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"No one likes us! No one likes us! WE DON'T CARE!"

“HUNGRY DOGS RUN FASTER.”

So boomed Eagles center Jason Kelce, donned from head to toe in sequined glory at Thursday’s triumphant championship parade.

    • Eagles center Jason Kelce gives his now-famous championship speech. Credit: AP
      Eagles center Jason Kelce gives his now-famous championship speech. Credit: AP

"No one wanted us, no one liked this team. No analysts liked this team to win the Super Bowl, and no one likes our fans!" Kelce screamed hoarsely to the Church of Philadelphia in the aisles of the Parkway. In what will go down as one of the most memorable (and only lightly peppered with expletives) championship speeches in NFL history, Kelce listed just a few things naysayers said about the underdog team, inciting more and more excited screams from the crowd. Catch the full epic speech here.

    • A fresh and accurate tattoo commemorating the Eagles' win. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
      A fresh and accurate tattoo commemorating the Eagles' win. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
    • Eagles fans thank the players. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
      Eagles fans thank the players. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
    • Fans wait near the stadiums on Broad Street for the Philadelphia Eagles Championship parade, Feb., 8, 2018. Credit: Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY
      Fans wait near the stadiums on Broad Street for the Philadelphia Eagles Championship parade, Feb., 8, 2018. Credit: Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY
    • Eagles fans start young. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
      Eagles fans start young. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
    • One of the 24 buses at the Eagles Parade. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
      One of the 24 buses at the Eagles Parade. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
    • Flags and Eagles mascot Swoop on Broad Street. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
      Flags and Eagles mascot Swoop on Broad Street. Credit: Emily Cohen/WHYY
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The mood was jubilant. The crowd swelled with pride as fans from across the city and region stood shoulder-to-shoulder, jampacked on Broad Street, the Parkway, and eventually, in green-hued zig-zagging lines that snaked out from the city's transportation hubs. In a day of sweeping solidarity and proud dismantling of the underdog status, Philadelphia fulfilled its prophecy as the city of brotherly love, feeling all the feelings and showering the city’s football team with affection, sometimes in foamy, alcoholic form. After his bombastic speech, Kelce got off the Eagles bus singing “no one likes us, no one likes us, we don’t care!” along with the fans.

    • Eagles paradegoers wait in line to get into 30th Street Station. Credit: Jim Saksa/WHYY
      Eagles paradegoers wait in line to get into 30th Street Station. Credit: Jim Saksa/WHYY
    • Eagles paradegoers wait in a line around the block to get on Patco. Credit: Laura Benshoff/WHYY
      Eagles paradegoers wait in a line around the block to get on Patco. Credit: Laura Benshoff/WHYY
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After a rough game day, SEPTA scored some points on Thursday, moving hundreds of thousands of fans in and out of the city with some hiccups but nothing show-stopping. Jim Saska and Laura Benshoff covered the traffic flow all day.

    • Eagles underdog Ella D'ambrosia is READY. Credit: Queenie's Pets
      Eagles underdog Ella D'ambrosia is READY. Credit: Queenie's Pets
    • Eagles underdog fashionista Darla, a Port Richmond native, does her best bird impersonation. Credit: Diana Lu
      Eagles underdog fashionista Darla, a Port Richmond native, does her best bird impersonation. Credit: Diana Lu
    • Charlie woke up dreaming about the Eagles today. Credit: Bethany Chisholm
      Charlie woke up dreaming about the Eagles today. Credit: Bethany Chisholm
    • Tobi is glad he wore the right colors today for the Eagles Puppy Bowl Parade. Credit: Krysha Mallari
      Tobi is glad he wore the right colors today for the Eagles Puppy Bowl Parade. Credit: Krysha Mallari
    • Eagles underdog Chloe got this sweater when she was born. She has been waiting for the Philly Puppy Bowl her whole life. Credit: Shannon Brown
      Eagles underdog Chloe got this sweater when she was born. She has been waiting for the Philly Puppy Bowl her whole life. Credit: Shannon Brown
    • Seriously. Ella D'ambrosia from MontCo can't wait any longer for the Philly Puppy Bowl Parade. Credit: Queenie's Pets.
      Seriously. Ella D'ambrosia from MontCo can't wait any longer for the Philly Puppy Bowl Parade. Credit: Queenie's Pets.
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Of course, no great underdog story is complete without pictures of actual Philly dogs! 

