Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Superbowl rivalry reaches back into history:

Betsy Ross threw down the gauntlet with Paul Revere on Jan. 29 outside the Betsy Ross House in Old City.

"I am sure that everyone knows me as a patriot," a historical re-enactor playing Ross said. "But today, today I shall proudly proclaim to be a loyalist -- an Eagles loyalist."

Ross led a crowd in a rendition of "Fly Eagles Fly."

But the festivities were interrupted by the arrival of a re-enactor portraying famous Revolutionary War hero and Bostonian Paul Revere.

"Eagles are no match for the mighty Patriots," Revere told Ross. "We will make short work of this on the battlefield and send your birds back to Philadelphia in shame."

With that, a wager was struck. If the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, Ross will hang two of Revere's lanterns atop her house. If the Philadelphia Eagles are victorious, then Old North Church in Boston will hang her stars and stripes flag.

"Those Bostonians, I sometimes think that they have puffed themselves up so much, just like a proverbial Boston cream pie," Ross told the crowd as Revere left. "They should remember that pride goeth before a fall. And those Patriots will fall to our Eagles!"


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Philly Wing Bowl : ESPN review

Welcome to the Wing Bowl, an annual tradition that captures the worst of Philadelphia's sports reputation. If you think the Super Bowl is too understated, if pro wrestling is too high-brow, if Detroit's Devil's Night is too tame, this is the competition for you. Basically, the Wing Bowl is an excuse for Philly fans to drink excessively, crowd into the Wachovia Center, ogle large-breasted women and heckle and throw crap at contestants.

In other words, it's like the Flyers are playing again.

Begun a dozen years ago by a local radio station, the early morning wing-eating contest coincides with the station's rush-hour show and has grown so popular that the fans (almost exclusively male) charter buses and tailgate all night to make sure they can be among the 20,000-plus who get a seat. Overshadowing the Super Bowl when the Eagles aren't playing, Wing Bowl is such a Philadelphia institution that the Phanatic shows up, thereby lending an air of dignity to the affair.

Admission is free and there are no tickets -- it's first-come, first-in festival seating -- and the guy next to me said he got to the arena at 2:30 a.m. That's three and a half hours before the 6 a.m. start and there was no guarantee he'd get in.

It was like a Who concert, only less orderly.

full article is highly recommended:
We sent Jim Caple to cover the Wing Bowl. He barely survived this disgusting display of humanity at its worst.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Correcting labels


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Happy Birthday Ben Franklin

I have always been impressed with Benjamin Franklin's depth of knowledge, as well as his wit. Here's a fine example:

Simon ben Zoma, a 2nd Century scholar, wrote:

Who is wise? He who learns from all people
Who is strong? He who conquers his evil inclination
Who is rich? He who is satisfied with his lot
Who is honored? He who honors others
- Pirkei Avos [Ethics of the Fathers]

Centuries later, Benjamin Franklin wrote:

Who is wise? He that learns from every One.
Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions.
Who is rich? He that is content.
Who is that? Nobody.
- Poor Richard's Almanack, 1755


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

To avoid further confusion