Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)
Following his swift dismissal as San Francisco 49ers head coach in January (his second firing in just two short years), odds makers predicted that former Eagles warlord Chip Kelly would likely land on television.
Never one to admit defeat, Kelly defiantly stated that he would continue to seek work in the NFL – although being passed over for an assistant coaching job by the lowly Jaguars had to have been a shot to the old Chipper’s ego. After being spurned by professional football, Kelly has signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to serve as an in-studio analyst of the college game. He’ll also moonlight on some NFL coverage as needed. Read more »
Chris Long. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
Eagles defensive end Chris Long hails from Charlottesville, Virginia, but don’t confuse him for just another “good ol’ boy” — Long has been socially active before he was even cognizant of the fact himself, first appearing as a baby in a 1980s PSA with dad Howie (NFL Hall of Famer and Villanova grad) for the United Way.
In the years since his star turn as an infant spokesman, the former number-two overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft has never shied away from sharing his opinion on important issues, no matter how many of his social media followers may disagree. With protests erupting on Saturday in Long’s hometown over the pending removal of a statue honoring Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the Super Bowl champion had to weigh in on Twitter: Read more »
Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.
Today is May 4th, a day when Star Wars fans choose to celebrate the beloved movie franchise (because of the date’s cringe-worthy “May the Force Be With You” pun) and sports teams enjoy getting in on the act. They wear jerseys inspired by Chewbacca, Darth Vader makes an appearance, and everyone goes nuts. Repeat in stadiums all across America.
But only one team really knows the ways of the force like no other. Read more »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
In terms of sports fanaticism, we here in Philadelphia revel in our collective identity as the villains. Sure, our teams have played the role of American heroes the occasional time or two, but we’ve always been a bit more comfortable wearing the black hat.
We’re proudly the fans that everyone loves to hate – an idea that was on full display Friday night when former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson stepped to the podium positioned on the Rocky Steps to announce Dallas’s second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Read more »
Eagles fourth-round pick Mack Hollins has a major thing for reptiles. The 6’4″ wide receiver keeps two large snakes for pets, and once he even tried to convince his college roommates that an alligator was a necessary addition to their abode.
According to CSN Philly, Hollins told local reporters on a conference call Saturday that he’s driving to Philly from his hometown of Rockville, Maryland, and his slithering serpents are riding shotgun. Read more »
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 »
Fans arrive ahead of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
First you saw the road closures. Then came the traffic. By now, you know the NFL Draft is upon us. You might even know how the whole thing works.
So – what does the event that’s shutting down the Parkway actually look like? Apparently it looks like the “wildest, most raucous atmosphere in draft history.” Read more »
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 »
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 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 »