Hey, Gang! The 2017-2018 is in full-swing, and while we are all familiar with the raucous confines of The Sweater Centre; many Flyer Fanatics will cheer on UD on the road. Whether you plan on checking out the mid-major action in Charleston, Pittsburgh or St. Louis, we’ve got you covered! The 2017-18 Blackburn Review Travel Companion is your guide to the best and worst destinations for this year’s road slate.
Philly, City of Brotherly Love, Black Boston; Philadelphia has several nicknames and despite being the sixth largest city in the country, doesn’t offer many reasons to visit. It is, however, the Gotham of Mid-Major hoops. No city offers more in the way of mediocre quality college basketball than Philadelphia. While Villanova (The Dayton of the East) has become a national powerhouse, the rest of the Big 6 toils away as middling nobodies. St. Joe’s, Temple, La Salle, Penn and Drexel are collectively Philadelphia to Villanova’s New York City.
A trip to Philadelphia isn’t high on many people’s lists, but if you must go, do check out the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. It isn’t surprising that a city with a perpetual Napoleon-complex peaked while Bonaparte himself was still fucking around in Corsica. If you’ve never been, picture the Philadelphia from Trading Places, but a little cleaner. That is modern-day Philly.
One thing Philadelphia does offer is Mitchell & Ness. If you enjoy retro sports gear, then head on over. The quaint shop has a vast selection of throwback stuff, but don’t bother asking most of the employees for assistance, because they are likely security guards and can’t really help you.
Less than a block away from Mitchell & Ness is the Reading Terminal Market. Inside you can dodge tourists to find many culinary treats, the best of which is the roast pork sandwich from DiNic’s. If cafeteria quality food is more your style, then head to Pat’s or Geno’s for a cheesesteak. Or skip those two shitholes shithouses and head to Tony Luke’s.
The most famous tourist attraction in Philadelphia isn’t one of the sites associated with our nation’s Declaration of Independence, but with a fictitious, mentally deficient boxer. Yes, the Rocky statue. Nothing says “take our city seriously” like erecting a statue of Sylvester Stallone. The laborers who built the iconic steps rising to the Philadelphia Museum of Art would surely be proud that their work is forever known as “The Rocky Steps.”
Home of the St. Joseph’s University Hawks
Has Hosted the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Chingy and Macklemore.
Best Bar: Bala Inn
Best Restaurant: Fiorino
Best Tourist Attraction: Reading Terminal Market
Most Famous Alumnus: Joe Lunardi
Hottest Alumnae: Tracey Greenwood
Local Delicacy: Roast Pork Sandwich