The city of Philadelphia takes to the streets to celebrate the first-ever Super Bowl championship of their beloved Eagles on Thursday morning. Yes, it actually happened. After a lifetime of futility, the Eagles managed to pull it off — taking down the five-time champion New England Patriots on Sunday 41-33. Quarterback Nick Foles earned MVP honors with a truly incredible performance. The Eagles’ backup — who took over late in the year for injured star Carson Wentz — went 28-43 for 373 yards passing, throwing for three touchdowns and even catching one on a crucial fourth down play. It was an incredible end to a remarkable season for the Eagles — who stormed through the NFC East en route to winning the conference’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They survived a tight game against Atlanta in the divisional round, then blew out Minnesota in the NFC title game. They Continue reading "WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Victory Parade"
Much of the Monday morning quarterbacking on this day after the Super Bowl has centered not on anything related to the game, but rather, Justin Timberlake‘s halftime show — which featured a tribute to Prince via projector. The View didn’t think too much of Timberlake’s tribute, or the performance as a whole. Sunny Hostin referenced Prince’s reported view (shared by Shiela E.) that he found such tributes “demonic.” “I agree with that,” Joy Behar said. “Demonic.” Hostin added, “It felt like you were at a party as opposed to a performance.” Ana Navarro, filling in for Sara Haines, called out Timberlake for a wardrobe malfunction. “I was so distracted by what he was wearing that I couldn’t even look at the performance,” Navarro said. She added that Timberlake’s ensemble, “looked like a paint-by-numbers thing.” Meghan McCain shared her take that Timberlake Continue reading "The View Slams Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance: ‘So Off-Tone’"
A year of NFL ratings declines culminated with yet another in its marquee event on Sunday night. And although this drop was only marginal compared with others this season which have been sizable, it represented an eight-year low for the most watched television event of the year. According to Nielsen (via The Hollywood Reporter), Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots scored a 47.4 overnight rating — down three percent from the game’s 48.8 number in 2017. That marks a much smaller falloff than the 9.7 percent decline during the regular season, and the 14 percent drop during the Wild Card round of the playoffs (all three playoff rounds were down substantially.) But the number still represents the smallest audience for a Super Bowl since 2010 — when the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins pulled down Continue reading "Super Bowl Viewership Down Three Percent, Lowest Overnight Rating Since 2010"
A prominent member of the newly crowned Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles says he plans to skip a potential White House ceremony honoring the team. Appearing on New Day mere hours after his team’s stunning victory over the New England Patriots, star Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins told anchor John Berman that he’s a likely White House no-show. “I personally do not anticipate attending that,” Jenkins said. In addition to being one of the better players on an elite Eagles defense (albeit one which played a subpar game on Sunday night), Jenkins has gained notoriety as a leader among NFL players in the push for social justice reform. After engaging in demonstrations during the National Anthem for much of the NFL season, Jenkins ceased his protests late in the year after the league announced donations of nearly $100 million to support social justice causes. Berman asked Jenkins what message he’d Continue reading "Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins: I ‘Do Not Anticipate Attending’ White House Celebration"
Justin Timberlake’s decision not to let his son play football over concerns with concussions, the Super Bowl III champ was asked about Vince McMahon starting a rival league that would force all players to stand for the anthem. The former quarterback said the issue has gotten all confused. “Well, this is America, and I think this issue that Colin Kaepernick originally started has been really Continue reading "Joe Namath: NFL Players Association Should ‘Consider Hiring’ Colin Kaepernick Due to Blackball"
In the news this week, fake followers on social media are under the microscope after an investigation by the New York Times found minor celebrities, media figures and even a Twitter board member had bought followers to boost their influence. Google started testing a new app called Bulletin that allows people to post photos and stories about their community that come up in Google Search and Google News. Will it help coverage or lead to more fake news? And streaming video companies made a big push to grab sports TV rights, but had a win and a loss this past week. Our Metric of the Week is Podcast Metrics, and our special guests are Izzie Lerer & YuJung Kim of The Dodo, a viral video site featuring animals that wants to make an impact with animal rights, too. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to
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Trump segued from a story about 12-year-old Preston Sharp, who started a movement to mark veterans’ graves with flags on Veterans Day, into what “our civic duty as Americans” is, which includes standing for the anthem.
“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”Kaepernick famously took a knee during the national anthem before a game to Continue reading "President Trump Takes Shot at Athletes Protesting During the Anthem in SOTU"