Wake-Up Call: Three Eagles Leftovers

Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Here are three Eagles leftovers to get to:

1. LeSean McCoy was one of the few Eagles who spoke up in support of DeSean Jackson after the team released Jackson during the offseason. And earlier this week, he unveiled a pretty hilarious impression of the speedy wide receiver.

We never got to see what a Chip Kelly offense would look like with McCoy, Jackson and Jeremy Maclin all on the field at the same time. Maclin tore his ACL in the summer of 2013, and Jackson was gone by the time this season rolled around.

McCoy was asked about the prospects of Jackson and Maclin teaming up in Kelly’s offense.

“Just a lot of big plays, a lot of space, a lot of yards,” he said. “That’s what I would think. But you never know.” Read more »

Wolf Reiterates Fracking Support

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Governor-elect Tom Wolf won’t be following the lead of fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo, who on Wednesday banned the practice of fracking in New York state.

Cuomo’s camp cited health and environmental concerns in deciding on a ban, but those issues won’t deter drilling in Pennsylvania, which like New York sits atop vast deposits of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.
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Philadelphia Magazine Welcomes Holly Otterbein to the Staff

holly-otterbein-400x400Two weeks ago, Holly Otterbein was named reporter of the year at the Pen & Pencil Club’s Philadelphia News Awards. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that beginning January 5th, Holly will cover politics, government, and the mayor’s race for Phillymag.com and the magazine’s soon-to-launch urban affairs blog, Citified.

You’ve no doubt heard Holly on WHYY and read her coverage on NewsWorks, including such important stories as this look at domestic violence victims forced to stay with their abusers due to a shortage of public housing, and this gutsy report calling out big private employers for flouting a city law that bans companies from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record.

In earlier years, Holly was a staff writer on the joint WHYY/Daily News “It’s Our Money” project, where she performed the invaluable public service of embarrassing Councilman Jim Kenney into abandoning his $28k-a-year professional Twitter handler and doing the deed himself. (Kenney’s Twitter feed has since become a civic treasure.) Before that, as a staff writer at City Paper, Holly penned this awesome and profoundly weird cover story about Petty’s Island, investigated troubled abortion clinics, and uncovered the pro-life agenda of a state-funded pregnancy counseling agency.

Holly is quite simply one of the best reporters in Pennsylvania, with a sophisticated and nuanced grasp of urban affairs and politics and the sort of range as a writer that makes life easy for editors like myself. At Philly Mag she’s going to have the chance to stretch out a bit stylistically and show off her sharp takes on the city. We’re privileged to have her.

Now a quick word about Citified. Like G Philly and Property, Citified will be a standalone channel on Phillymag.com. Our stories will be written with pep and style, but also a healthy dose of analysis and, we hope, a lot of the context and data that too often are missing in local reporting. Citified launches on January 5th, and we’ll have much more to tell you then.

Follow Holly Otterbein on Twitter at @hollyotterbein.

Brady: Kane “Asleep at the Switch” in AG’s Office

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Congressman Bob Brady, Philadelphia’s top Democrat, has harshly criticized Attorney General’s Kathleen Kane’s handling of the “abandoned sting” case — raising more doubts about her continued political viability.

The Inquirer reports that Brady said he has “no faith” in Kane as the state’s top law enforcement officer, though it did not provide a quote of him saying so. But his quoted comments were still plenty clear.

“People make mistakes,” he said. “There’s plenty of time to see how she handles herself, but this is certainly a misstep. It looks like she was asleep at the switch.”

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Just Announced: BET Cancels Reruns of The Cosby Show

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It has been almost a month since TV Land stopped showing reruns of The Cosby Show in the wake of the numerous sexual assault and rape allegations against its creator and star, Bill Cosby. Fans could still watch episodes of the hugely popular ’80s show on Centric, the BET-owned channel available on Comcast, FiOS, Dish, and DirecTV, but as of Wednesday, BET says it won’t be airing the show — at least for the time being. Read more »

Shop at These Rittenhouse Stores and Get a Free Shake Shack Treat

Center City shoppers are in for a treat—literally. From now until December 31st, shoppers who make any purchase at Knit Wit, Ellelauri or Aoki Boutique will be able to get a complimentary cup of salted caramel hot chocolate at the Shake Shack in Center City (20th and Sansom Street) with proof of purchase. We haven’t been this psyched about a pairing in a while.
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On Graham And the Contract Talks

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles are interested in re-signing Brandon Graham, and Graham genuinely wants to remain in Philadelphia. But the level of commitment on both sides to making it happen will be tested in the coming weeks.

As Geoff Mosher reported, the Eagles reached out to Graham’s camp to express their interest in re-signing the 26-year-old. While no formal offer was made, we’re told that the opening salvo by the Eagles was to the tune of four years, $24 million. That’s an average of $6 million per season. Graham’s camp is looking for something in the $7-8 million per year range.

While that might not seem like a huge gap to bridge, there are other factors – and more specifically, other Eagles players – to consider. Read more »

All-22: Defensive Failures Against Dallas

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In the days leading up to the Eagles’ rematch with the Cowboys, Billy Davis made it clear that he was expecting to see a different Tony Romo.

On Thanksgiving, the Birds’ defense applied consistent pressure on Romo, and the Cowboys’ quarterback struggled to connect with open receivers when he did have opportunities.

Sunday night was a different story, and Davis ended up being right. Despite a mostly ineffective run game, Romo picked the Eagles apart, completing 22 of 31 passes for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“I think the biggest difference in the two games that we had… was the play of Tony Romo and the throws,” Davis said this week. “The throws on Thanksgiving were under-thrown and bad, and we were coming back and making plays. The throws the other night were on the money, and they were right where they needed to be.”

Romo certainly deserves credit for playing well in a big spot. But Dez Bryant scored three touchdowns one-on-one against Bradley Fletcher. Was the Eagles’ game plan sound? Was it just a matter of the more talented unit winning? We explore those issues with the All-22. Read more »

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