Eagles avoid Curse of Billy Penn after workers place figurine atop new tower

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Eagles avoid Curse of Billy Penn after workers place figurine atop new tower

The Eagles’ 10-1 start has everyone in the city hoping for a trip to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII.

With the team rolling right now, the only thing that could stop the Birds is ... a hex? Well, not if some local workers have anything to do with it.

According to’s Bob Fernandez, ironworkers at the latest Comcast tower — which will be the new tallest building in the city — placed a small William Penn statue on the highest steal beam.

“They did not want to take the chance and wait for the jinx,” Mike Delaney, executive vice president at LF Driscoll, the construction manager for the new Comcast tower, said of the crews' insistence to move up construction to put Penn in place.  

The jinx Delaney was referring to is the "Curse of Billy Penn." After sitting as the overseer of Philly atop City Hall for decades, Penn's statue was replaced as the skyline's highest mark by skyscraper One Liberty Place in 1987. The building was nearly 400 feet higher than the peak of Penn's statue, which apparently broke a silent agreement of how no building should be above the city's founder.

Those were bleak times for Philadelphia sports, with no championships in sight between the four major sports teams. Fans connected the fact that the statue no longer reigned over the city and the curse was born.

Jump ahead two championship-free decades to when the Comcast Center was finished in 2007, and a couple of workers on the building decided to place a small Penn figurine on the top. The following year, the Phillies took down the Rays in the World Series and finally brought a title back to town.

Now with the Eagles possibly in position to capture that ever-elusive first Super Bowl, the crews at the new Comcast building didn't want to leave anything to chance.

ESPN the Magazine cover story proves Carson Wentz is larger than life

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ESPN the Magazine cover story proves Carson Wentz is larger than life

(Future MVP?) Carson Wentz was featured as the cover story for ESPN The Magazine this week.

The story references Wawa in the first sentence, so you know it's going to be good. It also features Ray Didinger dropping some knowledge on the history of the Birds and explores the complicated relationship between the town's last star quarterback, Donovan McNabb, and Eagles fans. It's well worth the read.

The story asks if Wentz and the Eagles are just setting fans up for another heartbreak — something lifetime fans should probably expect at this point. That's all fine and dandy, but there's one bit we need to discuss. The cover. Oh my, the cover.

Sure, we're thankful to have an incredible quarterback and all, but the symbolism of Wentz as some giant, grotesque Thanksgiving Parade float caricature is a bit much.

But Eagles fans would take a Super Bowl celebration parade down Broad Street over a lame Thanksgiving parade every day.

A Hater's Guide to Eagles-Cowboys


A Hater's Guide to Eagles-Cowboys

What's an Eagles game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football without a little trash talk? Or, in this case, a lot of trash talk.

Yes, we hate the Cowboys, but which ones do we really despise? The rivalry doesn't have quite the same number of villains as it did during, say, the 90s, when Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and their band of criminals were racking up Super Bowl wins. Even in recent years, the venom has dipped with the departures of more recent stars such as Tony Romo.

This is a team that's been to the NFL playoffs in two of the last three years, yet seems almost unrecognizable as far as hatable names and faces. Fortunately, NBC Sports' Andrew Kulp has you covered.