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Eagles' Super Bowl win created memories of a lifetime for Philly fans

Eagles' Super Bowl win created memories of a lifetime for Philly fans

“The Eagles won the Super Bowl.”

I must have said that out loud a hundred times last night.

I didn’t know if those words would ever be true. But now they are. So I’ll say it again. The Eagles won the Super Bowl and the city of Philadelphia rejoiced unlike ever before. I know I did.

The confidence in Philly going into the game terrified me. The nerves and anxiety I experienced last night were unlike anything I can remember. I was a mess. I didn’t really know if we were going to win. I had bad feelings at times watching Tom Brady torch us. We all did. But the Eagles found a way. That’s not to say I doubted them. I knew they could do it, I just couldn’t believe it until it was real.

And I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Before the game, I stressed about watching it. Who, what, where, logistics. But it all worked out.

Philadelphia will never forget this moment. We were just treated to some of the best memories of our lives. I’ve got a few.

I’ll remember never being so nervous for anything in my entire life. The anxiety. My heart. The hype video didn't help.

I’ll remember Nick Foles catching a touchdown and thinking to myself that maybe the sporting gods were with us tonight. Dude was throwing dimes.

I’ll remember thinking, multiple times, how much I love Malcolm Jenkins. And how freakin’ gutsy and beautiful Doug Pederson is. Alshon making the incredible happen. Zach Ertz on the podium shouting out what Philadelphia would have done if they overturned his touchdown. Guys were ballin’.

I’ll remember hating Cris Collinsworth and pacing the room over those stupid reviews.

I’ll remember the football being batted around near Gronk, hanging in the air, and finally hitting the ground.

I’ll remember jumping up and down in my living room like an insane person. 

I’ll remember the parade of green people growing block by block, E-A-G-L-E-S chants growing louder and louder, and finally turning into a sea of smiling faces as we reached Broad Street.

I’ll remember my sister Kaitlin taking photos of the shiny green bulbs on the pilgrimage down Pine. I’ll remember high-fiving lunatics hanging out of car windows with football helmets on.

I’ll remember the beautiful fireworks echoing off the buildings with tens of thousands of buzzed fans lighting up underneath.

I’ll remember FaceTime-ing my brother Mike and nephew Julian from Broad Street, making sure they got a taste of the mayhem.

I’ll remember the congratulatory texts from everyone who knows what this means to us Eagles fans, including my friends from college in Boston. They know we needed it.

I’ll remember my wife Allison leading hundreds in front of the Kimmel Center in “Fly, Eagles, Fly.”

I’ll remember the guy with a 30-pack of Natty Light standing on the median making best friends with my 63-year-old dad.

I’ll remember my peeps from Fishtown and Point Breeze showing up at my door at 1:00 am because the bars along Broad Street closed and the celebration needed to go on. Also, real talk: they needed our bathroom. I’ll remember Dreams and Nightmares and Hall and Oates on repeat.

I’ll remember lying in bed with a beer at 3:30 in the morning reading tweets, watching celebration videos, and thinking I’ll remember the moment forever.

I’ll remember all the “GO BIRDS!” and the camaraderie in the city of Philadelphia on social media.

I’ll remember hugging my dad when the game clock struck zero and it actually happened.

“We did it.”

I’ve got all these great new memories. All because the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

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Here are some of the other sights and sounds from a Super Bowl celebration we'll never forget.

Nick Foles caught a touchdown. On 4th down. In the Super Bowl. Never forget.

I loved this line from Ertz:

Ray Didinger getting emotional is everything:

Jason Kelce with his Chase Utley moment:

This moment between Carson Wentz and Nick. "Wow."

This bit from the Assoicated Press quoting MY DAD:

Rick Campitelli, 63, who came into the city to watch the game with his son, said he wished his father-in-law could have been alive to see this moment.

"This is the greatest," said Campitelli, wearing the jersey of Wilbert Montgomery, the former Eagles running back to whom he once sold insurance. "I was hoping they would do it before I died, and they did it."

Cops loving life:

We didn't just climb poles:

Beau Allen with the tweet of the morning:

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid getting in on the Philly love:

Just some band dudes hanging out a window playing the Eagles fight song.

I mean, when is it not fun to love the Phanatic:

What water ice flavor are you?

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NBC Sports Philadelphia

What water ice flavor are you?

Wooder ice is a personality trait and no one can tell us otherwise. 

Here in Philadelphia, we don't mess around when it comes to our declarations of love for our favorite foods. And we take it quite seriously which type of food aligns with our personality traits as a result. 

So we're giving you the chance to determine what *wooder ice* flavor best suits your personality with this extremely scientific quiz. 

Pick some iconic Philly places, players and more to determine your flavor. 


A deep investigation into all the Philly sports references in The Office

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NBC Sports Philadelphia

A deep investigation into all the Philly sports references in The Office

I have invested a great deal of time in binge-watching NBC’s The Office on more than one occasion, with the most recent instance taking place during this period of quarantine.

One of the best aspects of the show, is its location — its proximity to the city we know and love. 

