Watch the entire 1980 Phillies Championship Parade in all its 80's glory

Watch the entire 1980 Phillies Championship Parade in all its 80's glory

I stumbled upon a pretty rare YouTube gem this afternoon which is the entire broadcast of the 1980 Phillies Championship Parade on PHL17. Some of you old heads may remember this day rather well, but many of you probably weren't even born yet when the Phillies first took their first float ride down Broad Street. This video gives a remarkable look back at what things were like in 1980.

The parade took place on October 22nd, 1980. I was about a week away from being born. A few observations:

- Announcers and reporters on PHL17 included Bob Bradley, Howard Eskin, Dan Baker, Gene Hart, and Sid Doherty, before Harry Kalas takes the mic for the ceremony.

- God bless television of today. We like to mock whichever host or announcer annoys us a little too much every game, but look at the footage from this telecast and compare it to the camera quality and angles we have today. We're downright spoiled.

- 10-20 people deep in center city according to the telecast

- The victory celebration at the end of the parade took place at JFK Stadium, the long destroyed venue perhaps best remembered for hosting Live Aid back in 1985.

- The shots of the Philly skyline barely look recognizable. No Comcast Tower obviously, but also no Liberty Place I or II. Or any tall building really. What a different city.

- At around 21:30 or so in the video, the crowd breaks through the barriers in center city and starts running down Broad Street alongside the Phillies on the flatbeds. This is by far the best part.

- Former umpire Eric Gregg joins the telecast around the 30:30 mark

- Johnny Callison, a Phillies great who your father probably told you about having a great cannon, joined the telecast around 43:30

- Del Ennis joins around 49:00

- Harry Kalas takes over the announcing duties at JFK Stadium around the 57:15 minute mark

- I think one random Phillie is wearing an Eagles hat

- The players -- including Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Pete Rose, and Tug McGraw -- start taking the mic around the 1:05 mark.

- Tugger and Michael Jack the best speeches. Both keep it short and sweet but Tugger takes a little jab at New York which was kind of funny.

Spot something we missed? Share it with a what time it's at in the comments.

Some screen caps from the video:

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Eagles' defense outplays Vikings' top-ranked unit

Eagles' defense outplays Vikings' top-ranked unit

The Eagles’ defense had two challenges on its mind Sunday. First, there was the challenge of outplaying Sam Bradford and the Vikings’ offense. Just as important was the challenge of outplaying the Vikings’ top-ranked defense.

“We wanted to be the better defense out there,” Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said. “We wanted to match their intensity. That was the whole thing. That’s all we talked about — let’s be the best defense out there today. We wanted to make sure we were the most dominating defense in the game.

“We wanted to get more sacks, get more turnovers … that was our whole goal.”

In a clash of two of the NFL’s top defensive units, the Eagles beat the previously undefeated Vikings 21-10 Sunday at the Linc (see Instant Replay).

The Vikings defense was very good. It held the Eagles to 14 offensive points and forced four turnovers, but also had no sacks.

The Eagles’ defense was better. It held the Vikings to 10 offensive points, forced four turnovers and recorded six sacks.

If you watched this game and had to guess which defense is No. 1 in the NFL, you’d guess Eagles.

They were that dominating.

They outplayed the best defense in the game.

“We think we’re the best defense, but they’ve been playing great, and they were the best defense coming in,” Eagles safety Rodney McLeod said. “We knew it would come down to whichever defense played the best.

“You could see that the first quarter. We’d make a play, they’d make a play. But you’ve just got to keep on chopping. After the last two games, we wanted to get back to playing Eagles defense, and I feel like we did that.”

McLeod, linebacker Jordan Hicks, Connor Barwin and Graham led a ferocious defensive effort that saw the Eagles batter former teammate Sam Bradford, who absorbed his first loss as a Viking (see 10 Observations).

The Eagles sacked Bradford six times, intercepted him twice and mauled him snap after snap after snap. By the time the Vikings got in the end zone, with half a minute left, it was already a three-possession game.

Neither team had an offensive play longer than 29 yards.

“We think we’re the No. 1 defense in the league,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “We think we can be that and should be that if we go out and play the way we’re supposed to.

“We have to do that every week. But we think we can hang with any defenses out there. And we have a lot of respect for that defense across the field, and we knew we would have to show up for us to even have a chance to be in this game. Because that defense is ranked No. 1 coming into this thing.

“But we also feel we’re the best defense in the league, even though we haven’t played like it. But this is the opportunity you want. On the main stage, you’re coming into our home, and this was our opportunity to face the best defense in the league, and I think we showed our worth.”

The Eagles, who looked nothing like a top defense the last two weeks in losses in Detroit and Washington, improved to 4-2 and dropped the Vikings to 5-1.

Six games in, the Eagles’ defense is allowing just 13.5 points per game. That’s No. 2 in the league, behind only … who else … the Vikings at 12.8 per game.

