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City of Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection and Football Weather

Mayor Nutter led an Eagles pep rally outside City Hall this afternoon, braving the cold with several dozen green-clad fans, cheerleaders, team president Don Smolenski and Swoop to get ready for what the mayor called "real football in real weather."

City of Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection and Football Weather

The Eagles play the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Michael Perez/AP)
The Eagles play the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Michael Perez/AP)

Mayor Nutter led an Eagles pep rally outside City Hall this afternoon, braving the cold with several dozen green-clad fans, cheerleaders, team president Don Smolenski and Swoop to get ready for what the mayor called "real football in real weather."

“There are no fans like Eagles fans, in the greatest sports town in America, the city of Philadelphia, city of brotherly love, sisterly affection, snow, ice, rain - it doesn’t matter!” Nutter said. "We play no matter what the weather conditions because we're ready, because we're Eagles! We're Philadelphia's fans!"

When reading a proclamation naming today “NFC East Championship Fly Eagles Fly Day,” the mayor brought out the boo birds. 

“On. Jan. 4, 2014, the Eagles will start the new year with a faceoff against the New Orleans Saints - boooooooo! - for the postseason wildcard playoffs,” he said. “Now, Philadelphia’s football fans can feel the unstoppable energy rising from the streets of South Philadelphia.”

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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