Mirror Image: Eagles and Cowboys Are One and the Same This Year

Mirror Image: Eagles and Cowboys Are One and the Same This Year

In the past, Philly fans and Dallas fans have had a lot of fun mocking each other through the years. The Cowboys haven't fielded many serious contenders since the mid-90's, but they always have those five Super Bowls to fall back on. So far this season however, there hasn't been much back and forth between the two camps.

Instead, their fans are actually commiserating together.

The 2012 iterations of these storied franchises are like a mirror image. Both teams are 3-5. Both offenses are potent, but have trouble putting points the board. Both are led by turnover-prone quarterbacks who haven't won many big games. Both offensive lines stink. Both locker rooms have players with huge egos or bad attitudes. Both trainers' rooms are beginning to overflow with key injuries. And both head coaches are under siege, at risk of losing their jobs before the year is out.

And so this Sunday, instead of a classic NFC East showdown with playoff implications for one or both clubs, Philly and Dallas will be squaring off to decide which squad is less terrible than the other, and whose season is one step closer to officially being finished. Yet if you polled each fan base on who was going to win the game, you would probably get the same majority on both sides of the aisle: the Cowboys.

That's how pathetic the Eagles have been lately. Their losing streak has reached four, and they were blown out of the water in their last two tilts. The offensive line is disintegrating, and the defense looks like they've quit. Few folks around town are still clinging to their faith, and a sizable portion might even prefer the Birds lose.

I polled one Cowboys fan myself though, somebody who has been down on his team since before the season even began, and he was taking Dallas to win, too. It wasn't a pick made out of confidence in his own team. It wasn't to dig at a Birds writer. It wasn't trash talk or a pissing contest at all, because frankly the Cowboys aren't going anywhere, either.

For the first time I could remember, Philly fans and Dallas fans had something in common: both of them are rooting for inept losers that are heading nowhere fast toward uncertain futures. There was no fun to be had for anybody, and the conversation quickly changed.

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).