A Weekend in South Philly Part 1

A Weekend in South Philly Part 1

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.


Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

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Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.

Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator. 

Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).

Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon, where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans. 

Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator. 

Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

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Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

The Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.

Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack. 

“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”

King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.

“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said. “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”