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December 24, 1989 | By Dick Polman, Inquirer Staff Writer
David B. Zoob, 87, a longtime Philadelphia lawyer whose work as a corporate and real estate litigator was accompanied by his early musical accomplishments - notably, authorship of the University of Pennsylvania fight song - died Friday at Lankenau Hospital. A Philadelphia native and resident of Wynnewood, Mr. Zoob could have pursued a career in musical theater but chose the legal profession. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1927. As a Penn freshman, he wrote "Fight On Pennsylvania," which was introduced at a Franklin Field game on Thanksgiving Day 1919.
NEWS
January 21, 2005 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is a fight song? Look, Travis Tritt, you're a country star and all that, but if you have to sing about fans getting up off their seats, you've pretty much already admitted defeat. "Mmmmm, hmmmm . . . " This is how you start your new song, "Falcons Fever" (whose historical roots date to, oh, October) - Mmmmm, hmmmm? Yeah, that'll get everyone all charged up. If the song's so catchy, why did the team have to issue a plea on its Web site asking the "Citizens of the Metro Atlanta Area" to learn it?
NEWS
January 2, 2003 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's something between a jingle and a ditty, a one-verse composition so musically and lyrically undistinguished that even a well-lubricated chorus of 70,000 football fanatics can't do it much harm. But for all its aesthetic shortcomings, "The Philadelphia Eagles Victory Song," punctuated by the recently added postscript of "E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!," has begun to filter into the region's consciousness. "Fly Eagles fly, on the road to victory. "Fight Eagles fight, score a touchdown 1,2,3.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, For the Daily News
Sunday's win over the Pats felt more than awesome. But aside from that stray pre-Christmas miracle, you might think the Eagles Pep Band's mission is difficult right about now. You might assume this sad 5-7 football season has zapped the zest from the foursome tasked with leading thousands of tailgaters in rousing pregame renditions of "Fly, Eagles, Fly. " Can't be easy getting a disappointed fanbase to join in a jubilant fight-song sing-along ....
NEWS
January 9, 2004
THEY say that a picture is worth a thousand words. But since newspapers rarely print letters of such length, I am enclosing a photo of my cell phone banner proclaiming my sentiments. Regretably, Verizon Wireless advises that they cannot program the phone to play our fight song for incoming calls. GO EAGLES! David M. Seltzer Huntingdon Valley
NEWS
July 15, 1993 | By Thomas J. Brady, with reports from Inquirer wire services
BENEFITS OF DANCING NEARLY WIPE OUT ALL OTHER BENEFITS It's one thing tripping the light fantastic, but nearly dancing away your welfare benefits? Hey, that's another matter entirely. Word out of Oslo, Norway, is that that's precisely what Nelly Elgaen nearly managed to do. Seems Elgaen, 44, heard that dancing might help her bad back, which has kept her out of work and on sick leave for almost a year. So she went to a village dance in March and took a few turns with her husband.
NEWS
January 22, 1994 | By Ginny Wiegand, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Irving R. Leshner, 83, a psychologist and big-band musician who composed the Villanova University fight song more than 50 years ago, died Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital. Mr. Leshner, who lived in Ardmore, was born in West Philadelphia and graduated from Overbrook High School and Temple University. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Temple. He was a psychologist for 30 years at Jewish Employment Vocational Services in Center City, counseling people entering the work force.
SPORTS
March 23, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The mourners wore red and white school jackets, and a tape of the fight song echoed through the funeral home in tribute to 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil. The honor student was buried yesterday, six days after she was hit by a puck while attending her first hockey game. Several hundred friends and relatives crowded the stone-and-wooden-frame funeral home outside West Alexandria, Ohio, a town of 1,500 people. Some children arrived wearing the jackets of Twin Valley South middle school, where Brittanie was an eighth-grader, cheerleader, soccer player and student council member.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Rhule added an interesting twist to Temple's football practice Wednesday. The first-year Owls coach set Notre Dame's fight song on full blast over the sound system, repeating it over and over to give his players a taste of what they will encounter when they open the season Saturday in South Bend, Ind. "When that environment comes, I want them to almost feel like that song is their song," Rhule said. "I want them to be familiar with it and remind them that this moment is here and enjoy it. " Freshman linebacker Jarred Alwan had no trouble recognizing the tune.
NEWS
April 7, 1988 | By RON GOLDWYN, Daily News Staff Writer
Crunch time drew near. Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis was a few hours away from a nostalgic homecoming to Swarthmore College yesterday, and organizers hadn't decided what song to play when he was introduced. "What's the school fight song? Do you have a school fight song?" asked Pat Fn'Piere, a national advance man for the Dukakis campaign. Smiles all around. Swarthmore is a Quaker school, where the mere existence of a football team had once sparked controversy about violence, and a fight song is unthinkable.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, For the Daily News
Sunday's win over the Pats felt more than awesome. But aside from that stray pre-Christmas miracle, you might think the Eagles Pep Band's mission is difficult right about now. You might assume this sad 5-7 football season has zapped the zest from the foursome tasked with leading thousands of tailgaters in rousing pregame renditions of "Fly, Eagles, Fly. " Can't be easy getting a disappointed fanbase to join in a jubilant fight-song sing-along ....