    • 10-week old Bowie digs the Eagles and wears a wee little bib bc he is a puppy. Credit: Queenie's Pets.
      10-week old Bowie digs the Eagles and wears a wee little bib bc he is a puppy. Credit: Queenie's Pets.
    • Raya is sporting some old school underdog style. What a day! Credit: Jason Tucker
      Raya is sporting some old school underdog style. What a day! Credit: Jason Tucker
    • Daisy Davis in Mt Airy rocks the combo beanie with a tasteful over the shoulder ensemble. Credit: Queenie's Pets.
      Daisy Davis in Mt Airy rocks the combo beanie with a tasteful over the shoulder ensemble. Credit: Queenie's Pets.
    • Lulu in Chestnut Hill wants to be held by Jason Kelce. She would look so tiny in his arms! Credit: Queenie's Pets.
      Lulu in Chestnut Hill wants to be held by Jason Kelce. She would look so tiny in his arms! Credit: Queenie's Pets.
    • Tucker is a fandog, he wants everyone to know. Credit: Queenie's Pets.
      Tucker is a fandog, he wants everyone to know. Credit: Queenie's Pets.
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Eagles fans proudly dressed up their furbabies for the Philly Puppy Bowl parade, from beanies to jerseys to blankets celebrating the Birds’ championship win.

    • Discarded cans crushed by the crowd in the Aftermath of the Eagles Parade. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
      Discarded cans crushed by the crowd in the Aftermath of the Eagles Parade. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
    • Eagles Fans Crowd Next to Food Trucks. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
      Eagles Fans Crowd Next to Food Trucks. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
    • View of the Parade From Food Truck Headquarters. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
      View of the Parade From Food Truck Headquarters. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
    • Eagles Fans Sit Atop SEPTA Stop for a Good View. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
      Eagles Fans Sit Atop SEPTA Stop for a Good View. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
    • Crowd Gathers for Eagles Parade. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
      Crowd Gathers for Eagles Parade. Credit: Tom Gannon/Nick's Roast Beef
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As the world stood still for many of us in Eagles Nation, not everyone gets to call Philadelphia home. On February 13th, the same day the Love Park statue will finally return to its home across from city hall, displaced Puerto Rican families receiving aid for temporary housing in Philadelphia will have to pack their belongings to leave the next day, writes Catalina Jaramillo. Without decisive state or federal action, city agencies, community organizations and local businesses in Philadelphia took the short-term disaster relief, but the efforts, like a bandaid, could not last. In response to many readers’ questions on how they can help soon-to-be-displaced evacuee Muriel Rivera and her family, you can contact Reverend Lugo at Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha by email at roberto.lugo@apmphila.org or call 215-594-6890.

Governor Tom Wolf announced in a press release Thursday the forty-five highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects that received $41.5 million in grant funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund. Six Philadelphia projects got more than $7 million combined from PennDOT, ranging from $183,750 to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation to install enhancements to the new Bartram’s Mile trail and greenway to $3 million to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to support improvements to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive. The city received $567,774 to purchase and install twenty-one additional Indego stations. Wolf attended Thursday's Super Bowl festivities, sporting an Eagles scarf. On record though, Wolf avoided saying that the Birds were better than the Steelers, diplomatically telling WHYY News' Joe Hernandez that he is a “Pennsylvania fan.” 

About the author

Diana Lu, Community Engagement Editor

Diana runs PlanPhilly’s community outreach and engagement online and in real life. She has spent more than ten years in the non-profit and public sectors working on urban development issues including environmental justice, design-based manufacturing, and community and economic development.  Prior to joining PlanPhilly, Diana worked as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for 10,000 Small Businesses, a public-private initiative focused strengthening local businesses through revenue generation and local job creation.  Follow Diana on instagram @dianaluwho and email her at dlu@whyy.org.



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