(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.
Chase Utley is back for yet another baseball season and he's more business than ever.
After re-signing with the Dodgers in February for two more years, the 39-year-old is clearly still having tons of fun playing the game … well, fun in his own way, obviously.
Andrew Toles, a 25-year-old outfielder, gave us a glimpse into Utley's mystique within the Dodgers' clubhouse. We all know how well respected No. 26 is among his teammates, both former and current. In fact, his presence and example are significant reasons why, at his age, he's still playing in Dodgers blue after being acquired in an August 2015 trade with the Phillies.
Utley, in a hilarious segment on SportsNet LA's "Backstage Dodgers," jokingly showed his trademark stoicism with the cameras around and Toles looking to chat.
"That's what you call a role model. A baseball role model," Toles said. "You've got to have those. I wake up in the morning and I'm like, 'How can I be like Chase Utley today?' Because he's that guy. I want to be that guy, too, one day."
When Utley was wearing red pinstripes, just about every youngster playing baseball in the Delaware Valley was probably saying the same thing.
Jake Arrieta is the new guy in town. The mound at the ballpark in South Philadelphia will likely be a very comfortable place for him to go to work. But what about his family up in the stands?
Arrieta's wife Brittany took to Twitter to solicit advice from Phillies fans on what her and their son Cooper will need to know about Citizens Bank Park.
Already leary of the impeding snow in Philly this week, Brittany also asked about games, traditions and food that are important at Phillies games.
Some common themes included crab fries, Graham Slam Ice Cream, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, Bull's BBQ, the Phillie Phanatic, etc. But this wouldn't be Philly without some snarky answers.
Head over to Brittany Arrieta's Twitter acount to see all of the responses and offer some of your own. I recommend a grilled sausage and onions from near Ashburn Alley and a local brew. Enjoy.