Newsletter for Monday, Feb 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Just a reminder, kids: Spring training is just around the corner. The Phillies’ pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, Fla. on Feb. 18; their first preseason game is March 1. Photo via Instagram user @dathierryone.
HELP CROWN THE ULTIMATE PHILLY ATHLETE
With the Super Bowl in our rearview mirror (10 years since the Eagles played and lost in it), it’s time to turn our attention to more weighty matters in sport. So we’re going to let you decide the best athlete in Philly sports history. Who had a better career and meant more to the city? Was it the Flyers’ John LeClair or the Phillies’ Richie Ashburn? The Sixers’ Moses Malone or the Eagles’ Donovan McNabb? We’ve just opened Round One in our Ultimate Philly Athlete bracket, and we’ll keep this round open all week. Watch for results on Fox 29’s Good Day.
PHILLY COLLEGES AT THE CAR SHOW: ‘ENGINEERING FUN’
Amid the sleek modern and vintage cars at The Philadelphia Auto Show this week from brands like Honda, Ford and Chrysler, you’ll also find mini Formula 1 racers, from Penn, Villanova and Temple. It’s SAE racing — that stands for Student Automotive Engineers. All these teams are relative newcomers, with Penn trying to do what few teams can by getting an electric car to work this year and Villanova aiming to beat far more established teams in the gas car competition. Billy Penn caught up to the teams, and learned about the late nights — and the big satisfaction — involved in bringing a car to the track.
WHY ARE THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES SO OLD?
The Sunday Inquirer takes a look at the field for Philly mayor, and notes that fully half the known field — in the form of candidates Lynne Abraham (74) and Nelson Diaz (67) — is eligible for Social Security. The average age of the field is 62 — whereas the average age of the nine mayors who’ve served since 1962 is a relatively spritely 60. Why? Experts point to the expense of running (a projected $3-4 million this year; we explained why that is right here) and point to a Democratic party that’s been lax in developing a next generation of leaders.
TO DO: WATCH A CAMP MUSICAL
WHAT: “Mommy Queerest,” The Bearded Ladies’ and Dito Van Reigersberg (aka Martha Graham Cracker) present an all-musical adaptation of the Joan Crawford classic movie “Mommy Dearest”
WHERE: The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
WHEN: Cocktails at 5:30 PM, show at 7 PM, dancing, drinks and music after
HOW MUCH: $25
BILLY PENN LIKES
A (FULLY CLOTHED) WOMAN’S WING BOWL DIARY
If you can believe it, Wing Bowl 23 was the tamest Wing Bowl in years. Even modest, perhaps, by Wing Bowl standards. This year, there was no projectile vomiting at 94.1 WIP’s annual event. Most of the scantily clad women remained at least partially clothed. But Wing Bowl 23 was still Wing Bowl. And so we published one brave woman’s experience of Friday’s event.
ABE LINCOLN? BEN FRANKLIN? WHO’S ON CITY HALL?
If City Hall is the heart of Philadelphia, then the statue of the guy on top is the soul of Philadelphia. And you’d think everyone in the state that bears William Penn’s name would know it’s a statue of him, right? One afternoon, Billy Penn asked passers-by if they knew whose statue is atop the building.