CHIP72

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  1. There was a play in the Bills game that made me laugh - the Eagles were inside the Bills' 20 yard line, and had a 3rd and about a half a yard. As he picked up the ball for the snap, I swear Kelce moved the ball forward by at least a foot such that it was roughly even with the 1st down marker. If the Eagles hadn't made the 1st down (they did convert on the play), I think Kelce was trying to fake out the officials so that they'd give the Eagles the 1st down even if they didn't actually make the required yardage, LOL.
  2. Jason Kelce says Khalil Mack's problem is that he didn't eat breakfast on Sunday.
  3. I should note that based on the NFL schedule on Sunday 11/24, there is a chance the Seahawks/Eagles game will be flexed from 8:20 PM ET on NBC to 1 PM ET on either Fox or CBS. I would strongly consider tweaking your planned flights if possible to account for that possibility. (If you arrive in Philadelphia by say 12 PM ET, you could also take an Uber/Lyft or taxi from the airport directly to the stadium complex; they are probably less than 5 miles apart. I believe the Eagles have lockers outside the stadium, though I'm unsure if those lockers are large enough to hold suitcases.)
  4. All I know is that when the Eagles play the Vikings in the playoffs, not only are the Eagles 4-0 against them, but the Eagles are also 4-0 in the playoff games immediately after they play the Vikings. I LOVE seeing the Eagles play the Vikings in the playoffs, especially in the NFC Championship Game or at least the divisional playoffs.
  5. That's definitely what Jason Kelce would say. That's why some other NFC North team fans call Minnesota's team the Viqueens.
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    Minnesota pep rally Saturday

    Sorry, I can't make it - I'll be attending the Penguins/Wild NHL game in St. Paul. Whenever I go to an Eagles road game or for that matter on a leisure or work-related trip that requires a flight/overnight stay, I'm always looking for other sports events to attend in "new" venues, even if I don't care about either team playing in the game. Attending a Minnesota Wild game, their home opener to boot, fits that description. I would have attended the Nebraska/Minnesota college football game too if it didn't overlap with the Penguins/Wild game (which still irritates me, though if they hadn't overlapped time-wise I would have froze my butt off - in mid-October - at the Nebraska/Minnesota game), and I also would have tried to attend the Rays/Twins ALCS Game 2 on Sunday night had the Twins and Rays both advanced to the ALCS (the only way the Twins could have hosted ALCS games this weekend).
  7. The first order of business to reserve a hotel room, preferably in Center City, ASAP. (I assume you have a hotel budget; if you don't then making your reservation immediately isn't as critical.) Regarding your specific questions: *Reserve a hotel room in Center City. I would shoot for a place south of Market Street and north of South Street. If you can't get a hotel in Center City in your budget, get a hotel near the Eastwick SEPTA regional rail station. (There are some hotels within walking distance of that station, as well as a Wawa.) Staying in University City (just west of Center City; it is where Penn and Drexel are located) is also an option. *Use the SEPTA Airport Line (regional rail) to travel between the airport and Center City. *Use the SEPTA Broad Street Line (subway/heavy rail) to travel between Center City and the south Philadelphia stadium complex both before and after the game. *Based on the security line and ticket entry issues the Eagles have had this year (had long lines at both games I've attended so far this year in the former case, and long lines at the Lions game in the latter case, though the ticket scanning was much better for the Jets game), I recommend getting to the stadium 1+ hour before the game so you get in before most people get there.
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    Road trips 2019

    Are you willing to walk? If so, my recommendation is you drive to Silver Spring, Greenbelt, or probably best yet New Carrollton and take the DC Metrorail to Morgan Boulevard station on the Blue Line. It is a little less than a mile walk from the station to FedEx Field; many fans (both Redskins and Eagles, including me) get to the stadium that way. You avoid paying for parking (which I think is on the order of $60) and also avoid the bad traffic. (If you go to New Carrollton, you might get caught in the traffic on the DC Beltway a little bit, but you'll have a shorter Metrorail ride. If you go to Greenbelt or Silver Spring, the Metrorail ride is longer but you won't have to deal with traffic on the DC Beltway fairly close to the stadium.) I'll note that if you have an MTA CharmCard you can use that on the DC Metrorail system; WMATA accepts the CharmCard (and MTA Maryland accepts the SmarTrip Card). For a 1 PM game at FedEx Field, another option for you would be to use the MARC Penn Line from Baltimore Penn Station (or Halethorpe or possibly Martin Airport) to Washington Union Station and then use the Metrorail Red and Blue Lines from there. You could even use the Baltimore light rail to get to Penn Station if you want to minimize your driving.
  9. If you are willing to walk, I recommend parking in the NovaCare lot on the north side of Pattison west of Broad. That's where I park when I drive to games (and I'm also coming from Maryland). You have easy access to I-95 via the Platt Bridge.
  10. I've sat low behind the Eagles sideline a few times with a friend who is a season ticket holder (including at yesterday's Lions game) four rows from the field, and IMO those are terrible seats, unless you want to closely watch what the players are doing on the sideline (and yell at and mock Howard Eskin 😂). You're sitting so low that you have no depth perception of the field, the players and coaches on the sideline block your view of the field, and the mobile TV camera on the sideline will also block your view from time to time.
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    Post Your EMB Questions/Concerns Here

