Surprise, Surprise: The NFL Draft Is (So Far) Actually a Good Look for Philly (Mostly)

Photo by Joe Trinacria

Photo by Joe Trinacria

We did it, Philadelphia. The first round of the NFL Draft went off without a hitch. The league is reporting that nearly 100,000 people visited the NFL Draft Experience set up along the Parkway on Thursday, a record number for any event in draft history. Well done.

And Birds fans, you know they showed up in full force. Of course, there were the expected few bad apples (and asses) among the bunch, but even they couldn’t spoil the success of the night for national pundits: Read more »

Teachers to Fly Angry Banner Over NFL Draft

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

After going 1,300-plus days without a new contract – and still counting – many Philadelphia teachers are pissed. So pissed that some of them raised money to hire a pilot to fly their message of displeasure over the Parkway before tonight’s NFL Draft without remorse for how bad of a look it will be for the city.

“You know what, it will be an embarrassment,” George Bezanis, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ building rep for Central High School and the man behind the airplane banner, told Philly Mag. “But what should be an embarrassment is how the city is neglecting its teachers.” Read more »

M. Night Shyamalan Announces a Combo Sequel for His Next Project

M. Night Shyamalan

Director and Episcopal Academy alum M. Night Shyamalan took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that his next movie, which will naturally be set in the Philly area, is a sequel to last year’s well-received psychological thriller Split and his criminally underrated 2000 pseudo-superhero flick, Unbreakable.

Shyamalan clearly has been spending too much time speaking to fans from Philly: Read more »

Jonathan Demme, Acclaimed Director of “Philadelphia,” Dies at 73

jonathan demme

Academy Award-winning film director Jonathan Demme has died at age 73 from complications stemming from esophageal cancer.

Demme, who took home the Oscar for Best Director for his 1991 thriller Silence of the Lambs, is perhaps best known in this city as the director behind 1993’s Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks as a gay Center City lawyer who is unjustly fired after disclosing that he contracted the virus that causes AIDS. Read more »

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Forced to Hitch Rides to Work

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. Photo: Jeff Fusco

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. Photo: Jeff Fusco

Late last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf pulled the state police detail assigned to Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and scaled back staffing at the Northeast Philadelphia native’s taxpayer-funded residence just outside of the capital, the Inquirer reported.

As a result, State Police troopers will no longer chauffeur Wolf’s second-in-command in a black-and-white, and both housekeepers and state maintenance employees may report to the Fort Indiantown Gap residence only at prearranged times. Read more »

The NFL Draft Explained for the Sports-Indifferent Philadelphian

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Just what is this NFL Draft thing that’s been blocking traffic around the Art Museum? Are they really going to be playing football in that tiny tent set up on the Rocky Steps?

If you’ve been feeling lost among the incessant chatter surrounding Thursday night’s draft – whatever it is – fear not: We’re here to help you make sense of all the hubbub. Read more »

You Can Cash a Check and Meet an Eagles Hall of Famer in Bensalem

Jeremiah Trotter. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles)

Jeremiah Trotter. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles)

Beginning at noon on Tuesday, M&T Bank’s Bensalem branch is holding an autograph session featuring former Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter (three stints in midnight green!) while WIP’s Jon Marks hosts some live on-site sports talk.

Marks will be discussing all things NFL Draft and presumably a little bit about managing your portfolio or whatever the corporate sponsors have mandated. Read more »

Eagles Release 2017 Schedule

Eagles 2017 schedule

Eagles 2017 schedule

Following the Thursday-night release of the 2017 Eagles schedule, today is the day when every Birds fan is a master prognosticator, predicting either unattainable highs or pessimistically foreseeing unbearable lows.

With rookie sensation Carson Wentz heading into year two, there admittedly is reason for fans to be optimistic, but many variables remain unknown. Read more »

ESPN Host Predicts We’ll Be “Raucous, in a Good Way” During NFL Draft

Photo by Nick Caito / ESPN Images

Photo by Nick Caito / ESPN Images

While most Philly sports sufferers would readily claim the existence of a national media bias against our fans, ESPN’s Trey Wingo wants you to know that he loves ya, baby.

Wingo, one of the top studio hosts for the Worldwide Leader’s NFL coverage, told the Inquirer’s Jonathan Tannenwald that he’s enjoyed every sporting event he’s ever attended in Philadelphia. Can you believe that? Read more »

Lt. Gov. Billed State for Philly Hotel Stays While Still Owning Home Here

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. Photo: Jeff Fusco

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack billed the state for more than $4,000 worth of Philadelphia hotel room stays while the Democrat still owned a home in the Northeast, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The La Salle College High School (and university) grad requested that the state reimburse him $4,210.69 for lodging and incidental expenses incurred on visits to the city between his inauguration in January 2015 and February 2016, when property records show that Stack and his wife sold their home. Read more »

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