping fans, must have sounded  the same."

So, apparently GruDog was a bit fired up about the defense stopping Barry Switzer's Cowboys on consecutive 4th & 1's. So fired up that 15+ years later he still has the newspaper clipping hanging on his wall. Kind of random, but very cool.

Here's some video of the famous plays. Note, the volume is not great, but it's the best I could find. Also, the kind gentleman who put this on YouTube may want to get checked for sleep apnea, because you can hear him breathing over the entire clip. Sir, as a fellow Eagles fan I am worried about your health and well being. With that being said, keep up the good work.

  

How amazing is Merrill's "And they stop 'em agaiiiinnnnn!"? Also, I think my favorite part is Mike Zordich's neck-roll. They don't make them like that anymore.

Oh, and if you are interested here is a partial boxscore from the game. FYI - Chris T. Jones had one catch for nine yards. Yeah, that's about right. I think Chris T. Jones was the first of the"best hands on the team" guys. He was quickly followed by Na Brown.

Report: Jahlil Okafor 'will get moved by Thursday'

Report: Jahlil Okafor 'will get moved by Thursday'

Will Jahlil Okafor be traded?

That is the big question surrounding the Sixers as Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline inches closer.

According to one report, there’s already an answer.

Appearing on NBA TV Tuesday night, NBA.com’s David Aldridge said Okafor “will get moved by Thursday.”

Aldridge, who said the Sixers have “a lot of offers to sift through,” mentioned the Pacers and Kings as potential landing spots. Following the DeMarcus Cousins trade, Sacramento is left with Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein, who aren't offensive bigs. Koufos is averaging 6.1 points in 57 games this season, while Cauley-Stein is scoring 5.8 per game in his second NBA season.

“[The Kings] can offer more minutes and more opportunities for [Okafor] now,” Aldridge said.

According to multiple reports earlier on Tuesday, the Pacers have emerged as a suitor in the Okafor trade talks. Indiana is 29-28 and in sixth place of the Eastern Conference, but only a game ahead of Chicago — also a reported Okafor suitor — and two in front of Detroit.

Through a trying season, the Sixers’ second-year big man is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. He’s played in 38 contests, 22 of which he has started after playing 53 games (48 starts) as a rookie and averaging 17.5 points and seven rebounds.

Penn State succumbs to No. 14 Purdue in overtime

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Penn State succumbs to No. 14 Purdue in overtime

BOX SCORE

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Accustomed to dominating in stretches lately, the 14th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers found themselves on the other end of a big score and needed a savior against a gritty Penn State team on Tuesday night.

Enter Ryan Cline.

The guard scored six of his 11 points in overtime to lift Purdue to a 74-70 victory over the Nittany Lions in a game the Boilermakers led for just 9:16.

"It rarely happens where a team outplays another one, plays harder and they lose the game especially on their home court," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "Thank the Lord Cline knocked those two shots down."

Cline's consecutive 3-pointers secured his team's sixth straight win and snapped the Nittany Lions' four-game winning streak against Top 25 teams visiting the Bryce Jordan Center.

Vincent Edwards added 14 points, Isaac Haas chipped in 13 and Dakota Mathias scored 12 for the Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten) who trailed 33-29 at halftime.

Tony Carr scored 21 points, Lamar Stevens added 18 and Mike Watkins finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Penn State (14-14, 6-9). The Nittany Lions owned the paint, even against Purdue's towering bigs -- 6-foot-8 Caleb Swanigan and the 7-2 Haas -- where Penn State owned a 46-12 edge.

But the Nittany Lions couldn't get deep shots to fall. They finished just 2 for 18 from 3-point range.

"That was as hard as we've played all year," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "Proud of my team. However, there's no more moral victories here. We've got to get some things done. We've got to close out games."

Penn State led for all but 7:35 of regulation and by as many as 10 points midway through the first half. But they surrendered the lead on a dunk by Haas with 10:13 left. The Nittany Lions used a 10-2 run and four straight baskets from Carr to send the game into overtime where Cline found his shot.

Big picture
Purdue: The Boilermakers cooled off after a recent hot streak saw them dominate for large stretches of games. Purdue's five-game winning streak entering the night included wins over Michigan State, Rutgers and Northwestern, all by at least 17 points.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are still looking to eclipse their combined win total in January and February under Chambers. Penn State won six games for their best stretch in the two-month span a year ago and will have two more tries to surpass last year's mark.

Loose guards
Painter wasn't happy with his guard play for much of the game. He sensed confusion from his backcourt and it cost them in the form of turnovers. Ten of Purdue's 17 giveaways were committed by guards.

"Our guard play and overall ball control, there's no question, there were times they were hesitant," Painter said.

Big man battle
As Chambers spoke with reporters, he guessed Watkins was sitting in the locker room with nothing left in the tank.

"He's exhausted in that locker room," Chambers said. "He battled. He went toe-to-toe with a potential lottery pick and a potential first-rounder some day in Haas because I think Haas is a pro."

Watkins was outmuscled in his first game against Purdue's sizable forwards when he scored just six points and grabbed only three rebounds earlier this season. He had 12 rebounds in the first half -- including three straight offensive midway through the first half -- that brought the crowd to a roar when he finally drew a foul and made two free throws.

Shot clock issue
A shot clock mishap cost the Nittany Lions a possession in overtime. With 13 seconds left and Purdue up 72-70, Haas took a jumper and missed close to the rim with the shot clock waning. It would have run out had Shep Garner not fouled P.J. Thompson immediately afterward, however.

Chambers said he thought Garner might have believed Haas' shot hit the rim. Instead, Thompson made both free throws to put the game out of reach.

Poll implications
Purdue survived a scare and its place in the poll should remain safe.

Up next
Purdue plays at Michigan on Friday.

Penn State travels to Minnesota on Friday.