Philadelphia fans fill the streets to commiserate in solidarity
QB Jalen Hurts broke records, but the Eagles were outplayed in the Super Bowl, losing to the Chiefs 38-35 after a late penalty ruined comeback chances.
- Philadelphia fans still gathered on Broad Street for a subdued celebration of “not being Kansas City” and a great season for the Birds. There were drumlines and even fireworks, WHYY News reports.
Hurts took it in stride, saying “You either win or you learn.” If you’re struggling to find the same zen, Nick Kariuki got tips from the experts on how to recover.
→ There’s even a sad fan support group
Comcast blames Super Bowl outage on vandalism in Kensington
For a good part of the day on Sunday, Philadelphians in the River Wards could not get their last bit of Eagles fix.
- Comcast’s Xfinity service went down early afternoon in the area around Fishtown, leading to major frustration as the outage disrupted watch parties and pregame fun.
Service was finally restored about 20 minutes after kickoff. What happened? “Vandalism” in Kensington, a company rep told Billy Penn.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Over 36,000 people applied to be on the PHA waitlist for a housing choice voucher, which the agency deemed “low.” It’s still more than the 10k spots available — recipients will be chosen via lottery. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly]
- Four years after his indictment, former Philly labor leader John Dougherty’s federal embezzlement trial was again postponed, this time on request of his lawyers. Yes, Doc was already convicted, but that was on separate bribery charges — and he still hasn’t been sentenced. [BP 2019/Inquirer$/BP 2021/BP 2022]
- A kitchen fire last Thursday has indefinitely closed Tequilas, a fine-dining Mexican restaurant open in Center City since 1986. A GoFundMe for out-of-work staff has raised over $25,000 so far. [6ABC/GoFundMe]
- The iconic Boot & Saddle sign has been deemed historically significant, which means even if the building gets torn down, the shoe-shaped neon will be saved. After an ownership change three years ago, the venue now operates as Solar Myth. [BP 2020]
- WNBA star Brittney Griner was in the stands last night, rooting for the Eagles. [@NFL]
- In non-football sports news: Major League Cornhole is now apparently a thing, and the league’s first team is the Philadelphia Bell-Ringers. [Inquirer$/Crossing Broad/Facebook]
Nothing public on Mayor Kenney’s schedule today. Last night he offered congratulations to “Jeff Lurie, Howie Roseman, Nick Sirianni, and all the coaches, players and the entire front office staff” for a thrilling Philadelphia Eagles season.
ON THE CALENDAR
🏩 The day after Valentine’s Day seems a good time as any for a speed dating event, this one with bingo at Warehouse on Watts. Tix are $20. (6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15)
🦜 Good timing? “Conversations with Birds” opens at the Academy of Natural Sciences, with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on events. (Saturday, Feb. 18, through May 21)
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