Ready for Some College Football?

For most college students in Philly, the fall semester is just beginning. With the start of the school year comes the beginning of college football seasons around the country. Here’s what you can expect from teams in the Greater Philadelphia area:

Penn

The Ivy League champs (for the eleventh season in a row) are looking to keep the nation’s second-longest winning streak going. After losing its first two games last season, Penn rebounded in a big way, winning its last eight games. In fact, Penn is the only Ivy League team ranked in this preseason’s FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) Now Top 25 poll and the TSN/Fathead Top 25 poll.

Though Penn wasn’t picked as the preseason favorite to win its conference for a record twelfth straight year, the team returns 15 starters, including five from the nation’s top-ranked defense.

With 799 victories, Penn is on its way to becoming only the 11th program in college football history to win 800 games. The team’s schedule this season isn’t too different from that of last year’s, but Penn is looking to start strong against the two teams that beat them last year.

The season opener on September 18 pits the Red and Blue against the Lafayette Leopards (who won in overtime last season) at historic Franklin Field.

On the following Saturday, the Quakers travel to take on local rival and reigning FCS national champ Villanova, ranked first in several preseason polls. Homecoming will be on October 30, as the team takes on Ivy League foe Brown.

Penn State

(Though its main campus isn’t exactly in Philly, many Penn State students come from the area, while other students go to the university’s campus in Abington).

The Nittany Lions looks to make a run for the national championship, while legendary coach Joe Paterno looks to create some history of his own.

After two straight 11-2 seasons, the Big Ten powerhouse wants to go all the way this season. The team’s schedule is much like ones in past seasons: a couple non-conference games before the highly competitive conference schedule.

While Penn State starts its season at home with a relatively easy opponent in Youngstown State, the following game will test the team’s chances for a national crown. Mark your calendars: September 11. That’s when the team travels to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide, the reigning national champions.

The Nittany Lions heads back to Beaver Stadium and Happy Valley to wrap up its non-conference schedule, including a game against the much-improved Temple Owls.

As for Joe Pa, the coach, in his forty-fifth season with the team, only needs six more wins to reach 400 for his career. (He already holds the record for most wins as a college football coach, as well as the record for most bowl wins.)

Temple

After years of frustrating losing seasons, the Owls are back.

Last year, the team finished the season at 9-4, their best record in thirty years and their first winning record since 1990.

After a close loss to Villanova in the first ever Mayor’s Cup and a blowout loss at the hands of Penn State, the Owls regrouped and rattled off nine straight wins. Temple clinched a share of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division and competed in its first bowl game since that 1979 season.

This season, the team has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference. And that’s not all.

Running back Bernard Pierce, last year’s MAC Freshman of the Year, is a serious contender for the prestigious Heisman Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding player at the end of the season. In fact, Temple University is going all out to promote his campaign.

Pierce’s Hunt for the Heisman campaign launched a special website, and if the sophomore can improve on his record-setting numbers this season, there’s no doubt he’ll be considered for the award.

As a freshman, Pierce rushed for more than 1,300 yards and set a school record for rushing touchdowns and overall touchdowns in a season (16). In a win against Navy, he racked up 267 rushing yards; the week before, he tallied 212 rushing yards in a win against Toledo.

Excited about Pierce and the team now? You won’t have to wait too much longer to see them in action. This Friday at 5 P.M., Temple takes on Villanova in this year’s edition of the Mayor’s Cup at Lincoln Financial Field. With both teams in good shape, the game looks like another nail-biter.

Villanova

The champs are back. The 2009 Football Championship Subdivision national title belongs to Villanova, after years of good seasons with disappointing playoff runs.

The Wildcats (14-1, last season) took care of business against the Montana Grizzlies in a closely contested game and ended the year ranked at the top of the FCS Now Poll. This year, the team finds itself in the same position this preseason: first.

Seventeen starters from last year return to make another championship run. Three of them were named first-team preseason all-Americans, including star wide receiver (and now minor league baseball player) Matt Szczur.

’Nova starts this season just like it did last year. The Mayor’s Cup will usher in the start of college football for both the Wildcats and the Temple Owls. (Tickets to the game are on sale now and start as low as $18.)

The team hosts Penn at Villanova Stadium on September 25 in their annual non-conference bout. Th

e two FCS squads went at it last year, with the Wildcats winning, 14-3. The Quakers look to take revenge and spoil Villanova’s campaign to go undefeated.

