One Team, One City, One Dream

One Team, One City, One Dream

I thought the whole "one" campaign which the Eagles are using as a theme this year was pretty cheesy at first.  But late in the 4th Qtr. yesterday when they ran one of the pieces on the fan-o-vision I thought it was pretty fitting and cool.  Another one of the great pieces they ran on there was the intro music from Superman to Donovan walking out onto the field in slow motion.  It went a little downhill when they tried to use the horrible Three Doors Down or whoever sings that song "you can call me superman." 

We took the El down to the stadium and got in the parking lots around 9:30 and it was COLD.  Nice little tail gate spot set up with some huge mounds of snow blocking the wind.  The wind was the killer.  Standard tailgate, but people were amped up for this one, everyone was confident.  I spent about an hour in McFadden's which warmed me up a bit, great crowd in there.

The crowd in the game was like nothing I've ever seen or heard.  I think the loudest it got, other than a few insanely intense third down plays, was when they showed T.O. dancing around on the fan-o-vision and then he started "flapping his wings."  The place went nuts!  After Donovan rushed for 6 yards to get a first down to clinch the game, he got excited and did a couple fist pumps which got the Linc rocking!  BDawk was as intense as ever, he really got the crowd to make some noise every single play.

Couple pictures from yesterday:

I'd like thank the nutty guy in the green EagleHead hat above for hooking me up with a ticket! 

So now it's on to the Superbowl!  Good Bill Lyon article today about Finally getting over the hump.  The Patriots are a great team and the Eagles will have their work cut out for them, but as I've been saying for a long time, never doubt our chances when we have number Five running the show.  John Clayton writes a good piece analyzing the strengths of both teams on ESPN today.

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

With the NBA trade deadline nearly upon us — 3 p.m. Thursday — here is the latest on Jahlil Okafor. (We'll update this with news on Okafor throughout the afternoon.)

• The Bulls are still pushing to acquire Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Chicago has been one of the rumored destinations for weeks — in fact, the Bulls were reported as a suitor for Okafor before the Pelicans, Blazers and Pacers.

• What's the hold-up? According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls "have shown no inclination to this point of including" their first-round pick, along with a player, which is what the Sixers have been seeking for Okafor.

Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available. Mirotic, 26, is a restricted free agent after the season. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. 

Mirotic's value is in his outside shooting — he's a 6-foot-10 forward who made 39 percent of his threes last season. But his numbers have dipped across the board this season and he's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.

• According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Okafor's preferred landing spot is Chicago, his hometown.

• Obviously, it's not up to Jah — the Sixers will go with whichever offer is best.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles — big salary and all — for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).