Most Awesome Boardwalk Smackdown Has People Talking Smack and–Possibly–Taking Smack?

Okay, we’re fairly certain that even those who didn’t make the list of Budget Travel Magazine’s Most Awesome Boardwalks have not reached a pit of despair so deep that they’ve been reduced to pursuing drug addiction. But these debates can get passionate, that’s for sure, when the stakes are high.

Everyone at the Jersey Shore is looking for tourism this summer, worried that Sandy, or national perceptions of Sandy, will keep people away. Budget Travel included area boardwalks at Atlantic City, Point Pleasant, Wildwood and Rehoboth–but did not mention Ocean City, NJ, which does, indeed, seem odd. But Ocean City, Maryland, got a strong mention, and perhaps the writers felt it would be too clunky to have two Ocean Cities on the list (far-fetched, we realize).

The local picks had special qualities that made them stand out. We’ll put it into our own words:

Atlantic City: American iconography; Boardwalk Empire; grandmas at slots

Rehoboth: quiet, quiet, the breeze blows but eddies of trash there are not

Wildwoods: We can only quote the piece: “spirit of the Jersey Shore”–god help us

Point Pleasant: retro appeal of charming rides; family-friendly; unhurried pace

And now, some photos.

Ocean City Boardwalk

ocean city boardwalk

Photo: Liz Spikol

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Wildwood Boardwalk

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Liz Spikol

Photo: Liz Spikol

Photo: Liz Spikol

Photo: Liz Spikol

Rehoboth Boardwalk

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Photo: Bradley Maule

Have some of your own boardwalk photos? Let us know! Email your friendly Property editor directly: lspikol@phillymag.com.

• America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks [Budget Travel]

• Ocean City Residents, Vacationers Feel Dissed By ‘Awesome Boardwalk’ List [CBS 3]

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  • Ron Swanson

    San Diego started looking bad with about 10 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The Eagles started letting up and playing the run out the clock game with about 3-4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. You’re statement is not only false, but doesn’t even take into account the fact that the Eagles went into a soft zone defense as well as changed to extremely conservative play calling. The Chargers were unable to get a single first down for the final 25+ minutes of game time. I don’t know what a cakesprint is, but the Eagles will roll in this one.

    • EaglePete

      love the screen name, I take it you like steak. Lot of love right now after one game, not sure it will always be a cakewalk like week 1 first half. Im guessing sprint instead of walk here, I hadnt heard that one before either.

    • anon

      If we can’t run we can’t run the offense. But thankfully we have a great O-line and great backs.

      All of that said i think Kelly didn’t want to put a lot of looks on tape. SD is going to study what they have and then CK, knowing what they showed, is going to exploit that next week.

      I think the concept of designed reads on different players will revolutionize the league. Have a dominant D player? Ok we’ll just leave them unblocked and read them, it’s pretty amazing.

  • Kuney

    I don’t think it will be this week. In fact I think it will be awhile.
    Loading the box will obviously be one of the first adjustments/attempts but chip has to be waiting for that, in fact he probably can’t wait.
    If people start jumping the bubble screen and loading the box were gonna see some BIG plays open up. After a few of those get home it will be tough to keep stacking the box.
    Part of the beauty here is that this offense encompasses all of the trends that successfull offenses have been using like tempo, the read option.
    I think it’s going to take a variety defensive concepts and winning one on one match ups. More than likely the first time this offense doesn’t look impressive will be because we shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers.
    But if you pay attention to some of the national talking heads a lot of them are doing 180s on their opinions (JAWS I’m talking to u) but a lot of them are taking it a bit further saying how this will change how the game is played and they might be right.
    In a few years I thInk everyone will be playing with the up tempo concepts and we’ve got the godfather. It may also lead the expansion of rosters.
    Very exciting to be on the ground floor.

    • anon

      Lots of teams run tempo, but no one will be able to take it to the next level, there’s a lot of infrastructure to go that route when you have no experience with it unless you go get a college HC — and not all of them are as good as Kelly.