    I was going to post the same thing. I actually found the message board in the app by accident, but I have no idea how I found it. Part of the reason for that is the updated app requires you to log into the message board again and I couldn't remember my password.
  12. Among Eagles players who played in the NFL since the AFL-NFL merger, I think Bill Bergey and Harold Carmichael are the most deserving candidates. I’d love to see Seth Joyner and/or Clyde Simmons, my two favorite Eagles players of all-time, in the Pro Football HOF, but I think both fall a little short of the standard. One final thought - with the Broncos Rod Smith is a good choice, but Randy Gradishar is an even better choice. Quite frankly, he should have been inducted 25 years ago (he was first eligible in 1989 and probably should have been inducted within his first five years of eligibility). Gradishar was considered as good or almost as good as Jack Lambert, an exact contemporary at the same position, but wasn’t as flashy and didn’t have as many standout teammates as Lambert (though with defensive teammates like Lyle Alzado, Tom Jackson, and Louis Wright, Gradishar played with some very good players too). I think most people consider Lambert a slam dunk HOF player (a fair assessment IMO), so why is someone who was comparable in quality to Lambert not in the HOF as well?
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    Andrew Luck decides to retire

    Michael Jordan's first retirement in 1993 was probably even more shocking because he was the best and most well-known basketball player in the world. There was also Barry Sanders, though Luck's sudden retirement is shocking.
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    Andrew Luck decides to retire

    Andrew Luck's father Oliver Luck is the XFL Commissioner. Incidentally, the elder Luck was a Rhodes Scholar finalist and graduated magna c-u-m laude from West Virginia in 1982. Oliver Luck was also a standout QB at West Virginia and played as backup QB in the NFL with the Houston Oilers for five seasons. I think Andrew Luck's retirement will be permanent.
  15. Right - people have the option to get printed tickets, but at least on the single game ticket holder end, you need to pay for that privilege. The Eagles (and I think most other NFL teams) are trying to strongly encourage (some would say force) fans to go the mobile ticket route. I know the Vikings are doing the same thing with single game tickets as the Eagles; last month when I bought a ticket for this season’s Eagles/Vikings game in Minneapolis, the Vikings’ website said all sales would be in the mobile ticket format.
  16. Everybody who has bought tickets from the Eagles - both season ticket holders and individual game holders - is getting mobile tickets. (I think individual ticket holders can buy physical tickets, but it costs $10 to do so.)
  17. The issue with staying in Philadelphia (at least the better parts of Philadelphia) isn’t safety, it is finding something family-friendly for people with kids.
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    Road trips 2019

    Earlier this afternoon I bought my ticket for the Vikings game as part of their pre-sale. (I was able to get access to the Vikings’ pre-sale through signing up for some special e-mail list. I even participated in some Vikings trivia contests so I’d look like a legitimate Vikings fan, LOL.) Interestingly, the Eagles game was tied with their game against the Bears as the second-highest priced game for sale on the Vikings’ website. Only the Packers game was more expensive. Their cheapest games were against teams with few fans; the Deadskins were one of the two cheapest games, LOL. (The Lions were the other cheapest game.)
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    Coming from France

