I suppose there's good news and bad news for residents of Graduate Hospital / Fitler Square / South Street West / whatever-you-like-to-call the area of the city near 22nd and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia. The bad news is that you can't watch an Eagles game at Doobie's, the cozy corner dive bar known for it's former lack of signage, its jukebox, solid beer selection, and not very enjoyable bathroom experience.
But that's been the policy of bar owner and self-described "animal advocate" Patty Brett for year's now.
For whatever reason, this was written about and given a short radio spot over at WHYY / Newsworks.org yesterday where Patty shared her decision to never forget:
"Because of what Michael Vick has done to those animals, I can't in good conscience support the Eagles while he's a member of the team," she said. "He murdered and tortured animals and I can't forgive him for that."
The guy drinking at the bar didn't much seem to care:
"I'm past it," he said. "I think what's done is done and he's paid his debt and he just wants to move on."
The good news for those aforementioned Birds fans in the G-Ho area? Well, Mike Vick's time on the Eagles certainly appears to be coming to an end. So you'll be able to catch a game at Doobie's in the not-too-distant future.
I'd probably suggest P&K, Grace, or Sidecar for a better game watching experience anyway.
I'm still waiting on the first Philadelphia bar to refuse to show Eagles games because of Matt Barkley.
>>While Vick plays for Eagles, games banned at Center City bar [Newsworks]
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Flyers winger Matt Read will miss approximately a month with an upper-body injury suffered in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Predators when he was checked by Filip Forsberg. Sources tell CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio the injury is an oblique muscle pull in Read's upper torso.
The 30-year-old has six goals and four assists for 10 points through 27 games. Five of those goals came in the Flyers' first five games.
To replace Read's roster spot, the Flyers recalled Taylor Leier and sent Scott Laughton to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. That likely means penalty-kill specialist Boyd Gordon (back), who is eligible to come off long-term injury reserve, will be activated.
Leier, 22, has been playing well with the Phantoms, posting six goals and 14 assists in 22 games (see Future Flyers Report). This is Leier's second stint of the season with the Flyers, albeit his first was short — one game on Oct. 25 in which he was a healthy scratch. He made his NHL debut last season and played six games.
Laughton was a healthy scratch the past five games.
If for some reason Gordon is not activated, the Flyers can call up another forward from Lehigh Valley. Jordan Weal is tied for second in the AHL with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 20 games, while veteran winger Colin McDonald is an experienced, bottom-six option.
A popular food vendor at Citizens Bank Park who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired.
Aramark, which operates food concessions at Citizens Bank Park, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that Emily Youcis is no longer employed after "publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values."
Youcis, aka "Pistachio Girl," tweeted Monday that she was let go last week.
Youcis was involved in a tussle last month outside the conference of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist group. Youcis tried to interview protesters, asking questions like: "Do you hate white people?" A protester spray-painted Youcis' hair and a photographer was bloodied. Some protesters were taken into police custody.
The conference drew headlines after some attendees evoked Adolf Hitler's Third Reich with cries of "Heil Trump" and use of the Nazi salute.
CSNPhilly.com added to this report.