Black Friday Deals for Philly Sports Fans

Black Friday Deals for Philly Sports Fans

I didn't head out to Toys R Us or Target or Best Buy at midnight, but I am partaking in some of Black Friday's madness. As I was placing a few orders, I thought maybe I should share with you just in case you wanted to get in on it too. Here's a four-pack of deals for Philly sports fans, with options for any other fans you might know:

First, Mitchell & Ness has a sick online deal going on. Jerseys are on sale for just $100. For hockey, that's a discount of $200 off regular price; for baseball, $175 off. I'm grabbing a Propp sweater, while Meech was looking into a Sarge Matthews zipper-front baby blue. Seriously, a hundred bucks for these. Robin Roberts, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty, Schmidty, even L.A. For Flyers, there's Clarkie, Parent, Barber, Hextall, and more. The deals go beyond jerseys though—tons of awesome stuff from t-shirts to track jackets is discounted 40%. [Mitchell & Ness]

Our friend Chris at Sports Propaganda is offering 30% off his unframed prints November 25th to 28th. You've probably seen us link them before, handmade, limited edition, officially licensed screen prints. Great unique gift idea for Philly sports fans, and even those outside of Philly as there are many other teams and players available, including some commemorating playoff and World Series accomplishments. [Sports Propaganda, use coupon code 9631]

The shop is offering 50% off customization, including on the Flyers' new Winter Classic sweater. [] If you don't want to go the jersey route, there's some Winter Classic gear on CSN's site, plus player jerseys, available with free shipping. [CSN]

This past week, the Philadelphia Union unveiled their new kits, which are available for order now. With that announcement came a great sale on the previous jerseys, which I believe include some non-BIMBO tops. Also discounted are some nice youth and kids options, like sweatshirts, T's, and jerseys. I'm picking up a Le Toux original, because that'll always be pretty cool considering these were the original jerseys the franchise ever donned, and he's been outstanding for them. Plenty of other players available, including the young guns. [PhiladelphiaUnionStore]

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.