I thought the whole "one" campaign which the Eagles are using as a theme this year was pretty cheesy at first. But late in the 4th Qtr. yesterday when they ran one of the pieces on the fan-o-vision I thought it was pretty fitting and cool. Another one of the great pieces they ran on there was the intro music from Superman to Donovan walking out onto the field in slow motion. It went a little downhill when they tried to use the horrible Three Doors Down or whoever sings that song "you can call me superman."
We took the El down to the stadium and got in the parking lots around 9:30 and it was COLD. Nice little tail gate spot set up with some huge mounds of snow blocking the wind. The wind was the killer. Standard tailgate, but people were amped up for this one, everyone was confident. I spent about an hour in McFadden's which warmed me up a bit, great crowd in there.
The crowd in the game was like nothing I've ever seen or heard. I think the loudest it got, other than a few insanely intense third down plays, was when they showed T.O. dancing around on the fan-o-vision and then he started "flapping his wings." The place went nuts! After Donovan rushed for 6 yards to get a first down to clinch the game, he got excited and did a couple fist pumps which got the Linc rocking! BDawk was as intense as ever, he really got the crowd to make some noise every single play.
Couple pictures from yesterday:
I'd like thank the nutty guy in the green EagleHead hat above for hooking me up with a ticket!
So now it's on to the Superbowl! Good Bill Lyon article today about Finally getting over the hump. The Patriots are a great team and the Eagles will have their work cut out for them, but as I've been saying for a long time, never doubt our chances when we have number Five running the show. John Clayton writes a good piece analyzing the strengths of both teams on ESPN today.
How’s this for an awesome deed?
Eagles offensive guard Brandon Brooks took to Twitter to show a heartfelt message, that included a photo of a new car he purchased for his father.
In the tweet, Brooks revealed the mindset his father has instilled in him growing up, not wanting to be average and more.
Nice gesture, Brandon.
PITTSBURGH -- The ice on Friday afternoon at Heinz Field was watery and slushy.
That’s because the city set a historic record at 78 degrees for Feb. 24.
So what were the ice conditions?
“They were pretty good,” said Sidney Crosby. “It was pretty bright there. Started off the practice and the sun was beating down pretty good.
“I’ve played in a few of these and the ice was pretty good considering how warm it was. It’s supposed to cool down and I’m sure it will get better.”
The Penguins will host the Flyers on Saturday night in a Stadium Series outdoor game.
Pittsburgh took the ice Friday at 4 p.m. The Flyers got on the ice a little more than an hour later and things started to cool down.
“We had a pretty good practice given the circumstances,” Jakub Voracek said. “This is a little better setup than Philly. The fans are closer.”
It was much hotter when Pittsburgh took the ice, but the temperature was still warm after the sun went down.
Shayne Gostisbehere said, “It was hot for sure. … It was fun, but it was pretty hot.”
Defenseman Radko Gudas said the ice surface was, “playable, but a little rough.”
On Saturday, rain is expected, with temperatures falling to 42 degrees by 5 p.m.
During the game, which begins at 8 p.m., the temperature is projected to continue to drop and there will be wind gusts up to 31 mph. By the end of the night, the forecast says temps will be in the 20s.
Players are more concerned about the wind than the ice at this point. Crosby, who has played in three previous NHL outdoor games, said wind is a huge factor. It happened to the Penguins at the 2014 Stadium Series game in Chicago.
“It can definitely be a factor,” Crosby said. “I want to say in Chicago that was something we kind of had to look at. We felt it a little more there compared to the other two [outdoor games]. If it going to get windy like that, it’s something to be aware of.”
It remains to be seen how the NHL will handle which team goes into the wind first.
“Yeah, the wind,” Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet of what element will be a big factor. “I hope you don’t have to backcheck. Who gets the advantage? They change in the third period. But who picks what end? There is a wind factor.”
Tocchet rated the ice Friday as “a little slushy.”
“It was good early and then it got tough because it was hot outside,” Tocchet said. “But we got a half-decent practice out of it.
“The one thing, the puck didn’t bounce, which was good. Players can adapt a lot better when the puck doesn’t bounce. When things bounce, it’s a tough night.”