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Exclusive: Philadelphia Eagles 1st Super Bowl Win & Historic Parade Perspective by Jayforce (Videos+Pics)

I’m a proud native of Philadelphia. Although I currently live in Atlanta, I’m very supportive of my hometown Philly sports teams despite being a diehard Raiders fan. People sometimes ask me “How does a person from Philly become a Raiders fan?”. It wasn’t always this way. I was a Philadelphia Eagles fan as a kid before I switched to the darkside in 1981. My grandmother, who I often sat in front of the floor model television & watched sports with, as well as my father & uncles were all avid Eagles fans. Not unlike most kids, its your family that first tries to indoctrinate you into becoming a fan of their favorite sports teams. I see that slowly happening with my nephew “CJ” who is currently Falcons fan, but appears to be switching over to the Eagles in much the same way I switched teams. I was his same age when I left for the Raiders.

Way back before ESPN & social media was in existence I remember being told days before the Super Bowl that the Eagles would beat the Raiders because head coach Dick Vermeil was doing things “the right way”. Vermeil’s reputation at the time was that of a staunch disciplinarian who enforced a strict curfew for the players during Super Bowl week. On the contrary, the Oakland Raiders, already notorious for having a gregarious attitude & carefree reputation were reportedly partying with fans all week in New Orleans prior to the big game on Sunday. I remember feeling like the Eagles were going to win the Super Bowl because the energy in the city was electric. Philly’s legendary songwriting duo of McFadden & Whitehead’s hit song “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” was remixed as an anthem for the Philadelphia Eagles & you heard it everywhere on the radio & in the streets.

Quite simply, the Eagles was touted as the example of how it SHOULD be done & therefore they were a lock to win. The perception was the undisciplined & 6th seeded Oakland Raiders were destined to lose. Raiders starting QB, Jim Plunkett, was a perceived NFL bust whose detractors in the media believed he couldn’t get it done for the Raiders. To add onto that level of hate & dismissiveness, Jim Plunkett & the head coach Tom Flores were latino & some people didn’t always applaud Raiders owner Al Davis’s efforts toward social justice. Al Davis had a well-documented history of supporting players who protested injustice as well as actively recruiting talented black players from predominantly black colleges & universities. Needless to say that back then there were a significant number of people that also wanted to see the Raiders lose for socio-political reasons. When SuperBowl XV arrived that Sunday, the Raiders played loose & the Eagles played with tight lemon booties. The swaggering Silver & Black came out on top for a 27-10 Super Bowl XV win. Back then, the Raiders were the underdogs. The last NFL championship for the Eagles was in 1960, which ironically was the year the Raiders was founded.

Flash forward 37 years to February 4th, 2018 & my hometown Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots earning their first ever Super Bowl win. You couldn’t help but notice that there are strong similarities in the character makeup of the Raiders & Eagles teams that played in the Super Bowl back in 1981 as compared to the New England Patriots & Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl teams in 2018. This time the Philadelphia Eagles were the underdogs all season all the way up to mere minutes before the game started. The Patriots played tight & conservative enough that Patriots head coach Bill Belichek benched their star corner & previous Super Bowl hero, Malcolm Butler, just moments before the game.

It’s been almost 4 decades since the Eagles last Super Bowl and they came out loose, confident, & swaggering in the same manner the underdog Raiders did in ’81. In a sort of weird role reversal for this recent Super Bowl, the Patriots, essentially became like the Eagles in ’81. Belichek had them tight, fearful, & too conservative. No one appeared to be having fun. And the result had the Pats losing a close one 41-33. It’s historically evident that the Philadelphia Eagles 2017-2018 season had a spirit akin to the ’80-’81 Oakland Raiders. It’s important to note the similarities between the Eagles backup QB Nick Foles who was on the verge of retiring from the NFL & Jim Plunkett back in 81 who was almost written off as bust after 10 years in the league. Its also noticeable how the Eagles merchandise & paraphernalia adopted much more black into their color scheme than in previous decades when ‘Kelly Green’ was the popular uniform color & norm.

As soon as Tom Brady’s last ditch hail mary failed & the clock went to double zeros, my cellphone rang non-stop & text messages flowed in repeatedly from family members in Philly & from those who relocated to Atlanta & other locales. My grandmother Gwen Marshall, with whom I spent many days & nights as a kid watching sporting events, passed away in ’91 and my father James Wayns passed away just two years ago. It felt great to see the hometown win it all, but I only wish my grandmother & father could have witnessed it. When Barack Obama was elected to become the first African-American to become President of the United States, it was my father who called me excited to have lived long enough to witness what many thought would never happen in this country. I’m sure he’d done the same with Philly winning our first ever Super Bowl. I knew I was going to book a flight to Philly to witness the history during the parade & bring along the spirit of my grandmother & father to the event.

