Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights Turns 25

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Courtesy of Vanity Fair

 

Twenty-five years ago, Philly journalist Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream debuted in bookstores across the nation. The novel, which follows a superstar high school football team in Odessa, Texas, as they prepare and play for the state championship, went on to sell two-million copies and spawn a successful film and TV show of the same name. ESPN called it the best sports book in the past quarter century. Sports Illustrated named it the 4th best sports book of all time. And when it was all said and done, Buzz just got sick of hearing about it.

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Drake Opens Toronto Show With Insulting Meek Mill Memes

Drake doesn’t seem to want to let the beef between him and Philly-born rapper Meek Mill die — and he certainly seems to be enjoying his ride at the top. The Internet (and the Eagles!) put him in the winning corner after a series of diss tracks were released by both rappers last week. Drake’s were decidedly awesome; while Meek’s was, well … meek.

Last night, at his OVO Festival in Toronto, Drake set the web ablaze once again by sporting a “Free Meek Mill” T-shirt to rehearse for his set. The Canadian rapper wore the tee once before — to show love for Meek Mill, who was serving jail time in Philly. Obviously, this time it carries a much different connotation.

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PHOTOS: A Gay Ol’ Time Was Had at Jazz Age on the Delaware

On Saturday, locals slipped into flapper garb and made their way to Glen Foerd Mansion, where there was a 20s-inspired bash held on the lawn of what claims to be the last Gilded Age mansion on the Delaware River. The day’s activities centered around a picnic on the grounds of the home, with jazz performances by The Gin Canaries and Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, and food and drink from Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Catering, Art in the Age and Hendrick’s.

Here’s a collection of mostly action shots from the day–folks doing the Charleston, bands playing jazzy tunes and scenes from the grounds, where guests spread blankets for a picnic and a game of backgammon. You might want to flip through the photos while listening to this.



REPORT: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Divorce Rumors

UPDATE [8/3/2015, 9:42 pm]: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith take to their social media pages to say they are not getting a divorce. Read their responses here.

UPDATE [8/3/2015, 1:53 pm]: Don’t pull out your Kleenex just yet. GossipCop.com has a conflicting report, saying the superstar couple are not heading to divorce court. The site claims to have “checked in with an impeccable Smith family source, who tells us [Radar] is once again off-base and that talk of an end-of-the-summer divorce announcement is 100 percent ‘not true.’”

ORIGINAL: After 17 years of what seemed like blissful, great-sex-filled marriage, Philly’s Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are reportedly calling it quits.

According to Radar, who broke the news, the couple have been working carefully on “a confidential settlement to protect their $240 million fortune, and prepare their kids for the fallout.”

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Eagles Linebacker Mychal Kendricks Says Drake May Have Trouble Next Time He’s in Philly

TMZ caught up with Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks outside an airport to ask him his take on the Meek Mill / Drake feud that’s set the Internet on fire over the past week.

He basically said Drake may not be welcome next time he comes to town, because Meek Mill, well, “he definitely runs Philly,” Kendricks said. Then he implied—likely in a playful way—that things could get ugly if the “Started From the Bottom” rapper paid a visit to the 215. “I wonder how it’s gonna be if Drake tries to come and perform there … ”

Check out the full interview above.

The feud between Drake and Meek Mill began last week when Meek, who was born and raised in Philly, tweeted that Drake didn’t write his own raps. The latter followed up by releasing two tracks that dissed Meek—and even took a jab at the Phillies.

As you’ll see in the video, Kendricks muses that the whole ordeal could be orchestrated to give the two rappers more publicity. But hey, at least it’s fun to watch.

 

Wildwoods to Host Its First-Ever Sneaker Convention

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The first-ever Jus Nice Sneaker Convention is coming to the Wildwoods Convention Center at the end of August. The one-day-only event promises sneakerheads the chance “to buy, sell and trade some of the most unique and high-in-demand sneakers available.”

Organizer and sneaker re-seller Justin “Jus Nice” Roper says he put together the event after attending sneaker conventions in other cities and realizing his town should have something similar. “I know there are a lot of kids around here who want to collect sneakers, but they never had an opportunity to have something like this here,” he says. “Before now, we’ve had to travel three, four hours to get to one.”

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