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Dear Philadelphia Eagles….Thank You

No words. 

Ask any of the what seemed like a trillion people (official numbers are coming next week) who attended yesterday’s incredible (and very, very, very well organized) Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl festivities to describe their experience and, well, it’s a guarantee that they couldn’t come up with the proper wording to paraphrase it all

Why?

Because it was just so fucking amazing. Isn’t that right, Mr. Jason Kelce? (By the way, your now legendary speech and mummer’s costume betta werk). 

Sigh….yesterday. It was so much more than just a sports celebration, it was a moment in time that no one will ever, ever forget anytime soon. But even more than that, it was a moment that finally put the City of Brotherly Love on the god damn map for the world to see. 

While yes, we’ve hosted some truly stand out celebrations and events along the great way–the Pope’s 2015 visit, 2016’s DNC and last year’s NFL draft, just to name a few–but it’s sort of felt like we just haven’t arrived yet……..until the underdog Eagles won the Super Bowl on February 4th. 

Yes, whether you like it or not (most people don’t, but that’s quite alright), Philly is finally officially an underdog city no more. As noted in Mr. Kelce’s speech, make that, iconic presentation yesterday, “an underdog is a hungry dog,” and you couldn’t ask for a city who wanted it more, whether a championship or just the national respect that we truly deserve. And well, now, here it is…because at the end of the day…we Philly and we’re certainly here to stay. 

While the national news did a standout job in painting us a city full of spoiled thugs and privileged vandals (they also forgot to mention that if you destroy this city…the city will find you and we certainly have..one-by-one), yesterday’s well received Parade of Champions finally proved above everything else that we’re a city that really, really loves our city.

Of course, there was trash everywhere (more trash cans throughout next year’s, err, future parades, perhaps?), but it did little to dispel that Philadelphia truly put on one of the greatest Super Bowl spectacles anyone has ever seen. Oh, just admit it, Mr. Brady…you know you were watchin.’ 

What it all boils down to like Alanis is that we’ve got one hand in our pocket and the other is high fivin’ anyone that we see right now because the city is truly just in a great fucking mood. We certainly owe our new-found Philly special feeling to our beloved–and just so precious–Eagles for which none our reinvented way of Philly way of life would truly be possible.

Seriously…does anybody else feel, like, different now? 

Besides serving up a football season that was nothing short of spectacular, our beloved Birds also proved that when you face challenges head on…you get results. So, to Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Doug Pederson and the rest of you guys (and your mom mom and pop pops, too!), the city truly thanks you from the bottom of our Bud Lite drinkin’ football hearts and so, so, so much more. 

You’re more than just Super Bowl Champions...you’re what this city is about–team work, strength in numbers and so much love to go around that it’s sort of fucking ridiculous. So, if there are any doubters out there who still have no idea what Philly Philly is all about, take a look at our football team and how we all came together as a city yesterday and you will have all of the answers you need. 

Fly Eagles Fly. Dilly Dilly 4 Lyfe. 

 

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Super Bowl Halftime Performance of the Day/Madonna

Here….we…..f@#king…..go. 

In just five excruciatingly long days, our very own (and just so precious!) Philadelphia Eagles will take on that other team in Super Bowl LII, while Justin Timberlake will be taking the reigns as our halftime performance host with (hopefully) the most. 

While there’s little tea to be spilled as to what (or who???) Mr. Man of the Woods will be trotting out onto the field this Sunday (stay tuned for a complete Philly Mixtape style analysis later this week), the only thing to do is to tune in and watch it all go down (and that it will, that other teams fans) this Sunday night. 

But of course while we oh, so patiently wait for it all, it’s absolutely necessary to have a reminisce sesh (isn’t that right, Left Shark?) and spill about Super Bowl performances from the past….and kicking things is off is a gigantic set from Madonna that rocked our worlds on Feb 5th, 2012. 

Taking center stage, er, field, Madge burst into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (this was the year the New York Giants beat that team the Eagles are playing) draped and dripping in Givenchy and Bulgari –with that Phillip Treacy crown!–armed with a fortress of Calvin Klein clad Roman-Egyptian Gods while serving us pure “Vogue” realness.

