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Carson Wentz and Jeremiah Trotter will make appearances at the NFL draft in Philly

Carson Wentz and Jeremiah Trotter will make appearances at the NFL draft in Philly

The 2017 NFL draft is just over a week away from taking over Philadelphia.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and former Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter will also make appearances at the draft. Wentz will make an appearance on Thursday, while Trotter will be there on Friday.

The Eagles hold the No. 14 overall pick and have a number of directions they can go with their selection (see story.)

The NFL draft can move slowly at times, but there will be plenty of attractions and games to keep Eagles fans occupied at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway until they're on the clock. Some of these games include running routes against NFL players or spinning the ball like Tom Brady by throwing Hail Mary's into a drop-in net.

Here's a full list of the games below:

* Zip to the Future presented by Oikos Triple Zero – Fly over NFL Draft Experience on a 100-yard zip line. Reservations will be made available to use the zip line via Fan Mobile Pass.

* Combine Corner – Fans will be able to race against NFL players and test their route running abilities at the Combine Corner.

* Vertical Jump: Fans will be able to participate in the same workout players do at the NFL Scouting Combine.

* 40-Yard Dash: Digital NFL players will line up alongside fans on a 40-yard long LED wall, as fans can compete in a realistic 40-yard dash.

* Hail Mary – Test your long-distance accuracy by throwing a deep pass over defenders into a drop-in net.

* Oikos Triple Zero Field Goal Kick – Attendees will be able to test their ability to kick a field goal through NFL uprights.

* Touch Pass – Master one of the most difficult throws for an NFL quarterback by throwing the ball on an arc over a defensive player and into a net.

* NFL Virtual Reality – Fans will be able to experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

And here's a list of the attractions at the draft:

* NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium.

* ESPN Set – Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.

* NFL Network Desk presented by Ford F-Series – Take your seat behind the NFL Network Total Access desk and break down the game.

* NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.

* NFL Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Hall of Fame memorabilia, a full collection of 50 Super Bowl rings, Conference Championship trophies, and a chance to create your own digital Hall of Fame bronze bust.

* NFL Auction Prizes and Giveaways – Located in the NFL Museum, stop by for cool giveaways and chances to win unique NFL instant prizes for registered fans. View game worn and signed memorabilia available only on the NFL Auction website, and learn about the charities and foundations that the NFL and NFL Auction support.

* Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans will be able to take a photo with the Super Bowl trophy.

* AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek transparent LCDs.

* College Football Corner – Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first-round draft picks and Eagles legends and cheer on draft prospects. There will also be life-size player mannequins.

Chase Utley makes unreal play to save perfect game before no-hit bid ends in walk-off fashion

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Chase Utley makes unreal play to save perfect game before no-hit bid ends in walk-off fashion

Chase Utley has always had a flair for the dramatic.

And not just with his bat or hustle, but also with his glove.

Who can forget this clutch, heads-up play?

At 38 years old, Utley still throws around his body like he's 24 and in his rookie season. The former Phillie showed his signature full-out extension in a huge moment Wednesday night.

Pitching in the eighth inning against the Pirates, Dodgers starter Rich Hill had not allowed a runner to reach base. That looked like it was going to change when Josh Bell laced a liner destined to drop in right field. Utley then stunned everyone at PNC Park by preserving the perfect game bid with a jaw-dropping diving catch.

The best is Utley's typical stoicism, just getting up and acting like, no big deal, one down, fellas.

His teammates had the opposite reaction. They were in amazement, as seen below.

Believe it or not, Hill took a no-hitter into the bottom of the 10th inning when he lost it — and the game — on Josh Harrison's walk-off blast for a 1-0 defeat (see story).

Baseball is a funny game. Right now, the Dodgers are the best at it with an 89-36 record, 13 games ahead of the next closest teams (Nationals and Astros).

Before you know it, the playoffs will be here — and we all know Utley is bound for some October dramatics.

Philly fan takes one last jab at his beloved Eagles' futility in his obituary

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Philly fan takes one last jab at his beloved Eagles' futility in his obituary

Jeffrey Clayton Riegel was a wonderful husband, uncle, brother, and son. He was also a Philadelphia Eagles fan with a pretty good sense of humor.

At least according to his obituary.

Mr. Riegel died on Aug. 18, 2017, at 56 but it appears he had enough time to have some fun on his way out.

His obituary reads relatively standard on the Wimberg Funeral Home website, naming all of the family he leaves behind as well as mentioning some of his favorite greetings for different people and some of his nicknames — some people called him "Toad."

But it's this part that will have Jeffrey smiling in the great beyond:

God gave Jeffrey the miracle of time to prepare which allowed him to verbalize his last wishes. He requested to have 8 Philadelphia Eagles as pall bearers so the Eagles can let him down one last time.

Touche, Mr. Riegel, touche.

Say hello to Reggie, Jerome, and Buddy for us. Maybe they haven't heard a boo in a while, who knows.