Tommy McDonald played seven seasons with the Eagles, from 1957 to 1963. Photo provided
Long before Ray Didinger was an award-winning sportswriter, Comcast SportsNet commentator and WIP host, he was an eager kid trotting after Tommy McDonald, No. 25, at Eagles training camp, spouting off the wide receiver’s stats and hoping to carry his helmet.
Year later, Didinger started crossing paths with his boyhood hero as a writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Daily News, and the two formed a close friendship. But it wasn’t until McDonald was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 that he revealed their long-ago connection.
Didinger turned the story of that friendship into his first play, Tommy and Me, produced by Theatre Exile and premiering tonight at FringeArts. The show’s full run is already sold out.
McDonald, now 82, answered our questions about seeing the play, asking Didinger to present him at the Hall of Fame and being a lifelong Eagles fan. Read more »
Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced today that he won’t bring criminal charges against Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who was accused of sexually assaulting a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club last month.
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Randall Cunningham’s daughter is going to the Olympics.
Over the holiday weekend, Vashti Cunningham finished second in high jump at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. Her runner-up performance at the trials earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Rio later this summer.
“God blessed that girl, that little tall girl,” Cunningham told reporters afterward. “She stayed so calm out there. She listens, and she wants it just as much as Allyson Felix.”
Cunningham, who won the indoor world high jump championship this winter, is just 18 years old. She is a legitimate contender for a gold medal at the Olympics — she’ll try to become one of the youngest medalists of all time at this year’s Games. Randall, the former Eagles quarterback, is her coach. She is the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to reach the Olympics since 1980 (a games the U.S. later boycotted). Read more »
Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5th, 1989. | Photo by Gillian Allen/AP
Buddy Ryan, the Eagles coach who built one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, has died. He was 85.
Ryan coached the Eagles for five seasons, winning one division title and making the playoffs three times. He never won a playoff game, but he is beloved in Philadelphia.
Take the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the most hated team of Eagles fans. In 1987, with the Eagles about to win the game, Ryan faked a kneeldown and had Randall Cunningham throw a long pass downfield. On the next play, the last one of the game, the Eagles scored a meaningless touchdown to run up the score. It was in retaliation for Cowboys coach Tom Landry using players who crossed the picket line against the Eagles’ replacements earlier in the season. Read more »
Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)
New Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got himself stuck in a New Jersey bathroom yesterday.
Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, tweeted about the situation last night.
It garnered close to 4,000 retweets, over 6,000 likes and many, many amusing replies. No follow-up tweets from Wentz yet on what bathroom he got locked in, but thank goodness for the attendants and “the other guy w/ the leg kick.”
Curious about the garden shears? So is everyone else.
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Prominent Philadelphia defense attorney Fortunato “Fred” Perri, Jr. has rebuffed an allegation that Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor sexually assaulted a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club.
“Nelson has not engaged in any criminal conduct,” wrote Perri, who is representing Agholor, in an email late Friday afternoon. “We’re confident that he will not be charged with a crime.”
Earlier today, Philadelphia magazine reported that a 27-year-old woman told police she was raped by Agholor inside the South Philadelphia club about 3 p.m. on Thursday. She filed a complaint later that night. Read more »
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor. | Photo by Jeff Fusco
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor has been accused of raping a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club, law enforcement sources have told Philadelphia magazine.
A 27-year-old dancer told police that she was raped inside the club, which is located on Front Street near Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, about 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Two other Eagles — defensive end Connor Barwin and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox — visited Cheerleaders with Agholor, the sources said. The club is just a few minutes away from the team’s NovaCare complex, where they wrapped up their last spring practice early Thursday afternoon. Read more »
(Photo | Jeff Fusco)
Sam Bradford officially came back to the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of days back when he faced the music of a prying media on the subject of his two-week holdout. And it was a painful comeback.
Bradford came off as a man resigned to the fact that he is not long for the team, saying he’d have to be “pretty naïve” to think he was in the long-range plans of the Eagles, now that they have drafted Carson Wentz.
In other words, Bradford is going to attempt to play this season as a lame duck quarterback, a man who must preserve himself from injury through a long NFL season in order to have another team interested in his services at the end of this year. That should engender a lot of confidence in him from this cryptic fan base, which will notice every yard Bradford does not put his body on the line for out of fear that he’ll get clocked. Read more »
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The Sam Bradford Issue hangs over the Philadelphia Eagles like a turkey buzzard. As much as the Eagles try to ignore it, it squawks and flies from tree to tree, peering down at the Nova Care center, waiting for a dead carcass.
The dead man walking is Bradford himself, the self-deposed quarterback who is living somewhere in Oklahoma, hoping the Eagles do the right thing and somehow trade him to the Denver Broncos. Read more »
Sandwich (photo | Big Q BBQ), Bradford (photo | Jeff Fusco)
Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has been acting kind of like an attention-starved child who just got a new baby brother ever since the team acquired the second overall pick in last week’s NFL Draft. Now, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has become Philly’s beacon of hope, and Bradford wants out.
Big Q BBQ in Levittown is cooking up an ode to what observers predict will be Bradford’s fairly imminent departure: the Sam Bradford sandwich. Chef Drew Abbruzzese chose each ingredient as commentary on Bradford’s trade demands and subpar play. Read more »