Eagles Add Garces, Vetri and McAndrews to Team

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Last season the Philadelphia Eagles offered food from Kevin Sbraga at Lincoln Financial Field. This year the Eagles and Aramark are teaming up with Jose Garces, Marc Vetri and Peter McAndrews. For the 2013 season fans will be able to get dishes from each of these chefs at various spots in the stadium including on the main concourse, Headhouse Plaza and the club levels.

Look for more details on the food at Lincoln Financial Field to be released next week.

GPFFL Commish Stepping Down

Dear GPFFL Members,

I am officially withdrawing from the commissioner election for GPFFL. This was a very difficult decision for me after spending three wonderful years in this role, but I feel it’s time for someone else to take the lead. I will be finding out later today if I won my election for the National Gay Flag Football League board but win or lose, I am still not seeking reelection for GPFFL. Last year, Scott Dinkins encouraged me to throw my hat in the ring for the NGFFL so that Philadelphia has strong representation on the national level. This year, I participated in the NGFFL Gay Bowl Task Force which created a true A and B division – which our Revolution got 2nd place in the B division and had a much more competitive experience than we have in the past.

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Turkey Fry at Varga Bar

Usually a Sunday with an Eagles versus Cowboys game is a big deal. But  not this Sunday, this Sunday it’s a dud. And Chef Evan Turney is marking the turkey of a game at Varga Bar by frying turkeys outside of Varga Bar.

The turkeys will be served with a choice of two sides: roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet yams, pecan leek and sausage stuffing with sage, sauteed kale, and orange cranberry chutney. Each plate comes with mushroom gravy, and costs $30 per person. The turkeys will be run from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and there will also be whiskey and beer specials throughout the day.

Varga Bar [Official Site]

Vetri and Garces Set for Gridiron Showdown

Thanksgiving football games have long been a tradition of local high schools but this Thursday morning will be the latest chapter in another rivalry. Employees of Jose Garces and Marc Vetri will be squaring off on Thanksgiving morning at Franklin Field. The game is in its fourth year with Vetri’s squad ahead two games to one.

More than just bragging rights are at stake as the winning side receives a $5,000 to its foundation. The game kicks off at 9 a.m. and Foobooz will be there with live coverage. See you there or online.

Garces Family Foundation [Official Site]
Vetri Foundation for Children [Official Site]

Monday Night Football Fiestas at Distrito

Distrito is bringing back their Football Fiestas for another season. Every Monday throughout football season Distrito will be serving up endless tacos and enchiladas for $25 a person from 8-10 p.m.. If that wasn’t enough of a deal, Dos Equis Amber and Lager will both be $2 during the special. The big game will be shown on the flat screens downstairs as well as projected on a big screen in the upstairs lounge.

What kind of enchiladas and tacos, you say? We’re glad you asked. Read more »

NFL Player Pens Pro-Gay Letter

Chris Kluwe had gone where pretty much no other pro football player has gone in this country when he penned a scathing letter in support of LGBT rights recently. The Minnesota Viking, whose brother-in-law is gay, admits he wrote the letter in response to the Maryland House’s Emmet Burns, Jr., asking the owner of the Baltimore Ravens to censor Brendon Ayanbadejo after he defending marriage equality. Both the Ravens and Kluwe say that they support the linebacker’s right to free speech.

Here’s the letter in its entirety:

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Good Beer and the NFL

We’re always looking for ways to watch the NFL while drinking better beer than comes in aluminum bottles. City Tap House seems to be speaking directly to us with today’s Belgian Beer Blitz celebrating the kickoff of the NFL season tonight.

The University City mega-beer bar will be serving up St. Bernardus Wit, St. Bernardus Tripel, Abbe de Rocs Tripel, Duchese de Bourgogne and Nostradamus Belgian Brown this evening.

City Tap House won’t be the only bar serving good beer with football today and this weekend. Keep checking back to this post for the latest good beer deals we find.

49ers: It Gets Better

The San Francisco 49ers have become the first NFL team to stand up for LGBT rights. Team members recently launched a video for the It Gets Better Project. The 49ers’ video comes after a successful petition drive, led by one fan – Sean Chapin – who rallied more than 16,000 people to sign his petition encouraging the players to speak up.

“With their It Gets Better video, the 49ers are shining a golden beacon of hope to LGBT youth, and as a gay man, I enthusiastically applaud their courage and leadership,” says Chapin. “This is a proud day for San Francisco, as two of our professional teams have taken a bold stand against bullying. Let’s hope this is only the beginning, and that more NFL and professional sports teams around the country take this opportunity to speak up on behalf of LGBT fans and kids.”

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

All photos courtesy of GPFFL

Do you smell it? That’s football in the air. And if you picture yourself tossing around the old pigskin this season, the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League (GPFFL) is looking for a few new players. Whether you’re a rookie or an old hat at the game, registration for the fall season has officially opened online. New this year, the league’s website also features a guide to the game (think: Flag Football 101), calendar of events and official team store.

There are two ways to sign up:

Go online and click “Join Today.” To sign up, you’ll need a valid credit card using Pay Pal. The initial startup fee is just to get you registered. Unlike in previous seasons, you will not be able to submit your registration form unless it is accompanied by a credit card payment.

You can also sign up in personally at Open Play events in August (see below), but it’s first come, first serve. If you wait too long you may miss out on a position.

How much does it cost?

If you pay before August 21, you’ll earn the early Bird Special of $60. If there are slots open after August 22, the registration fee is $70. Full-time undergraduate college students (proof required) get a discounted rate of $40.

Why do I have to pay to play?

Your money goes to the overall cost to pay for referees, the fields and insurance. It also gets you a team t-shirt.

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