Newsletter for Monday, Oct. 19
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Macy’s is putting Christmas decorations up already; photo via @elsabeth80 on Instagram.
PHILLY HAS AN UNDEFEATED FOOTBALL TEAM (AND IT’S NOT THE EAGLES)
According to the Law of Conserving Football Victories, when the Philadelphia Eagles have a strong season, the Temple University football team can’t — and vice versa. Unfortunately for the Iggles, Temple is having an outstanding season, and Saturday’s win over Central Florida leaves them with a 6-0 record and national recognition. What does national recognition really mean? Basically it means people really like the team, and the last time Temple ranked was 1979. The Owls are the No. 22 in an Associated Press poll, and No. 24 in a coaches vote. Temple plays again Thursday, and the Eagles face the Giants tonight at the Linc.
THESE $3 DOUGHNUTS ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY — AND THE HOUR-LONG DRIVE
“I want to bring delicious food to areas where I want to live.” Sounds reasonable, right? That’s why the husband and wife team behind Curiosity Doughnuts is located in Stockton, N.J., population 600 and about an hour’s drive from Philly. The shop opened earlier this month and serves donuts in hand-dipped glazes like vanilla-buttermilk, butterscotch and strawberry at $3 a pop. Here’s everything you need to know about Curiosity Doughnuts (warning: the photos will spark intense cravings).
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WILL THE DNC REALLY BRING $350 MILLION TO PHILLY? REALLY?
During a press conference last week with the Democratic National Convention committee, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter stood alongside the CEO of the convention Rev. Leah Daughtry while she said the overall economic impact of next July’s convention could be somewhere around $350 million. “There’s no question, I would anticipate during that week virtually every, any kind of serious restaurant or other business to pretty much be sold out,” Nutter added. Try not to fall over; maybe you can guess how well this has worked out for host cities before.
THIS COULD BE THE WORST YEAR IN PHILLY SPORTS HISTORY
Speaking of Temple football being the greatest thing in Philly sports right now… This has been a miserable year to be a Philadelphia sports fan. The Flyers barely finished above .500 and missed the playoffs. The Sixers continued their tanking ways and nearly had the worst record in the NBA. The Phillies had the worst record in baseball. So Eagles, all the pressure is on you. Really. As of now, with the Eagles sitting at 2-3, the combined winning percentage of this year’s Philadelphia pro sports teams is .371. That’s the worst combined percentage since the Flyers became a franchise in 1967. Philadelphia is also in danger of not having a playoff team in a given year for just the second time since the Flyers existed. But the good news is there’s still plenty of football left. Here are the other two worst sports years in Philadelphia history and how the Eagles can avoid it.