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September 29, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
Oddly, the jitters are still there. Even after all these years - 32, if you happen to be counting - Merrill Reese wakes up on Sunday during the NFL season with the same churning stomach that he had when he stepped in for Eagles play-by-play announcer Charlie Swift, who committed suicide with two games remaining in the 1977 season. It was there then and it was there two Sundays ago when the Eagles played the Lions in Detroit. "I still get excited doing this," Reese says. "My love for the job is as great now as it was then, perhaps even greater.
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August 31, 1991 | By Mark Bowden, Inquirer Staff Writer
Verse, extemporaneous/Merrill Reese/Dec. 2, 1990: Eagles ball, inside their own five. Cunningham is back. He's being trapped! He ducks under three men! He's looking! He's rolling! He's heaving it deep down field for Barnett, Who leaps and HAS IT! AT THE FORTY! AT THE THIRTY-FIVE-THIRTY! TWENTY-FIVE-TWENTY BARNETT'S GOING TO SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE!!!!!!!!! That voice! Something about its range, resonance and timbre fits snug in the sonic dimensions of an electrically amplified speaker, particularly the tinny, softly hissing speakers of an old radio or transistor, from whence it emerges disembodied, just like voices from the golden age of radio.
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October 26, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even while working as an extra in an Academy Award-winning movie as a youngster, Eagles radio announcer Merrill Reese had football on his mind. Reese appeared in The Greatest Show on Earth, which won for best picture of 1952, and his fondest memory consists of having a catch with one of the actors in the film, who played a clown. The actor happened to be Jimmy Stewart, whom Reese knew only as the man nice enough to have a catch with him during lunch breaks. "I thought he was a great guy with a good arm," Reese recalled.
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November 21, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The news yesterday of the death of former Eagles strong safety Andre Waters saddened those who knew the hard-hitting defensive back, who was known for his tenacity on the field and generosity off it. Mr. Waters, 44, was found by his girlfriend at his home in Tampa, Fla., early yesterday, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The medical examiner's office confirmed that he had shot himself in the head. Mr. Waters had just completed his first season as defensive coordinator for Fort Valley State in Macon, Ga. "He was a great teammate, a hell of a player," said former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan in a phone interview.
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January 14, 2009
Who: Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals What: NFC Championship Game When: Sunday, 3 p.m. Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. Records: Eagles (9-6-1, 2-0); Cardinals (9-7, 2-0) TV: Fox, with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Chris Myers Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM), WIP (610-AM), with Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin. AFC Championship: Sunday, Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. (CBS) Super Bowl: Sunday, Feb. 1, Tampa, Fla.; AFC vs. NFC, 6 p.m. (NBC)
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August 7, 2000 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
If you ever heard Jack Edelstein speak in public, chances are you didn't know what the heck he was talking about. But that's OK. Chances are he didn't either. "He was the king of double-talk," said Michael Nathanson, a nephew. "He'd start talking and you'd think he was making sense. But, after a while you would realize that he really wasn't saying anything. That was his shtick. " Edelstein, a longtime Eagles football statistician and master of gobbledygook who hobnobbed with the rich and famous and kept 'em laughing at hundreds of celebrity roasts and charity events in the Delaware Valley and elsewhere, died of liver cancer on Friday at his home.
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September 3, 2009 | by Les Bowen
Records: Eagles 1-2; Jets 1-2 When: Tonight, 7 o'clock Where: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. TV: 6ABC, with Kevin Reilly, Herm Edwards, Hugh Douglas and Dave Spadaro Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM), WIP (610-AM), with Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin Preseason history: The Jets lead the preseason series, 18-10. Next for Eagles: Regular-season opener at Carolina on Sept. 13 3 THINGS TO WATCH 1. Michael Vick: He's likely to play considerably more this week, and in a more conventional quarterback role, giving fans (and coaches)
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September 26, 1990 | By Rich Bradley, Special to the Daily News
If this keeps up, it might not even pay to park the car. Two nights ago, the Phillies beat the Expos in 2 hours, 9 minutes. Last night, the Phils lost to the Cardinals in 2:02. These quick games mean one thing: The Phils' pitching, so suspect at the beginning of the year, is showing tremendous improvement. Instead of issuing a lot of walks and giving up a lot of runs, the pitching of late has been downright phenomenal. In the last five games of this homestand, the Phillies have allowed just nine earned runs in 53 innings, for a toothpick-thin earned run average of 1.53.
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April 21, 1998 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Don McKee contributed to this report
Ken Stevens, general manager of WYSP-FM, said the Eagles' front office never told him to put a clause in Garry Cobb's contract forbidding the TV and radio personality from criticizing the football team's management. Stevens, whose station carries Eagles games, said he added the clause himself because of promises he made to the team a few years ago when he negotiated radio broadcast rights. "I want my teams to mutually agree on a broadcast team," said Stevens, who also heads stations that broadcast Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens games.
