In Philadelphia Sports, It’s 1972 All Over Again

Illustration by Gluekit

Illustration by Gluekit

Housing values are soaring in Point Breeze, Grays Ferry and Kensington, of all places. The restaurant boom continues along East Passyunk Avenue. Millennials are piling into the city like someone is giving away participation trophies. All this energy and optimism is new and deeply confusing for people who view Philadelphia through an older, more cynical lens.

It’s no doubt a comfort to this veteran crowd, then, that the city’s major sports franchises are still reliably floundering. Sure, the Eagles have won 10 games in each of the past two seasons, but the team did miss the playoffs last year for the third time in four seasons. Similarly, the Flyers have whiffed on the post-season twice in the past three years, and the Phillies are suffering from a crippling hangover after their binge of success from 2007 to 2011. And at least those three teams are trying to win. The Sixers attempted to lose ’em all on purpose over the past two seasons — and were out-tanked twice.

It’s the grimmest time to be a Philadelphia sports fan since 1972. Read more »

The Secret Life of Chip Kelly

Illustration, left,  by Viktor Miller Gausa (stadium: iStockphoto/Thinkstock; Kelly: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images). Photograph, right, by Douglas Levy

Illustration, left, by Viktor Miller Gausa (stadium: iStockphoto/Thinkstock; Kelly: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images). Photograph, right, by Douglas Levy

I am in pursuit. It’s late May, and I’m spending a few days driving all over the southeastern corner of New Hampshire, that plug of land that gives the Live Free or Die state a right-of-way to the sea. Random inlets of crystalline water lap small towns built around proper squares and painted white. Many are older than America itself.

This is where I’m searching for Chip Kelly — a revolutionary masquerading as a football coach — even though I’m sure he’s in Philadelphia, with his team. Read more »

Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin: “I Like Riding My Bike”

Connor Barwin | Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Connor Barwin | Photograph by Jeff Fusco

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is apparently in membership-drive mode this week, and it looks like they roped Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin in on the campaign. He’s featured in a quick PSA, posted online this week, explaining why he supports the Bicycle Coalition and bike riding in Philadelphia.  Read more »

Just Listed: Connor Barwin’s Super-Cool Rittenhouse Condo

Left: Jeff Fusco | Right: BHHS Fox   Roach, Center City Walnut

Left: Jeff Fusco | Listing Images by OBEO Photographers via TREND/BHHS Fox & Roach, Center City Walnut

Connor Barwin, everyone’s favorite world-changing, bike-riding, Jane Jacobs-quoting member of the Philadelphia Eagles, just listed his super-cool condo in Rittenhouse for $1.25 million. Don’t freak out, Eagles fans. We know the past few weeks have been wild and crazy, but Barwin’s not going anywhere, except for some new digs of course.

As you know, Barwin’s style skews towards a hipstery/millennial/guy-with-great-hair kind of vibe, and it certainly shows in his home (note the Miles Davis poster and eclectic furniture). Read more »

Flight Market At Lincoln Financial

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If you’re too eager to wait for the next Night Market, you can check out the new Flight Market at the Lincoln Financial Field. The event takes place on Sunday, April 19 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Sponsored by The Food Trust, the event will have food trucks a flea market, as well as entertainment for the kids and live music.

You can purchase your tickets now for a discounted $12 right here. On April 1, the ticket price goes up to $15.

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The Market at Maglio’s Is Giving Away 500 Pounds of Sausage to Eagles Fans

market-at-maglios-940The brand new Market at Maglio’s at 3632 S 3rd Street (3rd and Pattison) is offering a pound of sausage to the first 500 fans that present their Eagles tickets for this Sunday, December 14th. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

So before you park and tailgate, swing by Market at Maglio’s and pick up you hot or mild pound of sausage and then get that grill going. With its location close to the stadiums, and the market’s selection of sides, meats and cheeses, Maglio’s pre-game, might become a tradition.

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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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VIDEO: Watch Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin Ride Around Philly on His Bike

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

And the subway. According to this ESPN piece, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin is all about making Philly a greener, healthier place to live, both through personal efforts and community activism. Watch the segment below to see how he’s doing it.

(Note: We’ll forgive ESPN’s Rick Reilly when he refers to Point Breeze as “Breeze Point.” Doh.)

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Eagles Offensive Linemen Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans

Photos: George Gojkovich/Getty Images (Mathis); Associated Press

Photos: George Gojkovich/Getty Images (Mathis); Associated Press

Interview by Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus

PM: At what point in your lives did you realize that you had a chance to play football professionally?

TODD: Probably my junior year in college.

EVAN: In ninth grade, I wrote a journal and said I was going to make straight A’s in high school, and I was going to go to Alabama and play football and baseball and then go to the NFL and then go to the WWF. Obviously, everything there was far-fetched. It’s not like I was good at anything at that age — except writing journals.

TODD: The old Twitter.

EVAN: [laughs] The old Twitter.

PM: Is wrestling still in the plans?

EVAN: Nothing is off the table yet.

TODD: Except for baseball at Alabama.

EVAN: Yeah. Baseball at Alabama was a failure.
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