Friday, March 6, 2015

NFL bags purses; clutch time at the Linc?

The repercussions from April's Boston Marathon bombing are going to be profound.

NFL bags purses; clutch time at the Linc?

The repercussions from April's Boston Marathon bombing are going to be profound.

That thought arises after reading the NFL committee on stadium security's new dictates on what fans can bring into NFL stadiums, restrictions that for Eagles fans will begin with this summer's five scheduled Lincoln Financial Field training camp workouts.

Here is what's permitted:

*Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. This means one-gallon clear freezer bags, for example. Along with that, a woman can bring in a clutch purse, "approximately the size of a hand." The press release notes that "an exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection."

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What you can't bring:

*A regular-sized purse, a cooler, a backpack, a fanny pack, a cinch sack, a seat cushion, a computer bag or a camera bag.

The Eagles said they will be providing more details over the next few weeks. Part of the Linc renovation entails streamlining the entrance experience; as annoying as those restrictions might be, they would obviously cut down on the time needed to search bags and backpacks.

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The Eagles announced the signing of fourth-round rookie quarterback Matt Barkley to the mandatory four-year contract. First-rounder Lane Johnson is now the team's only unsigned draftee.

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Nothing new in the Jason Peters matter. But upon further review, when I skimmed through the 2009 Daily News story about Peters and his passion for cars for a quote to use in the story that appeared in Thursday's paper, I missed the most telling anecdote. The writer, freelancer Andy Friedlander, told of Peters giving his stepfather a ride in a Mustang, Peters promising to drive slow .

"That's his playtoy," the stepfather, Ivory Simington, was quoted as saying. "I got in there with him one time, and I'll never get in there with him again. That was it for me. I got out and said, 'that's a wrap.' "

Peters was arrested early Wednesday morning for illegal street racing and not pulling over right away when a Monroe, La., deputy gave chase, reportedly at speeds up to 100 mph. It's hard to say whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will want to discipline Peters; several NFL players have been arrested in recent years for speeding really fast, though it isn't clear they were racing, and the business about not pulling over right away could complicate Peters' case.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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