Other Local Schools:

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) is home to several schools in the greater Philadelphia area. The West Chester University Golden Rams are the preseason pick to win the conference, and the team has been ranked in the Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll for the third straight year.

Among the schools in the conference, the Cheyney University Wolves will take on Lincoln at Northeast High School here in Philly on Sunday, while the Millersville Marauders play their first five games of the season at home.

You can contact Steve Jiwanmall at jiwanmalls2@student.lasalle.edu.

Photo:

City 6 Preview

All over the country, college students are packing up and heading to various institutions of higher learning. In Philadelphia, this is especially true; students from all over the city are on the move to residence halls.

So, what are you going to do when you get to your particular school? One idea would be to get involved with interesting and fun sporting competitions on the college circuit: City 6 Sports Tournaments.

Known formally as the Extramural Tournament (since participants travel outside of their own schools to play), City 6 was created by representatives of both Saint Joseph’s University and Temple University to encourage athletic competition, recreation, and socialization between the many schools in Philadelphia.

City 6 is considered the nation’s only intercollegiate intramural association that offers undergraduates a chance to compete with recreational athletes from other schools on an annual basis. Since its formation in 1986, there have been over 200 different City 6 sponsored tournaments, and over 600 different tournament teams have come out to represent their respective schools.

Every year, there are tournaments in such games as flag football, volleyball, softball, and basketball. A new champion is commonly crowned in each sport; every school has won some event in recent years—a fact that shows how well the competitions are monitored and scored. Fairness and fun are paramount concerns for the City 6 officials. They even introduced a 5-kilometer run that pits runners from the 6 participating schools against each other as representatives of their respective schools.

City 6 showcases athletes from Drexel University, La Salle University, The University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Temple University, and Saint Joseph’s University. People of all fitness and skill levels are encouraged to participate, and tournament officials ensure that teams are fairly managed and the general rules of City 6 are enforced.

The tournament offers something for everyone, including men’s, women’s and co-ed teams in a wide range of sports. All participating schools take turns hosting the events; for instance, Penn might host the basketball tournament at the Palestra or flag football at Franklin Field, while Temple might take the duty of hosting the softball tournament on Geasey Field, as it did last year.

This year promises to be another exciting year of intramural sports. The 5k run and flag football tournaments will be held in November (November 6th and 20th, respectively). Volleyball commences on December 4th, and basketball and softball will start in the spring. With all these sports spread throughout the school year, you should have no trouble grabbing some friends to rep your school.

You can contact John DeLuca at johnkde@gmail.com.

Photo: ©www.phillycity6.com

La Salle University's Art Museum

If you love the arts in Philly, you’ve probably visited several museums around the city. But, did you know that there’s an art museum hidden inside of one of Philadelphia’s college campuses?

The La Salle University Art Museum (1900 W. Olney Ave.) has been around since 1976 in the lower level of Olney Hall. Originally a small study collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures for art history majors, the museum has grown to include more than 4,000 objects.

La Salle even has its own permanent art pieces dating from the Renaissance to the present. The museum’s gallery rooms are each specific to a time period in art history, making it easy for visitors and students to see how art has changed over the years.

Through the generosity of alumni, members, and friends of the museum, the art collection includes local, American, and global pieces. Local art includes work from Charles Willson Peale and Thomas Eakins, who both spent a good deal of time in Philly. (Here’s a bit of trivia: Much of Peale’s estate is now part of La Salle’s campus, while Eakins Oval at the Ben Franklin Parkway was named after the artist.)

Noted American artists Henry Ossawa Tanner and Andy Warhol have pieces at the museum, while the global objects and paintings represent everywhere from Africa and Asia to Latin America and Europe.

In fact, the museum has a special collection of international prints, ceramics, and pottery that can only be seen via an appointment with the curator. In addition, the museum holds four or five special exhibitions every year that differ in location, time period, and style.

Cultural Collaborations, the museum’s current exhibition, features the work of students from the Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corporation’s (PDDC) Cultural Art Center. After visiting the museum several times, the students created their artistic interpretations of several pieces.

Located in the museum’s Community Art Gallery, the hallway exhibition includes everything from African masks and collages to oil pastels and inkjet prints. Most of the [students] have never received formal training in art, and so they create work in their own unique voice, said the Cultural Arts Center’s associate director Linda Price in a press release.

