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Good news, gang. We’re gonna give it another shot at O’Neals, but with a new host. The Legendary WID is going to start hosting quizzo on Tuesdays at O’Neals! One of Philly’s most beloved comics will be there Tuesday at 8 pm…asking JGT questions. Starts on November 19th. Hope you can make it. Should be fun!
Wentz isn’t the first 6’5″ 235 pound QB who wore #11 to go early in the NFL Draft. There was another stud QB by the name Drew Bledsoe, and after being taken first in the 1993 draft he helped lead the Patriots back from irrelevance to perennial contender. When he got injured in 2001, the Patriots were forced to turn to an unheralded backup by the name of Tom Brady. That backup would of course lead them to the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl victory. After that win the Patriots decided to roll with the unheralded youngster, despite the fact that Bledsoe was a three time Pro Bowler and had been signed to a ten year, $105 million contract earlier in the year.
Even though Brady led them to a Super Bowl, there were some that still thought he was a nobody who had been surrounded by a good team. In fact, consensus was that he was kept and Bledsoe shipped entirely due to money (the eventual GOAT was being paid a comical $300k at the time, while Bledsoe had just signed that “franchise QB” contract).
In hindsight, there is of course no doubt that the Patriots made the right move. Brady has become, well, Brady. But at the time there were plenty who thought they should have stayed with the prototypical QB, not the guy who just won the Super Bowl. As Bob Halloran wrote right before that Super Bowl win, “I liken Brady to a sneeze guard at the salad bar. It’s functional, it serves a purpose, and seems like a great idea, but is it really necessary?”
The analogy isn’t perfect (Bledsoe was older than Wentz, and Foles is quite a bit older than Brady was at the time). But the Eagles did find themselves at a similar crossroads. Do you stick with the QB prototype, the guy you took with your early first round pick (Bledsoe was a #1 overall pick, Wentz #2)? Or do you ride with the castoff who had been doubted by everybody, who didn’t have the tools of the larger QB but who had won you a freaking Super Bowl? The Patriots surprised many when they stuck with Brady, who despite one good year did not seemed to be destined for greatness. By trading Bledsoe, they received a first round pick (they would pick Ty Warren, a starter on two more Super Bowl winners).
And so the Eagles were faced a similar decision: go with the stud they spent a bunch of draft capital on (Wentz) or the plucky journeyman WHO OH BY THE WAY WON THEM THEIR FIRST SUPER BOWL. The return for trading a guy like Wentz would have been huge. They got nothing in return for Foles. They did the safe thing. They did the thing that common sense told them to do. And in fact, the Philadelphia fan base for the most part went along with the decision. After all, until he got hurt in 2017, Wentz seemed well on his way to an MVP. He was also younger than Foles.
Wentz came back in 2018 and looked shaky, seemed a bit off his game, but the fan base attributed it to rust. Once he went down for the year and Foles came in again, the team seemed to come to life, and if not for an Alshon Jeffery drop, may have returned to the Super Bowl. Perhaps thankfully for the Eagles front office (can you imagine if Nick had led them to a second Super Bowl and then they let him walk?) Jeffery dropped that ball. It closed the door on the Nick Foles era. To add an exclamation point, the Eagles signed Wentz for $103 million (interestingly, just $2 million less than the Patriots showered on Bledsoe before dropping him) this past offseason. It was decided. It made sense.
And here we are, with a 5-5 team that can best be described as “mediocre”, with holes all over the place. That’s not all Wentz’s fault, of course. Until a few weeks ago the defense was awful, and the loss of DeSean Jackson has been devastating, as the team has zero speed at WR. Foles, meanwhile, went down to Jacksonville and somewhat ironically has now found himself as the incumbent with fans calling for the plucky upstart. So it goes in the NFL.
As that last Eagles drive fizzled out last night, thanks in part to some awful Wentz passes, I started to think about how much he reminded me of Bledsoe; same size, same contract, same top draft pick loaded with physical tools, same bittersweet feeling of holding a clipboard due to injury while a less physically gifted QB led the team to their first Super Bowl. The Patriots took the cheaper route, the road less travelled, and their return was a clutch guy with fewer physical tools but who found a way to win. The Eagles stuck with the big money guy. The Patriots made one of the best decisions in sports history. The verdict is still out on the Eagles decision, and it’s totally unfair and premature to judge it too harshly after 10 games. (And let’s be honest, there was no chance that Foles was ever going to turn into Tom Brady.)
But as I watch this team flounder on offense week after week, as leaks continue to come out saying that Eagles players liked Foles better, as I think about what the return for Wentz in a trade would have gotten us while still leaving a damn good QB behind center, as I think about how Foles seemed to play his best late in close games, I can’t help but wonder if they made the right choice.
