Jillian King of The Week rates Pizzeria Vetri at Lincoln Financial Field among the best food choices in the NFL:
Not to be outdone by their bat-swinging next-door neighbors’ Federal Donuts location, the Eagles can now brag about not one but two new Pizzeria Vetri locations (one in the SCA Club, the other in the Panasonic Club). Each mini outpost of chef Marc Vetri’s popular Philly pizzeria of the same name bakes its pies in custom on-site brick ovens. The menu is limited to the only three items you need: margherita pizza, sausage pizza and rotolos, a Vetri signature that’s a pizza-dough rollup of ricotta, spicy soppressata and marinara.
Here’s been my food experience at The Linc so far this season, having sat in both the lower level (twice) and southwest terrace (once): terrible generic cheesesteak, soggy Tony Luke’s roast pork, awful Chickie’s and Pete’s buffalo cutlets, way too much Anheuser-Busch Goose Island on the concourse.
The problem is that most of the premium food options seem to be located in club and premium areas, at least compared to, say, Citizens Bank Park, where good food is quite accessible. It’s as if the Eagles decided that their season ticket-holding and tailgating mongrels would be just fine with terrible Bud family products and typical fare. I don’t have actual numbers to back that up, but I do find it substantially more difficult to find good food and true craft beer at The Linc than CBP.
And as for the lousy Chickie’s and Pete’s and Tony Luke’s offerings– I don’t blame them, I blame Aramark and their unique ability to turn palatable food into an unappetizing mush that someone may have… wait… yep, just sneezed on. The Schmitter had this problem at Citizens Bank Park, but it seems as though McNally’s was able to flex some muscle and get Aramark to take better care of their product.
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Mark Saltveit, who was excellent in discussing all things Chip Kelly on our podcast last week, dives deep into Kelly lore and tries to determine what the current S-8 stands for on the back of his play card:
As for the meaning, it’s interesting that the combinations [of numbers and letters] stick around for a few games at a time. You have to think it’s a way to identify different play sheets, implying that the Eagles’ offense changed for the Denver game. The much more successful S1 – S2 offense came in mid-season after the team settled on Nick Foles, and they went 7-1 the rest of the way before losing to New Orleans in the playoffs.
This is exactly why we had Mark on last week. You won’t fine this sort of perfectly nonsensical bye week analysis anywhere else. Well, unless you’re into fashion.
Assuming that most of you weren’t watching NFL Network last Wednesday night and that you’ve only seen the excerpts of Chip Kelly explaining how culture wins football and Nick Foles calling Darren Sproles a special dude, here’s the full five-minute video of Chip and Nick mic’d up last Sunday night. It features:
– more bro Mark Sanchez (“Nice toss, big fella. He made you look SWEET right there!”)
– Chip declaring that he needs the shutout (love this)
– Chip explaining the Eagles’ three-man weave in warmups
– Chip upset when Foles can’t recognize zone coverage (and then throwing interception)
– David Molk loving life (“LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!”)
– Foles aw-shucks-ing a “What the hell?” when Sproles nearly had his leg snapped off
– Riley Cooper brown nosing
– and more!
I love this team so much. Watch the full thing here– it’s well worth five minutes if you haven’t seen it.
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With the season they’re having, the Eagles must be having a lot of fun. And with the shutout of the New York Giants, many members of the defense have a game they’ll never forget. But for Mychal Kendricks, it’s all been a bit hard to watch, knowing he can’t be out there. Kendricks wants everyone to know that he’s doing what he can while sidelined, however, and said in a post on his website:
“I love the Philadelphia Eagles and all that we stand for and overall we are moving towards a much better team, not just on the field but off it as well. So watching our team thrive on the sideline has been great, but I can’t help but want to be apart of what we are building on the field. After the release of my bitterness came acceptance because it’s better I come back fresh from an injury than attempt to overwork myself and end up injuring myself further. After a short while I realized that there is a sideline advantage; instead of “watching”, I began “observing” the game. After knowing that I wasn’t going to get to play first frustrated me, acceptance gave me a chance to look at the game as a coach. So I began observing more intently and taking advantage of seeing the game from this perspective, since I don’t plan on being injured or not playing, this is something that I will probably not have been able to be acquainted with. Though I wanted so badly to play in every game, and jump in to every play, my acceptance of the reality, helped me see that what was to be gained was to continue to support my team and take in the game from this perspective while still learning and growing from this perspective.”
Kendricks has been out since Week 2, but knows the Eagles are doing great things. He said the Eagles goal, “fueled by our great fans,” is to win the Superbowl. He even hinted at the whole CULTURE WINS FOOTBALL thing:
“We are poking at an opportunity that we in a much different way than any other team has ever tried; we have all taken the leap of faith, and with hard work, persistence, and good group dynamics we can do exactly what we’ve all dreamed to accomplish together.”
Feel free to insert your own Rihanna joke right after the “poking at” line — such as: “Even if Kendricks failed when it came to “poking at” his opportunity to “poke at” Rihanna” — and we’ll all be looking forward to seeing Mychal back on the field.
Starting at about the 15-minute mark in the video after the jump, Bradley Cooper talks to Jimmy Fallon about his Eagles visor and the voice overs he did for the Eagles’ hype videos. Cooper said Jeff Lurie asked him personally to do it as a favor, and it took him about 90 minutes to run through the voiceovers for all of the Eagles’ opponents. Now that he’s doing theater in New York, Cooper says he realized from the reaction of Giants fans that he’s going to make enemies in the hometowns of the Eagles’ upcoming opponents — Dallas, Denver, Green Bay, etc. — since he’s surely got some choice lines in the voiceovers for those upcoming videos too. The Roots still have his back though.
This Thanksgiving, the Eagles will play the most anticipated mid-season season game in a long time, against the now 6-1 Dallas Cowboys. The mid-day matchup will be the culmination of all the “who’s better?” talk that kicked off once both teams hit 5-1. It may even feel more high tension than last year’s division-on-the-line Week 17 matchup. And halfway through that tension, you’ll see Pitbull.
Mr. Worldwide, the walking Bud Light commercial [Ed. note: I kind of like Pitbull.], will perform at halftime in Cowboys Stadium, just in time for you to explain to your relatives why that guy yelling in Spanish won’t take his damn sunglasses off.
Culture wins football. Culture cares. Chip may have told his team that it was F-ing late, but not late enough to prevent him from stopping by Jefferson to check on the opponent’s star wide receiver.
Also, does it not look worse and worse by the day for the NY Daily News and their silly cover?
“You better read. I ain’t playin’ around.”
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The Eagles have a lot of free time on their bye week, and while some may be relaxing or going out to party, Brandon Boykin is encouraging kids to read and bribing them with ice cream. As reported by Brian Hickey over at Newsworks, Boykin spoke to kids at Prince Hall Elementary School on Wednesday about the importance or reading. One super cool kid told Boykin he reads “Dictionaries [and] other large books,” like a total boss, but Boykin was there to serve in his role as the “leading voice” of the “READ! By 4th Campaign” to get 4th grade students reading at a 4th grade level. He even tried to bribe them:
If the kids keep up their end of the bargain by reading daily, he’ll return to the West Oak Lane to visit and, quite possibly, host an ice-cream party. (He joked that he would tackle those who don’t abide by the reading rules).
And as one of the only people in the Eagles secondary who is actually a good tackler, someone should tell these kids he means business.