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The Charles Barkley-Ron Hextall bromance has reached the gift level

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Photos courtesy of Zack Hill

The Charles Barkley-Ron Hextall bromance has reached the gift level

Charles Barkley and Ron Hextall are two of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes of all time. They both happened to play during the same era of Philly sports, so it's no surprise they have a mutual respect for each other.

You may recall earlier this year when Chuck mentioned his Hextall fandom: "I started following hockey actually in Birmingham, Alabama," Barkley said. "They had a team called the Bulls back in the day. That was my first recollection of hockey. Then when I got to Philadelphia, my favorite hockey player of all time is Ron Hextall. I got to know him and Eric Lindros going to a bunch of Flyers games."

The former Flyers goalie-turned-GM was flattered initially.

"I laughed when I heard that," Hextall told reporters in June. "We had a bit of a relationship back in the day. He was at a lot of our games obviously. There's a mutual respect there. I certainly liked the way Charles played — a hard game, very emotional, gave it all he had out on the court."

"I'm honored to be talked about by Charles for sure."

Well, now the relationship has taken the next step to the gifting stage of the bromance.

Sir Charles was a guest on the Mike Missanelli Show on Tuesday and they had a personalized Hextall jersey all ready for him. Ron even wrote a nice little note to go along with his autograph.

(Pictures from Zack Hill, Philadelphia Flyers.)

NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles drop down after Week 2 loss

NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles drop down after Week 2 loss

After a strong Week 1 performance against the Washington Redskins that resulted in a 30-17 victory, the Eagles faced a formidable challenge in Week 2 — former Eagles head coach Andy Reid and a Chiefs team that took it to the defending champion Patriots on their home turf in Week 1.

A 6-3 game heading into halftime turned into a 27-20 loss for the Eagles, as Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt found his footing in a 21-point second half for Kansas City.

Now the Eagles focus their attention on an 0-2 Giants team, desperate for its first win of the season and looking to spoil the Birds' home opener at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday.

Before the second divisional matchup of the season for the Birds, here's a roundup of where the Eagles landed in this week's national power rankings:

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio: Down six spots to No. 16
"They’ve got a chance to make it a two-team race in the NFC East," Florio wrote, "if they can manhandle the Giants."

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison: Down four spots to No. 14
“The Eagles let it rip most of the day in Kansas City, continuing the same defensive mojo they carried in Washington in Week 1,” Harrison wrote. "Carson Wentz used his mobility where appropriate, made a few intermediate throws and even received a gift to keep Philly in a tight contest. Everything unraveled late in the fourth quarter, right around the time the Chiefs' front seven decided not to let up. Wentz's protection broke down repeatedly, ultimately allowing six sacks. Then the real turning point came on the Chris Jones pick off a batted pass. Look, Doug Pederson's guys showed they will be a pesky bunch this year, but Wentz is not good enough to pull rabbits out of a hat. He needs help.”

USA TODAY: Stayed at No. 16
“Few pills are more bitter than dropping to 0-2 against former coach Andy Reid," USA TODAY wrote. "Maybe you should have treated Big Red a little nicer, Philly Fan.”

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab: Up one spot to No. 11
“A lot of teams are going to lose at Kansas City this season,” Schwab wrote. “The Eagles played them tough. Carson Wentz was good on third downs against the Chiefs; the next step is becoming more consistent on first and second down.”

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Down two spots to No. 15
“The defense has impressed in the first two weeks,” Prisco wrote. “The front four is nasty.”

The Washington Post's Mark Maske: Down seven spots to No. 17
“Why, exactly, did the Eagles sign RB LeGarrette Blount if his second game with the team was going to be a zero-carry outing? That’s what happened Sunday in Kansas City, when Coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich dialed up 46 passing attempts by QB Carson Wentz,” Maske wrote. “That’s just misguided, pass-happy offensive play-calling. The Eagles did manage to get WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith more involved in the offense. But they need to utilize Blount or get rid of him.”

ESPN: Down six spots to No. 9
“How many Eagles quarterbacks have thrown for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in each of the first two games of the season? Four. Ron Jaworski (1982), Randall Cunningham (1994), Donovan McNabb (2006) and Carson Wentz (2017)," ESPN wrote. "Wentz does not appear to be primed for a 'sophomore slump.'"

Malcolm Jenkins says Eagles are the 'team to beat' in NFC East

Malcolm Jenkins says Eagles are the 'team to beat' in NFC East

The NFC East isn't exactly a powerhouse this season. The New York Giants look flat out bad. The Washington Redskins aren't a whole lot better. And the Dallas Cowboys got their butts kicked in week two.

So Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins didn't exactly go out on a limb when he said the Birds are the team to beat in the East this season after two weeks.

Jenkins sat down for a weekly chat with CBS Philly's Joe Santoliquito about the Eagles' defense looking better in their week two loss to the Kansas City Chiefs than they did in their week one victory over the Redskins.

“The communication was far better [against Kansas City] than it was the first week. For the most part, we had two passes that got away. The one from [Travis] Kelce involving in the beginning of the game and the one against Jalen [Mills] later in the game [on Chris Conley’s 35-yard reception with 4:42 left to play].

The Birds' defense held their own with a number of deeper roster guys in the secondary putting in impressive efforts in fill-in rolls for players who went down with injuries. 

The standings in the East are bunched after just two weeks but the Eagles host the Giants in Philly's home opener on Sunday. Jenkins likes the way things looks right about now.

“We’re home this week and we have the home opener, we have plenty of motivation this week with the New York Giants coming to our place,” Jenkins said. “If you ask me, I would say that we’re the team to beat [in the NFC East]. We obviously we have to prove that. I have confidence in these guys.”

I think Philly fans always appreciate when any player in town goes the Full Jimmy Rollins. Let's just hope this Eagles team can back it up the way J-Roll and those Phillies did.