The Eagles are Embracing the Underdog Role
Entering the postseason, the Eagles were the number one seed in the NFC, but without QB Carson Wentz, many NFL pundits perceived them to be underdogs.
In the Divisional Round matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles weren’t expected to come out of the game with a victory. However, the Eagles’ defense held Matt Ryan and Julio Jones in check, and they came away with the win, 15-10.
Porzingis was not among the 10 starters — five from each conference — announced last week.
Curry in turn will get the first selection when the reserves are drafted. That assures he will get a shot at Porzingis — presuming he earns an All-Star spot as expected — although Warriors teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are others who figure to be available when Curry makes the first pick among the reserves.
Porzingis was not happy to be beaten out by Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid for a starting spot among the Eastern players. The Knicks star was chosen for the spot in a vote among players, but Embiid got the nod from coaches and fans, giving him the edge.
Players know, Porzingis insisted. That’s all I’m going to say.
Whatever the reasoning, the Empire State Building’s light czars should think twice before dedicating the Art Deco masterpiece to Patriots blue and red or Eagles green and white on Feb. 4.
The poll, conducted among 378 NFL fans contacted last week mostly by phone, has a margin of error of plus or minus five percent points, so Dallas might actually still be America’s Team People Love to Hate. But the poll confirms that Tom Brady and Co. have spent so many years dominating the NFL that fans have developed some pretty strong feelings about them.
It makes sense, then, that many more respondents said they were rooting for the Falcons, rather than the Patriots, in the Super Bowl (Atlanta was preferred by 53 percent of respondents compared with just 27 percent who wanted New England; 20 percent were not sure).