This week in Philly sports: Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum, Gritty’s debut, and everything else you missed

Eagles fans are breathing easier, Sixers fans are gearing up, and the Flyers faithful are still talking about Gritty.

Here’s what you might have missed this week in Philadelphia sports.

Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum … Friends? Enemies? Frenemies?

Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum will be connected the rest of their careers. But, as it turns out, this connection started earlier than June 2017 and is deeper than the Sixers-Celtics rivalry they’ve been adopted into.

The Eagles had a quintessential bounce-back game against the Giants on Thursday night football. They fought their way back to .500, won their first division game, and now have the most wins in the NFC East.

During the Eagles’ return to form, Odell Beckham — who took not-so-subtle shots at his team and his quarterback this week — had his share of distractions on the sideline. He headed for his locker for halftime as the Giants’ offense was still on the field and was seen shadow boxing a cooling fan while yelling at it.

YONG KIM / Staff Photographer

Scott Kingery struggled badly at the plate during his rookie season with the Phillies.

Phillies rookie Scott Kingery had an up-and-down season after signing a six-year, $24 million contract before the start of the season.

The Flyers’ start to the season has been so-so. They followed up a big win against the Vegas Golden Knights with back-to-back deflating blowout losses to the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. But, their promising farm system has granted them a luxury.

CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Gritty, the Flyers’ new mascot makes his appearance descending from the rafters like a wrecking ball.

The Union welcomed their new sporting director, Ernst Tanner, to the team’s headquarters this week. He is replacing Earnie Stewart, who left the club earlier this year to become general manager of the United States Men’s National Team.

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