On the flight to Philly from Atlanta it was apparent many were Philadelphia Eagles fans as they sung the teams Fly Eagles Fly” fight song twice while en route to the city of brotherly love. Despite the sub freezing temperatures, over 700,000 plus people showed up in the city. When I arrived in Philly for the parade I quickly realized I wasn’t the only one who wanted to bring the spirit of their dead loved ones to the party. A few people showed up with an urn of their loved ones & took the opportunity to sprinkle the ashes of their relatives along the parade route. Many of them like my own family, also diehard Philadelphia Eagles fans, who never lived along enough to see this day come. Local news even reported how many Philadelphians were also visiting the grave sites of family members who were Eagles fans & leaving various Eagles championship items near or around tombstones.

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The day was was rather eventful along the parade route along Benjamin Franklin parkway leading up to the legendary Art Museum steps made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the classic “Rocky” movies. At various points along the parade route fans in the crowd would shout “Big Dick Nick” in reference to Eagles backup QB Nick Foles. I’m not sure how or why the crowd was into this, but of course that’s a chant I wanted no parts of participating in. (Pause). Another key observation during the celebrations was the amount of trap or rap music being played during the parade. At times it felt like we were in Atlanta with the amount of ATL influenced rap being played. A shame Atlanta came up short only the year before. One of the key songs you heard over & over again was North Philly’s own Meek Mill’s “Dreams & Nightmares” jawn which the Philadelphia Eagles team chose to come out to for the Super Bowl. Surprisingly there were many people of all walks of life mouthing or shouting the words to the song. I still don’t know all of the worlds to the song & I’m a hip hop head. I guess I should be embarrassed because I saw older white granny’s & grandpa’s seeming to have no problem appearing to be singing the song verbatim.

I also witnessed large groups of people doing the cha cha slide, electric slide, wobble, & a variety of other dances in the street. Apparently the Eagles celebrated like this with these dances as a team all season. I also heard the aforementioned McFadden & Whitehead’s 1979 Eagles remix of “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” being played over the loudspeakers at one point or another.

Prior to the post parade speeches, 3 U.S. military fighter jets completed a fly over Benjamin Franklin parkway. It was unexpected & a rather amazing sight to see in person especially with just how low they were to the ground for the brief period of time that they were before the 3 machines sped off into the distance. I also couldn’t help but think about how turbulent an NFL season it was with the protests against inequality that Colin Kaepernick sparked & the unnecessary hate he received for a silent

While many NFL analysts, coaches, & pundits said players kneeling or raising a fist during the nation anthem was a distraction, the Philadelphia Eagles, arguably one of the most active of teams last season, proved them all wrong. Eagles defensive end Chris Long, son of former Raiders DE Howie Long, gave up his entire NFL salary during the season to push for change on the issue of inequality & to make things better. Ironic how all of these “Distractions” didn’t get in the way of the Eagles winning a Lombardi.  It didn’t stop the Raiders in the past when

Many of the players arrived at the art museum steps along the parade route wearing interesting outfits that were of significant relevance to the city of Philly. Some players wore the jerseys of former legends while players like Chris Long rocked an Allen Iverson jersey with a long fur coat. Eagles center Jason Kelce wore a full-on Mummers parade outfit. For those outside of Philadelphia, the Mummers parade in Philadelphia has been going on for decades & is a huge part of the tradition in the city especially around the holidays.

The post parade speeches were good, but it was clearly All-pro center Jason Kelce who stole the show. His violently passionate & profanity-laced verbal assault seemed almost reminiscent of the time when former Raider linebacker Matt Millen stormed the field & punched a New England Patriots GM in the face after the divisional playoff game between the two teams in 1986. I, like the other 700,000 plus fans in the crowd didn’t like it Jason Kelce’s speech…. we LOVED it. The speech embodied that Philly attitude, passion & aggression. It embodied that blue collar characteristic. All of these parallels is what drew me to become a Raiders fan as a kid in ’81. Because if you didn’t like us….we didn’t care.

Jason Kelce led the crowd on a profane unofficial fight song shorter & almost similar to the Raiders’ unapologetically villainous “Autumn Wind”.…..It has the same pirate & villainous makeup, but tweaked to uniquely fit Philly.


“We’re from Philly, We’re From Philly….No One Liiiiiikes Us We Don’t Care
We’re from Philly, Fucking Philly, No One Liiiiiikes Us We Don’t Care”

I believe as a fan you’re allowed to support two teams in any sport. The team you genuinely like, and your hometown team. For many they maybe both one & the same. For me both of these teams have become mirror images of what I like in an NFL team. I always pose this hypothetical question to people to test their fandom of the actual team. If your favorite team moved from your city would you still be a fan of the team? The Raiders could move to Mars & I’d still be a Raiders fan. I believe the Eagles have gotten over that type of hump for some of their fans across the country. For the majority of people, they would no longer be. At the end of the day I’m #RaiderNation for life but I’m immensely proud of my hometown & will always support & have love for the rising #EaglesEmpire for as long as they are in Philly. They did it Pop. Yes indeed they did it Grandma.

 

Gaming: Madden ’18 Predicts A Winner For Superbowl LII In Its Teaser (Trailer)

Who you got for Super Bowl 52, Pats or Eagles? How about we watch this EA Sports Madden NFL 18 simulation first. Watching how things could ‘play’ out might sway your decision. Plus cool to watch.

