Keystone Krunch: Pennsylvania May Not Be In The Super Bowl But Its Snacks Will Be The Life Of Many Parties

Although the Steelers and Eagles didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, Pennsylvania and Penn State will still be represented on game day — on your plate.

Penn State experts have had a hand in developing, or evolving, many of the Keystone State’s famous finger foods.

While Nittany Lion alumni will represent Penn State on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium, Pennsylvania food industries’ wares will be served at Super Bowl parties nationwide. Companies from around the commonwealth — referred to as the snack-food belt — supply many of the Sunday afternoon munchies enjoyed while calling plays from the couch.

If your potato chips are from Utz, Middleswarth, Martin’s, Snyder’s of Hanover or Snyder of Berlin — just to name a few — the snack came from some region of Pennsylvania.

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Eagles Won’t Let Inexperience Be Another Foe On The Field

EAGLES COACH Chip Kelly explained it the best the other day when asked about his team’s unfamiliarity with being in the NFL playoffs.

“Depends on who wins, right?” Kelly said when asked about the difference in experience between the Eagles and the New Orleans Saints, tonight’s opponent in an NFC wild-card game. “If we lose, we were inexperienced. If we win, then there will be another story.

“We are concerned with how do we prepare to play a really good Saints team, and that’s all we can really be concerned with.”

Experience is an intangible, and intangibles come into play only when the tangible parts of a matchup are played at an even or near-even level.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20140105_Eagles_won_t_be_inexperience_be_another_foe_on_the_field.html#M8sFZT7D1QyowqpI.99

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Philadelphia Eagles Fans Eating Up Collegeville Italian Bakery’s Team Tribute

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Location of Lower Providence Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LOWER PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, PA — With a canvas of tomato sauce and brush strokes of parmigiana reggiano, Collegeville Italian Bakery/Giovanni’s Italian Market has created what could be the tastiest piece of sports memorabilia you’ll ever sink your teeth into.

When husband and wife team Steve and Patrizia Carcarey, owners and operators of the popular spot that’s been an institution for two decades now, decided four years ago to pay a culinary tribute to the Philadelphia Eagles with their classic tomato pie, customers quickly warmed up to the idea.

But it’s only recently that the Eagles-themed pies are selling almost as fast as mint Mickey Mantle baseball cards at a sports collectables expo.

“The sales have really picked up this season,” said Steve. “It’s just a neat idea we came up with that people really like.”

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/business/20140103/philadelphia-eagles-fans-eating-up-collegeville-italian-bakerys-team-tribute

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Eagles Beat Cowboys To Win NFC East

ARLINGTON, Texas – Throughout the season, Chip Kelly insisted he would pick his head up on Dec. 29 and see where the Eagles stood. So when Kelly picked his head up late in the Eagles’ 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys, he saw cornerback Brandon Boykin jump in front of a pass to Miles Austin for an interception that clinched their first NFC East title since 2010.

The victory came with tense moments, but the Eagles did enough to ensure a postseason bid in Kelly’s first season in Philadelphia. The Eagles host the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday at 8:10 p.m.

To secure that date, they needed to get past the undermanned Cowboys. The Eagles led throughout the game, although Dallas had the ball late in the fourth quarter with a chance to win. But for the third consecutive season, the Cowboys could not beat an NFC East rival in a Week 17 win-and-in situation. This time, Kyle Orton’s interception was the defining play a loss.

The key for the Eagles was three forced fumbles. Nick Foles finished 17 of 23 for 263 yards and two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy rushed for 131 yards in the victory.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20131230_Eagles_beat_Cowboys_to_win_NFC_East.html#6bWxrpFevVTWS132.99

Twelve Twenty Four Holiday Rock Orchestra ‘Rocks’ Sunnybrook Ballroom In Pottstown

Tonight Pottstown “rocked out” with the holiday sounds of Twelve Twenty Four at the Sunnybrook Ballroom.  If you have never heard of this group here is a synopsis in their own words:

“Established in 2002, 12/24 performs its Christmas music with a theatrical, rock edge and combines it with a narrated storyline to create a family friendly holiday show suitable for all ages. They are the first and foremost recreation of TSO and are making a name for themselves now with goals that aren’t stopping here.”