    • EaglePete

      good points about the Godfather Kelly, wait Irish/Italian I dunno. We need a better name. Maybe Chip “Whitey (Bulger)” Kelly, nah not in this town.

      Ill take Djax over the top all day if they stack the box, will help my fantasy team.

  • anon

    What’s great about this offense. Is that literally you can’t re-create it on a week by week basis with your practice squad. Other teams, you can sort of replicate their plays and what they do. For anyone except a divisional opponent it’s not worth expending the effort. Maybe people will do it next year in TC, but i think we need to capitalize on the advantage, get Kerry Rhodes and win the SB.

  • anon

    Additionally, will the offense force opposing offense to run the ball MORE b/c they want to stay on the field? Can we use that to our D’s advantage?

  • GEagle

    You can’t blow out of proportion and get a fanbase all riled up against one of our players days before we kickoff over a practice field fight. Understand that fights happen in every locker room, every year, at every level…if it weren’t for the bogus drama from reporters, players wake up the morning after Cary and Riley fight, and they have forgotten all about it…It’s so ridiculously common..

    We just had a huge win!! Kelly ain’t the one who deactivated Curry his rookie season. curry was deactivated 1 game against a run heavy offense when he is a pass rush specialist…why overreact, and call up his agent when there is literally nothing good that can come from it. We don’t even know why Curry was deactivated. re they trying to send him a ST message? if Graham can play ST so can Curry, maybe they are trying to get through to him for ST. maybe they really want 6 better run defenders against the skins…and if we do tale Curry, then whyot trade him after the preseason when he looked like our best player? Why devalue him by deactivating him if you want to trade him?…We play pass happy teams like the chargers, KC and Peyton…why not see what happens with Curry before staring trouble and calling his agent? Wasn’t thee enough to write about after a win, without trying to bring Drama to our team?

    • EaglePete

      oh right, they did call the agent to get a quote, interesting. Didnt think much of it at the time or put 2 n 2 together. Ahh well, didnt amount to much at this point but I suppose it could.

      • GEagle

        Just unnecessary and can’t lead to anything good….Just like interviewing James Casey after the game(I actually don’t know who it was that interviewed him in the locker room but just to use it as an example):
        ..
        it was a huge with for this franchise, tons of players contributed..what does a reporter hope to accomplish by interviewing James Casey after playing two snaps? The best you can hope for is some politically correct answer about how it was a great win and you will do anything for the teams success…or, a dissapoint player at an emotional time can say something negative that will be ridiculously blown out of proportion and I despise that type of trouble seeking “reporting”(think it was Zack Berman but I’m not sure)

        ..
        if there is very little good that can come out of something, and it isnt a drastically important story, why look for drama? We are a Rabbid fanbase, we will read every thing you write without the drama, so it’s unnecessary…

  • Mr. Wu

    thats good but will have to be abridged to Chippah tha Rippah

  • Dr Rick

    Sheil and Tim, you guys are total football geeks! I love it. I am so spoiled by the All-22 it makes me crazy to watch TV coverage.
    Davis comes from good lineage, I hope he has a break through year.

  • ClydeSide

    The Eagles will run right at Freeney. He sucks at run D. Lane will blow him up.

  • eyensteyn

    Great article! Really appreciate it

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    You should go to the fan duel blog. We support the Eagles here.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    Chargers D meant business and did Houston dirty early. I’m expecting a bit of how Jax and Jets played us in pre-season or how Green Bay played Kaep and the Niners. The name of the game is contain.

    Stack the box – prevent the tun – sit on the short passes – contain Michael Vick and force him to stay in the pocket and beat you with his arm.

    We will see.

  • Tyler Phillips

    The difference is that those teams you mentioned run a version of the offense we run with some of Chip’s element’s sprinkled in. Our skill position fit is ideal for this system. They might be able to blunt pieces of the offense, but as a whole its just a matter of time until we find their weakness and pound it. Chip is very adept at adjusting playcalling on the fly.

