NATIONAL NEWS: Anti-Gay Bill Might Harm Atlanta’s Super Bowl Bid

Jason Getz | USA Today Sports

Jason Getz | USA Today Sports

The NFL is speaking out against Georgia’s recently passed “religious liberty” bill.

Georgia House Bill 757, which will allow institutionalized LGBTQ discrimination, has received opposition from the National Football League. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement, “NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.” In other words, Atlanta, which has been named a finalist for 2019 and 2020 Super Bowl consideration, might not make the cut. Other organizations, including Google and Apple, have also publicly criticized the legislation. Read more »

5 Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials, Picked by Philly Ad Agency

Which Super Bowl commercials were a hit and which ones were just lame and bizarre?

Which Super Bowl commercials were a hit and which ones were just lame and bizarre?

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers weren’t the only ones fighting for supremacy on Super Bowl Sunday. Advertisers were battling for the top spot, too. With a $5 million price tag on a 30-second commercial, the stakes were high. Did advertisers take advantage of the 115 million people watching, or did they waste their money? Here are the spots that scored, and the ones that dropped the ball. Read more »

Takeout for a Winning Super Bowl Party

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Fish tacos from Buena Onda, just one Super Bowl takeout/delivery option.

Whether you’re rooting for the Panthers or the Broncos (or Team Fluff, for you Puppy Bowlers), one thing we can all agree on is that it isn’t a true viewing experience without consuming an unhealthy amount of food.

Unless you’re dedicated to spending most of the day in your kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of great takeout options to make party planning a little easier.

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A Guy From Philly Nicknamed “Philly” Is in the Super Bowl

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown (10) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown (10) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium.

Corey Brown didn’t want to be called “Philly.”

It makes sense. Plenty of people drop their college nicknames when they leave school. Corey Brown only became Philly Brown to differentiate him from the other Corey Brown already on Ohio State’s football team.

He was always Corey Brown before that: While playing for the Oxford Circle Raiders as a little kid, while starring at several positions for Cardinal O’Hara in high school. Then he went to college and became Philly.

While he told Comcast SportsNet before the 2014 NFL Draft he didn’t want to come back to the city. “I don’t want to go back. It’s just not a place where you want to raise a family, not right now at least. Besides, I want to go somewhere hot.”

He ended up with the Carolina Panthers, and called himself Philly Brown. He played in 13 games his rookie year. He announced he was going back to Corey Brown — and his college number, 10 — after his rookie year. But after dropping a bunch of passes in preseason, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was going to call him “Philly” again.

“I’m going to call him Philly,” Rivera said. “Philly catches the ball. Corey is a nice young man.” Read more »

Eagles Win Super Bowl (in Alternate Dystopian Future)

Homefront: The Revolution is an upcoming video game where you play a resistance fighter in Philadelphia. But this isn’t a game set in the Revolutionary War. The plot, according to Kotaku: “Set in an alternate timeline where Korea and other Asian nations form a federation before invading the U.S., Homefront places you in the shoes of a fighter in the Philadelphia resistance.”

The game’s latest trailer actually shows the city rendered pretty faithfully, especially the skyline (though the placement of houses seems to be a bit wonky). That’s okay, though, because of something I spotted in recently-released gameplay footage. Read more »

We Got the Pope. We Got the DNC. Now Bring Us the Super Bowl.

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo credits | Super Bowl banner, Ken Durden; Super Bowl Logo, Leonard Zhukovsky; Lincoln Financial Field, Ffooter; all Shutterstock.com

Philly, maybe it’s time to admit it: We’re a world-class city.

Our leaders have touted that as an aspiration for years, generally to much mirth and eye-rolling from the citizenry — and for good reason: We know ourselves too well to take the pomposity of a such a statement too seriously. We know we’re a long way from being perfect. Read more »

This Is Why Your Girlfriend Freaked Out When Missy Elliott Hit The Stage

Singers Katy Perry, left and Missy Elliott perform during halftime of NFL Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.

Singers Katy Perry, left and Missy Elliott perform during halftime of NFL Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.

My ears perked up as soon as I heard the opening notes to “Get Your Freak On” on Sunday night. It couldn’t be — could it?

But then, one by one, the Super Bowl party girlfriend couch snapped to attention. Then my phone blew up with increasingly excited emojis (perhaps there were no words, perhaps we’re all borderline illiterate at this point). This was happening — Missy Elliott was joining Katy Perry for the halftime show.

It’s not that Katy wasn’t great. She was beyond great, from her animatronic tiger entrance to her frighteningly catchy — possibly illegally so — medley of hits. I’m in the minority here, but I find her dancing to be fairly adorable.

But Missy Elliott?

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30 Super Bowl Memes for Those of Us Who Were Forced to Sit Through the Game

You know who you are: You hate football for the entire season, but for one cold Sunday evening a year, you plop yourself in front of the television and pretend to watch two teams that you know nothing about run up and down a field for three hours. In truth, you have no clue how to even play football and you’re really only watching the Super Bowl for the commercials, halftime show (which was awesome!)—and to see what Johnny Weir wore during the pre-game segment. The Internet feels for you, as evident from this collection of sparkling memes:



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