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Nick Sirianni: “What a great time to be a Philadelphia sports fan!” The Eagles are perfect.Phillies advance

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GLENDALE, Arizona — Like many of you, Nick Sirianni came home from work on Friday and had a boring night, sitting on the couch with his kids and flipping the TV. That was him in the 7th inning, and things looked bleak as the Phillies lost to the Cardinals 2-0 on him.

The Phils then scored six in the top of the ninth inning. By the time the Eagles went to bed in Arizona on Saturday, the Phillies had been wiped out of the best-of-three wild-card series.

Less than 24 hours later, the Syrian Eagles beat the Cardinals, 20-17, to extend their record to 5-0. The Sixers are studded with stars. Coalition is charging.

The Mets also lost.

A transplant from Buffalo, Sirianni knows what it means for a blue-collar town to grow its team.

“What a great time to be a Philadelphia sports fan!” exclaimed Sirianni.

He wears a Mike Schmidt shirt and said he hopes to score tickets to Game 3 of the National League Division Series when the Phillies host the Braves on Friday night.

I think so? He is the head of his undefeated football team, whose coach and owner Jeffrey Lurie is best friends with his partner, John Middleton, who manages the Phillies. Siriani better wash that chassis.

Nick Siriani was all of us in the desert on Sunday night. Philadelphia doesn’t have many Monday mornings like this. It doesn’t get much more fun than this. This happiness It’s been 14 years since the Eagles played his NFC Championship game and the Phillies won the World Championship his series.

Most weeks in the Delaware Valley begin with at least some sports-related grief. Someone dropped a pass, blew a save, or denied a basketball dunk. No town feels like Monday morning fatigue like Philadelphia.

Not this Monday morning. Clear skies and he 20-degree temperatures this Monday, birds chirping and fans grinning. No discomfort. It’s not like two big teams are rolling towards the title.

On Monday morning, when everyone gathers around the coffee maker, the city will be drowning in brotherhood.

“It’s about to go crazy,” said Brandon Graham, who has owned Eagle since 2010.

“It’s a good time to be a Philadelphia sports fan,” agreed Jason Kelce, who has been an Eagle since 2011. “I’ll watch it on Friday. With so many good teams, it’s nice to be in a sports town like this. The energy around them is more exciting.”

Myles Sanders, a Pittsburgh native and Penn State graduate who perfectly understands the Philadelphia mentality, said, “Oh, I hope the city is on fire.” “I like to get these fans excited. And basketball starts in two weeks. It’s going to be an exciting time.”

The Eagles are 5-0 for the first time since their appearance in the 2004 Super Bowl. They pulled off a winning drive that saw rookie kicker Cameron Dicker score his goal on the field with 1 minute and 45 seconds left in his debut in the NFL and state his farm to the green speck of his stadium. delighted a certain audience. They went crazy 90 seconds later when Cardinals kicker Matt Amendola pushed a 43-yard try to right to secure a 20-17 win.

“I tried to go see as many people as I could and say ‘thank you,'” Sirianni said. He compared the acquisition in Arizona to the descent of Eagles fans to Washington two weeks earlier. Sometimes I could see him struggling to get it on.We are in Arizona!5 hours flight home!”

he paused.

“This is a great sports town.”

Little does he know.

The Phillies play at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. This is his first home playoff game in 11 years. They won two games and advanced to the finals for the St. Louis Cardinals from the ninth inning. The Phillies advanced to the postseason as his sixth and final seed in the National League, but so what?The Giants won it all in his 2014 as the bottom seed. Why not the Phillies?


what else?

Well, for now, Tyrese Maxie looks like a superstar, Joel Embiid acts like an adult, and James Harden is skinny.

What do you not like?

If you want to whine about an unlucky flyer, think mighty union.

» Read more: Daniel Gazdag’s hat-trick helps the Union beat Toronto 4-0 to finish first in the East.

If you want to resent the added drama in Arizona, blame Siriani for sending the fateful third-and-goal play to Kez Watkins, the team’s sixth-best pass catcher, and better options are available. So, there’s run game cooking, but please kindly blame him.

The Phillies had a two-game wild card sweep on Friday afternoon and Saturday night, avenging their 2011 playoff loss to the St. Louis Cardinals that ended the Phillies’ golden era. That set Sunday night for a decimated Eagle Scrub facing a desperate team in the desert.

The Eagles put together a 4th quarter drive that would have made Steve Van Buren and Wilbert Montgomery proud. The 13 runs devoured the eight-minute clock, devoured yards, and demoralized the Cardinals.

They scored their second touchdown on a similar macho. Sirianni telegraphed each time he called four straight power runs up the middle of the road. and scored a touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Jalen Hurts. This was the play of the day.

The Eagles fan smiled broadly, leaned back on his pillow, and lit a cigarette.

“I wish the running game was more efficient,” said Sanders, who gained 58 yards on 13 tough carries.

They did these things unattended. on the road.

Abonte Maddox, their nickel corner, Jordan Mailata, their huge left tackle, Jake Elliott, kicker, gave way to Jack Driscoll, Josiah Scott and rookie kicker Dicker. After the first series, starting left guard Landon Dickerson was also out, and just before halftime Kelce sprained both of his ankles and left, but Dickerson and Kelce returned after the break.

» Read more: Eagles-Cardinals analysis: Perfect record intact as Cameron Dicker wins substitution kicker battle

They weren’t perfect. The Cardinals are doing well, going 2-2, with Murray the pro quarterback in his bowl and JJ Watt the future Hall of Fame defensive lineman.

Well, the Phillies weren’t perfect either. They pitched great, but needed a few mistakes and a few blunders from the St. Louis Cardinals to move forward. It was as painful as the kick I did.

Philly doesn’t care. Both teams won. That’s what everyone is talking about. That, and how they got a chance to keep winning.

This makes this Monday the best Monday in Philadelphia in a long time.