The exhibition was originally scheduled to close in June, but it has been extended until this Thursday, September 2. That doesn’t leave you much time, so hurry up and go see this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

Another exhibit ending Thursday, An Exploration of Modernist Printmaking, includes artwork from Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, among others. Feel free to take a self-guided tour or ask one of the staff members if you want more info on a particular piece.

La Salle’s Art Museum is easily accessible via SEPTA, and once you get on campus, ask around for Olney Hall. (You can’t miss it.) The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and on Sundays from 2 to 4 P.M. Admission is FREE, but donations are encouraged and accepted.

You can contact Steve Jiwanmall at jiwanmalls2@student.lasalle.edu.

Photo:

Late Renoir

The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses some of the most exquisite artwork in the Philadelphia region (yes, there’s more to it than the Rocky Statue). The Late Renoir exhibit is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a head start on that art history course, a bit of artistic inspiration, or some valuable knowledge, Late Renoir is sure to satisfy.

Spanning the length of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s later career, this exhibit demonstrates the creative development of a timeless artist. Using quotes and detailed paragraphs on the museum’s walls, an informative audio tour, photos and video of the painter at work, and (of course) his actual artwork, the Philadelphia Museum of Art manages to capture the very essence of the man behind the brushstrokes.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was one of the premiere artists of his age. His assistance in organizing the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 (in which seven of his own pieces were on display) was astoundingly influential, changing the way people considered art. In the United States, his influence developed even further, inspiring American artists like William Glackens to alter their own styles.

In fact, his soft detail, blended colors, and themes permeated the new Impressionistic world. His chosen subjects ranged depending on the events occurring in his personal life, such as the death of his child. From realistic (yet subtly dreamlike) charcoal sketches to paintings of heavenly sunsets, Renoir sought to choose [a subject] that is familiar to everyone.

Yet, the artist often chose to incorporate idealistic themes of his own—Arcadia, family members gowned in elaborate costumes—fusing the ordinary with the extraordinary. His collaborations with other up-and-coming artists, like the towering bronze sculptures he created with Richard Guino, transcended his commonly-used mediums to explore his own imagination more fully.

You don’t have to be an art aficionado to appreciate Renoir’s uncanny ability to create from his mind’s eye. Even more importantly, it’s valuable to note his understanding of art towards the end of his career:

I am beginning to know how to paint. It has taken me over 50 years of work to achieve this result, which is still far from complete.

This notion, that one never stops progressing, is essential to college students—especially during the beginning of the fall semester, when students are returning to the doldrums of exams, essays, and labs.

Need a little inspiration of your own? Now’s the time to visit Late Renoir at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Until September 6th, you can stop by this incredible exhibit for only $20 (with your student I.D.)—a fantastic student discount for such incredible artwork.

You can contact Elisabeth Harby at elisabeth@campusphilly.org.

Photo: ©www.philamuseum.org

Comedy and Sports?

There’s only one place in Philly where improvisational (or improv) comedy and sports come together. The aptly-named ComedySportz Philadelphia has been going strong for 17 years, and its Saturday night performances at The Adrienne (2030 Sansom St.) bring crowds of all ages in an engaging and interactive experience.

So, what makes ComedySportz different from other types of comedy in the city? Each performance is pretty much like a sports game, with two teams facing each other in several types of improv games, similar to the ones on the TV show Whose Line Is it Anyway?.

To add a bit of sports flavor, each show features a referee, who keeps the games moving quickly but fairly, calling fouls on players who go a bit too far with their jokes.

Each show is about 90 minutes with an intermission, so it’s not ridiculously long or short. The only day to catch a performance is Saturday, with show times at 7:30 P.M. and 10 P.M. Since all seats are general admission, it’s best to arrive at least 15 minutes before a show to get good seats. (Plus, there’s a better chance you’ll be called on stage for audience participation.)

Every year, the ComedySportz World Tournament pits teams from around the world against each other in an improv comedy battle unlike any other. This year, the tournament was held at World Cafe Live

Fall Concerts Preview

Back to school time is unfortunately upon us. Gone are the halcyon days of summer, and back are days (and nights) filled with classes, homework, and papers. But, just because you are on-campus doesn’t mean that you can’t still have fun in Philly. For instance, take a look at some of the upcoming concerts that you can attend to brighten up your school schedule.

1) The Pixies at the Tower Theater, September 7th: While many seem to think that the glory days of the Pixies have come and gone with the hair and glam of the late 1980s, they are still selling out shows all over the country. Relive some of the magic of the 80s when the Pixies come to Philly. While tickets are pricy (starting around $80) you can’t miss this opportunity to see one of the most influential bands of our time.

