We'd Like to Welcome Back Monday

We'd Like to Welcome Back Monday

We've neglected the Monday Extras -- mostly because we now just throw random links up in the "Recently Read" list, anyone like that? -- for quite some time around these parts and a number of our "fans" have said they miss them.  One person even told me that was the only thing they actually liked about The 700 Level.  Gee, thanks.  So here you go.

A blog picks the "Top 20 Sports Blog Stories of the Year" and The 700 Level came in last!  Nicely done, senor P. [Juiced Sports Blog]

An Eagles blogger calls out Jason Whitlock for having some race issues in regards to the Andy Reid situation. [Bleeding Green]

Ryan Howard had put on a baseball clinic for kids on Saturday in Philly.  Meech.two was there working on his swing. [MLB & B&C]

I'm surprised nobody used the headline "Eagles Narrowly Avoid Thrashing" for yesterday's game. James Thrash is a beast! [Daily News]

I particularly enjoyed David Aldridge's lede to his Westbrook piece, "The play is officially called 'Fox 2 halfback right screen.'  But Eagles receiver Greg Lewis knows its real name: 'Just get the ball to Westbrook and watch him run.'" [Inqy]

In case you haven't checked out what went on here over the weekend: the Phillies re-signed J.C. Romero which is good.  Chances of getting Aaron Rowand back, not so good.  And: hockey!

"I'm not an 'inventor' but I'm an 'improver.'"  Also, Leon has been a great addition to this season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. [YouTube]

Saw the new American Gangster movie, thought it was alright.  Not great.  But the album of the same name is better.  See Jay Z on Charlie Rose. And the new video. [Stereogum]

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.