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Where to watch Super Bowl a serious dilemma for die-hard Eagles fans in Philly

Where to watch Super Bowl a serious dilemma for die-hard Eagles fans in Philly

Now that your Philadelphia Eagles are set to take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, the most important question for Philly fans not traveling to Minnesota becomes, “where do I watch the Super Bowl?”

This sounds like a simple question, but in reality is a very complex dilemma. Let me attempt to break it down for you.

The general rule I like to subscribe to: stick with what got you there.

Meaning, if you have a regular Eagles game watching routine, it’s probably smart to stick with that routine. But Super Bowl viewing brings a unique set of challenges.

In other years in which the Eagles fail to reach the big game, most people go to a Super Bowl party. These parties tend to be a great time, with food, drinks, commercials, Beyonce, and block pools more of the focus than the actual football on the field. But that’s when the outcome of the game isn’t so vital to the well being of the entire city of Philadelphia.

This year is different. This year, with the Eagles playing, the football is paramount.

I tend to prefer to watch big, important sporting events in a controlled environment. I know if I’m on my couch at home, I have a great view of the television with the volume as loud as I’d like. The fridge is stocked and the bathroom line non-existent. The problem there is my Center City apartment is too small for a legit party.

Aside from a perfect television viewing experience, the next most important thing to consider is to surround yourself with Eagles fans as passionate as you are. 

Now, in a perfect world, you are invited to or hosting a Super Bowl party where both the viewing experience and Eagles fanaticism will be next level. But that’s not always so easy.

Then there are the gigantic stakes involved in the Eagles winning the Super Bowl, something nobody has ever witnessed before.

Our Eagles fandom is such a part of who we are in Philly that we’ll want to share this moment with the people we grew up watching and going to Eagles games with: our dads, brothers, mothers, sisters, cousins, best friend from around the corner, etc. Whoever that person may be for you, you want to share an Eagles Super Bowl win with them.

For me, it’s my dad. If the Eagles win the Super Bowl, there’s nobody’s reaction I’d like to see more than my dad’s. That’s a potential memory I’d never forget.

All Birds fans need to consider who those people are when picking where to watch the game.

The final obstacle to my game-viewing dilemma is geographic location. My parents live in Delaware County and have a gigantic television and a big room perfect for a crazy Eagles party. But my apartment is mere blocks from Broad Street where we partied hard after the NFC Championship victory this past Sunday. That was a wild, wild scene. The FOMO of not being near Broad Street if the Eagles win the Super Bowl is a serious consideration.

What about a bar? It’s a gamble that can pay off. You need to be certain the bar will handle the audio, video, and crowd control in a manner you’d be OK with. It’s often a situation you can’t control. Is the Super Bowl featuring the Eagles a time you want to risk this? The potential pros of this are clear: more Eagles fans equals more jubilation for a win. But more people also means more wild cards with poor viewing angles, more crowded bathrooms, bad loud music instead of play-by-play, and a higher likelihood of the unknown messing your experience up.

All of this is to say: I’m still not sure where I’m watching the Super Bowl next week and it’s stressing me out a little.

On the plus side, all of this stress won’t mean a damn thing when every single one of us just plans to meet at the parade down Broad Street together after the Eagles win.

JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

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JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

Updated at 12:50 a.m.

Early Sunday, a video surfaced on social media that appeared to put Sixers’ guard JJ Redick in an extremely poor light. Redick has since responded to clear up the situation.

Here’s what happened:

At about 8 a.m., a post appeared on Reddit showing a screenshot and caption alleging that Redick said a racial slur during a video from NBA players wishing Chinese fans a Happy New Year. The video caused a huge uproar on social media. If you wish to see the video, it is located here, at the top.

On the surface, without a response, it looked odd from the start. Redick, who we have come to know as a well-spoken individual who is typically very appreciative of basketball fans, isn’t someone you’d expect this from, let alone with a camera pointing directly at his face with an NBA microphone in front of his lips.

He offered this response on his official Twitter account, saying he was tongue-tied and had no intentions of saying what he did on the video.

Fans reacted on both sides of the issue, some still asking for an apology and others taking Redick for his word. 

On Sunday night, Redick followed up with a longer statement on his Twitter and Instagram, where he further explained himself and indeed issued an apology.

Please read. Thank you.

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Early Monday, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin tweeted a statement saying that he spoke with Redick and believes the Sixers' guard didn't say a racial slur.

With the All-Star Break going on, Redick won’t be available for a few more days for the media to ask him about this. There’s a chance this story will continue into next week.

The Process is ready for primetime

The Process is ready for primetime

Basically, you saw everything you'd want to see from Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid during the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Friday night, as they kept doing what they've basically done all February: winning. 

Ben Simmons was electric all over the court, ending with 11 points (5-5 FG, mostly dunks), six boards, a game-high 13 assists and a team-high four steals. A still-locked-in Dario Saric was the beneficiary of a handful of those dimes, ending with 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3PT), three boards and five assists. 

Joel Embiid had an underwhelming stat line in his thankfully clipped playing time (just eight minutes after sitting out Wednesday's game — we'll see him more on Sunday), ending with just five points and two boards, and not exactly displaying the defensive dominance we're accustomed to from our big man. But the five points came on back-to-back possessions in the third, where JoJo nailed a top-of-the-break three and then scored on a dunk following a Fultzian spin move to the basket, showing the range of his skills in an appropriately breathtaking (and Internet-slaying) manner. 

And of course, the Sixers — I mean, Team World — won handily, outscoring Team USA in every quarter and ultimately triumphing 155-124. Even though Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic took home MVP honors on the night for his white-hot shooting night (26 points on 9-16 FG, including a handful of Steph Curry-esque extended pull-up triples), I thought Simmons was the best all-around player on the floor, another thumb in the eye of the All-Star committee that snubbed him (four times!) for the proper game on Sunday night. 

Perhaps more importantly, the Sixers' presence just dominated the game altogether. Hell, they made up 3/5 of Team World's starting lineup — no other team had more than two representatives, across both squads, though the Lakers would have were Lonzo Ball available — and in the broadcast booth, the TNT guys couldn't stop talking about Embiid all night, comparing him to Hakeem and debating whether they'd ever seen a big man of his versatility before. 

And to think, this year they'll actually be represented on Saturday and Sunday, too. Hopefully Ben and Dario get a nice, relaxing All-Star break from here — they've certainly earned it — and now, it's Embiid's spotlight. The Process is ready for primetime, baby, and longtime Trusters should make sure to enjoy this moment as much as JoJo himself undoubtedly will.