Birds Beat Browns as Brian Dawkins Gets a Record and an Ovation

Birds Beat Browns as Brian Dawkins Gets a Record and an Ovation

"I thank them so much. I've been blessed to play this game for a long period of time. Like I've always said, I feel like I've connected with the fans pretty well and we come out to party together. I've enjoyed every game partying with them."

        -Brian Dawkins on the ovation he received at the Linc last night

The fans at the Linc last night showed their admiration for one of the greatest to ever put on an Eagles uniform. Brian Dawkins played in his 181st game as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles surpassing the great Harold Carmichael as the team's all time leader in games played.

The jumbotrons at the Linc flashed a message after the offense failed to score early in the game noting Brian Dawkins achievement. Dawkins was on the sidelines talking to a coach but by the time he made it out to the field the raucus crowd let him hear it. Ashley Fox writes:

Dawkins was on the sideline talking with an assistant coach at the
time, but when he jogged onto the field, the packed house at Lincoln
Financial Field gave him a lengthy, warm ovation. His teammates
gathered around and patted Dawkins on the back. Like the fans, the
players knew.

Philadelphia sports figures don't last forever, and Dawkins is the
longest-tenured active athlete in this city, which presumably lost
another lifer last week when the Phillies signed Raul Ibanez to play
Pat Burrell's position in the outfield. Last night might have been one
of Dawkins' final big moments here. A career achievement. A big win, to
stay in the playoff hunt. A long, loud ovation.

Brian Dawkins is now the longest tenured athlete in this sports crazed city. His passion for the game and the intensity level he always plays at will place him in the pantheon of all time Philadelphia greats.

It was nice to see him get a hard earned ovation last night. And a win. You know he'd rather have the win.

>>Dawkins sets Eagles record [Inquirer]

You can watch much of the press conference at the Eagles website
including the portion where Dawkins talks about the crowd towards the
end of this video.

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.