Excited to enter a new era of JGT Quizzo, as we kick off our inaugural quiz at Dock Street South (2112 Washington Avenue). Action starts tonight at 8 pm. Hope to see you there! This week’s schedule is below:
- Dock Street South 8 pm
- Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
- Founding Fathers 8:30 pm
- Birra 8 pm
- Bards 9:15 pm
We are kicking off a new quiz on Tuesday night, as I’ll be hosting quizzo at the new Dock Street South on 2112 Washington Avenue! Really excited about the venue. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s awesome. We’ll have drink specials, prizes, and Grand Opening Fun on Tuesday at 8 pm. Hope to see ya there!
After 16 years, we’re going out with a bang at O’Neals. Barring any popular demand to bring it back, we all think it’s been a great run but time to move on. $3.50 Mexican beers, lots of giveaways, and to celebrate 40 years in business, $4 40s. And it’s the start of Halloween Spooktacular week. Make it happen tonight!
We’re honoring the two teams in this year’s Fall Classic by having a Washington vs Houston quiz. Hope to see you this week!
NOTE: No quiz on Wednesday at Founding Fathers due to Sixers opener. We’ll be back there next week. All other quizzes on as planned.
What 1952 book by John Clellon Holmes is considered the first published novel depicting the Beat Generation?
Hollywood shill JGT is serving as a hype man for Gemini Man this week, as two of this week’s rounds will be VERY LOOSELY based on the film…no questions on the film itself, since it hasn’t been released yet. But some questions loosely inspired by it. Hey, come on, Will Smith’s a local dude! I can sell out for Big Willie! Quiz starts tonight at O’Neals at 8 pm. See ya this week!
Hey gang, a very rare two quiz week, as I’ll be hosting a Halloween quiz at the Comcast Center tonight, but a regular quiz for the rest of the week. So you’ve got a shot to play twice this week. Here’s this week’s schedule:
- Markets at Comcast 5:30 pn
- O’Neals 8 pm
- Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
- Founding Fathers 8:30 pm
- Fitler Club 7:30 pm (members only)
- Birra 8 pm
- Bards 9:15 pm
Here’s 5 things I’m reading/listening to/watching this week.
- I randomly stumbled across this buzzfeed article from 2013 this week, and HOLY SHIT is it an amazing read. It’s about how a sweet young kid became a medic during the War in Iraq and suffered severe PTSD, came home, and started robbing banks. It’s heartbreaking, and just brilliantly written. It’s a grim reminder of what a complete catastrophe the War in Iraq has been for everyone involved (except, of course, the people who made money on it).
Paper bag of lucha libre inexplicably by the door at Dirty Frank’s.
- After last weeks podcast interview (with Ange Branca, co-owner of Sate Kampar, the critically acclaimed Malaysian restaurant on Passyunk), we headed down 13th street with Fergie to Dirty Frank’s. Fun crowd, and a perfect bar. Most places are aiming for the level of authenticity that Frank’s has. The beauty of Frank’s is that it’s not aiming for anything except to be what it is. Here’s a great piece that Drew Lazor did about Frank’s for Vice a few years ago. One of my favorite places in Philly to grab a drink.
- Watched the 3-part Bill Gates doc on Netflix this past weekend. It’s really terrific. It was somewhat pro-Bill, but not a fluff piece by any means. He’s a really complex guy, and he’s a supreme intellect, and this doc shows both. I’ll say this: in terms of the biggest computer pioneers of our time, I think Bill Gates has a sincere desire to leave the world better than he found it. I don’t feel the same way about Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg.
- I’m a big fan of lyricism, singers who can paint a picture with words, and people who tell the stories of the down and out, so needless to say my favorite genres are hip-hop and outlaw country. Last week I talked about Ka, this week I wanna shout out one of my favorite outlaw country singers, Guy Clarke. Just stumbled across him a couple of years and haven’t stopped listening since. A few of his songs that I especially love are Dublin Blues and Stuff That Works, the latter a song which reminds me a lot of one of my grandads. And just absolutely love the following verse:
I’ve got a good friend who’s seen me at my worst
He can’t tell if I’m a blessing or a curse
But he always shows up when the chips are down
That’s the kind of stuff I like to be around.
Says pretty much everything you need to know about friendship in just four lines.
This last one is just me showing off: on Thursday night I got to go to the Hershey Hotel to host an event. What a cool place! My wife and I had gone about ten years ago and had a chocolate martini at the bar, and I was excited to go back for the event. The highlights of the place are the amazing atrium (above, which incredibly was originally the parking garage), the Hershey Gardens (just past the entrance to the hotel, an awesome garden and butterfly exhibit), and the Iberian Lounge, the hotel bar that opened in 1934 and basically hasn’t changed a thing in the 85 years since. There’s a kind of cool secret at the Lounge…the road on the painting behind the bar….follows you as you walk from one side of the bar to the other. It’s an amazing optical illusion. If you have a chance, step inside for a drink and check out not only the bar but the atrium, both of which are open to the public even if you’re not staying there. Extremely cool.
