The Timberwolves’ Twitter Account Roasts Bryan Colangelo

Late last night, The Ringer posted a great article investigating five Twitter accounts which appeared to be operated by Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo has claimed responsibility for one of the accounts, but has denied using the other four. However, all five accounts share some interesting similarities. The accounts defended some of Colangelo’s moves, criticized 76ers’ players and coaches, and telegraphed some of the team’s strategy. If you haven’t done so, I highly recommend you read the article by Ben Detrick for more information.

The article has sent NBA Twitter into a frenzy, and rightfully so. Even current players on the 76ers like Joel Embiid tweeted about it. But the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Twitter account had an excellent tweet regarding the matter this morning. The tweet was a video of a Twitter login that showed the Timberwolves account and a burner account, and the burner account gets deleted. It’s a hilarious jab at the 76ers and Colangelo. Ironically, much like the account in the video, the tweet was also deleted. Luckily though, a user on Reddit that goes by the username SomaliRection posted a screen capture of the Tweet.

There are still a lot of unknowns in the Colangelo-Twitter kerfuffle, and the 76ers have announced their own investigation into these accounts. However it plays out, whoever runs the Wolves’ Twitter account deserves some congratulating on a hilarious tweet.

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Nick Foles Won Super Bowl MVP: What’s Next for Foles and the Rest of the NFL?

When Carson Wentz tore his ACL, most people wrote the Philadelphia Eagles off and said “maybe next year.” Now, the Eagles are Super Bowl champions, the most unlikely Super Bowl champions I can remember. In the biggest spot of his life, Nick Foles stepped up and threw for 373 yards, three touchdowns, as well as catching a touchdown. He has the highest postseason passer rating in the history of the NFL, His big performance earned him Super Bowl MVP, but where does that leave him, the Eagles, and the rest of the NFL going forward?

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It seems pretty clear that Nick Foles won’t be on the Eagles next year. Carson Wentz was playing like the MVP up until his injury. The Eagles are committed to Wentz, and that makes Foles expendable. Foles’ value may never be higher than right now, the Eagles could probably get a team desperate for a QB to trade a second round pick for Foles. There are a lot of teams that need a quarterback this offseason, some possible destinations for Foles could be Buffalo, Jacksonville, and Arizona.

So, if the Eagles move on from Foles, where does that leave Foles? It seems likely that he will be starting next year. Maybe a team like Buffalo will view Foles as a stop-gap QB, allowing them compete now while grooming a true franchise QB. Or, maybe there’s a team that does think that Foles is a franchise QB. After all, he did just win a Super Bowl MVP.

For the rest of the NFL, what should we make of the improbable rise of Nick Foles? Is the NFL moving in a direction where a good supporting cast of position players are just as important as the quarterback position? No one was predicting an Eagles Super Bowl win after Wentz got hurt. How much credit does Doug Pederson and the rest of the Eagles’ coaching staff deserve for Foles’ success? There are a lot of questions surrounding the Foles situation, but it seems clear that he will be starting somewhere else next season. And he deserves that chance.

Five Predictions for Super Bowl 52

Super Bowl 52 is upon us, which means Sunday will be jam packed with celebrities, million dollar commercials, prop bets, and Justin Timberlake performance. Oh yeah, and the Philadelphia Eagles are taking on the defending champs, the New England Patriots. There’s a lot going on as the NFL season concludes, so here are some predictions on what will surely be a busy Super Bowl Sunday.

