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 »

Here’s Why the NFL Draft Requires So Many Street Closures

Photo | Victor Fiorillo

Photo | Victor Fiorillo

The 2017 NFL Draft Experience will occupy the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and the steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (a.k.a. the Rocky steps) between April 25th-29th. But somehow the city has planned a month of street closures – no kidding.

Road closures and parking restrictions for the football event kicked off today – and if you’re not happy about them, you’re not alone.  Read more »

Prepare for Travel Madness on the Parkway This Week

Courtesy City of Philadelphia

Courtesy City of Philadelphia

We told you to start planning for the 2017 NFL Draft Experience earlier this month – and hopefully you paid attention. The biggest – and worst – bulk of street closures will kick in tonight and tomorrow – and they’re sure to cause traffic snarls, congestion, bike-lane detours and headaches galore.  Read more »

Ex-NFL Tight End From Philly Believes He Has CTE

Frank Wycheck

Frank Wycheck catches a pass in Super Bowl XXXIV | AP Photo: Susan Walsh

Frank Wycheck, a native of Northeast Philadelphia who played 11 seasons in the NFL, told a Nashville TV station he believes he has CTE.

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repeated brain trauma. Wycheck, a three-time Pro Bowler best known for throwing the lateral in the Music City Miracle play, tells Fox affiliate WZTV he suffered 25 concussions in his career.

“From 5 until I was done at 33, and I added it up to 297,000 collisions,” Wycheck said. “I was a linebacker and I was a running back, so I was hitting with my head every single time.” He says he suffers from headaches, depression, antisocial feelings, and light sensitivity. “I go into a room and forget why I went there,” he said. Wycheck went to Archbishop Ryan High School in the Far Northeast. Read more »

Philly-Area Man Has Chance to Take Down Patriots in Super Bowl

Matt Ryan

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One Philadelphia-area man can prevent the Patriots from winning the Super Bowl with just his arm.

That man is Matt Ryan, Exton native and quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan, a 2002 graduate of Penn Charter, led the Falcons to a 44-21 win in the NFC Championship yesterday. He’ll face the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Yes, a guy from Philly can stop the Patriots from winning their fifth Super Bowl. Since every Eagles fan knows our team will never, ever win one, this is something we can all get behind. Read more »

Is Malcolm Jenkins a Model for Protesting in the Age of Trump?

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins looks tired.

The Eagles have just wrapped up a practice on the Thursday after Election Day at the NovaCare complex in South Philly, and Jenkins settles into a dark leather chair in the corner of a small spare office. He’s wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, black pants, and a black Eagles T-shirt that looks like it’s made of those synthetic fibers that are supposed to make you sweat less when you exercise.

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Eagles Troll the NFL’s New Social Media Policy

Last week, news broke of the NFL’s new rules for social media, which went into effect last Wednesday. The rules prohibit teams from using video or GIFs during games and restrict the streaming of press conferences. Teams are also limited to retweeting the official NFL account for game highlights, and can post a maximum of 45 videos and/or animated GIFs on non-game days.

The NFL says the rules were developed in the summer, but many see them as a response to slightly sagging ratings this year, saying the league wants to control how fans see the games. Fines are $25,000 for a first offense, $50,000 for a second offense, and $100,000 for third and further offenses.

Following the new rules, the Eagles did not post any game highlights during a 27–20 loss to Washington yesterday. But after Malcolm Jenkins returned a Kirk Cousins interception for a touchdown to tie the game at 14, the Eagles had a bit of fun with the new policy. Read more »

How Beyonce Made Football a Protest Space

Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016

Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016

When “Formation” came out during Super Bowl Weekend, the height of American consumption, culture and entertainment, the opening image of the music video featured Beyonce atop a police cruiser in a flooded New Orleans. There was much to be unpacked in the imagery that coursed through the video, and while many fawned over the instances and message of bad-assery accompanying all things Beyonce, there was an undeniable power in those images in a music video showcasing not only a renewed Beyonce, but also the best leveraging of her brand: politicized, policed and persistent Blackness.

There’s been a litany of thought pieces about her use of a New Orleans styled setting evoking not only the tragedy of southern racism — a thing we still like to assign to geography as if racism’s waters don’t dampen things here up North — but her supposed co-opting of Katrina, the flood that drowned a city and tsunami-ed a black population out of the city. It was seen by some as an insult, an affront to the actual ordeal. A friend who spent some time in New Orleans around Katrina shared this sentiment: “I feel some kind of way about her using the Katrina/New Orleans stuff though.” The argument here being that of cognitive dissonance; that Beyonce — famous, rich, beautiful, presumably untouched by the taint and turmoil of Katrina — was therefore somehow aloof about the importance of utilizing those images and that setting; that, in essence, she had no right to do so.  Read more »

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