It’s a Friday afternoon at Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia, and Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro is cozied up to the bar wearing — what else — a team-issued midnight green Nike long-sleeve. With the Birds set to open training camp in three short days, the part of town that worships at the altar of Merrill Reese on Sundays is brimming with optimism — as usual at this time of year, when losses have yet to pile up and the possibility of contending for a championship fills the minds of hopeful fans.
Radio technicians are busy setting up for a broadcast hosted by former Eagles linebacker and special-teams ace Ike Reese — a Pro Bowler during that enchanting yet ultimately dissatisfying run to the Super Bowl following the 2004 regular season. But nobody here in Crabfries Heaven seems to either notice or care. Instead, fans are magnetically drawn to Spadaro, a visually striking man who, over the past 20 years, has become one of the most recognizable faces in the Eagles ecosystem. Read more »