2) Flyleaf at the Electric Factory, September 10th: This female-fronted rock group has a heavy heart and heavier music. Songstress Lacey Mosley will enchant you with her lovely (but powerful) voice, while her band blasts you with soulful melodies. You can get your tickets from Live Nation, and for just $25, you can’t skip this show. These up-and-comers have already garnered national fame with their singles Again and All Around Me and are rocking in support of their newest album Memento Mori.

3) The Airborne Toxic Event at the Keswick Theatre, September 10th: Local radio station Radio 104.5 is bringing the gentlemen of the Airborne Toxic Event to this renowned theater for a special all-acoustic set. Fresh from the monumental success of their single Sometime Around Midnight, the Airborne Toxic Event brings their classic (yet modern) rock sensibilities to a venue known for its intimacy. Tickets are on sale for anywhere from $20-$30. For a band that was rated #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart, the price is definitely right.

Now that you have a few dates to fill up your calendar with, start checking into some other fall shows around Philly. Campus Philly’s Calendar of Events is chocked-full of concerts that can make your back to school a lot less painful. Save yourself from the back-to-school-blues, and head out to enjoy some quality time with Philly.

You can contact John DeLuca at johnkde@gmail.com.

Photo:

Bowling in Philly

If you’re one of those people who think that bowling is lame or totally cheesy, think again. Bowling is an up-and-coming national sport with a growing market and huge amateur fan base. And if you live in Philly, it’s easy to get out there and start throwing strikes.

The area is packed with bowling alleys; no matter where you are situated in the area, it’s simple to find an alley that can suit your needs. From Roxborough to Midtown Village, you’ll find interesting and unique alleys to test your bowling abilities.

Bowling started to gain national recognition after New Jersey native Kelly Kulick won a PBA Championship. She was the first woman to do so, and her win earned an unprecedented amount of media coverage for herself and the sport. ($40,000 in prize money and a flood of endorsement offers aren’t too shabby, either.)

So, wanna see if you can bowl like the pros? A good place to start and a favorite hangout for those who frequent downtown Philly is Lucky Strikes Lanes (1336 Chestnut St.). With 13 lanes, 6 pool tables, and a comfortable lounge area, you’ll be sure to have a great time. (As an added bonus, the staff will take food orders and bring it right to your table.) A great place to relax with friends on a Friday night, there are a couple of things to be wary of.

Since Lucky Strikes is one of the more upscale bowling alleys in the area and the owners try to maintain that reputation, there is a dress code, so don’t wear shirts or hats with questionable designs or slogans on them. Also, if it’s after 9 P.M., you must be 21 or older to enter. But small inconveniences like this aside, Lucky Strikes is an alley fit for a king.

A definitively different experience comes from Hi-Spot Lanes (3857 Pechin St.) in Roxborough, about a 15 minute walk from Philadelphia University. Smaller and located on a side street away from any of the larger roads like Main Street or Ridge Avenue, Hi-Spot has a certain charm that more than makes up for its small size.

With just eight lanes and various leagues present, it’s always a good idea to call ahead; but, if you head there on a certain days, you can sometimes bowl for hours without having to worry about crowds. Hi-Spot is friendly to groups both large and small, and it has low prices (far cheaper than Lucky Strikes), so if you happen to be off the beaten track, it’s a great stop.

Now, you’re ready to get out and bowl. But don’t think for a second that these are your only options for bowling in Philly.

If you are around Philly, feel free to check out some of the other cool places to bowl: Facenda-Whitaker Lanes in Norristown, North Bowling on 2nd Street, and Erie Lanes in Southwest Philly.

You can contact John DeLuca at johnkde@gmail.com.

Photo:

Students Predict Eagles' Fate

As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for their second preseason game tomorrow night, fans wonder what the season has in store for them. Veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb and running back Brian Westbrook aren’t on the team anymore, but the new-look Eagles have plenty of fresh, young talent on both sides of the ball.

To find out what college students think about the Eagles’ future this season, Campus Philly took to the streets to talk to some. Here’s what they had to say:

La Salle senior Rich Liebig:

There’s no question that this year has to be a rebuilding season for the Eagles. This is the first time since 1999 that McNabb isn’t the Eagles’ franchise quarterback, so it’s not going to be the same team we’ve seen in the last couple of seasons.

