The Phillie Phanatic has suffered many indignities — that's a big part of his job — but has he ever before been held up as a role model for a sitting president? Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update last night featured the best mascot in sports in a segment about Donald Trump's recent visit to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Discussing Trump's stunt of tossing rolls of paper towels to the crowd, anchor Colin Jost pointed out the similarities between that act and what the Phanatic does. "I realize he might not be the best president," said Jost, "but he would make the best mascot." Watch the clip here.
The Birds are 3-1 heading into today's home game with the Cardinals, so one quarter way through the 16-game season, it's worth asking: Who is the best player on the team? And, separate question given the lingering injury to Fletcher Cox: Who is the best player on the field? We broke down the offense and defense to give you a mini "power ranking" of the roster. For all you Carson Wentz fans out there, the top offensive player might surprise you.
Local artist Maria Beddia wanted to do something to help raise money for Puerto Rico, so she tapped into a Philly go-to: the Eagles. She created a new football-themed design based on the logo of her husband's Queen Village restaurant, Hungry Pigeon, and is now selling "Go Birds" shirts online, with a portion of the proceeds going to DirectRelief.org's Puerto Rico cleanup efforts. Act fast if you want in, these shirts are limited-edition and only available to order for another week or so.
This weekend, more than 3,000 paddlers from upwards of 40 different countries descended on the Schuylkill River for the annual Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival. Participating in a sport that dates back millennia, these teams of rowers pulled and steered and raced their way across the water. “Every year it just gets bigger, better and more fun,” said Ann Atkinson, a member of the Woodbury Wahines team. Check out 17 photos of the festive riverside action here.
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|What||Part of the annual DesignPhiladelphia festival, the Center City Design Crawl sees 10 businesses around the neighborhood open their doors to interested explorers. Touch textiles at the Fabric Workshop, draw on diorama cases at the Academy of Natural Sciences, tinker with lighting at the Lamps.com studio and get into other hands-on design experiences. Click "Find out more" for address specifics.|
|Where||Various Center City businesses|
|When||October 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.|
|What||If you're a West Philly resident or know someone who is, heads up on this free workshop hosted by PHS and Green City, Clean Waters. Free rain barrels and $100 downspout garden planters will be given out, and there's a cost-sharing program that can net you up to $2,000 in contributions if you want to replace your driveway with permeable pavers or build a rain garden.|
|Where||Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Library Children's Department at 125 S. 52nd St. 19139|
|When||October 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
|What||Victory Brewing reps will be in the house to give away glasses and help referee a serious tournament of Jenga Giant. Come to play or just to watch (and listen) as the best block-balancers compete for glory. Stay till the end for keg-kicking clearance prices on Crowlers of fresh beer.|
|Where||Memphis Taproom at 2331 E. Cumberland St. 19125|
|When||October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|How much||Pay as you go|
|What||Get ready for crowds having way too much fun and eating too much good food. The Yè Shì night market draws more than 20,000 people to the streets of Chinatown, where more than 50 food, drink and craft vendors will set up beside live musical performances from the local community.|
|Where||Philly Chinatown at 10th & Arch St. 19107|
|When||October 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|How much||Pay as you go|
|What||This night market isn't about food, it's about drama. Live performances from the best of Philly's underground arts scene will take over the Northern Liberties plaza. Expect firebreathers, aerialists, belly dancers, drag queens and burlesque shows on a free stage surrounded by visual artists painting and sketching the goings on in real time.|
|Where||The Schmidt's Commons (fka The Piazza) at 1001 N. 2nd St. 19123|
|When||October 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|