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Rhule added an interesting twist to Temple's football practice Wednesday. The first-year Owls coach set Notre Dame's fight song on full blast over the sound system, repeating it over and over to give his players a taste of what they will encounter when they open the season Saturday in South Bend, Ind. "When that environment comes, I want them to almost feel like that song is their song," Rhule said. "I want them to be familiar with it and remind them that this moment is here and enjoy it. " Freshman linebacker Jarred Alwan had no trouble recognizing the tune.
SPORTS
September 9, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For a brief moment, the Southern California Trojans looked in trouble or at least wobbly, suddenly less than a touchdown ahead of Syracuse. Forget about a national title march if the Trojans couldn't get past this low hurdle. So, Southern Cal tailback Silas Redd was asked later about that brief moment, what were the Trojans thinking? "Fight on," Redd said outside the USC locker room. "Keep pushing. " Bittersweet words for Penn Staters? You hear your familiar mantra, part of "Fight On, State," but "Fight On" is the title of the Trojans' fight song, composed by a USC dental student in 1922.
SPORTS
January 31, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia Orchestra executives came to the Wells Fargo Center recently to see the orchestra perform the national anthem on the big screen. In an effort to provide class, and improve the overall fan experience, the 76ers' new CEO, Adam Aron, hired the orchestra to record the anthem. The video will be played at every home game. I was hanging with Aron that day, met the orchestra execs, and told them I had seen the Brahms Requiem . This really shocked them. I was impersonating a sports reporter, after all. Shows you how stereotypes run deep in both directions.
SPORTS
March 25, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
SAN ANTONIO - Maybe the Kansas coaches were having some fun. Or maybe it was a total coincidence yesterday afternoon at the Alamodome that a shooting drill featured players firing jump shots from the exact area of the floor where Mario Chalmers' arching three-pointer forever changed the KU basketball program. Either way, for observers of the Jayhawks' open practice session, the symmetry was hard to miss - especially for those who were there on that April night 3 years ago. Kansas pep-band members Keenan Soto and Sara Minor witnessed Mario's Miracle when they were freshmen.
SPORTS
December 5, 2008 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
Chris Gocong is funnier than anyone realized. He's funnier than he realized, too. Earlier in the week, the Eagles linebacker was talking to a Comcast SportsNet reporter about the gravity of Sunday's repeat clash with the New York Giants. There was a grave this-is-a-must-win discussion before things inevitably turned to wide receiver Plaxico Burress. You may have heard that Burress is fond of firearms (as well as wearing sweatpants to nightclubs and maiming himself). Gocong was asked how not having Burress on the field might affect the Giants.
NEWS
February 4, 2005 | By Keith Forrest
There won't be any cussing at my house during the Super Bowl because I have become a G-rated Philadelphia Eagles fan. I know that is not the reputation, but I had a choice when my two sons were born. I could keep the rough-and-tumble tradition, or I could start a new one. Whereas profanity used to flow from my mouth during Eagles games in a way that was probably bordering on psychosis, I now rebuke the team with less sailor-on-shore-leave-inspired phrases such as "Come on!" It is par for the Sunday course if you have a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, although my mother always said that kids should learn to cuss at home.
NEWS
January 21, 2005 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is a fight song? Look, Travis Tritt, you're a country star and all that, but if you have to sing about fans getting up off their seats, you've pretty much already admitted defeat. "Mmmmm, hmmmm . . . " This is how you start your new song, "Falcons Fever" (whose historical roots date to, oh, October) - Mmmmm, hmmmm? Yeah, that'll get everyone all charged up. If the song's so catchy, why did the team have to issue a plea on its Web site asking the "Citizens of the Metro Atlanta Area" to learn it?
SPORTS
June 6, 2004 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some of the thousands who came by car and train from the Philadelphia region to Belmont Park yesterday were racing fans. Others arrived to drink and party. But most Philadelphia sports fans in the crowd, it seemed, were on a kind of pilgrimage of the psyche, seeking something that, in some cases, they had never seen in their lives. "We need Philly to win something, man. It's been a long time," said Joe Corcoran of Brigantine, N.J., as he sat on a cooler outside the Belmont clubhouse entrance.
NEWS
January 9, 2004
THEY say that a picture is worth a thousand words. But since newspapers rarely print letters of such length, I am enclosing a photo of my cell phone banner proclaiming my sentiments. Regretably, Verizon Wireless advises that they cannot program the phone to play our fight song for incoming calls. GO EAGLES! David M. Seltzer Huntingdon Valley
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