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Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots Are Going To Meet President Trump At The White House… Well, Most Of Them Are (Video)

Nelly joins Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to talk about the Patriots visiting President Donald Trump at the White House.

When you are right, you’re right. Nelly’s right. Period! Tom Brady, great QB, captain of the team and a leader on field; but every Pats teammate need not follow him to the White House. No need to take a damn vote either. Brady was a grown man who decided not to go see the President a while back; and Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty are grown men who get to NOT go, too.

Shannon had some good commentary in there, too.

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Marshawn Lynch Goes To Houston (Scotland) Delivering Skittles & Good Cheer Before The Super Bowl (Video)

The Super Bowl festivities are taking place in Houston, Texas this week, but former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took his bike and big bag of skittles on the road to Houston, Scotland to spread good cheer & kick it with the natives. Mashawn Lynch should have his own TV show. This dude is hilarious!! BEASTMODE!!!!!!

PREVIOUS: MARSHAWN LYNCH ON RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS (VIDEO)
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It’s Official: Super Bowl 2019 Will Be In Atlanta (Video)

Next time someone asks, “What’s so special about Atlanta?” grab their smartphone (or get them here online somehow) and show them this. Then, right as the clip is ending, tell them, “Oh… and Atlanta’s got the SuperBowl coming… AGAIN!”

That’s right. @11AliveNews tweeted it out. ATL ho! (shouted in Lil Jon’s voice)

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‘Key & Peele’ Present Their Own Bowl Line-Up (Video)

OMG get ready to LOL your A-S-S off! Caught this Super Bowl weekend replay on Comedy Central yesterday. Key & Peele are fools for those football names… but’cept some of those names in there are REAL! Hahaaaa! Shout out to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from The University of Alabama. Champs again, Alumni! #RollTide #EastWestBowl

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Denver Broncos’ Von Miller And Carolina Panthers’ Josh Norman Do Battle Before The Big Game (Video)

A Super Bowl tradition? Is that what we’re calling this pre-Big Game ‘Clueless Gamer’ ep now? Bahaaaaa! That’s alright…especially if #BeastMode keeps coming back.

Conan celebrates the big game by playing “Doom” with the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller, the Carolina Panthers’ Josh Norman & Marshawn Lynch.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Super Bowl Trailer)

Marvel’s first Avenger returns this April 4th in ‘Captain America: The Winter Solder’. Chris Evans continues the lead role as Captain America, while actor Anthony Mackie makes his Marvel debut as The Falcon’. A few notables from the Avengers movie also bleed into this film as Samuel L. Jackson is featured as well as the beautiful Scarlett Johansson who reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff aka The Black Widow. The new film picks up in Washington D.C. following the cataclysmic events that played out in New York during The Avengers movie with Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, trying to adjust to the modern world. Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of their new ally, ‘the Falcon’ to battle against an unexpected and formidable enemy-the Winter Soldier. This looks like it’s going to be good.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (TRAILER #2)

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Comedy: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Spoofs Retiring Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis (Video)

‘Parodies like this [hilarious Saturday Night Live skit] just prove that [Ray] Lewis is one of the most beloved characters in the NFL, and it will be tough to see him go—win or lose—after the Super Bowl. He’s a one-of-a-kind player and person and will be missed upon his retirement.’

– Alex Kay, BleacherReport.com
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M.I.A. Flips The Middle Finger During The Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Performance (Video)

Just when NBC censors thought they’d be able to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions or any other shenanigans turning this years Super Bowl Halftime performance, M.I.A who was featured with Madonna says “Sh*t” & flips the “F*ck You” finger to the cameras before NBC could block it out. She’s living up to that “Bad Girls” song she has out right now. Good promo in a “PT Barnum” sort of way for her, but we’re sure she won’t be invited back in any more Super Bowls or with the NFL in any capacity. After the jump take a closer look at just how she feels about that possibility. Hahaaa!
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Nas Performs with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ During Super Bowl XLVI Festivities (Video)


While all the SuperBowl XLVI festivities are kicking off in Indianapolis, Nas stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s show, which is broadcasting from Indianapolis this week, to perform his latest single “Nasty” with assistance from the legendary Roots crew.

Imported From Detroit: Eminem’s Chrysler 200 Super Bowl Ad (Video)


Dope advertisement showing love to Detroit & Eminem is leading the way in it. Great job! FTW! This was the second advertisement that Eminem was involved with during the Super Bowl with the first that aired being for Brisk Iced Tea. If you really pay attention to what’s said in that particular ad you’ll see that Eminem is not just going to take any ad for a check unlike some rappers out today, but the word is Brisk paid him allegedly $1 Million dollars that was just to lend his voice for the claymation character. I respect the fact that Em is very choosy in terms of his ad choices. He even uses Brisk’s ad time to let YOU know why he doesn’t do commercials. Smart

Philadelphia Eagles Brent Celek’s Interview With Captain Morgan (Video)


I didn’t see this commercial during the game at all, but this sh*t is hilarious! Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Brent Celek talked with Captain Morgan about his special medical condition! Hahaaa!

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