“For us, it’s a battle of the defenses,” Hicks said. “And we always want to be the best defense on the field and put our team in a position to win.”

Bradford has been sacked more only once in his career, back in 2011 with the Rams, when the Redskins got him seven times.

And after opening the season with no interceptions in four games, the Eagles picked him off twice.

Whatever it takes to get motivated. If it works, it works. And this Eagles' defense was clearly motivated by that No. 1 ranking the Vikings brought to town.

“It motivated everybody,” Fletcher Cox said. “We knew in order to win this game we had to be good up front, and the last two weeks we weren’t very good up front. But we got back to basics and went out and played a physical football game.”

Hicks had 11 tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss and two pass knockdowns in his finest game of the year. McLeod became the first Eagle since Quintin Mikell in 2007 with a sack, forced fumble and interception in the same game and added seven tackles. And Graham picked up his fourth sack to go with five quarterback hurries and a forced fumble (see Standout Plays).

The Eagles got back to the way they played defense the first three games of the season. They’ve now held their opponents to 14 or fewer points in four of six games and won them all. In their two losses, they’ve allowed 24 and 27.

“Pride … call it what you want, we knew we had to play well today,” Hicks said. “This defense has a certain standard, and it doesn’t matter what anybody else does, it matters what we do, and ultimately if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing, we’re going to be a top, top, top defense.

“For me, it’s not about them. It’s about us and what we do.”

Frequent blitzes lead to success for Eagles vs. Vikings

Frequent blitzes lead to success for Eagles vs. Vikings

Jim Schwartz’s entire defense is predicated on getting pressure on quarterbacks with just the front four.

On Sunday he blitzed. And blitzed. And blitzed.

“He’s not predictable,” linebacker Nigel Bradham said of his defensive coordinator. “That’s the main thing. Scheme-wise, you don’t want to keep putting the same thing on film all the time. You gotta switch it up. I think he takes that approach. And he knows when to do it and when not to.”

By the time the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Eagles’ 21-10 win over the Vikings (5-1) at the Linc (see Instant Replay), Sam Bradford had spent most of his return trip to Philadelphia on the seat of his pants, thanks in large part to linebackers and safeties generating extra pressure.

Bradford was sacked six times and the Eagles (4-2) finished the afternoon with 12 quarterback hits (see Roob's 10 observations from the win).

Many of those big plays came from zone blitzes, definitely not a calling card of Schwartz’s defense.

“He’s willing to adjust to win the game,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “He’s all about putting us in the best position to have success. So when you feel like something’s working or we have an adjustment we can make, he’s more than willing to make that adjustment.”

How little do the Eagles normally blitz? Well, according to ProFootballFocus, the Eagles had blitzed just 30 times in 181 dropbacks (16.6 percent) coming into Sunday. Against the Vikings, they blitzed on 11 of 47 dropbacks (23.4 percent). 

On those 47 Bradford dropbacks, the Eagles generated 20 quarterback pressures.

“They played aggressively, they were blitzing a lot,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. “I would too. We didn’t pick up anybody, so you might as well.”

According to PFF, Bradford entered the game with a passer rating of 108 under pressure. His passer rating under pressure on Sunday was 16.4.

Throughout the afternoon, the Eagles tried to do things they knew he didn’t like. That’s where many of the zone blitz concepts came into play. Jenkins said the added knowledge of Bradford from his time with the Eagles aided them in disrupting him on Sunday.

Jenkins explained that the Eagles’ blitzes on Sunday were zone blitzes, not man, so the defense was able to watch Bradford throughout the play. “It’s a little tough to see where those are coming from,” Jenkins said.

It certainly seemed like Bradford didn’t see them coming on Sunday.

“I think that anytime you know a quarterback on the other team and kind of know strengths and weaknesses, and things like that, just trying to give him some different looks and put some pressure on him from different areas,” Pederson said. “It was a great game plan. The guys executed it extremely well.”

When asked if the Eagles blitzed more on Sunday than they have shown on film, Bradford answered with one word: “Yes.”

They sure did.

By the end of the afternoon, Bradford was sacked six times by six different Eagles: Jordan Hicks, Bradham, Rodney McLeod, Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham and Steven Means (see standout plays from the win).

Sunday was the first six-sack game the Eagles have had since 2014. It was the first time Bradford has been sacked six times in a game since 2013 and just the fourth such game of his career.

“There were some curveballs that Jim put in, to get on the quarterback and blitz a little more,” Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox said. “I think we did a great job of timing the blitzes out.”

While the Eagles blitzed much more against the Vikings and their depleted offensive line than they normally do, Schwartz’s defense is still predicated on getting pressure without them.

Still, Sunday was fun, wasn’t it?

“It’s always fun to blitz,” a smiling Bradham said.

Now the Eagles have proven they can. And will.