[New starting quarterback Kevin] Kolb has been getting a lot of hype coming into this role, and I don’t know if everything will go right in his first full year as the starting quarterback. It will take some growing pains before we see this team taking back the NFC East division once again.

La Salle transfer and current senior at Camden County College Emine Kilic:

This season is definitely going to be a rebuilding season for the Eagles. The players are new, and they need to be broken into the way of the game. I just hope that Kolb can pull through being the leader.

Philly native and Penn State senior Abby Meyers:

I have no faith in Kolb. He was only put in a few times. He has no experience. I feel like he was a waste of a high draft pick. We should not have let McNabb go. When he first came, he was great, but had no one to throw it to. Now, there are plenty to throw to, but no one to throw it to them.

My hope relies in [backup quarterback Michael] Vick. I actually predicted that he would go to the Eagles, and he did. He’s been a really great quarterback, considering it has all been just natural ability with no effort. Now, he has to apply the effort, and I think he will be a better quarterback for it. I would love if they put him in. He is very talented.

I hope the Eagles do well this year, but I predict a grim future if they’re just putting Kolb in. He has to prove that he is a good quarterback (which he hasn’t yet). For the next couple years, it just seems like we are building the team and not focused on winning games.

Eastern University junior Justin George:

The Eagles are doing things a little later than they should have been. They should have gotten rid of [coach] Andy Reid and McNabb a year ago, but now they just put themselves in a rut.

Kevin Kolb definitely has potential, but if they had gotten rid of McNabb sooner, we probably could have had [former Eagles quarterback Jeff] Garcia and Vick on the same team. In my opinion, [former Eagles safety Brian] ‘Weapon X’ Dawkins probably would have still been with us as well.

Andy Reid and the administration have to go. This year can be a year of rebuilding, as long as the administration gets itself in check.

I honestly think this is not going to be a winning season, but if Kolb and his team of golfers can do something and take us to a Super Bowl, I’d gladly take it. Either way, I’ll be there rootin’ for our Fly Boys, and we’ll see what happens. Just have some faith.

Villanova junior Mark Grzybowski:

With the new era of the Philadelphia Eagles on its way, there is no doubt the City of Brotherly Love has high hopes for this team. With the losses of long time fan favorites Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook, there are unfamiliar young faces at training camp ready to lead this team to a playoff berth.

This new era has many Eagles fans including myself indecisive on how our beloved team will fare this year. Looking at the roster, nobody can argue that we have one of the youngest teams in the league. The lack of experience, however, does not overshadow the pure talent.

New quarterback Kevin Kolb has a bevy of talent to show everyone why he was the third quarterback selected in the 2007 draft. The defense looks to be solid with a linebacker core that is going to set the tone for the year. With Andy Reid calling the plays for his 12th year, this team has the recipe to go far into January.

The problem for the Eagles will be the schedule and the other talented teams in the NFC. The Eagles have one of the toughest schedules in the league.

Looking at everything, I predict the Eagles to go 7-9 and missing the playoffs. The fun part about this year is the sky is the limit. This year will be a barometer for how we will do in the future. No matter the record at the end of the year, Philadelphia will bleed green for the Eagles and will definitely be Super Bowl contenders in the near future.

You can contact Steve Jiwanmall at jiwanmalls2@student.lasalle.edu.

Photo:

A World of Food in Philly

The birthplace of the melting pot that is called the United States is home to the most exquisite international cuisine around. Immigrants from around the world have infused Philadelphia with distinct flavors at restaurants that are must-visits all over the city.

Knowing that college students don’t always carry a ton of cash with them, check out this list of budget-friendly restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia area that boast some of the best food from cultures worldwide.

Key: $ = average entree is $10 or less; $$ = $15 or less; and $$$ = around $20

East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.)

Four Rivers (936 Race St.); $

Mandarin Garden (91 York Rd., Willow Grove, PA 19090); $

Panda Garden (275 Mt. Pleasant Ave.); $

European (French, German, Italian, etc.)

Austrian Village (321 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046); $

Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South St.); $$$

Caribou Cafe (1126 Walnut St.); $$$

Giorgio on Pine (1328 Pine St.); $$$

Latin American (Caribbean, Central and South American, Mexican, etc.)

Jamaican Jerk Hut (1436 South St.); $$

Sazon Restaurant (941 Spring Garden St.); $$$

Taquiera Veracruzana (908 Washington Ave.); $$

Tierra Colombiana ( 535 N. 5th St.); $$

Mediterranean (Greek, Moroccan, Turkish, etc.)

