“HUNGRY DOGS RUN FASTER.”
So boomed Eagles center Jason Kelce, donned from head to toe in sequined glory at Thursday’s triumphant championship parade.
“No one wanted us, no one liked this team. No analysts liked this team to win the Super Bowl, and no one likes our fans!” Kelce screamed hoarsely to the Church of Philadelphia in the aisles of the Parkway. In what will go down as one of the most memorable (and only lightly peppered with expletives) championship speeches in NFL history, Kelce listed just a few things naysayers said about the underdog team, inciting more and more excited screams from the crowd. Catch the full epic speech here.
The mood was jubilant. The crowd swelled with pride as fans from across the city and region stood shoulder-to-shoulder, jampacked on Broad Street, the Parkway, and eventually, in green-hued zig-zagging lines that snaked out from the city’s transportation hubs. In a day of sweeping solidarity and proud dismantling of the underdog status, Philadelphia fulfilled its prophecy as the city of brotherly love, feeling all the feelings and showering the city’s football team with affection, sometimes in foamy, alcoholic form. After his bombastic speech, Kelce got off the Eagles bus singing “no one likes us, no one likes us, we don’t care!” along with the fans.
After a rough game day, SEPTA scored some points on Thursday, moving hundreds of thousands of fans in and out of the city with some hiccups but nothing show-stopping. Jim Saska and Laura Benshoff covered the traffic flow all day.
Of course, no great underdog story is complete without pictures of actual Philly dogs!
Eagles fans proudly dressed up their furbabies for the Philly Puppy Bowl parade, from beanies to jerseys to blankets celebrating the Birds’ championship win.
As the world stood still for many of us in Eagles Nation, not everyone gets to call Philadelphia home. On February 13th, the same day the Love Park statue will finally return to its home across from city hall, displaced Puerto Rican families receiving aid for temporary housing in Philadelphia will have to pack their belongings to leave the next day, writes Catalina Jaramillo. Without decisive state or federal action, city agencies, community organizations and local businesses in Philadelphia took the short-term disaster relief, but the efforts, like a bandaid, could not last. In response to many readers’ questions on how they can help soon-to-be-displaced evacuee Muriel Rivera and her family, you can contact Reverend Lugo at Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-594-6890.
Governor Tom Wolf announced in a press release Thursday the forty-five highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects that received $41.5 million in grant funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund. Six Philadelphia projects got more than $7 million combined from PennDOT, ranging from $183,750 to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation to install enhancements to the new Bartram’s Mile trail and greenway to $3 million to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to support improvements to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive. The city received $567,774 to purchase and install twenty-one additional Indego stations. Wolf attended Thursday’s Super Bowl festivities, sporting an Eagles scarf. On record though, Wolf avoided saying that the Birds were better than the Steelers, diplomatically telling WHYY News‘ Joe Hernandez that he is a “Pennsylvania fan.”