Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson seems like a pretty self-aware dude. He let down the team last year when he tested positive for a banned substance (his second offense) and was suspended 10 games, a fact he himself offered to reporters following his return.
Lane knows that he owes us one, and he’s dying to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia.
“I have a lot to prove to this city,” Johnson said after the team’s open practice at the Linc on Sunday. “I think if we have a few big years and make the playoffs, if we win a Super Bowl, I’m giving out beer to everybody.”
Did he just say free beer for everybody after a potential Super Bowl victory? I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate myself.
But as ESPN’s Tim McManus points out:
According to the 2016 census, the city of Philadelphia has a population of around 1.5 million. Of that number, roughly 75 percent are adults. If he bought a drink for every of-age man and woman in Philly at $3 a pop, he’d ring up a bar bill of around $3 million.
That’s a lot of cash! Luckily for Johnson, Bud Light stepped in and offered to pick up the tab for what will only be the most raucous party in Philadelphia history.
My only question: Does this pledge roll over like cellphone minutes or do we have to win it all this year?
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Fans and media gather on the red carpet before the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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It was last Thursday when Tara Peters decided she was going to do it. Just like that, Monmouth University had a Super Bowl commercial.
Right before the second half of the Super Bowl, viewers tuned in to FOX 29 in the Philadelphia area saw an ad for Monmouth that featured the men’s basketball team.
Peters — Monmouth’s associate vice president of university marketing and communications, and a 1994 graduate of the school — thought about buying the ad spot all week. The deciding factor was what you might expect: money.
“There ended up being a break in price because we committed so late,” Peters tells Philadelphia magazine. She wouldn’t share how much the Super Bowl ad cost, but said the school used its existing marketing budget. Read more »
Losing quarterback Matt Ryan walks off the field after the Patriots erased a 25-point deficit to the Falcons to win the Super Bowl | AP Photo: Tony Gutierrez
Matt Ryan grew up in Exton.
That’s 45 minutes to an hour outside of Center City Philadelphia, but it didn’t stop local media from localizing his story as a Philly guy, even if Rolling Stone went to Exton and couldn’t find anyone all that excited about the Super Bowl.
There’s sometimes a debate around these things. Is Villanova a Philly school? Whenever Mike Trout — the Millville, New Jersey, native who’s put up superhuman numbers in his first five pro baseball seasons — is in the local news, people point out that Millville is about an hour outside Philly, too. The debate over Matt Ryan and Philadelphia is a little silly, of course, since he did attend high school in the city (at Penn Charter).
But even if he didn’t, the localization of even tenuous connections is always going to happen. Local media, especially television stations with a large coverage area, are going to try to find someone connected to any major national story. The local news still interviews disgraced Tour de France winner and Lancaster native Floyd Landis (about his new marijuana company!)
But there can still be a debate about whether these athletes are from Philly. Except for Matt Ryan, of course, who proved last night that he truly is an athlete from the City of Philadelphia. Read more »
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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.
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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 »
Which Super Bowl commercials were a hit and which ones were just lame and bizarre?
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This weekend is all football talk, and if you, like me, do not care at all, this week’s workout playlist is designed specifically to help you drown it all out. Put some headphones in, get your sweat on, and avoid everything Super Bowl this weekend. I mean, besides the Puppy Bowl and the party guac. Because, well, duh. Read more »