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This little piggy went to the market; this little piggy stayed home; this little piggy had roast beef; and the rest of us little piggies got slop.Photo: www.courierpostonline.com

Down here on Philly Pharm, Pharmer Lurie set an offseason banquet out for all of us philly faithful with the selection of Chip Kelly as head coach of the Eagles. We all gathered day after day, rejoicing in the change of scenery; our spirits collectively anticipating delightful coaching goodies to generate hope for a brighter 2013 harvest. Pharmer Lurie and Hired-Hand Howie went about carefully crafting the banquets delights. We all watched as the crisp new cover was set over the organization's table. New smells started wafting in, heightening our anticipation. We knew the main course and we started to see the rest of the accompanying side dishes under glass coverings. But if Chip Kelly is the main dish, than the defensive coordinator is what's for dessert – we continued to salivate thinking of apple pie or ice cream sundays.

When along came Hired-Hand Howie keeping us distracted while around from behind Pharmer Lurie took his old bucket of bad choices, grabbed us by our collective necks and forced us to eat the slop that is Bill Davis. This bland dish is out-dated, soured, and full of failure. We are told this is a decent alternative to a quality dessert and are expected to swallow each and every one of the low ranked defenses that Davis engineered with a smiling spritz of “he just was a victim of bad personnel.” We are supposed to be rejoicing in the new regime but are instead subject, yet again, to bizarre choices and unappetizing selections.

Davis, a linebackers coach from the great and powerful Cleveland Browns, joins his former head coach, Pat Shurmur on Chip Kelly's coaching staff. Shurmur has an obviously less critical role than Davis, as Chip is expected to be the offensive play-caller during games. However, if Kelly's past coaching style is any indication, than Davis, on the other hand, will most likely have near-complete control over the defense. Sure, Kelly will have input but there is little doubt Davis will be the dominant defensive voice. What then does Davis bring to this staff? Out of all of the possible candidates for this job, why was Davis selected? He must have a very impressive resume to be chosen as a key cog in this up-and-coming, innovative, and even “visionary” roster of coaches.

Davis does have extensive NFL experience, a quality that the Eagles were searching for. During his 21 year NFL career, Davis has had stops on several different teams, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Carolina, New York and Atlanta; always on the defensive side of the ball and mostly as a linebackers coach. But there are two distinct coaching stints that should be examined most closely; namely, the two attempts Davis made at being the CEO of defensive operations, a two year opportunity with San Francisco and an equally long opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals.

Davis was named the San Francisco DC back in 2005. He helped coach the 49er's to an overall record of 4-12 that year and 7-9 in 2006. In those two years, while at the San Fran defensive helm, Davis' defenses were ranked 29th and 32nd in points per game. This poor showing led to Davis being Fired after the 2006 season. Once Davis departed and San Francisco revamped its personnel, the defense markedly improved its ranking, coming in at 20th in points per game in 2007.

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Davis moved on from his disappointing tenure in San Francisco to take a linebacking coach position with Arizona in 2007. Over the next two years, he sufficiently impressed Ken Whisenhunt enough to be elevated to the Cardinals' DC job. He served in that capacity during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In his first year as DC, the Cardinals finished the season as the NFC West Divisional Champs and won their opening round playoff match against Green Bay. The defense ranked 14th in points per game and 20th in yards per game, this would be Davis' best overall ranking in his four total years as a DC. In 2010 the Cardinals fell apart and finished the season 5-11, coming in last place in the NFC West Division and missing the playoffs. Davis' defense ranked 30th in points per game and 29th in yards per game allowed.

Davis was released from the Cardinals after the 2010 season and took his skill of coaching linebackers to Cleveland, where he spent 2011 and 2012 before Pharmer Lurie scooped him up in his bucket and presented him as something he's not to the masses of Eagles' fans waiting for offseason treats. Looking at Bill Davis' resume, he appears to be an outstanding linebacker coach, taking that speciality skill and parlaying it into a DC gig, not once but three times. Unfortunately, the NFL is littered with coaches that were put in positions that exceeded their skill level - just look at Norv Turner who is an excellent offensive coordinator but an absolute failure as head coach.

