pic via (@NFL_MEMES)
Every year, I do a Top 10 Philly Sports Moments of the Year post. It starts around December 18th or 19th and goes through until New Year’s Eve. For the first three years running the site – 2009, 2010 and 2011 – it was fairly easy to come up with 10 moments (in fact, so easy it became hard because there were so many). But for the last two years it’s been more difficult. In fact, I’ve spent the past month or so thinking about it and, before yesterday, this was my plan: #10– Eagles opener against Washington, #9-2– nothing, #1 The Southwest Philly Floater.
That’s how bad the year was– La Salle, no offense to them, owned the top sports moment of the year.
Well, that’s all changed now. The Snow Bowl is, as they say, an instant classic. And I know of no other way to recap it than to just hit you with a flurry of images, screen caps, tales, stats and other assorted nonsense from yesterday.
Let’s hit it!
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These are the images from the live running commentary (from various sources, including Twitter, Nike, the Eagles and others)
The live running commentary as it happened.
The Eagles and Lions kicked snow at each other before the Lions attempted an extra-point.
Is this the worst Eagles fan in the world, with his iPad in Ziploc during Snow Bowl?
DeSean Jackson did Lil Terrio’s ohh kill ‘em dance while the six-year-old Vine sensation was in attendance. He stayed with DeSean the entire weekend.
LeSean McCoy, the best photo ever, and great Eagles social media work:
Jeff McLane of the Inquirer with a great story about how the Eagles landed Foles:
One day during the 2012 offseason, Marty Mornhinweg turned on the college tape of Nick Foles and liked what he saw. So he walked down the second floor corridor at the NovaCare Complex and into Andy Reid’s office.
“I said, ‘Have you seen this Foles kid?’” Mornhinweg said recently to The Inquirer. “So he watches him, likes what he’s watching and says, ‘Where’s Doug?’”
Doug Pederson, the Eagles quarterback coach, was on the road. He was working out other quarterbacks and by coincidence was scheduled next to be in Phoenix to visit Brock Osweiler, the 6-foot-7 Arizona State quarterback.
“We’re like, shoot, let’s get him over to work out Foles instead,” Mornhinweg recalled. “So we had our people redirect Doug to Tuscon.”
A lot of people were talking about the reporter who asked Chip Kelly if he called shitty plays in the first half. This was actually a joke in response to Kelly, who had remarked earlier this week that he wasn’t smart enough to call “shitty plays” to trick opponents into falling asleep. The question, and Chip’s response, I believe were jokes.
The official stat sheet from the game.
Zoo With Roy’s Frozen.
Ray Didinger called for an end to fantasy football on Postgame Live. He’s venturing dangerously close to (also from Zoo With Roy)…
Of course Cary Williams took credit for the offensive play calls:
“It was funny, Cary Williams was the one who came up to me, and he was like, ‘Coach, this is what you’ve got to do because you can’t make up speed if the guy makes a stick move on you just because of the footing,’” Kelly said. “Cary was kind of the one, and it’s coming from a defensive guy saying, ‘Hey, if you have an opportunity to either throw a post or throw a corner route, it’s hard to make up.’ Finally we hit Riley (Cooper) on it, it was almost like that kind of got us going, got our confidence back a little bit, and then we got rolling there.”
“I really don’t comment on anything that goes on offense,” Williams said after the game. “I just try to handle my business. I figured if I was going through it, then those other defensive backs were going through it. If it was difficult and frustrating for me then I’m sure it was difficult and frustrating for them. I just relayed the message, and coach (Kelly) has enough confidence in me that he relayed the message to the offense.”
Two great quotes from Chip Kelly– one on the WIP Morning Show today, another during his press conference:
“It was kind of like Madden Football. We put the no-kick on.”
On blocked PAT: “We couldn’t return that. We weren’t playing Alabama.”
Molly McGrath loves rulers and she’s down with four inches but prefers eight. Here are sexy pictures of her.
Meanwhile, Kacie McDonnell brought Aaron Murray to the Winter Snow
Eat Dat Pussy fired the fuck up:
Perhaps the coolest sports tradition on Earth.
Marcus Hayes chose fairly land to set the scene. Can’t say I hate it:
RESILIENCE somehow defeated hypothermia and malaise and, ultimately, resulted in a happy delirium.
Brent Celek slid in the snow 10 yards shy of a sure touchdown then giddily ran back to the huddle, the game in the bag. Lane Johnson flopped on his back, looking like a snow angel in the end zone.
Over 3 1/2 hours of whiteout insanity, the Eagles turned a nightmare before Christmas into their own wintry fairy land.
Derrick Gunn overheard the Eagles remind officials that the Lions d-line often lines up offsides. The Lions d-line got six penalties yesterday.
Why Canada never wins the Stanley Cup, by the numbers.
One fan (@dasjoshua) took a picture using Google Glass:
What the field looked like after the game.
Vincent Lecavalier is out 3-4 weeks with a broken back, of sorts.
Zac Rinaldo is a moron. He played four seconds on Saturday and got 27 minutes in penalties:
WrestleChat.net is reporting that Santa Clara has beat out Philadelphia for Wrestlemania. They’ve been ahead of this story, so I trust them. Official announcement expected Tuesday.
This is creepy:
Donovan McNabb with that cutting-edge, passive aggressive analysis:
The Flyers will be featured in 24/7:
You can watch the Flyers again on HBO’s “24/7 Road to the Winter Classic” series when it premieres on Dec. 14.
No, the Flyers aren’t starring in the series again, but their furious third period comeback in Detroit on Wednesday will be featured in the first episode.
Finally: Should we turn this into a limited-edition LeSean McCoy ugly Christmas t-shirt? $20. We can have them live in a few hours. What do you think?