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Even before Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots, several Philadelphia players said they would decline an invite to President Donald Trump’s White House if they won. Outspoken safety Malcolm Jenkins has now joined teammates Chris Long and Torrey Smith in saying he would not attend. The #OutofBounds crew weighs in on champions refusing to visit Trump’s White House, and Gilbert Arenas has an unexpected and thought-provoking take on the highly politicized issue. Next, the guys discuss the Super Bowl’s relatively low ratings, and what they indicate about interest in the NFL, before tackling Vegas odds that make the Patriots — with 40-plus-year-old QB Brady — favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl. Finally, with LeBron’s Cavs struggling mightily and appearing to unravel, Gil gives advice on how to fix things in OOB’s newest segment, “The Pull-Up.” Gil being Gil, his assessment of Cleveland is far from your standard sports talk show take.

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Did Tom Brady’s Ex Bridget Moynahan Throw Shade With This Nick Foles Tweet?

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles played a hell of a game in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night. He completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 passing yards and 3 touchdowns and even caught a touchdown pass on a trick play at the end of the second quarter. Not bad for a guy who considered retiring from the NFL just a few years ago following shaky stints with the Eagles and Rams.

As Foles was putting on the performance of a lifetime en route to a Super Bowl win and a Super Bowl MVP trophy, there were thousands of people tweeting about how well he was playing. Tweets like this flooded Twitter as Foles picked apart the Patriots secondary.

Actress Bridget Moynahan was among the many people who sent out a tweet about Foles.

While an actress tweeting about how well an NFL quarterback was playing wouldn’t ordinarily be that big of a deal, it quickly turned into one in this case because Moynahan’s ex-boyfriend is none other than Tom Brady. The two dated for about three years in the mid-2000s before Brady unceremoniously broke up with Moynahan when she was pregnant with their son John.

Moynahan has, at least publicly, been very civil towards Brady since their split. During an interview back in 2011, she said she was glad her son “is surrounded by love” in the form of “two loving parents and an extended family” that includes stepmother Gisele Bündchen. And on the outside anyway, her and Brady appear as though they maintain a decent relationship for the sake of their son.

But of course—of course!—those on social media were unwilling to give Moynahan the benefit of the doubt after she sent out her Foles tweet. They automatically assumed she was shading Brady by complimenting his Super Bowl opponent.

Moynahan certainly didn’t do herself any favors when she followed her tweet about Foles with a retweet of the celebratory message Foles himself sent out after his big game.

But we should point out that Moynahan did congratulate both the Eagles and the Patriots.

So maybe cut her some slack? If she was throwing shade, more power to her. But it’s been more than a decade since her and Brady broke up. So maybe she really was just—gasp—enjoying the Super Bowl and tweeting about Foles like everyone else when she mentioned him on Twitter.

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How Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” Turned Into the Eagles’ Unofficial Anthem

Back in the summer of 2015, at the height of the Drake and Meek Mill beef, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised some people when they collectively suggested they weren’t necessarily siding with their hometown rapper in the squabble. While it’s impossible to say how many Eagles players were #TeamDrake back then versus how many were #TeamMeek, the team as a whole seemed to be bigger fans of Drake’s “Charged Up” and “Back to Back” disses than Meek’s “Wanna Know” response. At least, that’s what most people thought after hearing what the Eagles were listening to at the start of training camp that season.

Meek didn’t let that apparent lack of support stop him from showing love to his beloved Eagles, though. While we doubt he was thrilled to hear about his favorite football team bumping the diss track his rap rival put together to try and discredit him, Meek was spotted at an Eagles game that same season.


Philly…… Eagles game!!

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Dec 26, 2015 at 8:18pm PST

Meek also continued to show his love for the team from a distance. Even though the Eagles ended up going 7-9 during the 2016 season and finishing in last place in the NFC East, Meek stuck with them and often took to social media to provide his support.



A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Sep 25, 2016 at 3:34pm PDT

That support has come back around. While there’s no denying that plenty of Eagles players have been riding with Meek despite what the Drake shenanigans back in 2015 may have suggested, several of them took their Meek support to a whole other level in 2017.

In November, Meek was sentenced to two to four years behind bars on account of a probation violation. Many both inside and outside of Philly thought the prison sentence was completely bogus and protested against it, and several Eagles players were among the crowd that showed up to a Meek rally in Philly in late November. Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith, Jalen Mills, Wendell Smallwood, and Vinny Curry were all in attendance.

And now, it appears as though the Eagles are prepared to take Meek with them all the way to the Super Bowl.

Over the weekend, as the Eagles prepared to play the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, several players posted videos of a team meeting. In that meeting, “Dreams and Nightmares”—one of the best intro tracks in rap history and one of Meek’s most memorable hip-hop contributions—played in the background and kept what could have been a tension-filled situation light. It almost looked like the players were at a party as opposed to a practice.

“Dreams and Nightmares” also served as the pregame warmup music of choice for the Eagles as they took the field at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. At one point during warmups, Meek’s classic track blared over the stadium’s speakers as both those on the field and those in the stands lost their minds. Several Eagles players later said it was one of the loudest moments they can remember inside of “The Linc.”

The Eagles didn’t stop there. They also turned to “Dreams and Nightmares” one more time in the team's locker room after stomping all over the Vikings and earning a berth to Super Bowl LII. The Eagles also played some Lil Yachty, seemingly in an effort to troll the Vikings, but they saved their real celebration for once “Dreams and Nightmares” came on. Smallwood documented Eagles players rapping along to every word of the song with Meek.

So how did “Dreams and Nightmares” become the unofficial anthem of the Eagles? According to Jenkins, it wasn’t just the players who were on board with spending most of the weekend listening to the song. On Monday morning, Jenkins revealed it was actually the Eagles’ special teams coach of all people who first put the track on during the meeting on Saturday. Dave Fipp played “Dreams and Nightmares,” and from there, it served as the perfect soundtrack for the Eagles’ championship weekend.

Meek—or at least, Meek’s team—appreciated the love. While Meek hasn’t been able to put out any kind of official statement regarding the Eagles advancing to the Super Bowl, the videos of the Eagles playing “Dreams and Nightmares” this weekend surfaced on his Instagram page on Monday morning.

And since the clips of the Eagles listening to the song started making the rounds on social media, the calls for #FreeMeek have intensified greatly. Many Eagles fans have called for Meek to be released so that he can perform “Dreams and Nightmares” either at the Super Bowl or after the Super Bowl, if the Eagles win.

One fan even went as far as to suggest Meek should replace Justin Timberlake as this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer.

The chances of that happening are obviously slim to none (OK, maybe just “none”). But even if Meek doesn't get to celebrate with the Eagles, it’s been cool to see the Eagles take Meek along with them on their journey, and if they are ultimately able to knock off the Patriots in the Super Bowl, there’s no doubt they’re going to continue to keep Meek with them every step of the way.

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