TSO stand for Trans-Siberian Orchestra if that acronym is unfamiliar to you.  I had the pleasure of attending TSO’s holiday show last year at the Giant Center in Hershey, so I was interested in seeing how well Twelve Twenty Four took on the legendary Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Between the music and the light show, that’s a tall order.

The 22 member group did not disappoint!  The large and enthusiastic crowd was very vocal in their appreciation of the stellar performance.  Sunnybrook’s wonderful acoustics lend themselves very well to concerts.  If you live anywhere near Pottstown, you should really take advantage of the concerts there. Tickets are very reasonably priced, the restaurant has excellent food and the parking is free and plentiful.

The group appears to be Luzerne County based, from what I could gather on their website, so they are not far away.  They play many venues around Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond. This was their first trip to Pottstown.  They complimented the crowd which leads me to think they might come back again :)   We can only hope!

In addition to covering TSO songs, they did some original material.  They have just released their second CD, “Light in the Dark”.  They also drifted away from the holidays for a few minutes and did an amazing version of “Barracuda” by Heart and “Hotel California” by the Eagles.  We were also asked to take part in a sing-along of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Evidently, we did a good job based on the band’s comments.  It was recorded so we might get put on their website.

The musicianship was first-rate.  The instrumentalists and singers were superb.  Co-founder Jason Santos is the principal composer and arranger for the group’s original material in addition to playing keyboards, guitar and singing.  With a group this size, it is noteworthy to mention that everyone stood out in some way.

Here is a link to Twelve Twenty Four’s website:  http://twelvetwentyfour.net/  There are music samples, videos and pictures on the website.  In addition, you can order their CD’s or buy downloads.

Their Facebook fan page is:  https://www.facebook.com/twelvetwentyfour

What a great way to celebrate Christmas!  Thanks for coming to Pottstown!

 

Vick Autograph Signing Postponed Due To Death Threats

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a...

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An autograph signing by Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in York, Pa. has been canceled temporarily, thanks to death threats made against the event’s organizer.

According to WHP CBS 21, event organizer Joe Bartolo claims death threats were made against him, his wife and their family for organizing the Vick signing, which had been scheduled for October 31 at a local Buffalo Wild Wings. Bartolo also says he was forced to shut down JJ Cards-N-Toys Facebook page.

“The message was, ‘I wish your wife and kids would die,’” Bartolo told WHP CBS 21.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pattisonave/Vick-autograph-signing-canceled-due-to-death-threats.html#fZD9TzGWduudLAEE.99

Jeremy Maclin Sustains Torn ACL In Right Knee

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee.  The injury typically requires season-ending surgery, costing the 25-year-old receiver the year.

Maclin fell to the ground during a non-contact drill in Saturday’s practice.  He was carted off the field.

The Eagles are now missing a starting receiver two practices into the season.  Riley Cooper took the first-team snaps in Maclin’s place.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-eagles/Jeremy-Maclin-sustains-torn-ACL.html#iDcOgkJvUjeAp1UD.99

Philadelphia Eagles Fire Andy Reid

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles' coach, after t...

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHILADELPHIA — Andy Reid‘s worst coaching season with the Philadelphia Eagles ended today after 14 years when he was fired by owner Jeffrey Lurie, who said it was time “to move in a new direction.”

The dismissal came one day after Reid and the Eagles were humiliated 42-7 by the New York Giants and ended their season at 4-12.

“Andy leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon.  And we are very excited about the future,” Lurie said in a statement released by the team.

The team pushed back a scheduled noon EST news conference to 1 p.m.

Read more:  http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=439812

Report: Eagles Coach Andy Reid Will Be Fired

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Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Andy Reid is out after 14 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press following today’s 42-7 season-ending loss to the New York Giants.

Reid is scheduled to meet with owner Jeffrey Lurie on Monday to discuss his future and an official announcement will come afterward, according to one person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a final agreement hasn’t been reached.  That person says there’s a chance Reid might remain with the team in some capacity.

Reid is due to make $6 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract.  He said he wants to coach next year, but it’s possible Lurie could persuade him to take a season off and perhaps help out in the front office in an “advisory” role.

Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko denied several reports that Lurie has already fired Reid, saying it’s “absolutely, 100 percent” untrue.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=439706

Chaos Now Defines Reid’s Final Days – Eagles Lose To Cowboys

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Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Eagles are gripped now by chaos.  There is no other way to look at it.  With four games remaining in a down-spiraling season, just hours after a late-night loss in Cowboys Stadium, they abruptly fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn, apparently telling him not to let the door hit him in the wide-9 on the way out.

In the midst of an eight-game losing streak, they now have fired a defensive coordinator (Juan Castillo), a defensive end (Jason Babin), a defensive line coach (Washburn) and, just for fun, a couple of front office executives.

As it turns out, even Nixon’s final days were more orderly than Andy Reid’s.

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/hofmann/Chaos-now-defines-Reids-final-days.html

Andy Reid names Nick Foles the starting quarterback for remainder of season

Read the article here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-eagles/Andy-Reid-names-Nick-Foles-the-starting-quarterback.html

Report: Andy Reid could become next Dallas Cowboys head coach

Read article here:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/Report_Andy_Reid_could_become_next_Dallas_Cowboys_head_coach.html

Craptastic Eagles Host Carolina Pathers On Monday Night Football

Eagles Brace For Hostile Home Crowd (be afraid, be very afraid)…

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Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MONDAY NIGHT Football.” A six-game losing streak. The Andy Reid era sputtering to a ragged close, with Jon Gruden right there in the broadcast booth, analyzing the proceedings.  In the 2-8 Carolina Panthers, an opponent that provides the potential for what would have to be the worst Eagles loss in a season defined by them.

People around the team are worried about an ugly scene at Lincoln Financial Field.

“It might be a little hostile,” said tight end Brent Celek, who is as much a part of the community as anyone on the team.  “The fans, they could be rowdy, which we’re all fine with.  We’ve got to be ready for it . . . Most important, we’ve just got to worry about our own job, what we’re doing, and everything else should take care of itself.”

Read more:   http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/playbook/20121126_Eagles_brace_for_hostile_home_crowd.html

Eagles Reach A New Low Under Andy Reid

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles' coach, after t...

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To be an Eagles fan is to be an expert in disappointment, a connoisseur of dashed hopes.

The team has suffered almost every flavor of defeat in Andy Reid‘s final season.  There was the shocking blowout in Arizona, the near-miss in Pittsburgh, the collapse against Detroit, the whipping administered by Atlanta, the failed gut-check in New Orleans.

But this one? This cruel beatdown at the hands of the hated Dallas Cowboys was a rare blend, indeed.  In an absolute must-win situation, the Eagles reached out for the faint sweet glimmer of hope, only to have it cruelly snatched away and replaced by the most bitter of defeats.

There was hope in the form of rookie quarterback Nick Foles, who led the team on two third-quarter scoring drives to take a 17-10 lead.  There was hope in the sudden competence of a defense that had been AWOL for the previous three-and-a-half games.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20121111_Eagles_reach_a_new_low_under_Andy_Reid.html?mr=1&submit=Vote&oid=1&178713011=Y&pid=178713011&cid=8500281

Eagles Give Fans Plenty To Talk About During Bye Week

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Andy Reid 080805-F-9429S-131 crop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Disappointing.  Bad.  Disgusting.  Sickening.  Horrible.

Take your pick.  All of those words, and some not fit for a family newspaper, were used in the Eagles’ locker room to describe what happened Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.

Don’t worry about the upcoming bye week creating a void of Eagles conversation around this city that has its emotional heartstrings wrapped firmly around this often exasperating franchise.

Every year, there is one loss that resonates with the “Fire Andy!” crowd long after the game is played and torments the team into the holiday season when it is time to sort out playoff berths, byes and home-field advantage.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/sports/columnists/groller/mc-groller-eagles-lions-game-1014-20121014,0,4327232.column

 

Jeffrey Lurie Reiterates How Andy Reid Is On Hot Seat

Editor’s note:  Well it’s about freakin’ time!!!  The fans deserve a winning season!!!

