Thanks to Atlanta Falcons rookie Takkarist McKinley, today I learned I may be color blind.
The rookie defensive end out of UCLA had a big game against the Los Angeles Rams this past weekend, with a couple of tackles and a big sack of Jared Goff, helping Atlanta move on to face the Eagles this coming weekend in Philadelphia.
Oh, and McKinley had to get a hair cut for the occasion.
Thanks to his Twitter account, via FTW, we learned that McKinley had to cut his dreadlocks because they were dyed green. Well, sort of.
"The green got to go.. we got philly coming up!" he wrote, complete with #riseup hashtag. He included a video of the barbershop and a photo of the aftermath.
Now, this is when I learned I may be color blind. To me, those dreads look closer in color to the Jacksonville Jaguars hamburger buns than the Eagles uniforms.
Here's a closer look at the BEFORE. Judge for yourself because you won't be able to see that hair come Sunday.
Casual fans likely remember McKinley from his emotional speech after getting drafted back in April.
A wise man once said, "The only thing better than beer is free beer."
I think Benjamin Franklin said that.
And Philadelphia Eagles fans may have some free beer coming their way if and when they beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in two weeks.
A quick refresher: Lane Johnson had a quote back in training camp in August about providing Birds fans with beer if the Eagles won the Super Bowl. That's when Bud Light chimed in, saying "win it all and the party is on us."
Welp. Fast forward a few months and the Eagles are one win over Tom Brady away from that party.
CBS Philly recently followed up with the Bud Light folks who issued a statement.
“Bud Light has not forgotten about our commitment to Lane Johnson, the Eagles and the city of Philadelphia. We will be sharing plans soon, but in the interest of not jinxing the team ahead of their upcoming games, we are not going to unveil any plans at this time,” a spokesperson tells CBS Philly.
While it would likely be quite costly, it's a smart marketing play.
Bud Light's DILLY-DILLY spots are a staple on the jumbotron at Eagles games this season. And they've even made a special "Philly! Philly!" commercial.
Philadelphia partied on Sunday night.
It was a very fun party.
Eagles fans all across the city from the Far Northeast to the South Philly stadium complex used Broad Street as their meeting spot.
It was a joyous atmosphere. Nick Foles was their hero with his last name replacing “Skol” in a mock Vikings chant that echoed off the buildings all evening. Odd chants about his anatomy also proved popular. Tom Brady emerged as an early enemy, with not-so-fond chants about him being used as a rallying cry.
Everyone was on their best behavior. There was no need for trouble because everyone was so damn happy that the Eagles are actually going to the Super Bowl.
That’s fun to type: the Eagles are going to the Super Bowl.
There were no arrests and no injuries at the packed corners of Broad and Walnut, according to the Philly Police Department.
The most mischief I witnessed there was a jubilant fellow climbing on top of a lottery kiosk only to be told to get down by police. When the police got a hold of him after his descent, chants of “Let him go!” seemed to work, as he was set free after a stern warning much to the crowd’s delight.
Everything else was high-fiving random people, enjoying the cops turning a blind eye to open containers for one festive evening, and E-A-G-L-E-S chants. So many Eagles chants.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Joe smile so much,” my friend Ashley said at one point.
Just wait until we win the Super Bowl.
Some scenes from the party. City workers tried to prep for the party by greasing polls across the city. Crisco was not a big enough challenge for some Birds fans.