The Philadelphia Eagles might want to make room on the shelf for some Emmys next to the Lombardi Trophy.
The real Philly Special was throwing it back to the `80s on an episode of ”The Goldbergs.”
The casting call for an Eagles ensemble came last year when ”Goldbergs” creator Adam Goldberg picked a football theme for his latest Philly sports episode. The furry green Philly Phanatic had guest starred and Flyers gear is much a part of the fabric of the show as Bev Goldberg dropping a ”schmoopie” reference. So it seemed fitting the Eagles would eventually get co-billing Sylvester Williams Jersey , and they do, on Wednesday night’s ”Hail Barry ” episode.
About the only thing Goldberg couldn’t script was a perfect ending: He watched the Super Bowl at a party in Los Angeles and had to skip a hopeful trip to the Eagles’ championship parade in Philadelphia because of a time crunch to write this season’s final episodes.
One cool part of being the boss of your own show is getting the chance to invite your idols to the set. His Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, family was part of a group that shared Flyers season tickets from 1985 to 1994 and older brother Barry was a die-hard Eagles fan. The 41-year-old Goldberg said his older brother arranged his wedding around an Eagles game, and is still a season-ticket holder even though he lives in New York. ”The Goldbergs” featured an episode on Eagles’ gameday superstitions but Goldberg went straight to the source for this week’s homage – 1980s star wide receiver Mike Quick.
Quick, a five-time Pro Bowl pick in the 1980s, was Barry Goldberg’s favorite player and plays an assistant high school coach in ”Hail Barry.” Eagles president Don Smolenski, vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and radio announcer Merrill Reese all make cameos. The Eagles executives made an appearance on the set when the team spent a week in Los Angeles in December between road games at Seattle and Los Angeles.
Goldberg also taps into the NFL pop culture of the day with a shoutout to the Eagles 1988 rap video , ”Buddy’s Watchin’ You .”
Quick, a color commentator for the team radio broadcast, was a natural on set.
”He crushes every joke to the point where the writers are like, can he come back as a cast member. I’m like, this guy has a real job,” Goldberg said. ”He’s so funny. If he went out here and went on auditions, he would get work.”
Barry Goldberg, who swore he would never act on the ”The Goldbergs,” broke his vow for the shot to live out a boyhood dream by playing catch with Quick . Barry Goldberg and his real-life Jenkintown Posse (JTP!) buddies play a game of touch football with their TV counterparts.
At the end of the episode, the cast gathers for an ”E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles” chant as the screen shows ”Dedicated to Eagles Fans Everywhere ,” and Queen’s ”We Are The Champions” plays.
”I knew the Eagles would win,” Goldberg said.
Because of talent?
”The minute I knew that (Barry) couldn’t go to the game because he got the flu , I said they’re going to win,” Goldberg said.
Ah yes Kerry Hyder Jersey , some good-natured teasing between brothers, 3,000 miles from the City of Brotherly Love.
The season five finale hit a bump this week when director Kevin Smith said he had a heart attack after performing at a Los Angeles comedy show Sunday night. Smith credited a doctor with saving his life after the 47-year-old ”Clerks” filmmaker suffered a total blockage of his left coronary artery, often referred to as ”the widow maker.” Smith was set to start shooting the finale of the hit ABC comedy on Monday but Goldberg said a staff writer will take his place for the episode.
”I’m just happy he’s OK. I emailed him and told him don’t worry about my dumb comedy show,” Goldberg said . ”Get better and we’ll have you back ASAP.”
The Philadelphia Phillies have stayed near the top of the National League standings halfway through the season thanks in large part to their strong play at Citizens Bank Park.
They’ll close out their first-half home slate this week with two games against the Baltimore Orioles. Right-handers Zach Eflin and Alex Cobb will face off Tuesday night.
The Phillies enter the series at 45-37 and are 28-16 at home. The team had an off-day Monday after taking three of four against the Washington Nationals, and the Phillies won Sunday in 13 innings with a walk-off homer from catcher Andrew Knapp.
“A win like that, especially against Washington, is huge for our season right now,” Knapp told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “It shows we’re here to stay. A lot of games left and we’ve got to keep playing well, but we’re up there with a lot of those teams.”
The Phillies have won 13 of their last 20 games and are firmly in second place in the National League East less than two weeks before the All-Star break. They’ll try to pad their win total against the Orioles (24-59), who have the worst record in baseball.
Eflin (6-2, 3.02 ERA) will be making his first start of July after a stellar month of June for the Phillies. The 24-year-old went 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA and 0.978 WHIP in five starts last month.
Eflin had one of the most impressive starts of his three-year major league career in his last outing. He threw seven scoreless innings against the New York Yankees, giving up only four hits while striking out six batters.
“Eflin was just outstanding,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters about Eflin after his last start. “…He certainly wasn’t rattled by anything. When he had base runners on, it’s almost like he got calmer. He did a really good job of controlling the running game and controlling his fastball. His working north-south better than he has before. And in June, he was dominant the whole month against some of baseball’s best teams.”
Eflin has never faced Baltimore in 32 career starts. Cobb (2-9, 6.75) will also be making his first appearance against the Phillies in his seven-year major league career.
The Orioles are 3-11 in Cobb’s 14 starts in 2018, including a loss to the Seattle Mariners last Wednesday. Cobb allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings in that start. It was the seventh time this season he’s surrendered at least five earned runs in a game.
“The inconsistency on my end, really never dealt with it before,” Cobb told mlb.com after the game. “But it’s really unacceptable to keep going out there and having a good game, and a game where you don’t give much of an opportunity for your team to win.”
The Phillies are 1-0 against the Orioles this season. They won a game in Baltimore on May 16 and will play another game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 12 to make up a rained-out contest.