Collaborating with Cirque Du Soleil’s Jamie King and Moment Factory, the Material Girl delivered a high flying twelve minute spectacle that also included hits “Music,” (hey, LMFAO…where ya been?), “Give Me All Your Lovin,” and marching band/Cee Lo assisted versions of “Express Yourself” and “Open Your Heart.” Closing with a halo clutching rendition of “Like a Prayer,” in which the legendary Ms. M literally dropped from the stage into a cloud of heavenly smoke. Like…literally. 

However….sigh….although Her Madge-sty’s now legendary sports showdown set a then Super Bowl halftime-show ratings record with 114 million viewers tuning in (higher than the game itself), it didn’t come off without a hitch…and it was all M.I.A.’s fault. For whatever reason, the “Paper Planes” spitstress decided to flip the world her middle bird during her closing verse on “Lovin,” where we soon learned what happens when you just don’t hit that censor button quite fast enough. M.I.A. was highly criticized for her bold expletive and later fined a whopping $16.6 million which was settled in a confidential agreement in 2014.

But whatever the court case may be (we also doubt Madonna and M.I.A. have spilled tea since then, although the “Frozen” diva did accept her apology), Madonna‘s half-time slay not only solidified another reason why we’re still completely obsessed with everything she does, but it set the bar for every performer who’s stepped in the half-time performance spotlight since. 

In a word, you watching, JT? Because you’ve got some serious werk to do this Sunday. So, Let’s do it. 

Go Birds!

Cover photo courtesy of Yahoo 

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Grammy Performances of the Day/Adele/”Hello”/”Fastlove”

Are you ready for some……..Grammy action? 

Yes, before we get down to next weekend’s bigger-than-big Super Bowl showdown (anyone know who’s in it?? Of course we do…f@cking go, Birds!), the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be singing their way into our lives at 8 pm this Sunday on CBS. 

And no, you’re not losing your mind, they’re on in January this year to avoid scheduling complications with the 2018 Winter Olympics,  which will be airing on the network a few weeks later.

So, with that being said, the time is, like, right now to get all sorts of prepped up for this weekend’s show (check out the full list of nominees right here) to see how many more Grammys Bruno Mars and Jay Z will be placing on their mantle (Alessia Cara for Best New Artist?) and of course, just what everyone will be wearing as the fashion on display is just as important as to who’s going to snatch the whole entire evening in the palm of their musical hand. 

But alas……the performances that take place on music’s biggest night are truly what we come for, and this year is certainly no exception as Lady Gaga, P!nk, Childish Gambino, Little Big Town, Ben Platt, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, SZA, Kesha, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne are all set to take the Super Bowl, err, (not there yet…), Grammy stage this Sunday to serving us with an evening that music fans from all over the globe will never forget. 

Before we all get to break 2018 Grammy tea mugs, it’s always delightful and most highly appropriate to take a gander back to past performances and scene stealing moments, as much is the case when last year’s show can be summed up in one word…Adele. Not only did the 25 diva big up five trophies that night including Album, Record and Song of the Year, but she gave us not one, but two legendary performances. 

First, opening up the ceremony with a slaying and soaring performance of “Hello,” which was followed a tad bit later with a tribute to the late and forever great George Michael with a performance of “Fastlove.” But much to our dismay, this wasn’t just another spectacular performance from the English Breakfast tea sipping diva because when it didn’t start off to her own perfection, Adele took care of business the only way she knows how…by being fucking Adele and cursing on live television. Priceless. 

However….while those moments come oh, so close, the moment Adele truly stole the show occurred at the very end of the night when 25 took home the Album of the Year trophy in which the “Rolling in the Deep” songstress accepted her trophy…and then broke off a piece for her new bestie, Beyoncé, and Emma Gerber, too!

Delivering an empowering speech, Adele spilled to Bey how the award should be hers and how she didn’t understand how Lemonade didn’t win as it was–and still is–a dominating force to be reckoned with. This was quickly followed by the “Set Fire to the Rain” owner literally breaking her Grammy into pieces for the world to see while at the same time giving us a timeless moment that quickly became a heavenly slice of music history.

Only at the Grammys, kids. So, who’s ready for this Sunday? Everyone. 

Cover photo courtesy of The Indian Express