Philly Prepares for Chaos Pending Outcome of Sunday’s Eagles Game
Plus, the Philly area to get its first indoor pickleball facility. And we may soon break a record for snowlessness.
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Greased Poles, Barricades and Street Closures: It Must Be the NFC Championship Weekend
With the wild celebrations that followed the Phillies’ unexpected march to the World Series not too distant a memory, city officials are preparing for the worst (best?) ahead of Sunday’s Eagles NFC Championship game at the Linc.
City workers have been installing steel barricades in the more popular post-game party areas, such as along Broad Street. Poles will be greased. (I’ve heard some have been already.) Police will be out in force. And we’ll just have to wait until Sunday a little after 6 p.m. (barring overtime) to see how this is all going to play out, how many arrests will be made, and how much of a cleanup effort will be required to deal with the mess.
As for street closures, don’t plan on driving anywhere near Center City after (or even near the end of) the Eagles game. Police plan to block all traffic from 8th Street to 20th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street (that’s one hell of a big box!) beginning in the last quarter of the Eagles game.
Eagles fans: Be careful out there! And behave yourselves, even though I know you won’t…
Things We Didn’t Know We Needed
The Philly area will get its first indoor pickleball facility this May (at a cost of about $4 million), by which time I hope to finally learn what pickleball is.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet, embroider, quilt or knit, these weekly events at the Free Library are for you.
Sleds Gathering Dust
We’re in a snow drought. And we are one week away from matching an all-time record for snowlessness.
Bucks County Continues to Suck
School librarian says officials told him to take down a quote from Elie Wiesel’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech thanks to the school district’s new anti-advocacy policy, which was basically created to make sure there are no rainbow flags in classrooms.
If you thought the mayoral pool was deep, it’s got nothing on the pool of candidates or potential candidates for City Council at-Large, with activist Erika Almirón adding her name to the heap today.
Here is the list of potential candidates who have filed paperwork with the Board of Ethics as of last Friday:
Kendra Brooks (incumbent)
Christopher Gladstone Booth
Katherine Gilmore Richardson (incumbent)
Ogbonna Paul Hagins
Jonathan Hankins Sr.
John B. Kelly III
Ronald Frank Martin
Isaiah Thomas (incumbent)
Whew! Don’t feel bad: I’ve never heard of a good number of these people either. Though Will Mega is certainly, uh, entertaining.
And if you’re wondering why you don’t see incumbents Sharon Vaughn or Jimmy Harrity on the list, the answer is that they still have plenty of time to get their paperwork in. And David Oh isn’t on there because he’s planning to give up his seat to run for mayor.
Trouble In South Philly
The battle over FDR Park heats up.
And from the It’s-Almost-Time Sports Desk …
Just a reminder that THE EAGLES PLAY FOR THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP at 3 on Sunday! The Wall Street Journal sang a fun (really! It’s fun! Even though it’s the WSJ!) paean to Jordan Mailata on Thursday. And lookee who was named the NFL Executive of the Year.
Congratulations to Eagles GM Howie Roseman on being named the NFL executive of the year by the Pro Football Writers Association.
(Getty Images/Mitchell Leff) pic.twitter.com/9BZIpa3biI
— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) January 26, 2023
(We’ll, uh, reserve judgment on our opinion on that.)
While you’re laying in the green hot-dog buns and chilling the green beer and picking up your green crullers, there’s other stuff to do.
From cupcakes to green beer, Philly restaurants, bakeries and bars are all in on the Eagles' playoff run. Plus: Where to celebrate and get a Bird Dog this week.https://t.co/MFg1sy8KjQ
— Philly Mag (@phillymag) January 25, 2023
For instance, the Sixers host the Nuggets, complete with Nikola Jokic, on Saturday at 3 p.m. Some people think Jokic should win the league MVP, but those people are wrong. Oh, just in case you were wondering:
Top-selling jerseys in the NBA pic.twitter.com/1hLkn9drUm
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) January 20, 2023
You know what you need to go do. Speaking of the Sixers, he’s pissed, and we are, too.
Joel Embiid leads the league in PPG and isn’t starting the All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/fJ8rGafWas
— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) January 27, 2023
To console yourself, you could head out to the Eagles Drone Show (or at least look up) at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Eakins Oval!
Turning to college hoops, last night, Drexel flew to Greensboro, North Carolina, to face the Aggies of NC A&T. The Dragons had things well in hand:
Dragons have the lead at the half! pic.twitter.com/dDyjumBJWx
— Drexel Men's Basketball (@DrexelMBB) January 27, 2023
Um. The second half was not as happy.
Final from Greensboro
The Dragons return to action on Saturday against Elon at 4 p.m. pic.twitter.com/8wbvkAKJ32
— Drexel Men's Basketball (@DrexelMBB) January 27, 2023
In further news, here’s the weekend’s lineup. On Saturday, Temple plays at the University of Central Florida at noon, Harvard comes to Penn and La Salle is at Rhode Island at two, and Drexel stays in the South to play Elon at four.
Sunday sees Villanova pitted against the Providence Friars at the Wells Fargo Center at noon, which could prove problematic, since the Eagles have a little bitty game to play at the Linc that same day. (Villanova is recommending Wildcat fans arrive for the game before 10:30 a.m.) St. Joe’s also plays at noon on Sunday, at George Mason.
Yesterday, the Flyers played.
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