Casablanca (1111 Easton Rd., Warrington, PA 18976); $$$ (one price for seven-course dinner)

Divan (918 S. 22nd St.); $$

Effie’s (1127 Pine St.); $$$

South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, etc.)

Kabobeesh (4201 Chestnut St.); $

New Delhi (4004 Chestnut St.); $$

Tandoor India (106 S. 40th St.); $$

Tiffin (various places in Philly, including at Temple); $

Southeast Asian (Thai, Vietnamese, etc.)

Lemon Grass (3630 Lancaster Ave.); $$$

Mango Moon (4161 Main St.); $$$

Pho Cafe Siagon (4248 Spruce St.); $

White Elephant (759 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006); $$$

You can contact Steve Jiwanmall at jiwanmalls2@student.lasalle.edu.

Photo:

Philadelphia on Your T.V.

Philadelphia has always been a staple in American pop culture. From movies to music, the City of Brotherly Love is known for being one of the biggest cities in the country when it comes to entertainment. The world of television is quite familiar with the city, too.

From the days of American Bandstand (filmed at 4601 Market St. during the 1950s) to the references made by Philly native Will Smith on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the city has been home to several popular television shows. Check out five of ‘em, past and present:

Boy Meets World

If you were born in the late 80s or early 90s, then you have probably watched episodes (or at least re-runs) of Boy Meets World. The show revolved around Cory Matthews (played by Ben Savage) and his life as he went through school as a Philadelphia student. Throughout the series, Cory makes it clear that he’s a Phillies fan, while his younger sister Morgan is often seen wearing an Eagles jacket. Cory’s dad Alan and brother Eric always talk about the sports teams in Philly, and the made-up Pennbrook University is supposedly tailored to resemble such local schools Swarthmore University and The University of Pennsylvania.

Cold Case

This primetime favorite covered a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department as it solved cold cases, or cases that hadn’t been investigated in some time. Senior detectives Lilly Rush (played by Kathryn Scott) and Scotty Valens (played by Danny Pino) worked on cases that took them all over the city, and the flashbacks to the time of the crimes gave viewers a glimpse of past Philadelphia culture and history. The show filmed everywhere from Roxborough and the Italian Market to Fishtown and LOVE Park. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled this May, but you can still catch re-runs on CBS.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

With the city’s name in the show’s title, it’s obvious that this comedy has something to do with Philly. Known for its edge and sarcasm, the show revolves around a group of bitter characters who run Paddy’s Pub in South Philly. Throughout the series, the show has discussed everything from the Eagles and Phillies to the Revolutionary War and Liberty Bell. (There’s even an episode that features a University of Pennsylvania fraternity house.) While you can still catch your favorite episodes on Comedy Central, the new season premieres next month on FX.

Parking Wars

Though it’s been blamed as a reason for tourists to avoid coming to the city, this A&E show has been one of the network’s most watched programs. Following the daily routines of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), Parking Wars shows the often entertaining debates between the meter maids and those who violate parking laws in the city. The three-part process of the PPA (ticketing, booting, and towing) never gets old, especially in Center City, where the PPA writes up the most violations. In its third season, the show added Detroit’s version of the PPA, and there’s a possibility that the New Jersey town of Hoboken might be featured in an upcoming season.

The Real World: Philadelphia

MTV has literally traveled the country with The Real World, a show that sticks completely unique and random strangers in one house for three months. In its 15th season, the show came to Philly. For the first time in the show’s history, two gay men were cast in the same season, including the show’s first African American gay man, Karamo. The cast lived on the corner of 3rd and Arch Streets in a building that now serves as an event hall. (Known as the Union Bank of Philadelphia until 1970, the Real World house was listed in the city’s Register of Historic Places seven years later.) As part of the cast’s mandatory work assignments, the group of seven worked to promote the Philadelphia Soul (which was co-owned by Jon Bon Jovi at the time).

For Your Information:

On October 1, A&E will premiere Teach: Tony Danza, a real-life series that will follow the actor in his pursuit to teach 10th grade English at Northeast High School here in Philadelphia. Last year, Danza took on a full-time job at Northeast and assisted the football team, debate team, and the band, in addition to teaching his 26 sophomores. Be sure to check out the seven-episode series coming this fall!

You can contact Steve Jiwanmall at jiwanmalls2@student.lasalle.edu.

Photo: