SPRING = HOPE FOR PHILS (CHET’S TAKE, 2-20-18)

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Spring training is under way down in Clearwater, Florida, for the 2018 Phillies, and in all honesty, it’s tough here in mid-February to predict how things will go for this group this season. The starting lineup looks pretty decent on paper.  Rhys Hoskins begins his first full season on the big club (albeit at a new position, left field) and …

THON WEEKEND AT PSU (CHET’S TAKE, 2-14-18)

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This is a big weekend at my old stomping grounds, University Park, PA. This Friday thru Sunday at Penn State is THON weekend, the culmination of a year-long effort to raise money and awareness thru various events that give hope and support to families coping with childhood cancer. The weekend’s amazing event takes place at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center, …

A SUPER PARADE (CHET’S TAKE, 2-10-18)

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Although I’ve been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, I had never attended a parade celebrating one of my favorite Philly pro teams winning a championship. As a kid in high school (two hours north of Philly) in the mid 1970s, I didn’t even think about going to either of the Flyers parades. The Phillies won their first-ever World Series in …

NEW PHILLY LEGENDS (CHET’S TAKE, 2-6-18)

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Not only did Sunday night’s Super Bowl win by the Philadelphia Eagles lift the spirits of an entire region, it also turned several dozen guys from that long-suffering franchise into instant legends. No longer will our “friends” who support rival teams like the Giants, Cowboys, Redskins and Steelers be able to come back with “How many Super Bowl rings do …

FINALLY!!! (CHET’S TAKE, 2-5-18)

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To quote a certain former Philadelphia Phillie, WORLD F****** CHAMPIONS! It was the Phils in October 2008, and now – at long last – it’s the Philadelphia Eagles here in early 2018. You’re not alone if you wondered if this moment night never get here. Twelve of the first 51 Super Bowls were won by teams that currently reside in …

SUPER PICKS (CHET’S/BILL’S TAKE, 2-2-18)

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With Super Bowl LII fast approaching, how are you feeling about the Eagles’ chances as they go up against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots, winners of five of the past 16 Super Bowls? While the Eagles are officially underdogs — the Patriots are still favored by 4 points (after opening at 5 1/2-point …

SUPER BOWL LOVE STORY (CHET’S TAKE, 1-31-18)

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Because I’m a football fan of a certain age, I can tell you that I’ve seen each and every Super Bowl – all LI of them. (That’s 51, if you don’t do Roman!) A few of them were somewhat forgettable, but several – many recent ones, in fact – are pretty memorable because they turned out to be terrific games. …

A CITY READY FOR A TITLE (CHET’S TAKE, 1-29-18)

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As you’ve probably heard, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of 13 NFL teams that have yet to win a Super Bowl. The hope among Birds fans is that we’ll finally see that remedied this Sunday night when the Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. If it happens, expect to see the biggest parade in the …

‘Watch Party’? Not at the Linc (Chet’s Take, 1-26-18)

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For a lot of big out-of-town sporting events, including the NBA Finals and World Series, the city of the visiting team will host a “watch party” at the team’s arena or ballpark. Well, don’t expect to be able to go to Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 4 to cheer on the Eagles while watching the Super Bowl LII on the …

Destined to Win? (Chet’s Take, 1-22-18)

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Is there really such a thing as a “team of destiny”? There’s no definitive answer to that, but the funny thing is, there was a piece written several days ago – I think it was a National Public Radio column – mentioning the Minnesota Vikings as perhaps being such a team after the “Minneapolis Miracle” that allowed them to beat …