  • anon

    Yeah i wouldnt look at Jets or Jacksonville or even Greenbay as representative. Jacksonville and Jets, the QB competition was over, so Kelly shut it down. Redskins did a lot of things that Jacksonville but Kelly’s seen all of that. He’s been running the offense for 4 years. GB stopped SF’s run, but got killed in the passing game. Additionally, SF only runs read-option, not the combination of the read option + package plays.

  • Rick H

    You make good points however when the Eagles played the Jags it was strictly vanilla. Secondly, I am hoping that the biggest change with Coach Kelly is his ability to make adjustments prior to games and most importantly in games. Watching the Jets Patriots game last night with Morningwhig as the Jets OC he would not deviate from the pass first philosophy with a inexperienced unknown QB. The Jets were successful with the run and Morningwhig didn’t stay with it then went to the passing game. My point is Kelly appears to be well prepared to adjust and take what the defense gives the offense instead of forcing it like the last regime.

  • UKEagle99

    Is the reply thread down to 1 character wide yet?

  • Warhound

    That QB run threat also makes it tough to play man coverage.

  • Warhound

    CB depth could be problematic.

  • Warhound

    Like a pitch count?

  • GEagle

    Yeah…I got banned on a day, that I literally didn’t use a single curse, nor did I argue with anyone…it was the week of the game, we were all happy and in harmony….but I spoke out on Florio esque journalism over reacting to Cary fighting in practice in a respectful way so I gotbanne I guess for a week. Kind of lame…If I praise you during 99% of your articles you should be able to take the rare criticism but whatever…this will all be erased and I will be banned again of course…but Yous know where to find me.

    After 6 months of having to endure all the talk about how untalented our defense was…now people are getting a limpse of why I so pationately argued with them over it…..enjoy your season boys. Fly eagles Fly!!!!

  • cliff henny

    early in season, i always go to what is repeatable (ex-dallas 6 TOs-yeah, good luck w/that ever again). if the eagles play like they did, 33 is minimum they’d consistantly score, and i doubt very often teams would score 27. play that game over 100 times, bet score would be 50-10 more often than 33-27. ‘skins fans can fool themselves w/ final score and hope rg3 get un-rusty asap, but the was all one way traffic monday night

  • Dutch

    Their grave mistake is focusing on tempo and not the actual game plan. This is great….. Shanahan on DC ESPN Radio told the interviewer we knew what was coming and couldn’t do anything about it.

    You can color the Chargers befuddled likewise. This isn’t an offense you can prepare for in a week. At issue this week is the play of the defense. Teams who can sustain drives can keep the Eagles offense nested on the bench. That’s their only hope. We have to get off the field on defense after 3rd downs.

  • EagleDuck

    It’s “Big Balls Chip”. Has been for years and I’ve never heard a more fitting one yet.

  • Dutch

    you’ve got to give something up in defending the spread attack. you can take away one thing, everybody gets a chance to take one option away, but that leaves openings outside if you stack 7 or 8 in the box because we will have numbers somewhere outside. I’ll take DJax outside on come back routes leaving him in space one on one with any defender in the league. That’s what we want. Or Celek down the seam against a safety, similar to the two catches he hauled in Monday night, one for a touchdown.

    So long as the offensive line remains productive we have the hammer. The offensive line is the key to paradise. True they can be beat, but it’s not likely they are going to be whipped repeatedly all night.

  • Jack Waggoner

    There was this one LB on San Diego, I forget his name, who is filling in for Teo, but Houston kept going after him during their comeback.

  • cali

    Instead of Kelce having his head between his legs to watch for Vick to be ready for the snap, Herremans is the one watching Vick so that Kelce can read the defense and make the blocking signals accordingly.

  • cliff henny

    love to see 8 in box…d-jax will be running backwards by the 30! i hate showboats…but damnit, i love it when he starts dancing early! mostly, cause he can run-dance faster than cbs can run…they’re not catching him

  • ClydeSide

    Kelly adjusts play to play; pre-snap, post-snap. No more Andy staring at a cheat sheet while the clock runs out.