In a 24 hour period over the weekend I was in all 3 of the major venues in South Philly. I got hooked up with a ticket to watch the Eagles preseason home opener Friday night and went to the And1 Mixtape Tour at the Wachovia Center followed by sitting on the field at Citizen's Bank Park rocking it out to Jimmy Buffett on Saturday night.
I was at the Linc with perfect seats at the 45 yard line, Eagles' side, the perfect spot to see Terrell Owens catch a great pass from Donovan Mcnabb on the opening play; unfortunately, I was buying a beer. Horrible. I heard the cheers at least. This seems to happen to me a lot. The game in which Jim Thome hit his 400th home run last season, I was walking through the turnstile when the crowd erupted.
So Terrell was never really booed. He never gave the fans a chance to do so. Who would have thought he would take the first play of the game for six? Not surprisingly, Donovan and T.O. showed no sign of celebration together. Donovan was looking out for T.O. when he got tackled in a questionable horse-collar tackle.
The Eagles looked tremendous in the first half and gave the fans a lot to be excited about this year. Donovan hit three different receivers for a TD including a nice effort by rookie Reggie Brown. Cinci's offense was completely shutdown by a great showing from the Eagles.
To continue with all things Owens, T.O. was excused from today's Eagle's carnival.
Posts about And1 and Jimmy Buffett at Citizen's Bank Park coming later. Phone cam pic after the jump.
Forward Savon Goodman has enrolled in graduate classes at La Salle and will play the 2016-17 season with the Explorers.
“Savon is the perfect addition to our team next year,” La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini said. “He shoots a great percentage and rebounds and defends with a tough, athletic style of play. He was a key part of an Arizona State NIT team and has had big games against great competition.”
Goodman, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Arizona State and is not subject to transfer rules.
Goodman averaged 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 28 contests as a junior in 2015-16. He shot 55 percent from the field overall.
In leading Constitution High School to the PIAA State Championship as well as the Philadelphia Public League title during his senior year, Goodman earned Public League MVP honors.
A piece of modern baseball history will be on display in Philadelphia for the next couple of weeks.
The original contract Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947 that allowed him to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball will be featured at the National Constitution Center from May 26 until June 5.
Mikalai Kontilia, CEO of Collectors Cafe, the company loaning the contract to the Constitution Center, brought both the Dodgers' document and the contract Robinson signed with the minor league Montreal Royals in October 1945 to The Comcast Network's Breakfast on Broad show on Tuesday morning.
"What's amazing is, these contracts, finally, after 60-some odd years, have been unearthed, discovered and the American people can finally see the Jackie Robinson contracts," Kontilia said.
The Dodgers' contract plays an important role in American history, and not just in terms of sport. Many people point to then-Dodgers owner Branch Rickey's signing Robinson as a starting point in the American civil rights movement.
Kontilia said a historic documentarian appraised the contracts at a value of $36 million.
For more on the contracts, check out the segment from Breakfast on Broad.
Photo credit of Robinson signing contract: DodgersNation.com.
As the Eagles kicked off their second round of voluntary OTAs on Tuesday morning at the NovaCare Complex, the team’s best player was still MIA.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is staying away from the team as he awaits a long-term contract extension for big money. He hasn’t been at any of the team’s voluntary workouts this spring and the first mandatory date isn’t until June 7.
As the Eagles install a new defense, how much is Cox missing?
“It’s voluntary, so you can only do so much,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Tuesday afternoon in a near-30-minute press conference. “Fletch was drafted in a scheme similar to this. He’ll catch up. But I’m sure there will be some carryover for him. I assume he’s a fast learner and I assume he’ll pick things up quickly.”
Without Cox on Tuesday, veteran free agent pickup Mike Martin worked with the first-team defense at tackle next to Bennie Logan. Last week, at the first open OTA practice, Taylor Hart filled in for Cox.
When asked if he has spoken with Cox since taking the job, Schwartz declined to comment, saying he prefers to keep private conversations with players private.
And by the third consecutive Cox question – this one about how Cox will eventually fit into his defense – the veteran NFL coach was ready to move on.
“Why don’t we do this: that’s probably enough Fletcher Cox speak,” Schwartz said. “Let’s just talk about the guys that are here. I really can’t comment on the guys that aren’t here. I haven’t had any experience with those guys. So anything I’d say would really be hypothetical, to tell you the truth.
“I did look, as the whole defensive staff did, we evaluated last year, what guys did. And he certainly had an impressive year last year. And we think that scheme-wise and technique-wise, what we’re going to do is going to fit him very well.”