“Toys for Tots” Party at Chima

Kristin Pultro, Nick Albater and Amanda Giddings,

Last night the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. and Philadelphia Eagle Jeremy Maclin – along with his foundation JMac Gives Back – teamed up to collect more than 600 toys for Little Smiles Pa. In an evening filled with holiday cheer, city leaders and business executives from across the region gathered at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Center City. During the evening the Eagles’ “Green Magic” bus arrived with a donation of 300 toys, which Zarwin Baum and Maclin will deliver to Shriners Hospital for Children on Thursday. The remaining toys will be distributed by Little Smiles Pa. to other area hospitals.

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Jim Kenney’s Mean Girl 101

Jim Kenney, Chris Christie

Jim Kenney, Chris Christie

Like most people who were tweeting from the Linc on Sunday night, I’m going to assume that Councilman Jim Kenney wasn’t putting much thought into his 140 characters.

An Eagles fan, the possible mayoral candidate was annoyed when he spotted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie snuggling up to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the skybox. Here’s what that looks like:

Admittedly, part of me likes that a Philly politician would not only publish those tweets but defend them. Councilman Kenney – who has a history of Twitter tantrums – didn’t take them down, explaining, “I have a big nose and he has a fat ass. Just as life deals you.”

But, as much as I enjoy Philadelphia’s unique brand of feisty real-talk, I can’t help but think the same thing I think every time someone attacks Christie for his weight: Kenney sounds like an idiot, and he probably needs a hug.

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Cowboys Fan Chris Christie Watches Game from Jerry Jones’ Box

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Last night was pretty much a total loss for the Philadelphia Eagles. The team fell into a 21-0 hole in the first half but rallied to take a 24-21 lead — only to lose lose to the hated Cowboys, 35-27. Making it worse, after two consecutive losses the Eagles are now likely to miss the playoffs after starting the season 9-3.

Making it even worse: Chris Christie was in the owner’s box with the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones! How will Christie-loving Northeast Philly Republicans vote in 2016 now?!

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Is It Already Time to Plan for the Eagles’ Next QB?

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles season is far from over and already the provocateurs on Philadelphia sports talk radio are speculating about next year and the years after. The favorite topic of the speculation set is the future of the quarterback position, ripe with options.

  1. Start Nick Foles next year
  2. Re-sign Mark Sanchez and start him (less popular after the Seattle game where Sanchez was less than mediocre)
  3. Trade with the Washington Redskins for Robert Griffin III, also known as RG3, and start him.
  4. Draft the quarterback of the future and start him or let him play behind Foles for a year.

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5 Reasons to Fear Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys Game

Photos | USA Today Sports. Tim Heitman (left), Dennis Wierzbicki (right)

Photos | USA Today Sports. Tim Heitman (left), Dennis Wierzbicki (right)

The Eagles playoff chances dangle at the mercy of the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, and this mantra keeps echoing in my head: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Why should I feel this way? The Eagles dominated the Cowboys on one of the best Thanksgiving Days any Philadelphia fan could have. They proved they were the better team, even though the mercurial Mark Sanchez was the quarterback. The Cowboys’ vaunted offensive line crumbled like feta cheese that day — and that is supposedly the best element of their team. In addition to that, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a notorious December choker, and he’s taking the field with cracked rib cartilage and a double fracture in his backbone.

I’m not a sky-is-falling guy. I consistently urge folks to move past that Philadelphia fan mentality of impending doom. And yet I have this nagging feeling that we could lose Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys game, finish with an 11-5 record, and perhaps lose the final wildcard playoff spot via an NFL tiebreaker. (For the Birds to survive after this, the Cowboys would have to lose one more game this season).

To sort this out in my brain, I yield to a bullet point presentation:

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Former Philadelphia Eagles Player Keith Carlos Wins America’s Next Top Model

keith carlos top modelFormer Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Keith Carlos was crowned America’s Next Top Model on Friday during Tyra Bank’s long-running reality show’s season finale. This makes Carlos the first man to win the competition, since ANTM started including male models last season.

According to FOX 29, Carlos beat out 30 other men and women for the top prize, which earns him a contract with Next Model Management and a spread in Nylon magazine.

In a statement to Zap2It, Carlos said, “”I was very surprised that I won, because Will was such a strong model and Adam was so red-hot towards the end. The fact that I came through and pulled it out was very surprising for me.”

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CB West Counselor Blames Child for Post About Eagles Die-In

Yesterday, protesters held a “die-in” after the Eagles game. Clergy leaders with Philadelphia Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild organized the die-in to protest the decision not to issue indictments in the police killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. After the game, protesters laid in the street at Broad and Pattison for four minutes, 30 seconds — as die-in protesters have done in previous protests.

About 200 attended the protest. Some of the protesters were met with derision by fans leaving the Eagles’ 24-14 loss to the Seahawks.

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Jim Kenney Honors “Fly, Eagles Fly”

Yesterday in City Council, at-large councilmember Jim Kenney issued a resolution (in full below) honoring “Fly, Eagles Fly.” Perhaps this is away to endear himself to the city’s Eagles fanbase if he runs for mayor?

The resolution honors the song’s writers, Charlie Borelli and Roger Courtland. “Charlie used to tickle the ivories [at Palumbo’s] and it was there I learned he’d co-written the song. He used to play it himself at the restaurant,” Kenney said. “It’s one of those iconic songs that everybody gets regardless of race or ethnicity or age, you go to the Linc and after every score the drums start.”

Yes, the one song that truly transcends race is “Fly, Eagles Fly.” Wait, that might actually be correct in this town.

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