Alright, that about does it for this week. Until next week, be sure to follow me on twitter, instagram, and facebook. And be sure to shoot me a line if you wanna liven up your work event, wedding rehearsal dinner, or holiday party.
Thought I’d post some of the questions from last week’s Ultimate Music Quiz. I think it was a pretty good one. I’ll post the video round on it’s own. Round Four was a live music round (Reef and I rapping Rock n Roll classics) and I won’t be posting that.
1. The #1 song on Billboard right now is Truth Hurts, by what artist?
2. In what Broadway musical will you hear the song Joseph Smith American Moses?
3. In what city did Kanye West start his career?
4. The Righteous Brothers released the single, Hung On You in 1965, but it was a flop. DJs preferred the B side, a cover of a 1955 song from a prison movie. What was it?
5. This woman’s Love to Love You Baby was banned by the BBC when was released, due to its sexual overtones and 17 minute running time.
***6. The name of the debut Metallica album was originally going to be Metal Up Your Arse. What did they change the name to?
7. UFOs are in the news right now, because of video released by Tom DeLonge. DeLonge was formerly a member of what band?
8. Otis Williams is the last suriviving member of what iconic Motown group, whose hits included Just My Imagination.
ROUND TWO Name that artist. I give you their real name and where they’re from, you tell me their stage name.
1. Chan Marshall, Atlanta
2. Farouk Balsara, Zanzibar
3. Alecia Moore, Doylestown
4. Aubrey Graham, Toronto
5. Enrique Morales, San Juan
6. Anna Mae Bullock, Tennessee
7. Richard Melville Hall, Harlem
8. Reginald Dwight, England
ROUND THREE VIDEO (Name the artist or group)
ROUND FIVE Impossible
1. Radiohead got their name from a 1986 song by what group?
2. What group from Newark released their major labor debut, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, in 2004?
3. Chuck Berry only had one single go to #1 on the charts, and it was a 1972 novelty song. What was it?
4. What woman is the first and thus far only artist born in the 2000s to have a #1 single in the United States?
5. When it was released in 1977, the album Two the Hard Way by a group billed as Greg Allman and Woman was a dismal critical and commerical failure. Who was the woman?
6. Backstreet Boys second album was titled Backstreet’s Back. What was their 3rd album called?
7. The Doors were the house band at this legendary LA venue; other groups to play here include Led Zeppelin, Guns n Roses, and No Doubt.
***8. What British group released the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome in 1984 and what American group released the single Welcome to the Terrordome in 1990?
- Book of Mormon
- Unchained Melody
- Donna Summer
- Kill Em All
- Blink 182
- Cat Power
- Freddie Mercury
- Ricky Martin
- Tina Turner
- Moby (he’s a descendant of Herman Melville)
- Elton John
- Billy Squier
- Eric Prydz (partial credit for Steve Windwood)
- Crazy Frog
- Steel Panther
- Kings of Leon
- Eiffel 65
- Talking Heads
- My Chemical Romance
- My Ding a Ling
- Billie Eilish
- Whiskey a GoGo
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Public Enemy
As I’ve been telling y’all, the combination of quizzo and karaoke is pretty incredible, and next Wednesday, you get YOUR chance to get up on the big stage and belt out some songs. I’ll be hosting the Ultimate Music Quiz at World Cafe Live, a wild musical romp through popular music of the last 60 years. From the British Invasion to Boy Bands, from Gangsta Rap to Glam Rock, from nu-metal to New Wave, we’re gonna cover it all.
The prize for the winners? Music, and lots of it: you’re going to get free tickets to all shows at the World Cafe Live through the end of the year. You heard me right…all the live music you can handle*.
Between rounds, instead of me just playing tunes, YOU are going to have an opportunity to hop up on the big stage and perform in front of a crowd. So figure out what your song is, and come out and sing it. We’ll have a prize for best musical performance.
And 20% of all ticket sales are going to an incredible program: Beyond the Bars, a program my podcast partner Reef is involved in. It’s a program that does music education and provides musical equipment for youth who are in prison.
So there you have it: an awesome night, an opportunity for you to perform, a huge first place prize, AND an opportunity to do some good for the community. Pretty kickass combination. Hope to see you there!
*a few minor restrictions apply
Alrighty folks, it’s time for the Fall Season, so get your crew out to quizzo tonight. I’ll be returning to Comcast at 5:30. Carl hosting at O’Neals at 8 pm. Hope to see ya tonight!