  1. People will finally get sick of the “Dilly Dilly” slogan: Somehow, Bud Light’s catchphrase became somewhat of a phenomenon in 2017. Heck, Ben Roethlisberger even used the phrase as an audible in a game against the Titans. Bud Light has gotten a lot of run out the phrase, and I predict that they will continue to push it during the Super Bowl with a commercial or two (or three). After seeing these very expensive advertisements during the game, the fall of dilly dilly will begin. Finally. Dilly-Dilly.jpg
  2. Nick Foles does not throw an interception: Two weeks ago, Nick Foles looked like he was Peyton Manning the way he carved apart the Minnesota Vikings’ defense that many considered best in the league. Foles has thrown two interceptions since filling in for Carson Wentz, and those were both in the regular season. Foles has been much better than expected these playoffs, and he’ll need to continue to play well and take care of the ball for the Eagles to have a chance to win. Meanwhile, the Patriots haven’t gotten an interception in the playoffs against mediocre (mediocre might be generous) QBs Marcus Mariota and Blake Bortles. Don’t be surprised when Nick Foles completes his playoff run without an interception. NFoles.jpg
  3. Justin Timberlake disappoints at halftime show: Look, I’m a pretty big fan of Justin Timberlake, but I think this is going to be a tough sell. Timberlake is undoubtedly one of the music world’s biggest stars, but there’s some issues leading up to his performance. First, Timberlake is already facing some backlash over his last Super Bowl appearance, where Janet Jackson suffered a wardrobe malfunction after Timberlake pulled on her outfit. Timberlake has never apologized for the incident, and while Janet Jackson never recovered from the malfunction, Timberlake thrived. On top of that, Timberlake just released his new album titled Man of the Woods. The album has not gotten a lot of love from critics, and his lead single peaked at number nine and is now down to 33 on the Billboard Top 100. I fear that Timberlake will preform too many new songs, which are not the reason that people want to see him preform. Unfortunately, I think many will walk away from the halftime show disappointed.Justin-Timberlake
  4. The Patriots Win Super Bowl 52: Not a shocker by any means. Vegas originally favored the Patriots by 6 points, but that line has shifted to 4.5 as the big game has gotten closer. Philly has the tools to pull the upset here, that defensive line is ferocious and if they can get to Brady, they have a real chance. But when it comes down to it, how can anyone feel good trusting Nick Foles to win the Super Bowl against Tom Brady? There’s a lot more to this game than Brady vs. Foles, but Brady’s (and Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots) experience gives them the benefit of the doubt. The Patriots win 28-20. Super-Bowl.jpg
  5. Tom Brady Wins Super Bowl MVP: This will be Brady’s sixth Super Bowl ring and his fifth Super Bowl MVP. Which is absolutely insane. Brady-MVP

 

Minnesota Must Move Past Minneapolis Miracle

“It’s just now sinking in for real.” That’s a tweet sent by Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon on Tuesday, referring to the insanity that was the last play of the Vikings-Saints NFC divisional game on Sunday. Stefon Digg’s miraculous game winning touchdown catch sent Vikings fans into a frenzy, and with good reason. There was a shared sentiment, “things like this don’t happen to us.” But it happened. And the Vikings are playing in the NFC championship for a chance to break their 41 year drought between Super Bowl appearances. It’s time for the Vikings to move past the Minneapolis Miracle and handle their business this weekend.

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The Vikings enjoyed last weekend’s game against the Saints at home. US Bank Stadium shielded fans and players alike from the bitter cold, and the hometown crowd roared when the Eagles’ offense took the field. This Sunday, the Vikings will be outdoors in Philadelphia. While many wrote off the Eagles after Carson Wentz’s season ending injury in week 14, the Eagles have won three of four games without him. The Eagles are averaging 17 points per game in the four game since Wentz went down, but in the week 17 game, many starters played limited minutes. Throwing that game out, the Eagles have been averaging 22 points per game, which would have been good for 13th best in the regular season.  Not bad.

Nick Foles and the rest of the Eagles’ offense has found success and efficiency using the run-pass option. During a run-pass option, Foles has the opportunity to hand the ball off to a running back, or keep the ball and throw a pass. The majority of the time, Foles hands the ball off, but in the second half against Atlanta he completed all five passes he threw running the run-pass option. This is a dynamic the Vikings haven’t seen much of this season, and it will be interesting to see how they handle it. That said, the Vikings are the best defense in the NFL, and coach Mike Zimmer will be scheming a way to stop Foles and the run-pass option.

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On the other side of the ball, the Eagles have an excellent defense. The Eagles have the top defense against the run in the NFL, and they’re fourth best in terms of points allowed, fourth in yards allowed, sixth in offensive plays against, and fourth in takeaways. The defensive line is nasty, led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham. The Eagles have yet to allow a running touchdown at home this season. That’s absolutely crazy. RBs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon are going to have a tough go of it for the Vikings.

Though the Eagles’ defense against the run is fearsome, opponents can throw on them. Adam Thielen and Diggs have faced tougher matchups in the secondary this season than this group. In the Eagles’ last game against the Falcons, the Falcons, who lead the league in dropped passes, dropped some critical balls. The Vikings’ receiving duo of Thielen and Diggs finished fourth and first respectively in catching contested balls. If Case Keenum has time, the Vikings should be able to move the ball by passing

The Vikings go into Sunday’s game the favorites. This is a game that they should win. The Vikings have the best defense in the NFL, a gutsy QB in Case Keenum, two very good receiving weapons in Thielen and Diggs, and one of the best coaches in the NFL. Last week, the Vikings needed a miracle to win. Now, they have to put that play behind them, and earn a chance to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.