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Jeffrey Lurie will have no problem separating the utmost respect he has for Andy Reid as a coach and the sympathy he has for him as a person from the business of football when the time comes.

That subject was one of many covered by the majority owner of the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday in a wide-ranging annual press conference that was postponed from its original date of August 5, when Andy Reid’s son Garrett was found dead at training camp.

Reid, whose contract expires at the end of next season, will not get an extension unless Lurie sees a major improvement over last season’s 8-8, non-playoff squad.  The Eagles have not won a playoff game since the 2008 season.

“It goes beyond [a certain level of expected success] but there’s no question what I said was we need substantial improvement,” Lurie said.  “We have a very good team I think on paper, and paper doesn’t get you that far if you don’t maximize it.  I’m so excited about this season.  I think everybody in the organization and the fan base is very excited but it’s a difficult league and I think you have to beat the other teams that are very good.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/sports/football/eagles/mc-eagles-lurie-0830-20120830,0,4304604.story

NFL: Vick Hurts Throwing Hand In Preseason Opener

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles' coach, after t...

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHILADELPHIA — Nobody was expecting perfection, or symmetry, or anything in the neighborhood.  A pair of news conferences conducted earlier in the week guaranteed as much.The Eagles had to begin their season at some point, and Thursday was it.  Heartache would not prevent it.

Andy Reid, two days removed from his oldest son’s funeral, was on the sideline at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles overcame three deficits to top the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-23, on a 51-yard field goal by Alex Henery.

“It was a tough week, but this is our outlet,” Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said.  “This is our outlet and it gives us a chance to forget about things, put things aside for three hours and come out here and play this game.”

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20120810/SPORTS03/120809286/nfl-vick-hurts-throwing-hand-in-preseason-opener

Andy Reid’s Son Found Dead At Lehigh University

Garrett Reid, the troubled son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University this morning. He was 29 years old.

Garrett Reid, who served a prison sentence on drug charges stemming from a 2007 arrest and later had a relapse, had been working with the team’s strength and conditioning staff as a volunteer, according to a team spokesman.

Andy Reid is not with the team, which kneeled for a prayer before this morning’s practice.

Garrett Reid’s legal problems began with a 2007 arrest following a traffic accident when he was found to be high on heroin at the time.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/sports/football/eagles/mc-eagles-training-camp-0805-20120805,0,7806625.story

Eagles’ Lead Singer Glenn Frey Coming To Bethlehem’s Sands Event Center

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The lead singer of a classic rock band that is among the biggest-selling of all time  – and who also had six Top 20 solo hits — will complete the lineup for the opening week of the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, the venue just announced.

Glenn Frey, who sang The Eagles’ breakthrough hit “Take It Easy” and No. 1 songs “New Kid in Town” and “Heartache Tonight,” then topped the charts solo with “The Heat is On” and “You Belong to the City,” will play the event center on May 18, the venue announced on its website, www.sandseventcenter.com.

Read more: http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2012/03/singer-from-one-of-biggest-selling-bands-of-all-time-to-play-at-sands-event-center.html

Philadelphia Eagles Dream Team Finally Clicks!

Last night’s complete blow-out (34-7) of the Dallas Cowboy‘s by the Philadelphia Eagles gave fans a much-needed victory.  The “dream team” that had been much hyped before the season began finally gelled and played consistently for four quarters.

The Dallas Cowboys finally scored in the fourth quarter but were completely shut down by the Eagles offensively and defensively.  The Eagles made it look easy.

Andy Reid and his coaching staff as well and Michael Vick and his players were all on the same page last night.  The Eagles played like champions.

I hope this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the season from the Eagles.  It sure makes watching football fun again!

Eagles Embarrass Giants At Meadowlands

The Philadelphia Eagles gutted out a win yesterday over the rival New York Giants in the Meadowlands, coming from behind 24-3 at halftime to beat the Giants 38-31.  The Eagles scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.  The Eagles are now 10-4 for the season and lead the NFC East!

By comparison, former Eagle QB Donovan McNabb and his Redskins are 5 – 9 which is probably where the Eagles would be this season had he not been traded!

To read an exciting game synopsis: 

http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2010/12/20/sports/doc4d0f429f23c78566702571.txt