As it became obvious the Eagles would crush the Vikings and win the NFC Championship, Birds fans around the country began making travel plans. From New Orleans to San Francisco, Eagles faithful bought plane tickets and arranged to make the trip to watch their team play in the Big Game — not in Minneapolis, but in Philadelphia. "It’s not about where they’re playing anymore," said one expat heading home to be with her family on Sunday. "It’s about the city."
As it stands, with Nick Foles instead of Carson Wentz at quarterback, the Eagles are going into the Super Bowl as underdogs versus the Patriots. But given the way Foles has delivered in the playoffs, there’s a real, legitimate chance Philadelphia has the better team. This game is going to come down to every last detail, and small moments will make the difference. Here are five things the Eagles must do to pull off a win on Sunday.
There’s always plenty of money gambled on the outcome of the Super Bowl — last year’s contest saw nearly $5 billion in bets. But as the Eagles prepare to take on the Patriots this Sunday, there’s more at stake than just cold, hard cash. We’re talking food. Beer. Candy. Costumes. And most of all, pride. Wagers have been placed between Philly and Boston mayors, zoos, universities, religious institutions and ice cream makers. Here's a rundown of everything on the line this year.
When is it good to have a silly video of you go viral? When it nabs you Super Bowl tickets. Haley Parks, the Rutgers student whose dad recorded her groggily recovering from dental surgery, is flying to Minneapolis courtesy of the Eagles. In the video, totally high, she freaks out thinking she slept through the game, then goes into detail about it. She wants badly to tell the team members about how much she's supporting them, she says, but "I don't have their telephone numbers." The Eagles shared the vid on Facebook, with this note: "Hey Haley, we've got two tickets waiting for you in Minnesota."
Meanwhile, South Street is still South Street. At Sexploratorium, that means sex workshops that give new meaning to consent. Teachers Dvora and Paul, who've been together 30 years, are all about ensuring people realize "no means no." But the couple goes beyond that to teach what they call the “ideal yes.” Here's how Dvora and Paul encourage their students to learn what gives them sexual pleasure — and then ask for it.
Whatever your Super Bowl watching plans are, you're gonna need lots of energy. Wawa's can help — for free. On Sunday, all MidAtlantic stores will be giving away gratis cups of coffee right up until gametime. (Tip: Try the new Wawa Reserve, it's really good.)
Where: Wawa at various locations across the region
When: February 4, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free