6 Days of Super Eagles … Days: 3

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3 is an awesome number.  It’s our favorite score in golf (always a par, birdie, or eagle), the number of the greatest player in baseball history (Il Bambino, George Herman Ruth), the time of day that happy hour starts at the primatomma offices, and the number of days until the Eagles reach Vindication Day!  Like you, we’ve seen every Eagles’ hype video and every comparison to Rocky possible.  All we can say is “keep ’em coming”! The energy is palpable and the mojo is heavily in the ‘Birds favor as Vegas is a great indicator of rooting interest (HEAVY action on the Eagles).

Today’s reasoning for Eagle Super Bowl LII victory delves into the karmic, dare we say super-natural.  But first our “3 more days of agony” jersey choice:

Day 3 Jersey:  Brian Westbrook (jersey credit to primaParty)

This diminutive running back is the epitome of why Philadelphians love their Eagles.  Only 5’8″ and slightly regarded coming from then Division 1AA (now “NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision” … don’t ask me why) Villanova, Westbrook played larger than most of his contemporaries.  Westbrook played 8 hugely productive seasons for the Birds, and did just about everything.  He returned kicks and punts, ran the rock with aplomb, and was arguably the greatest receiving running back in NFL history.  B-West resides among the legends in the Eagles Hall of Fame and his underdog grit translates perfectly to the nature of the 2017 NFC Champions.

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Day 3 Reason for Eagle Victory:  Karma

We take a respite from the X’s and O’s to call attention to a sign from the Ether pointing to certain Eagles’ victory in 3 days.

Jerome Brown was destined to be an all-time great defensive tackle for the ‘Birds when his promising career was cut short by a tragic car accident.  Brown was just 27 years old when his life ended far too soon, just entering the prime of his career – all 5 seasons of which with the Eagles.  He was Warren Sapp and Fletcher Cox wrapped up in one.  Buddy Ryan famously quipped, “if you had 45 Jerome Browns, you would win every game.”

Here’s the connection to Jerome and this Sunday that cannot be ignored (credit to primaLerry) … brace yourself:  This Sunday is Super Bowl LII (that’s 52 for you non-Googlers – as NOBODY understands these woe begotten Greek numerals).  This Sunday is Jerome Brown’s birthday.  Guess what year of his life he would be completing? (Hint:  It’s the same as the number of NFL seasons this Sunday’s Super Bowl concludes.)

  1.  Karmic Advantage:  EAGLES

Until tomorrow… the time is yours.

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TV Show Sweet 16 – Right Bracket

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After that thriller of the NCAA championship game, the TV Show Sweet 16 had to take a breather.  Hats off to Kris Jenkins and the Villanova Wildcats for a remarkable run!

But back to the REAL tournament where action was fast and furious on the right side of the bracket.

The day tipped off with what seemed a back and forth upset in the making with (2) Homeland taking on (15) Younger.  Younger’s youth was spent by the half when they kept it within 4 but the wily Homeland vets proved too much to handle in the 2nd half.  Saul Berenson recovered from a sleepy first half to record a triple double (13/11/10).  The game took a turn for the worse for Younger when star forward Liza Miller was deemed ineligible for lying about her age.

The biggest upset of the day belonged to (11) American Horror Story and their bracket-busting performance over heavily favored (6) Shameless.  This one went down the wire where it was evident the last team with the ball stood the best chance to grab the ‘W’.  Shameless’ Frank Gallagher blew a chance to pull ahead by 3, missing both free throws with 6.2 seconds to go.  Inexplicably, he ran to the bench after missing the second free throw to receive comforting from Sheila Jackson while his assignment, The Countess, slipped behind the defense and laid in an easy layup from a masterful outlet from her trans-gendered bartender Donovan to seal the victory.  They’ll need all the dark magic they can conjure to continue their success vs. Homeland.

Equaling that drama was (8) The Americans vs. (9) Vinyl.  This ‘pick-em’ at the tip was all it was cracked up to be.  The stars did not disappoint:  Americans’ Philip Jennings led all scorers with 29 but was nearly matched bucket by bucket by Vinyl’s Richie Finestra (27 points).  But a late turnover Paige Jennings – hearkening memories of Freddy Brown’s infamous UNC gaffe – allowed Zac Yankovich to dribble out the clock securing the 4 point victory.  *Post-game note:  Sources reveal that Paige’s turnover was intentional as proof of her secret training and devotion to Vinyl.

The nightcap pitted (4) Ray Donovan vs. (13) Better Call Saul.  A sloppy affair at best, caused by ‘Saul’s strategy to slow down the fast breaking ‘Donovan’, resulted in a relatively easy win by the favorite.  A paltry 40% shooting percentage doomed Saul’s strategy with only one starter – Mike Ehrmantraut – scoring in double digits (15 pts.).   Donovan’s waves of offensive fire-power was too much for Saul’s aging cast.  Bunchy Donovan led all scorers with 18, but shared the spotlight with brother Terry (17 pts.).  Mickey Donovan was conspicuously absent in the first half.  We later learned that Coach Ezra Goldman was disciplining the veteran for “conduct unbecoming” when he left son Terry locked in a security room as Mickey fled the police.  Team Captain Ray Donovan was notably disgusted as his post-game presser when asked about Mickey, abruptly exiting the dais dressed in an Armani warm-up.  NOT a good vibe with upstart Vinyl waiting in the wings.

This weekend’s Great 8 is sure to see even better story lines!