Phinal Phour Phun Philadelphia Style: A Trio Of Minutemen's Guide To Philly
May 23, 2006
Get an inside look at the city of Philadelphia from the eyes of three Minutemen, who are all Philly area natives. Seniors Dane Collins (Ridley Park, Pa.) and Clay Stabert (Wynnewood, Pa.) along with junior Denis Whelan (Merion Station, Pa.) gave their opinions on the best and worst of the City of Brotherly love. Read their thoughts on the best cheesesteaks in town, favorite sports moments as well as T.O. and A.I. See where to eat at and what to see during your stay in Philadelphia to cheer on the Minutemen!
Favorite Place to Eat in Philadelphia:
Collins: I like to go to Oregon Ave. which is right near the stadium to a place called Tony Luke's. I get my cheesesteaks from there.
Stabert: There's a place Peace A Pizza I used to work at that's a lot like Antonio's. It's pizza by the slice. It's all over the area, so it's probably my favorite place.
Favorite Place to See/Attraction:
Collins: The Link (Lincoln Financial Field), site of the NCAA Semifinals.
Stabert: The Liberty Bell and Constitution Center are pretty cool. The Franklin Institute is cool too. The Constitution Center is the place to go.
Favorite Philly Memories:
Collins: The World Series in 1993, I went to a game with my dad. I have a lot of memories form Veteran Stadium.
Stabert: I lived in Philadelphia for the first five years of my life. I lived right near the Art Museum, where we're staying (this weekend). That area has a couple parks, which I remember from my early childhood.
Favorite Philadelphia Sports Team:
Collins: Definitely the Eagles, I'm a season-ticket holder.
Stabert: My favorite Philly sports team probably is the Phillies. I'm a big baseball fan. My family goes to a lot of games over the summer.
Favorite Philadelphia Athlete:
Collins: I like Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles. He's a safety on the team. He's got 24-inch biceps, he's a beast. He lays people out when he plays the game. He plays really hard.
Stabert: I like Brian Dawkins, definitely.
If you make a key play in a game this weekend, can you top a Terrell Owens celebration?
Collins: I couldn't beat it and wouldn't want to try and beat it because Coach would have my head.
Stabert: No, none of that. I'm not going to do any of that.
Are you expecting booing from the notoriously bitter Philly fans?
Collins: I hope I don't get booed. I have a lot of family there and I hope we get a lot of UMass fans. The fans there can be pretty bad, but they'll be on their best behavior this weekend.
Stabert: I hope not. Hopefully the city will embrace UMass and our style of play.
Best Place to go for Philly Cheesesteak:
Collins: My favorite place is Tony Luke's. If you get fried onions, ketchup, and enough pickles on it, you can make any cheesesteak taste good.
Stabert: There are so many places. They all taste the same. If you ask me I can't tell the difference between one another. I go to Artmore Style Pizza. It's close to my house. I'd have to say Pat's or Gino's.
How is the situation with traffic in Philly?
Colllins: The traffic's not bad if you know where you're going. If you get stuck in bad game-day traffic down by the Linc, it can get pretty ugly.
Stabert: There are a lot of people around, but I don't expect it to be any different than any other city.
Take your pick, Allen Iverson or Terrell Owens?
Collins: I would say neither. I don't like T.O. or A.I. I hope they trade AI, to be honest with you.
Stabert: I like Allen Iverson, he's a good player.
Major League Lacrosse (Outdoor) or National Lacrosse League (Indoor)?
Collins: Like Denis said, they're both really good teams. They both put on good shows. I got to work for the Barrage, the outdoor team, last year. If I had a pick, I would definitely pick the Wings. My high school coach played for the Wings. I watched him play and win a bunch of championships. It's a fun atmosphere.
Stabert: I don't follow either; but I'd say outdoor because I play outdoor now.
Interviews compiled by Justin Lafleur, UMass Media Relations and thanks to Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette for his creative title!