Super Bowl 52: Eagles overcome all obstacles to scale ultimate height

The gaping hole in the all-time resume of the Philadelphia Eagles has been filled. It took 52 tries, and for all but the senior citizens and die-hards it overshadows the NFL championship they won back when Eisenhower was in the White House.

The Eagles can now, finally, claim to be Super Bowl champions.

In typical fashion for this season, the Eagles and Foles overcame just to make it there, and to win it. They kept winning despite losing key players along the way, including Wentz, Jason Peter, Jordan Hicks and Ronald Darby.

For the Eagles to not only survive but thrive is a tribute to a coach who, oddly enough, didn’t get the recognition he likely deserved for finishing with the NFC’s best record and earning home-field advantage, Doug Pederson got just one vote for NFL Coach of the Year.

To get to the Patriots, they used a goal-line stand to hold on against the Falcons after a fairly dreadful first half by Foles, and then beat the Vikings into submission by 31 points, shrugging off Minnesota’s emotional wave from their own last-second playoff win over the Saints and dominating in every phase.

The franchise rode similar waves into its two previous Super Bowls, as Philadelphia fans were endlessly reminded for two weeks: they lost Super Bowls 15 and 39 before. Each year they fell short mocked them further, as entire eras passed with mounting disappointment and frustration — Dick Vermeil and Ron Jaworski, Buddy Ryan and Randall Cunningham and Reggie White, Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens.

Haley joined the Steelers in 2012 and shared incredible success with Roethlisberger during his time in Pittsburgh, though the relationship was not sustainable and coach Mike Tomlin Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping decided not to renew Haley’s expiring contract after the team’s disappointing divisional round loss to the Jaguars last month.

The Steelers later promoted quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to serve as the team’s new offensive coordinator, and Bell is optimistic about Fichtner’s Wholesale NHL Jerseys potential success given the solid relationship he has established with Roethlisberger since joining the organization in 2007.

The Seahawks were done against the Rams before that game even started.

Russell Wilson is still running around and doing his thing, but the lack of rushing and line support is getting to him. Meanwhile, Seattle’s injury-ravaged defense is no longer holding things together. The Cowboys will control the clock with Ezekiel Elliott while their defense continues to be sparked by Sean Lee and the young secondary. Wilson keeps it close, but Dak Prescott eventually puts it away.

The Patriots haven’t been carried by Tom Brady in recent weeks. The running game and receiving corps have battled through some injury hits, and the defense has scraped to keep things in reach of victory. New England is more gritty than pretty now, which is perfect for this time of year. Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy are hot, but they’ll be cooled off in this rematch.

The Giants found some extra energy against the Eagles, and it will carry over into a good matchup on the road. Drew Stanton is returning for Arizona as starting QB with limited help, while Eli Manning is playing as well as he can to stay in New York’s plans for 2018.

Without Tatum’s immediate contributions, Boston’s offense would struggle more than it has. It’s reasonable and appropriate to expect that some regression still may be coming — the NBA season is much longer than the 29 games Tatum suited up for at Duke.

They currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference while starting a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, while missing their prized 27-year-old free agency addition, and with a gaggle of younger players on the bench with varying amounts of potential. But the Celtics also will receive the Los Angeles Lakers’ pick this season if it falls between the second and fifth selection. Currently, the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league.

Let’s imagine that the Celtics do get that pick — they just need Los Angeles to not win the lottery, or else it goes to Philadelphia — and can pick between three highly prized centers, Mo Bamba, DeAndre Ayton, and Marvin Bagley. Or they could potentially draft Luka Doncic, the Slovenian wunderkind who would give the Celtics an embarrassment of riches on the wings. This MLB Jerseys Cheap is essentially what the basketball pioneers at Free Darko once imagined: the Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping game played with five do-everything wings. While a center might be the more traditional pick, especially with the oldest core player being Horford, Doncic would represent the ultimate basketball experiment.

Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard does everything late to beat Rockets, then gets drug-tested

Kawhi Leonard showed how talented he is on both ends of the floor in the final seconds of the Spurs’ game against the Rockets on Monday night.

With his team down a point with 32 seconds remaining, Leonard pulled up from deep and nailed a contested 3-point shot over Nene. Before anyone could even react to the made basket, Leonard pinned a potential game-tying James Harden layup against the backboard seven seconds later.

Asked for his MVP ballot before his team’s home game against the Thunder on Sunday night, Cuban responded (via the Dallas Morning News), “Harden, LeBron (James), toss up. (Westbrook’s) not. Look at Harden, he took a team that was 41-41 last year. Look what they’re doing now. Like I said, he (Westbrook) is having a great, incredible individual year. But the Rockets are a top-three record after everybody wrote them off because of James Harden. That’s the difference.”

Cuban made his Westbrook-is-no-superstar stance known during last season’s playoffs, just before the Mavs were eliminated in Game 5 by a Thunder team that also featured Kevin Durant. He reiterated that opinion in December, but walked it back in January.

While Westbrook is averaging a triple-double this season and the Thunder are on Wholesale Jerseys China pace to win 45 games with Durant now in Golden State, Cuban is back to his initial way of thinking.

“If I changed my mind, it would ruin all the fun,” Cuban said Sunday. “You got to win 50 games and a playoff series. It’s impressive, don’t get me wrong. It’s incredible. He’s unstoppable in his own way. But the criteria (are) the criteria. There’s lots of rewards for individual Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping accomplishments. But it’s a team game. That’s not to take anything away from Russ. It would be no fun if I changed my mind.”