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It's All in the Numbers ...
A Sign of Good Things to Come!

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ick Foles officially signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars
on a four-year, $88 million deal ($102 million with
incentives) and $50.125 million in guarantees. The
Jaguars confirmed the deal on their social media pages, shortly
after NFL's free agency window opened.
The deal with the Jaguars is the largest that Jacksonville has
ever given out in their franchise's history.
Foles last tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles is the one
that shot him into stardom as he led the team to four preseason
victories in 2017 (including Super Bowl LII in which he was
named the MVP) and another preseason victory this past season
against the Chicago Bears.
Speaking of the Chicago Bears ... Recall the "Double
Doink!" The phrase that may go down in NFL lore with the
likes of "The Fumble," "Wide Right" as NBC's "Sunday Night
Football" commentator Chris Collinsworth created an instant
classic with his snap call of Cody Parkey's field-goal miss that
clanked off the left upright, ricocheted off the crossbar below and
sealed the Bears' first-round exit from the playoffs.
As for Foles career numbers, he will enter his tenure
with a total of 11,165 passing yards, 68 touchdowns and 33
interceptions to his name.
Foles bid farewell to Philadelphia in an emotional letter in
The Player's Tribune: "The truest privilege has been over the

last year, in the time since we won the Super Bowl - having
Eagles fans share their stories with me," Foles wrote. "Having
them remind me of how we didn't just win the Super Bowl;
we won the Eagles' first Super Bowl ever. Getting to hear from
Philly natives about how their father, or father's father, or mother,
or mother's mother, cried tears of happiness after the game.
Learning about how, for most people, rooting for the Eagles is
more than a decision - it's a birthright."
It's All in the Numbers! When the Jacksonville Jaguars asked
Nick Foles about his preferred jersey number, shortly after
he signed the four-year deal to be the team's new starting
quarterback, Foles chose No. 7; he has not been able to wear
that number since he left high school, and he believes the
fact that it was available is a sign of good things to come in
Jacksonville.
The last time Foles wore No. 7, he was breaking records at
Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, records that were held by
eventual 12-time Pro Bowl quarterback and Super Bowl champ
Drew Brees.
Philadelphia drafted Foles in the third round in 2012 at which
time No. 7 was Michael Vick's number; Foles wore No. 9 from
2012 to 2014. When Foles re-joined the Eagles in 2017, he went
back to number 9 even though No. 7 was available; Quarterback
Nate Sudfeld ended up wearing No. 7. *

The Power and Politics of Flags
"Why is the US flag reversed when it is on an arm patch of a US military uniform?"

J

ust as the US flag dips to no man or king, and you will see even at the
Olympic ceremonies, the American flag is the only one that does not dip to
the head of state of the host country.

Because it is not a mark of disrespect to them; it is a mark of respect to the
American flag. And, they take it so seriously that it must always face forward.
Now, on a flagpole that puts the stars on the left-hand side next to the
flagpole; that is the most prestigious position.
On an arm patch, you are looking at it differently, and when the soldier, or
marine, or whatever, marches forward, the United States flag most face forward.
It must not be seen to be in retreat. The stars are actually now on the righthand side of their badge, and so they face forward, just as it never retreats. It is
always in its special position when it is flown on a car.
Flags are about extremes of passion and belief; and, Americans take their
flag very seriously. *
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