In the time since Jigar Desai made Philadelphia history by running into a SEPTA subway pillar, his favorite team won its first-ever Super Bowl title and his sporting idol, Brian Dawkins, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That momentous fan feat came hours before the Eagles curb-stomped the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game (Go Birds!), but it’s been an especially rewarding eight months for the 42-year-old pharmaceutical company employee from Montgomery County. In the time since, he and his family have basked in the love of “a whole lot of support and excitement from Eagles fans.” “They made space for my kids at the parade, expressed gratitude for laughs and positive energy for the two weeks going into the Super Bowl and asked for pictures,” he recalled on Thursday morning, less than 12 hours before the Eagles start a regular-season campaign to defend their title. “Things like that show how awesome our fanbase is," he … [Read more...] about You’ll never guess who the ‘Eagles Pillar Guy’ predicts to win Super Bowl LIII
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When the Philadelphia Eagles opened at 8/1 odds to win Super Bowl LIII, they had the second-best odds to win it all behind only the New England Patriots, who opened at 4/1. The Eagles have since jumped to 5/1 favorites to win the Super Bowl next year, with the Patriots sliding to 6/1, per this snapshot from the Borgata in Atlantic City by Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Eagles' line has undoubtedly moved because Philly fans are plunking down a lot of bets on the Eagles. Similarly, the New York Giants, a team that looks nothing remotely close to a Super Bowl contender, moved from 40/1 to 18/1, likely because of North Jersey meatheads driving down the Garden State Parkway with fistfuls of cash and a lot of delusion. The Giants now have the ninth-best odds in the NFL.Here's an updated look, reordered with the most recent … [Read more...] about Eagles now have best odds (in Atlantic City) to win Super Bowl
The Los Angeles Chargers are being picked by a lot of folks who follow the NFL as favorites to give the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and other top AFC teams a run for their money in 2018. Count Chargers pass rusher Melvin Ingram among those who believe this team will pull it off. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Ingram was asked what he’s most excited about this season. He responded by saying, “This Super Bowl we’re going to win,” per Eric D. Williams of ESPN. “That’s the goal, we’ve got to bring a Super Bowl to the city,” Ingram said about his Super Bowl prediction. “It ain’t added pressure. I was taught you have to speak stuff into existence. If you want to do something, you’ve got to say you’re going to do it, and then you’ve got to go do it.” Given the way the Chargers finished off last season, winning six out of their last seven, it’s definitely a possibility that Los Angeles … [Read more...] about Melvin Ingram predicts his Chargers will win Super Bowl LIII
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Saturday's 144th running of the Kentucky Derby (all times local):6:20 p.m.Justify is the social media and betting favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.The unbeaten colt, which remained the 3-1 betting pick less than an hour before the 144th Derby despite the rain throughout the day and the track downgraded to sloppy, was the runaway choice on social media with 14,700 mentions, according to Talkwalker. The analytics firm measured data across social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and found that users' opinions differed from the oddsmakers.Justify had 3,400 more mentions than Bolt d'Oro (9-1), followed by Magnum Moon (11,000) and Mendelssohn (10,100), the site found. Those secondary choices differ from the early line, which listed Mendelssohn (5-1) second and Magnum Moon (6-1) third with My Boy Jack and Audible each at 8-1.Audible had the fourth-most mentions on social media (8,500) while My Boy Jack was far back in 16th with … [Read more...] about The Latest: Justify social media favorite to win the Derby