According to Dwight K. Schrute, Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch is only a 30-minute trip to Philadelphia if you drive 240 miles per hour — which to be very clear, we don’t recommend. 

So it’s really no surprise that the characters have often discussed things that we hold near and dear to our hearts in this city: cheesesteaks and Philly sports. 

In fact, we have compiled a list of 20 mentions, references, and reminders of Philly sports across 19 of the show’s 201 total episodes. 

S1E1: Pilot


 


Meet Ryan Howard.
I’ll leave it at that. 

S1E5: Basketball

The lack of Sixers t-shirts during the matchup between The Office versus The Warehouse was quite disappointing, but this absolutely incredible find made up for it: a mask eerily similar to Joel Embiid’s mask in the 2018 playoffs and a Mike Scott.

 

Foreshadowing two greats, perhaps?

S2E3: Office Olympics

If you look closely, you’ll notice a Mike Lieberthal bobblehead on Dwight’s desk. A nod to the Phillies, right? Sure. But the reference goes deeper than just the red and white pinstripes. 

Mike Lieberthal’s full name is Michael Scott Lieberthal. Mind blown? 

 

S3E23: The Job

When interviewing for a job at the corporate office, CFO David Wallace jokes around with Jim about his candidacy for the position because he’s a Sixers fan. Clap your hands, indeed, Halpert.

S3E18: The Negotiation

Jim’s then-girlfriend complains about his priorities, saying, “You would rather sit on your couch and watch a Phillies game than go out to a movie with your awesome girlfriend.”

What is the issue here, exactly?

S4E9: Local Ad

Jim shows Pam Dwight’s profile in the game Second Life when she notices that Jim gave his character a job as a sports writer in Philadelphia. 



Careful what you wish for, Beesly.
 
S4E15: Night Out

Ryan Howard pretends to be The Big Piece at a club.
 
Again, just going to leave it at that.

S4E16: Did I Stutter?

Ryan calls Jim into the conference room to ask the question we Eagles fans hate: Why?

Well, he really asks “How?” but you get the point. 

S5E18: Blood Drive

Kevin Malone recaps his worst breakup, saying, “We were reading the paper and I said, ‘Oh my God, I think the Eagles could clinch the NFC East.’ And she said that we’re done.” 

The Eagles, of course, had some fun with that: 

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S6E6: Mafia

This one was a sneaky one. Jimbo has made it pretty clear that he’s a Philly sports guy, but his love spreads as far as the Arena Football League, too. If you look closely at his desk when Kevin “moves in” during the Halpert honeymoon, you can see a football with what looks like the AFL logo on its side. Philadelphia Soul fan, huh?


 
S7E8: Viewing Party

Jim changes the channel during the company’s Glee viewing party.

S9E1: New Guys

In an effort to become friends with one of the new guys, Pete, Jim asks if he’s a fan of the Phillies. After a couple of *coughs* stupid answers, Pete says he’s a Red Sox fan.

 

S9E2: Roy’s Wedding

During the car ride back from Roy’s wedding, Pam tells Jim about a past plan to surprise him with Sixers tickets for his 30th birthday. Jim, already knowing about the gift, laughs with his wife about her mistake of buying courtside seats to an away game in Phoenix. 

An away game nowadays? With their record on the road? Dodged a bullet there.

S9E3: Andy's Ancestry 

At the end of this episode, Jim tells Pam that he’s accepted an offer at Athlead, a sports marketing agency in Philadelphia.

S9E10: Lice

Kevin, Darryl, and Jim talk about the Sixers during their lunch break. 

Later in that episode, Jim has a meeting with Sixers legend, Julius Erving. 

A little 1-on-1 with Dr. J? Sure, no biggie.

 

S9E14: Vandalism

At the 11:10 minute mark, the Philadelphia Flyers show up on the bottom of this presentation board on the bottom right corner at Athlead, the first reference we could find regarding the Flyers in any capacity. 

Additionally, there are quite a few Eagles names on here, inlcuding Nick Foles,  Jason Kelce and Kurt Coleman and even Andrew McCutchen, though it would be prior to him joining the Phillies of course. 

S9E18: Promos

Ryan Howard (yes, THE Ryan Howard) has a meeting at Athlead with Jim and Darryl. During their conversation, he shares his screenplay for “The Big Piece.”

The other Ryan Howard even sent him a special video message during his retirement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park in one of the greatest crossovers we have ever seen.

 

S9E20: Paper Airplane

Jim gets a call from a colleague over at Athlead and asks if they’ve heard back from Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels yet. 

S9E21: Livin’ the Dream

The last mention I noticed came from the final season’s 21st episode. Jim is once again trying to connect with Pete, saying “Go Phillies, right?” before realizing Pete stinks and doesn’t watch the beautiful game of baseball.

There you have it, all of the mentions we could find in this show regarding Philly sports, except the Flyers, which we are still unsure if Halpert is a fan of or not. 

And before anyone gets spicy and feels the need to tell me how bored I must have been for doing this, just remember, you’re the one reading this.

BONUS

We also unearthed this deleted scene that references The one and only Answer at 1:48 in this clip below.

 

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