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The Eagles gave Doug Pederson a Gatorade shower after Week 1 win: Yay or nay?

The Eagles gave Doug Pederson a Gatorade shower after Week 1 win: Yay or nay?

The Philadelphia Eagles have yet to win a Super Bowl under second-year head coach Doug Pederson. Heck, they've yet to even win a playoff game. Or even make the playoffs.

But Coach Pederson has received a Gatorade shower during his short tenure in Philly.

That drenching happened Sunday after the Eagles' Week 1 win over the Washington Redskins — a win that snapped a five-game losing streak against the division foe.

My immediate reaction to hearing about the bath? "That seems dumb," I tweeted.

You've literally won one game this season. Whatever happened to the "act like you've been there before" mantra?

But after giving it a day to settle, I'm less annoyed by the gesture. It clearly was something of a rough week for Coach Pederson after some in the media tore him apart for his lack of coaching bona fides.

That said, for whatever heat Doug is taking from some in the media, his players are clearly on his side. They've said all the right things in support of their coach in the lead up to and immediately following the season opener. And perhaps this little gesture of a Gatorade shower was a nice show of support and solidarity from the team with their coach. And, of course, there's probably some tongue-in-cheek nature to it that we all don't get to see up close. 

Fans at home didn't even get to see the shower in its entirety, simply the aftermath:

Pederson said following the game that he was "appreciative," albeit a little sticky.

ESPN's Tim McManus spoke to linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, who along with defensive end Steven Means, were responsible for said shower.

"I saw Means go over there and grab it, and I was like, 'Hell yeah.' Huge win, divisional game, first game, so let's get it rolling," Grugier-Hill said. "Great job by Coach getting us ready and getting us prepared, and we're rolling now."

"He gets us prepared every week, he knows how to connect with us, he's been through it. I think personally he's a great coach. So whatever other people are saying, they can eff off, because this is our house and we're going to back him no matter what he does."

So I don't know. I didn't love the bath upon first hearing about it but after giving it some thought, and after a tough week for Pederson, I'm kind of glad his players are showing him some love. It's certainly better than them leaving him out to dry after the media attacks him.

As long as the Birds keep winning, the sideline antics don't really matter.

Trump upsets a bunch of NBA players, too, withdraws invite to Warriors

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Trump upsets a bunch of NBA players, too, withdraws invite to Warriors

Have you ever been invited to a friend’s birthday party but you weren’t able to go? Once they heard you couldn’t go, they would then say, “you weren’t invited anyway?”

President Donald Trump withdrew his invitation to the Golden State Warriors and guard Steph Curry to visit the White House after winning the 2017 NBA Championship. Trump said Curry was “hesitating.”

Curry told reporters Friday that he would vote against the Warriors visiting the White House and President Trump.

Curry received support from fellow NBA players including 4-time MVP Lebron James, who denounced Trump’s taken-back invitation in his most re-tweeted post ever.

Golden State's statement:

5-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant:

Golden State power forward and teammate Draymond Green:

Sixers forward James Michael McAdoo, who signed a two-way contract with the team in August:

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal:

Two-time All-Star Baron Davis:

After Trump's comments about the NFL and NBA in the last 24 hours and North Carolina's Men's Basketball team not visiting the White House (because of a scheduling conflict), it is hard to believe any championship-winning teams will be making the trip to the Nation’s capital anytime soon. Except the Patriots.

LeSean McCoy, NFL players react to Trump's comments

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LeSean McCoy, NFL players react to Trump's comments

Stop me if you've heard this one before: President Donald Trump said something controversial.

Trump attacked NFL players who have or will kneel in protest during the national anthem during a speech in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday night (see story). He questioned the NFL and said the owners should release each and every person who takes part in protesting during the anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!' Trump said. 

“You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to Trump’s comments in a statement from the league. Many other players across the league made their voices heard on Twitter in response to those comments.

Former New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush:

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron:

New Orleans Saints second-year wide receiver Michael Thomas:

Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith:

Buffalo Bills and former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy:

We can’t forget McCoy’s comments about Colin Kaepernick just a month ago when he said, “There’s certain players that could be on the team with big distractions and there’s other players that it’s not good enough or not worth it.”

Lebron James, a four-time NBA MVP, took to Twitter to address Trump withdrawing Steph Curry’s invitation to the White House for winning the 2017 NBA championship after Trump said Curry was “hesitating.”

Sixers forward James Michael McAdoo, who signed a two-way contract with the team in August:

These players are not just “sticking to sports” and are speaking out in response to a controversial topic that has engulfed professional sports.