What'd Mike Vick Text Andy Reid When He Heard About Nnamdi?

What'd Mike Vick Text Andy Reid When He Heard About Nnamdi?

Everything about the Nnamdi Asomugha signing by the Eagles has been thrilling for Birds fans. From the initial shock on Friday that Andy Reid, Joe Banner, and Howie Roseman were pulling off the out-of-nowhere signing of the prized free agent, to Nnamdi's amazing press conference over the weekend -- Matt wrote about that here, noting it was perhaps the best Eagles presser ever -- it all has Eagles fans riding high.

To add just a little bit more intrigue to the whole situation, Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger tells the tale of how the Eagles brass and Asomugha's agent succeeded in keeping the potential deal out of the public eye.

The Eagles brass has to remind you of Ruben Amaro Jr. and his lieutenants when they pulled of the shocker for Cliff Lee last fall. Heck, even Charlie Manuel didn't know that one was coming.

According to Orr's story, only five people in the Eagles organization knew about the deal before it went down. Reid, Lurie, Banner, Roseman, and a woman who helps out with contracts.

I find that to be somewhat amazing. I guess Juan Castillo is too green in his new role to be consulted on these sorts of things, eh?

But the fun doesn't stop there.

Mike Vick was just about as shocked as the rest of us, and didn't believe the initial text from his brother telling him about the Nnamdi deal. But once he finally realized it was official, he shot off a text of his own to Andy Reid.

“You guys at it again. You crazy.”

The Eagles may have stolen the title of Offseason Champions from the Washington Redskins this summer, but let's hope those moves can help them steal the real meaningful title from that team from Green Bay come February.

>>Philadelphia Eagles kept Nnamdi Asomugha deal off the radar [Star-Ledger]

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).