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August 27, 2009 | by Les Bowen
When: 7 p.m. Where: Lincoln Financial Field Gates: Suite and Club gates open at 5 p.m. Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m. Parking: For lots in the sports complex, $20 for cars; $40 for oversized vehicles. TV: ABC6, with Kevin Reilly, Herm Edwards, Hugh Douglas and Dave Spadaro Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM) and WIP (610-AM), with Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin Preseason history: Jaguars have won all three preseason meetings. Next for Eagles: Final preseason game at Jets on Sept.
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January 4, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley for their head coaching vacancy Friday. Staley, 40, has been on the team's coaching staff since 2011 after spending 2010 as an intern. He started as a special-teams quality-control coach under Andy Reid and has coached the position he used to play since 2013. A 10-year pro, Staley spent seven seasons with the Eagles. His 4,807 rushing yards rank fifth in franchise history. He won a Super Bowl with the Steelers after the 2005 season.
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July 3, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
LAST DEC. 8, Merrill Reese looked out from the Lincoln Financial Field radio booth and, amid an unexpected deluge of snow, he could barely see a thing. The players on the field resembled stick figures; the longtime Eagles' broadcaster called the beginning of the game based on which player lined up in which slot on the field. "But it cleared a little bit, and, as it cleared, the pace of the game picked up," Reese told a room of people yesterday at the Wanamaker Building. "There was only one problem.
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September 10, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
THROUGHOUT the years, faces within the Eagles organization have come and gone, from coaches and players to front-office personnel. But one constant through many good times and bad is radio announcer Merrill Reese. Now entering his 36th year as the voice of the Eagles, Reese became the longest-tenured NFL broadcaster following the retirement of longtime New England Patriots announcer Gil Santos in January. With his love for the game, Reese is grateful to still have the dream job he began in 1977.
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September 6, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
LOOKING AT SOME highlights, lowlights and other insanity bound to crop up with the Eagles' schedule this season. Week 1. Sunday, Sept. 9: at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Fox)   Joe Banner's first act as a Browns executive is to ban fans from bringing biscuits into the stadium's renowned dawg pound. Pick: Brandon Weeden throws three interceptions. Eagles, 27-13. Week 2. Sunday, Sept. 16: Baltimore, 1 (CBS)   Good thing this isn't a conference championship game.
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August 31, 2012
EVERY YEAR, the Eagles stage workouts for draft-eligible college players from the Philadelphia area - some as a courtesy, some because they are interested. On that day in the spring of 2002, in a Villanova running back named Brian Westbrook, the Eagles were cautiously interested. They had watched Westbrook play for Andy Talley at Villanova and could see a versatile, explosive playmaker. But they had seen the medical reports, too, and could see that Westbrook had torn his ACL in high school, and slipped on some ice at Villanova and underwent surgery, and that the knee was not right and would never be right.
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October 26, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Admit it, even though this 2011 Eagles season is just six games old, it already seems as familiar as Merrill Reese's baritone. As Andy Reid's 2-4 "Dream Team" prepares for Sunday night's visit by the Dallas Cowboys, anxious Eagles fans must feel that they've been down this road before. Many times before. The journey always begins in the hills at Lehigh, where fresh-born expectations flare as intensely as the summer sun. Soon, the road meanders south to Philadelphia, where a season-opening fervor washes over the city.
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December 20, 2010 | By RICH HOFMANN, hofmanr@phillynews.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - These are the three dates that, for the New York Giants, will live in infamy. Nov. 19, 1978. Oct. 19, 2003. Dec. 19, 2010. Each happened on the 19th. Each involved the Eagles snatching an improbable-to-impossible victory from the Giants on a tract of land known as the Meadowlands. The first was Herman Edwards' return of a fumbled handoff as the Giants were running out the clock to secure a win, an unconscionably dumb play from its inception.
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December 9, 2010
AS I SAT in the chapel yesterday at Goldstein's, Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks, I couldn't understand why this thought would not leave my mind. I was at the funeral for a dear friend, colleague and mentor, yet all I could think of was a quote from "The Wizard of Oz. " It was right after the Tin Woodman told the Wizard that he still wanted a heart despite being warned that the heart would not be practicable until they could be made unbreakable....
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September 29, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
Oddly, the jitters are still there. Even after all these years - 32, if you happen to be counting - Merrill Reese wakes up on Sunday during the NFL season with the same churning stomach that he had when he stepped in for Eagles play-by-play announcer Charlie Swift, who committed suicide with two games remaining in the 1977 season. It was there then and it was there two Sundays ago when the Eagles played the Lions in Detroit. "I still get excited doing this," Reese says. "My love for the job is as great now as it was then, perhaps even greater.
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September 12, 2010 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Thirteen letters for "record-breaking crossword-puzzle builder"? That would be Bernice Gordon . At 96, the Center City resident is the oldest person to create a crossword puzzle for the New York Times, according to editor Will Shortz . (She was oldest last year, too, when she submitted one.) "I had a very fine education and a good vocabulary," the Penn grad, whose first NYT entry appeared in 1952, told me. "I was babysitting two little children and decided to make some money on the side.
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