    Dude - every game example you’ve provided in this thread to make your argument about memorable plays - the Immaculate Reception, the 2018 Minneapolis Miracle, both Miracles of the Meadowlands plays, heck the 4th and 26 play I mentioned - were won by the team that made the memorable play. The Randall Cunningham play against the Bills was made by the team that lost the game. That’s the difference. There’s a reason why Cunningham’s play against the Giants on ABC MNF in 1988 (where he had his legs cut out from underneath him by I think Carl Banks but kept his balance and then threw a TD pass to I think Jimmie Giles) is remembered a lot more and shown on more highlight packages than Cunningham’s play against the Bills - the Eagles won the game against the Giants. Mention some examples of memorable, positive plays (i.e. not plays like the non-pass interference call in last season’s NFCCG) by teams that lost the game (especially in games not involving the Eagles), and then we’re comparing apples and apples with Cunningham’s 1990 play against the Bills. It’s harder to identify such plays because at the end of the day, most sports fans care about the end result and plays where a team loses aren’t celebrated (unless MAYBE it was a memorable game and an important game in the standings or in the playoffs). I’m not saying that’s right or wrong; it just is.
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    Coming from France

    Somehow, I hear a quote from the hero of the first Miracle of the Meadowlands in my head. 😉😊
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    Coming from France

    In the examples you provided, the team that had the memorable play won the game. Also, in the Steelers’ case, it was also their first ever playoff win, and began their era as a dominant team in the 1970s and as a good franchise over the last 45+ years. They also played an undefeated Dolphins team the following week, a team they were not expected to win, even playing at home (the game was played in Pittsburgh due to the NFL’s screwy playoff system at the time). With the Vikings’ play, it is very analogous in many ways with the Eagles’ 4th and 26 play against the Packers in the 2003 playoffs.
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    Coming from France

    I feel pretty much the same way. In all honesty, I never understood some Eagles' fans love for that play considering the Eagles lost that game. For what it's worth, that Eagles/Bills game was played on my birthday. I personally much prefer the Eagles game that was played one year to the day later. Listen to Dan Dierdorf's pregame comments in the full game (second) video.
  23. I recommend sitting in the upper deck, and staying at a hotel in Center City Philadelphia (which is bounded by Spring Garden Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east, South Street to the south, and the Schuylkill River to the west). More specifically location-wise, I recommend staying in a hotel on Arch Street or south of that in Center City relatively close to Broad Street, though places in Old City (in the east end of Center City) would be fine too.
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    Coming from France

    RE: Vintage jerseys - Mitchell & Ness doesn’t make/have all the players you mentioned. They should have Jaworski, Cunningham, White, Brown, and Dawkins, and might have Carmichael and Montgomery. They almost definitely won’t have Joyner (unfortunately, he’s my all-time favorite Eagles player). RE: Safe areas - many areas in Philadelphia are at least a little rough, outside of Center City, University City (Penn/Drexel and a little SW of their campuses), Overbrook (first stop going west on the Main Line), City Avenue (St. Joe’s and nearby locations), Chestnut Hill, East Falls, and Temple’s campus. South Philadelphia has pockets that are alright too, but some sections that are rough. The worst areas are probably various sections of north Philadelphia, west Philadelphia, and southwest Philadelphia.
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    Coming from France

    I concur with the recommendations to get to the stadium by 12 PM. You will beat most people to the stadium if you do that and will have no line or only small lines at security. Additionally, assuming you are staying in a hotel in Center City Philadelphia, I strongly recommend taking the SEPTA Broad Street Line to the stadium complex. It’s a bit of a walk from the station to the stadium but not a hard walk, and many, many other people will be doing the same thing. Attire-wise, I’d be surprised if you need a jacket for an early September day game, even sitting in the shade. One other, non-game recommendation - check out some of the sports apparel stores in or near Philadelphia on a day before the game and buy something you can wear to the game (if you don’t already have apparel). Your best bets in Center City are Philly Team Store (on Chestnut between 17th and 18th), Modell’s Sporting Goods (two locations, on Chestnut just east of 16th and on Walnut between 16th and 17th), Mitchell & Ness for vintage apparel (on 12th between Market and Chestnut), and Shibe Vintage Sports for Philadelphia-themed apparel (on 13th between Chestnut and Walnut). If you have a car and/or venture to the suburbs, Rally House, Schuylkill Valley Sports, and the Eagles Pro Shop in (I think) Cherry Hill, as well as other Modell’s, also become options. You can also check out the Eagles Pro Shop at the stadium one of the days before the game (typically open until 5 PM most days) or on game day prior to the game, though on game day the team store is inside the security and ticket checkpoints. P.S. I’d you aren’t renting a car and are staying at a hotel in Center City, you don’t have to use a taxi or Uber/Lyft to get there; the SEPTA Airport Line runs every 30 minutes from most of the airport terminals to two Center City stations (Suburban Station and Market East/Jefferson Station) as well as 30th Street Station (the primary Amtrak/intercity rail station in Philadelphia) just west across the Schuylkill (pronounced school-kill) River from Center City.