11 must-visit attractions for Cowboys fans attending the NFL draft in Philly

11 must-visit attractions for Cowboys fans attending the NFL draft in Philly

Jeff Lurie and the Philadelphia Eagles are a very hospitable bunch so they're going to go out of their way to make sure all of the football fans descending upon Philadelphia for the NFL draft this week have a wonderful experience.

And Philly fans are known as being some of the most welcoming and gracious in all of sports.

So in keeping with that spirit, we thought we'd put together a handy list of destinations that any Dallas Cowboys fan who is in town for the draft could use to get a truly authentic Philly experience.

1. The Center City Applebees (215 S 15th St.)

This is a football event after all, so you'll want to start things off with a frosty beverage. Nothing better in the City of Brotherly Love than a nice Appletini to start the day off right.

2. Piercing Pagoda (at the Cherry Hill Mall)

Sure, you could get a Dallas Cowboys tattoo of a mascot peeing on an Eagle somewhere along South Street while you're in town but you're from Texas or more likely North Philly so why not just get something pierced.

3. Bob’s Big Boy in Marlton, NJ

I've never actually been here but my buddy Evan suggested it. 

4. The Pet Shop from Rocky (J & M Tropical Fish, 2146 N. Front Street)

The Liberty Bell is broken and the Rocky Steps are obstructed by a big stage this week. So if you want a truly authentic Philly history experience, head over to Kensington to check out the pet shop from the original Rocky flick. Cuff and Link are allegedly still alive.

5. Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant (Off 95 Near the Sports Complex)

If you're flying into Philadelphia International Airport and taking I95 towards the sports complex, a tour of the Wastewater treatment plant right before the Girard Point Bridge will bring back plenty of memories of Dallas.

6. Finnegan’s Wake (537 N. 3rd St.)

If Philly is known for anything other than pretzels and cheesesteaks, it's that legendary bro drinking culture. Nowhere better to experience this than with the fun people at Finnegan's Wake on Spring Garden. Fitting to its name, the place has died down a bit in recent years.

7. Auntie Anne's (Amtrak's 30th Street Station)

Speaking of soft pretzels, right when you arrive at 30th Street Station you can get one of the most authentic Philly pretzels around at the Auntie Anne's kiosk. Try one of the pretzel dogs as well, a hipster favorite in Philly that not many people know about.

8. Cleveland, Ohio

9. Talen Energy Stadium in Chester

You'll want to pay your respects to Philly's amazing sports culture. So head down to beautiful home of the Philadelphia Union soccer club and take a stroll in the lovely neighborhood surrounding the beautiful waterfront property.

10. Primanti Brothers (46 18th Street, Pittsburgh, PA)

You can't come to Pennsylvania without trying an authentic cheesesteak. Nowhere better than one of the Primanti Brothers locations. Pro Tip: Just type "46 18th Street, Pittsburgh" into your Uber app and let the driver handle the rest.

11. Geno’s Steaks

If your first cheesesteak experience doesn't work out, head to where it all started at 9th and Passyunk. Be sure to show off your Tex-Mex bona fides and order a "Me gustaría filete con queso y cebollas." And don't be shy with the toppings. Try some mushrooms, mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce, ketchup, peppers, etc. Go wild!

And enjoy all of the Philly hospitality you receive.

The Game of Zones-Joel Embiid mashup you didn't know you needed

The Game of Zones-Joel Embiid mashup you didn't know you needed

There are times in all of our Internet lives when we come across a piece of content that we don't quite understand, that we didn't really know we needed, yet fills our black Philadelphia sports fan hearts with joy anyway.

Today is one of those days.

And that piece of content is this Game of Zones x Embiid mashup.

If you're unfamiliar, this is the latest in Bleacher Report's fun take on a Game of Thrones / NBA mashup.

There's the mountain of a man that is Joel Embiid laid up with a presumably bum knee. There's the Temple of Shirley potion to give him life. There's the maester Sam Hinkie shouting off his analytics spells. There's Hinkie talking about growing the seeds and reaping the harvest. There's a terrifying looking Dario. There is a raising of the cat. 

Perhaps the best part is Jahlil Okafor attempting to hold the door.

What does it all mean? I don't know. But I trust it.

Jim Harbaugh takes blame for Jim Schwartz handshake feud

Jim Harbaugh takes blame for Jim Schwartz handshake feud

With one season in Philadelphia under Jim Schwartz’s belt, Eagles fans are well aware of the intensity the defensive coordinator brings to the sidelines. But before joining Doug Pederson's staff, Schwartz attracted plenty of attention during a five-year stint as head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013. A highlight of his tenure in the Motor City developed a new wrinkle this week.

Maybe the most memorable moment during his time in Detroit was the unnecessarily ugly midfield feud in 2011’s Week 6 with then-49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Schwartz marched to midfield for the postgame handshake after his Lions took their first loss of the season. Harbaugh, a usually-excited guy with cause for a little extra enthusiasm after a fourth straight win, came in too strong for Schwartz’s liking. Schwartz chased down Harbaugh as he ran for the tunnel and the two exchanged some choice words. Coaches and players flocked to the tussle. What started as standard postgame procedure became the national talking-point nobody needed for the ensuing week.

The six-year-old incident returned to the conversation this week with Harbaugh, now the head coach at the University of Michigan, admitting on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast (and as transcribed by ESPN) that he was to blame for things getting out of hand. 

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake," Harbaugh said on the podcast. "We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. ... There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as a loser. You just, 'Nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong."

On top of discussing his gifting Pope Francis a pair of Jordan sneakers and his theory that bringing a glove to catch a foul ball is acceptable for fans, Harbaugh went on to explain the last time he got in a real fight, as opposed to the silly scrum that went down at Ford Field that fateful day. He was 39, at the end of his days as a player, and got into it with two men at a restaurant.

"I did not win," he said. "I cannot say I won. I didn't get crushed, either. I got some blows in."

Harbaugh has a reputation for his passion, and the handshake debacle with Schwartz was no exception. It’s just that his passion often translates to doing things in a non-traditional way. He’s the khakis guy, always sporting his trademark dad-pants on the sidelines — he even tucked an Allen Iverson jersey into them once. He’ll do anything to get a leg up in recruiting, for example, sleeping over at a recruit's house for some “Netflix and Chill.”

Schwartz, similarly, is frequently fired up, and that aggression bleeds into his defensive scheme. 

Harbaugh is in the college game now, so the development in this nearly forgotten exchange isn’t life-changing. But if he ever returns to the pros, it’s good to know a postgame handshake with Schwartz wouldn't revive any bad blood.