Surprise, Surprise: The NFL Draft Is (So Far) Actually a Good Look for Philly (Mostly)

Photo by Joe Trinacria

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 »

Scenes From the NFL Draft in Philly

Fans arrive ahead of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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 »

The NFL Draft Explained for the Sports-Indifferent Philadelphian

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

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 »

You Can Cash a Check and Meet an Eagles Hall of Famer in Bensalem

Jeremiah Trotter. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles)

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 Release 2017 Schedule

Eagles 2017 schedule

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 »

Should We Get Behind Jeff Lurie’s Push for the Return of Kelly Green?

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria. Photos by AP

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria. Photos by AP

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made some noise recently when he confirmed, at his annual state-of-the-franchise address, that a leaked rule change proposed (and later rescinded) by the team was put forward with an eye toward reintroducing the classic kelly-green uniforms, last worn full time in 1995.

“I want to see us use kelly green as our alternate and Thursday-night type of uniform. The only thing blocking us is we can’t get the kelly-green helmet yet,” Lurie said on March 28th at the NFL’s owners meeting in Phoenix, making reference to the league’s one-shell rule. “That’s what we’re waiting for.”

Many Birds fans have cheered the idea of the return of the team’s iconic colors of yesteryear — but I’m a bit more skeptical. While I wholeheartedly welcome the idea of bringing back the true Eagles — the colors of Randall Cunningham, Reggie White, and rookie-year Bobby Taylor — what makes the faithful so sure that Lurie would not succumb to a number of tempting mistakes along the road to seeing that back onto the field? Read more »

Are the Eagles Going to Wear Kelly Green Again?

Randall Cunningham and Rich Kotite

AP Photo/Donna Bagby

Are the Eagles going to bring back kelly green as a third jersey?

The Inquirer’s Zach Berman has a report today about one NFL rule change the Eagles are proposing at the annual owners’ meetings next week. Currently, NFL teams must wear the same helmet throughout the season. The Eagles want to allow teams to have an “alternate helmet.”

Berman connects the dots and it’s obvious: The Eagles may be bringing back kelly green as a third jersey. Read more »

How the Eagles Helped Found Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House

Image via Google Street View

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a day to show off your Irish heritage (even if you don’t have any) and a day to celebrate the great contributions those of Irish heritage have made to this country. And it’s a day to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles — and not just because they wear green.

That’s right: The Philadelphia Eagles franchise is partly responsible for the creation of the Ronald McDonald House, which launched in Philadelphia in 1974 with funds made from the sales of McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes. Really!

The Eagles have a nice writeup of the story today. Here’s what happened: The daughter of then-Eagles tight end Fred Hill, Kim, had been diagnosed with leukemia. He retired, but the Eagles still contributed to fundraisers. That led to then-Eagles general manager Jim Murray talking with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia about what it needed.

Dr. Audrey Evans, a pediatric oncologist, told Murray that CHOP needed a place for parents to stay. The Eagles looked for a corporate sponsor to help out. McDonald’s agreed to donate 25 cents from a week of Shamrock Shakes sales to fund what would become known as the Ronald McDonald House. Read more »

Nick Foles Is Coming Back to the Eagles

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Nick Foles is an Eagle again.

This morning the Eagles announced they’d re-signed Foles to a two-year deal to back up Carson Wentz. The move means the Eagles are likely to trade (or even cut) last year’s backup, Chase Daniel.

Foles was a third-round draft pick by the Eagles in 2012. Originally Michael Vick’s backup, Foles started several games his rookie year once Vick got hurt. He was a backup to Vick in 2013, but became the starter again due to injury. His breakout game was in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders: Foles threw for 406 yards and an NFL-record-tying seven touchdowns. He ended up throwing 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions in 2013, making the Pro Bowl and leading the Eagles to their only playoff berth since Donovan McNabb left. Read more »

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