Eagles Fan Shows Her Spirit

Eagles Fan Shows Her Spirit

The Phillies tried to roll out their idea for a "Goosebumps" marketing campaign before this season began.  We were unimpressed and scared.  On the other side of Pattison Ave, the Eagles appear to be giving their fans more than just goosebumps.

These photos were added to The 700 Level's flickr group last week and I decided to email the flickr user to get a better idea for the inspiration behind the photos.  The photographer, Cheryl, is a body painter.  Her subject -- and the huge Eagles fan -- is Pam.  We tracked Pam down for some questions.

The700Level: What was the inspiration behind this paint job? And why Kearse, he seems like an unlikely choice?

Pam: I wish I had some interesting inspiration as to why I chose to do this.
It's as simple as catching up with a friend! Also, being painted feels
awesome! It's almost therapeutic! I originally was planning on her
doing McNabb, buuuut, she talked me out of it! I don't mind supporting
Kearse, he never seems to let me down week to week.

T7L: Did you wear this in public or to the local bar on game day? Get any good reactions?  I'd think you'd be quite popular.

Pam: I don't go out in public painted either. Those pictures were taken at
Cheryl's house. I don't think I could do it to be honest! I am
comfortable with my body, but I am not comfortable with the sexual
attention I'm sure I would receive. Maybe for some great seats at a
game I could do it! I have never been to an Eagles game believe it or
not. Being a full-time students, funds are tight and I usually sit at
home with a friend and order in.

T7L: Was this a one time thing or do you plan to make this some sort of Sunday tradition?

Pam: This painting was only done once. Cheryl wanted the practice and I'm
always a willing volunteer. Don't think it's going to become a Sunday
tradition because it's very time consuming! Maybe I'll show some more
Philly pride when the Flyers start up!

T7L: Somebody get this nice young lady tickets to an Eagles game, pronto.

Thanks to Pam for the Q&A.  Her myspace can be found here.  And for the record, she predicts the Eagles will win by a David Akers field goal tonight against the 'Skins.

And if one of you ladies out there wants to show your spirit, the artist can be reached at
Cheryl Painter, About Face- Face Painting, Burlington, NJ 609-668-1619.

The700Level.com flickr group has been producing some great photos lately with 48 members and counting.  Feel free to join and contribute your own photos.

There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

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There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers and it is sad.

Not in the sense that it's a move that remotely affects anything about the current state of the Phillies. It's sad simply because Chooch -- lovable and awesome and wonderful Chooch -- is no longer a Phillie.

Chooch will be remembered for catching Roy Halladay's perfect game and no hitter and that little dribbler down the line in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, dropping to his knees in celebration with Brad Lidge making them World Effin Champions.

But mostly he'll just be missed. What a guy to have aroud for so long.

Roy knows how hard it is not to have him around. I guess Chase won't need his any longer since the two will be reunined with one last chance of glory in L.A.

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Jimmy Rollins. Then Chase Utley. Now Carlos Ruiz.

Thursday closed another chapter of the Phillies' golden era.

Ruiz, the Phillies' catcher since 2006, has been traded to the Dodgers (along with cash) for catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014. Utley, still with Los Angeles, was traded to the Dodgers in August 2015.

Ryan Howard is now the lone leftover from the Phillies' 2008 world champion club.

In 11 big-league seasons — all with the Phillies — Ruiz has hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage and has been lauded for his game-calling abilities. This season, the 37-year-old is batting .261 with a .368 OBP, three home runs and 12 RBIs in a reserve role.

"I met Chooch in 2009 for the first time and immediately sensed that he was a special player," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "But more importantly, over the years I grew to know that he is a special person. I'll miss him."

Ruiz caught Cole Hamels' no-hitter in July of last season, marking the catcher's fourth no-no behind the plate, tying him for most in MLB history with Jason Varitek.

"He’s a tremendous catcher and it just shows," Hamels said after no-hitting the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25. "If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be catching this many no-hitter, perfect games. All of us have been fortunate enough to have him."

(More coming...)

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

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HBO's Last Week Tonight

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

Charter schools. They're complicated!

After watching John Oliver's segment on them over the weekend, you'd agree there is plenty of nuance involved in the charter school debate. But also that some of them are dirty as all get out. An underground nightclub at a SCHOOL? Jeez. That can't be okay anywhere.

It's a solid segment. But it also took a couple of unneeded digs at the city of Philadelphia, its cuisine, and its sports fans.

That irked the Mayor of Philadelphia and he fought back today on Twitter.

"Agree on charter oversight but English soccer fan who eats fish from newsprint can't judge Eagles fans, cheesesteaks," Jim Kenney tweeted.

Take that you fish-eating Brit!

You can also watch the entire John Oliver segment from Last Week Tonight below.