Bring in Davis as a linebacker coach for the Eagles staff, sure I can swallow that. But turn over the defense to him and the Eagles are serving swill as souffle.

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Note: Not ALL of this is to be taken seriously, so have some laughs on us.

So Valentine’s Day is upon us again..........Photo: college.nowyoutellmebooks.com

Pardon me if my lack of excitement isn’t palpable.

Believe me, I’m not trying to rain on the parade of any sentimental love birds out there. Regardless of whether it’s your birthday or otherwise, Valentine’s Day can be a really tricky “holiday” that represents several scenarios for different people. Think about it.

Is it:

A stupid Hallmark Holiday?

There are many who believe that Valentine’s Day is nothing but a gimmick pioneered by Hallmark, restaurants, florists, candy companies.

Frankly, I am in this category. Why does there have to be a special day to show somebody you care about them? Do you care about them anymore on this day than you do the other 364?
And just for the record, there are friends of mine who are girls that are in complete agreement with this, so it’s not just a guy thing.

A special day for someone special?

Personally, I think there’s a difference between women who are grateful for (but don’t necessarily look for) nice gestures on Valentine’s Day, and women who expect and need nice gestures on Valentine’s Day.

As far as the former is concerned, everyone at some point and time likes to feel appreciated. It’s just human nature.  But chances are if you like this particular person, you always do nice things for them anyway. Those are the kinds of people you WANT to do nice things for. So in this case, don’t be sappy or cheesy about the day, but still do something thoughtful (because let’s get real: the whole thing is pretty cheesy anyway). I’m not saying downplay it, but anything out of the ordinary will seem forced and pretentious. If anything, be thoughtful. If you’ve been with somebody long enough, you’ll know when NOT to overdo things.

On the other hand, the latter (in my experience) is mostly for insecure girls who view their self-worth by the gifts they get on this “holiday.” If you’re with somebody of this ilk, I have two thoughts. First: Good luck. If they are judging you by the number of gifts on Valentine’s Day, just wait until you’re married. Second: Run like hell.........and FAST!

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For some, Valentine’s Day is a day for those who don’t tell their significant other they love them enough and try to make up for it with a present. This is true. So much to the point where I can’t even go there comically.............

Either way, if you think a day like this will solve hidden and deeper problems in a relationship, then what you have is pretty superficial, or it’s only putting off the inevitable.

What if you’re casually dating somebody? How far do you go? (No, that’s not what I mean.)

This is really tricky, but it can be a great barometer for moving things forward, or ending things before they begin.  If you’re casually seeing someone, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with some roses. You don’t want to scare them off because you bought half the flower shop, but you at least want to make an effort and it’s also a nice gesture. Whether it’s a card, candy hearts, or a box of chocolates, I think every deserving woman should receive something nice on this day.  Again, being thoughtful can earn points. If they don’t appreciate it, then ditch them. Trust me: you really don’t want to be with them anyway.

So what is Valentine’s Day to you?

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As you might have seen during the Super Bowl, Former Philadelphia 76er Dikembe Mutombo is the latest to star in a GEICO commercial.  The former center is seen swatting everything from laundry to toll money to cereal. If only he was that intimidating against Shaq in the 2001 Finals.........
 
Nonetheless, it’s a pretty funny ad. Check it out!

 

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Join The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation on Saturday, February 2nd for Bowling For Hearts at Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes!
 
All proceeds will benefit The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation, which provides grants to local organizations and families throughout the Delaware Valley who are overcome by the financial burdens caused by family crisis, long term illness, or sudden loss of life.
 
Check out the details below!  
 
For information regarding events and tickets, please contact Melissa Staub at melissa@thebarkannfoundation.org
 
 

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For those of you who have never been to The Hair O' the Dog, this is the year for you to jump to the front of the line and join the party.

