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 »
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 »
Next year’s Super Bowl halftime show may be getting a dose of Wyomissing, according to new reports from RadarOnline.com. According to a piece published today, pop star Taylor Swift is in talks to headline next year’s show.
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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 »
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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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:
Katy Perry can’t dance.
I first noticed this last year, when I was invited to attend her concert in Philadelphia. Of course I said yes. I’m a fan of pop music, and though I’d never gone out of my way to listen to a Katy Perry song that did not feature Kanye West—I’ve done “E.T.” at karaoke—I figured I’d know a few songs and enjoy the spectacle even though the show was, I guess, aimed at children.
I did enjoy it. But what was weird is I literally knew every single song Perry played. I had no idea how much Perry had taken over the pop landscape. I didn’t realize her songs were that catchy. She was more of a star than I expected.
So Perry performing at the Super Bowl halftime show made sense. But, still, she can’t dance. What I noticed at the Wells Fargo Center this summer was that Perry solves this problem by involving copious amounts of props in her shows. So many props. And because she’s now been on the landscape for many years—her breakout hit, “I Kissed a Girl,” was released in 2008—she’s gotten quite good at knowing what props to use.
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Football fan or not, you’re probably going to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. And more than likely, there’s going to be copious food and drinks involved.
Whether you’re hosting a bash at your place or crashing a friend’s party, here are my foolproof tips — plus a few recipe swaps — for keeping to your healthy-eating goals on track. Read more »
If your favorite part of the Super Bowl — maybe even the only reason you watch the Super Bowl — is the halftime show, then you will certainly appreciate this workout playlist. This week, we’ve brought you tunes from just about all of the Super Bowl halftime performers of the past 15 years. We’ve got everyone from Aerosmith to the Black Eyed Peas to this year’s Katy Perry —and of course, Janet Jackson. Listen, sweat, and try not to freak out too much when you realize that Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction occurred over a decade ago.
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In the spirit of Super Bowl season, videographers across the nation are producing ads in the hopes that their videos find a spot on your search feed Monday when you’re goggling “Super Bowl ads.”
The particular helmers responsible for the above “SHOCKING Super Bowl COMMERCIAL 2015 (GAY KISS)” have gone all out with the taglines: “Super Bowl Commercial “Queer Beer.” TOM BRADY GAY?” And we don’t mind it one bit.
Check out the video, which is a fake ad for Queer Beer that features gay YouTuber Davey Wavey, above for lots of guy-on-guy action in the Super Bowl locker room.