Here's a gift option that could really help you if you're in a bind with limited time left before Christmas. If there's a soccer fan on the bigger-ticket section of your list, or you want to get a family-style gift for your kids, why not a set of season tickets for the Philadelphia Union in their inaugural season? Tickets in the supporters section are only $275 apiece, covering 15 regular season games and two others, and monthly payment plans are available. The season ticket holder will also have access to founding member benefits and events. More information on the Union tickets can be found here.
If that's too much money, but you like the idea of something related to the Union, remember that their jerseys are on sale now. The authentics run $109, but replicas can be picked up for $70, and youth replicas are $50. You could also go with a Union hat for $20 or a variety of lower-priced options. That gear and much more can be picked up here.
About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach.
The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff.
After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012.
While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well thought of in the locker room and throughout the building.
While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense.
Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.
In the 2016 NFL Info guide, Chip Kelly named DeMeco Ryans as a player who would make a great HC. Now, he's on the next 49ers staff. pic.twitter.com/TGx0cfDr3c