After the Super Bowl, Philly has a lot to be thankful for. So we would be remiss if we didn’t send special Valentines to the following.
Let’s start with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com. Philly needs Cupid to aim his bow and arrow at him. We want — no, need — Bezos to fall in love and pick Philly as the site of the company’s second headquarters.
Eagles all-pro center Jason Kelce deserves a big wet one for holding it down at Thursday’s Super Bowl parade. Not only did that big teddy bear show up in a Mummers costume, but he kept it real too. So what if he dropped some F-bombs.
And while we’re on the subject of the Eagles, those three players who announced plans to boycott the customary post-Super Bowl White House meet and greet deserve shoutouts as well. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Torrey Smith, and defensive end Chris Long all say they won’t go, proving that the team is indeed the “most woke squad” in the NFL.
Newly elected Philly District Attorney Larry Krasner deserves a giant box of Whitman’s Chocolates for not only getting himself elected last fall, but for also immediately shaking things up by firing members of the old regime. Fingers crossed that he keeps his campaign promises about reducing the prison population and eliminating cash bail imprisonment.
Let’s not forget Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, 5445 Germantown Ave. Philly’s been needing a new hangout where grown folks can meet up, have political discussions, and just chill. Plus, the books are all personally curated by the uber-smart CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who also owns the place.
Amber Hikes — the new head of the city’s LGBT office — deserves a big red bouquet of V-day roses. She was a private citizen, living in Long Beach, Calif., when she got a call saying her city needed her — and answered it. If you heard her speak at the Philadelphia Women’s March last month, you’ll agree that she could have a big future in politics.
Will Smith deserves a bag of Sweethearts for his new Instagram account. One of his new videos shows Smith waking up the day after the Eagles’ historic Super Bowl win and wondering if it had all been a dream. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, as is the video of him mocking one of son Jaden’s songs while wearing dad socks and house slippers.
Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, a quintessential Philly pol, deserves some V-day love for managing to make the lieutenant governor’s job and race newsy and interesting.
Also, Sixer Joel “the Process” Embiid should get love from us for possibly being the future of Sixers basketball.
And how about Wawa’s new home and office delivery option? Yeah, you have to go through GrubHub to use it — but it was like the convenience giant was reading our minds when execs dreamed this up. I’ll take one turkey hoagie, hold the onions, please.
Barber Brennon Jones, who continues his awesome mission of providing Haircuts 4 Homeless at his newly donated shop, Phenomenon Perfection in the 5900 block of Old York Road, deserves some love, too.
We also need to send a huge Valentine to Philly’s own, Meek Mill. Yes, even him. He may be hard-headed, but he’s serving two to four years at the State Correctional Institution in Chester because of probation violations stemming from a 2008 drug and gun case. After the high life he’d been living, hanging with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Jay Z, that has to bite. And I don’t mean on candy hearts.
Injured Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz deserves some Valentine’s Day love. Not only did he graciously handle being upstaged by second-stringer Nick Foles, but he showed men everywhere how it’s supposed to be done with his romantic rooftop marriage proposal last week to Madison Oberg.
Finally, my colleague Stu Bykofsky deserves a psychic hug. He promised to eat his words if the Eagles won the Super Bowl — and did. That took heart.