After Oscar Acceptance Snub, More Pressure Than Ever for Eagles to Win So Luries Get Their Proppers

After Oscar Acceptance Snub, More Pressure Than Ever for Eagles to Win So Luries Get Their Proppers

Mr. and Ms. Jeff Lurie were executive producers on Inside Job, the film that won the Best Documentary award at Sunday night's Oscars. But the director of the film who accepted the award apparently forgot to mention the Lurie's during his acceptance speech. This made them unhappy, as Dan Gross writes:

Christina Lurie "felt like she was slapped in the face," wrote Metro's Laura Goldman yesterday, quoting a friend of Lurie's.

So when will the Luries get the next shot at winning something huge?

Although Andy Reid is the league's longest tenured head coach and has brought much success if not championships to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, every off-season seems to foster pondering over just how secure his job is if the Birds don't win it all in the next season. Having made overhauls on the field and on the sidelines, the team has never been more hand-picked by Reid, and with that acknowledgement comes full responsibility for bringing a Lombardi Trophy to Philly.

It's unlikely Lurie will have a film represented at the podium again in the next few Oscar seasons, so the pressure is squarely on Reid to get the Lurie name into a thank-you speech and erase the blemish of the Inside Job snub.

>>Jeff Lurie and wife ticked off over Oscars speech snub [Metro]

Joel Embiid questionable with flu; T.J. McConnell (wrist) upgraded

Joel Embiid questionable with flu; T.J. McConnell (wrist) upgraded

CAMDEN, N.J. — Whether or not Joel Embiid suits up against the Raptors tonight remains to be seen. He is listed as questionable because of illness and did not participate in shootaround. On Tuesday, Brett Brown said Embiid was dealing with the flu

If Embiid is unable to play, Jahlil Okafor would see more playing time. After four straight DNPs, Okafor started in Embiid’s absence on Saturday against the Wizards and had 26 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes. The following game, he came off the bench against the Bucks (10 points, two rebounds, 20 minutes) without Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle).

Noel went through shootaround and is probable for Wednesday.

“I know I can’t control what’s going on with all the DNPs,” Okafor said after shootaround. “I just try to work as hard as I can to stay prepared for whatever happens.”

T.J. McConnell has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after he was able to go through shootaround with a right wrist sprain. He wore a splint on Tuesday but just had his wrist wrapped to limit swelling. The Sixers' medical staff will evaluate McConnell before the game to determine his status.

“A lot better today,” McConnell said. “Optimistic about tonight. We’ll see how it responds this afternoon during warmups and make a decision there.”

Richaun Holmes remains on assignment with the Delaware 87ers. He is currently participating in the NBA D-League Showcase, which runs Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario.

Angry, awful human Chris Christie calls Eagles fans 'generally angry, awful people'

Angry, awful human Chris Christie calls Eagles fans 'generally angry, awful people'

When he's not battling bridge scandals, getting kicked off trainsfalling out of chairs, making trips to McDonald's for Donald Trump, or eating M&M's, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sure seems to be fond of insulting Philadelphia Eagles fans.

The oversized personality was at it again this morning when he spoke with the Boomer and Carton show up on New York's WFAN.

Christie is a well-documented Dallas Cowboys fan and again discussed his fandom and why people seem to care about it.

And in case you needed a reminder, the Cowboys' season is currently over and they didn't even win a single playoff game. Sad!

“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I can understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”

He then goes on to say he's not a front runner for liking the Cowboys because they've been far less successful over the last ten years than the New York Giants. Mostly true.

You can listen to the whole interview right here. Via CBS Philly