Eagles soar, hostages freed, Springsteen on Broadway reviewed | Morning Newsletter

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz greets Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after the Eagles beat the Panthers 28-23 at Bank of America Stadium October 12, 2017.

THE EAGLES ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL! CARSON WENTZ IS ELITE! DOUG PEDERSON WILL DO WHAT ANDY NEVER COULD, BABY! Stop yelling at me, people. It’s too early in the season and it’s too early in the morning. Wait until we hit week 10, or at the very least until I’ve had my third cup of coffee. Side note: The Panthers looked like blue freezer pops in those ridiculous “Color Rush” uniforms. May help explain why Cam Newton’s play was so cold. If you like what you’re reading, it’s free to sign up to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback, so please email me, tweet me @tommyrowan, or reach our social team on Facebook.

— Tommy Rowan

Playoff hunt begins

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz greets Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after the Eagles beat the Panthers 28-23 at Bank of America Stadium October 12, 2017.

The Eagles swooped into Charlotte Thursday and thrashed the Panthers en route to a big win against a formidable opponent on a nationally-televised game. Sitting at 5-1, the bird’s secured the top spot in their division, and positioned themselves for the first playoff birth of the Carson Wentz/Doug Pederson era.

Hot takes:

David Murphy: Carson Wentz was the best quarterback on the field, and it wasn’t close.

Jeff McLane: Defensive star Fletcher Cox’s return wasn’t a minute too soon.

Marcus Hayes: Eagles make claim as top team in the NFC.

Freed at last

Remarkably, a York County woman, her husband and their three children were freed Thursday after four years in Taliban captivity. Aubrey Whelan walks us through the Coleman family’s strange saga, which included a chilling video released in December. On screen appears two of the couple’s children, both born in captivity, and their mother stated: “My children have seen their mother defiled.”

Trudy Rubin, our decorated Wordview columnist, cautioned: The Coleman family’s rescue doesn’t mean the United States and Pakistan are now on the same page.

The Boss on Broadway

Music Critic Dan DeLuca attended the final preview of the Springsteen on Broadway show Wednesday, one day before it officially opened to the public, and saw a 68-year-old storyteller, guitar in hand, at his best. “That, of course, is what Bruce Springsteen has been doing for over 40 years: singing songs of stubborn faith and harsh reality that resonate with a passionate fan base that’s grown up and old with him.”

But take note: The Walter Kerr Theatre holds fewer than a thousand people, and fewer will see the entire 18-week run than attended his two nights with the E Street Band at Citizens Bank Park in 2016. “Those that do get in, however, will witness an extraordinary two-hour evening,” Dan said.

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That’s Interesting


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“My takeaway? Live simply. Eat what you want. Have faith and believe in something larger than yourself. says Metro Columnist Jenice Armstrong as she ponders the importance of longevity in the wake of the deaths of two centenarians she knew.

What we’re reading

  • Senate Democrats, including Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey, are worrying that Russian hackers could jeopardize their reelection bids. [Politico]
  • Dive into this excerpt from Philadelphia-based author Jason Fagone’s critically-acclaimed new book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, about an American woman and her husband who used their own code-breaking skills to decipher Nazi messages during World War II. [Longreads]
  • The murder of a San Francisco woman at the hands of her boyfriend — and the local police department’s muddled response to her frequent domestic violence complaints — is explored in this wrenching tale. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Brace yourself for a fascinating, disturbing story about an FBI hunt for two piglets — yes, you read that correctly — that animal rights activists rescued from a gruesome factory. [The Intercept]
  • Jahlil Okafor continues to be in a weird place: He’s still on the 76ers’ roster, but no longer viewed as an integral part of the team. “Am I really a part of this culture?” he asks in this insightful profile. [SB Nation]


Denise Gause with a tray of treats waiting to be iced in the baking area of her bakery on 22nd Street.

Your Daily Dose of | Delicious

After 25 years, Denise’s Bakery in North Philadelphia still inspires fierce loyalty. Its recipe for success? Heart, soul, and its signature pound cake, of which the shop serves up anywhere from 400 to 600 pounds daily. Road trip?