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Here is the basic run down for the 2013 Hair O' the Dog:Hair O' the Dog 2013
Date & Time:

Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:00pm - 1:30am VIP begins at 8

Venue: Loews Hotel Philadelphia

Location: Center City, Philadelphia

Entertainment: Split Decision Band
World Famous DJ ENFERNO performing his LIVE REMIX PROJECT
DJ Eddie Tully
DJ Perry Angelozzi
DJ Royale

Visual Stimulation provided by: Jewelz Entertainment and Strolling Tables

Live Contemporary Pop Art by painters: Glenn Stevens and Perry Milou

THE OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY WILL BE HELD AT G LOUNGE

 

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Check out the events schedule this week at Chickie’s & Pete’s- the best sports bar in North America!

Friday December 28th (9am to 1pm)

-Rob Charry and former Eagle Hollis Thomas

Monday December 31st, 2012

-No broadcasts with WIP

Friday January 4th, 2013 (1pm to 6pm)

-Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow return for regular Friday live
broadcasts thru end of August 2013.

 

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Wow! Who's ready for season 8 of Dexter? What started out (and turned out to be) an okay season ended with such gusto that it's hard to wait to September for more! The final episode left plenty of loose ends for the final season in the series and also turned into a bit of a nostalgic piece with lots of flashbacks of Doakes for Dexter.
 
LaGuerta continued to close in on Dexter, and even drug Deb into the mix when a mysterious surveillance DVD from the late Mike's wife arrived. It turned out he had asked for surveillance around the church where Travis was killed. The DVD showed Deb getting gas in a canister with a timestamp close to the time the fire started! Deb played it cool, but Dexter later went to LaGuerta's and saw she was requesting a warrant for their cell phone GPS info for the night of the fire.

Earlier in the episode, LaGuerta arrested Dexter for the murder of Estrada. At Miami Metro, the whole department was shocked and told LaGuerta she had gone too far. Dexter played the questioning, which Angel supervised. Then Masuka came in to end the questioning, telling LaGuerta the shirt with blood evidence she had was evidence from years ago that was missing from the evidence locker. Dexter set her up! A great twist, but she knew it and warned him to watch out. After it all, Angel asked LaGuerta to stop by his NYE/retirement party at his new club.

Meanwhile, Hannah got herself into a hospital - by having her old roomie from juvenile detention slip her something when visiting. When Hannah was being transported from jail to prison, she ended up in the hospital and escaped! What will she do next season?

At the party, Deb can't find Dexter, and Jamie and Quinn start something romantic!? LaGuerta is headed to show face when she gets a call from Estrada asking her to save him in the shipyard...Deb asks Miami dispatch for GPS on LaGuerta's car and heads that way, too. When Deb arrives, Estrada is dead, and Dexter asks Deb to leave. LaGuerta wakes up and starts yelling for Deb to kill Dexter, but Deb turns the gun towards LaGuerta and helps her brother out of this jam!!!! Deb the killer?

The season ends with Deb and Dex at Angel's bar watching the fireworks. So many questions. What a setup for the final season! Angel has to question this, right? Will Deb and Dex run away? Kill the whole department? How will Hannah be involved?



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Philly2Philly is honored to participate in selling copies “A Snowball’s Chance” on select dates at Chickie’s & Pete’s- the best sports bar in North America!

Check out their schedule this week of all their events. Philly2Philly will be selling the book at the events that are starred (*).

Wednesday

-South Philly hosts two tapings of the tv show, The Great Sports Debate.
(7pm to 10pm) *

-Drexel Hill....live WIP radio broadcast with Jody McDonald. (6pm to 10pm)

Thursday

-On the Roosevelt Blvd in the Northeast ...live WBCB broadcast with Merrill Reese and Harry Gamble plus current Eagles TE, Clay Harbor. (6pm)*

Friday

-Drexel Hill...live broadcast of 97.5 The Fanatic with Tony Bruno. (11am to 2pm)*

Sunday

-Eagles GAMEDAY crowd at all locations. South Philly opens at 11am.

 

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