After some initial confusion about the date, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the city would host a victory parade for the Super Bowl champion Eagles on Thursday, Feb. 8. The procession will begin down in South Philly by the stadiums, and end on the Ben Franklin Parkway in front of the Art Museum steps. The museum will be closed for the festivities, but it's not the only institution shutting down: All Philadelphia schools will be closed for the day, so students and teachers can "witness history." Yeah, this thing's gonna be huge. Find more details here; we'll be updating with new info throughout the week.
Three Philadelphia Eagles have already said definitively they won't be going to the White House for the traditional visit after a Super Bowl win. Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith each stated separately they'd be skipping the time with President Donald Trump. As for the rest of the team, local immigration rights group Juntos has started a petition for the Eagles as a whole to "take a metaphorical knee by not going to the White House." The Dreamer-related legislation known as DACA is one of the issues at stake in the federal budget impasse, which has a deadline for action of this Thursday.
Sunday night in Philadelphia was a party in the streets. There were a select few incidents of vandalism, but for the most part, the estimated 70,000 to 100,000 people who came out were simply giddy with joy. Here's Billy Penn's recap of the night, with 22 original photos of the celebration. The Eagles flew home Monday afternoon and returned to a hero's welcome — due to the whole team, but especially coach Doug Pederson. Pederson never stopped being aggressive this season, not after Carson Wentz went down and not when the Lombardi Trophy was on the line with Nick Foles under center. Here's a look at the two plays — one called a "Philly Special" — that won the Eagles their first Super Bowl.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Pennsylvania Republicans to let them avoid redrawing Congressional districts in the state. The plea to the nation's highest deliberative body came after the Pa. Supreme Court ruled the map was overly gerrymandered, and mandated it be redrawn. The state court voted 5 to 2 along party lines to reach that decision, which has sparked an audacious new move from the GOP: calling for impeachment of the state court's five Democrat judges. Meanwhile, it's getting more important to nail down district lines, as elections are approaching and a full third of the Pa. delegation is stepping down this year.
The best thing about the Eagles winning a title — other than Thursday's parade — is never again having to hear the city has never won a Super Bowl. There are 12 franchises in the NFL that have never won the Big Game, but the failure had always seemed to stick with us. Not anymore. Now that Philly's championship drought is over, which major city has the longest run without a title? We looked at every possibility. Here's the list.
The state-led School Reform Commission is disbanding, and control of local schools will be returned to Philadelphia. Specifically, to the new school board, which needs members. Nominations and applications to be one of them — here's the "job" description — are due on February 7, and can be submitted online or via mail.
When: February 7, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. to 11:59 a.m.
How much: Free