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I wonder just how many individuals thought, “Yo, Philly statue!” when they saw today’s google doodle?  Okay, so maybe most of the inhabitants of our fair city thought that, but then we’re not such deep thinkers…

Turns out some other folks might have thought it was a tribute to THEM as well.  Like the University of Louisville.  Heck, even Detroit and Cleveland have one of these sculptures.

Well, google missed a golden opportunity to pay tribute to a REAL Philly sculpture a few years ago during Rocky’s 30th anniversary.  Chumps!

We’re making up for that omission now…


There seems to be an awful lot of online chatter implying that the governor dragged out the Sandusky/PSU investigation for political reasons.

Maybe to spare his campaign contributors? Allegedly, past and present board members of the Second Mile charity are responsible for over half a million bucks in campaign contributions to Corbett’s 2010 election bid.  And Tom approved a state grant of $3 million to Second Mile just last summer (it was initiated under Rendell) in spite of the investigation.  Why such a big chunk of change to a tainted children’s charity while you’re slashing education funds for kids statewide?

And there are rumors swirling on the internet about a sex/pedophile ring that was coordinated out of the York County courthouse.  Allegedly, there are players involved who had close ties to Tom Corbett and the intimations are that Tom made no attempt to investigate any sex scandal or corruption in York, despite lots of credible information.  This included a cyber porn complaint from the chief of detectives herself…but no traction.

But, well, you know, Tom’s a Catholic man so illicit sexual activity that may involve pedophilia maybe doesn’t seem all that unusual.  What’s to investigate?  Yet, the New York Times ran a glowing article implying Tom was much more of a  crusader (and online conservative sentiment concurs) who was “shocked” by the inaction of Penn State administrators.  Can you say perhaps, disingenuous…?

Then there was that other institutional  child molestation case at the Milton Hershey school that seemed to quietly fade from the radar screen, though the sitting governor (a school trustee and fellow Catholic) would have known about it.  The  school simply, and quietly, settled the cases.

But the craziest, and perhaps creepiest,  incident potentially connected to all this is the disappearance of Ray Gricar, the Centre County DA, who some believe was pursuing the Sandusky matter, but met a bad end because of it.  Sure, that seems in the realm of conspiracy theorizing, but people almost never just disappear without a trace…well, unless they’ve been dissolved in acid or sent to a landfill or something.

Their rationalizations are Greek to me! Not exactly the PLATONIC IDEAL of public service…

This story must be phalse

Phanatical phantasies?

A Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players ranked Eagles fans as the league’s most intimidating.  This in the same week where Casey Matthews reported that fans were so mean to his family that the rookie’s fiancée was driven to tears.  Back in the spring, GQ Magazine named Philadelphia fans (both Eagles and Phillies) as the meanest in America.  And is there any other NFL stadium that had a municipal court judge in residence to deal with fan’s criminal behavior?

Still, it is widely recognized that the fans are extremely loyal.  Possibly even…obsessed?  Might be interesting to do a little behavioral analysis on this crowd…

The actions of Jerry Sandusky are horrifying, but the possibility that he was aided and abetted by a possible cover-up makes it that much worse.  This scandal is huge.  A sainted coach, a winning college football team, a disappeared district attorney and a sex abuse scandal.  You know that there has to be some project in development in Hollywood as we speak.  Robert DeNiro as Joe Pa?

Why do we insist on creating heroes in America?  There are no heroes, there are just regular people.  Some are very, very good and some are very, very bad and some masquerade as one when in fact they’re the other.

Girls just don’t belong on the gridiron!!!  Then, again…

Okay, now it’s official.  City Council is only concerned with bullsh*t.  PLOP stands for exactly what it sounds like….

Brings to mind that quote, "The law is a ass."


 But let’s take a closer look at this Save Our Pools thing…the last thing you want in a swimming pool is dookie – any sort of dookie.  So why in god’s name would you come up with a fundraiser involving excrement?!?  And if you’re going to do such a thing, you might as well go whole hog and (as a colleague suggests) find some cute, Seussian rhymes to get your message out there.  Isn’t it obvious that POOL rhymes with STOOL…

But it’s the magazine from USAirways…the airline that charges for curbside check-in and PROHIBITS you from tipping the baggage handlers.  So I guess they have a different definition of “spirit.”

Okay, I can see how we’re more spirited than Phoenix, where they let you die waiting for a transplant.  And we are a bit livelier than DC, but Rio and San Francisco?  Come on…

Here’s a quote from a guy who just got a job shilling for the city (let’s see where he is a year from now):

According to Jack Ferguson, the incoming President & CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, “Philadelphia is a generous, passionate, spirited city…”

This story reminds me of another spirited Philadelphia holiday story…when Santa was booed and pelted with snowballs.

Santa, prior to a spirited attack by Philly phans.