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A look at NASCAR from Emily’s view

October 1st, 2013 by Emily Phung | 1 Comment | Filed in General, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly


I had the pleasure of going to the second biggest televised sports in the US after football, which was a NASCAR race this past month. To give you a bit of background, it is a globally televised event with over 75 million fans that involves stock car and truck racing. NASCAR started back in 1947 by William France, Sr in Daytona, Florida. Daytona Beach is home to NASCAR headquarters, because in the past, it was an area where speed records were held since the highways there are long and straight, which allowed for optimal racing conditions. Many elite and well recognized companies sponsor the races such as Walmart, Home Depot, and Target to name just a few. NASCAR holds three series of races, which are the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the most recognizable of all the 3 series of races. It consists of 36 races over 10 months and the Chase for the Cup is when the top 12 drivers compete to be eligible for the championship. A winner of each race wins 43 points and the hierarchy of points falls afterwards. The winner gets a sizable monetary award as well as other fringe benefits. The Nationwide Series has fewer races than the Sprint Series and also has less award money and has less prestige. The Camping World Truck Series uses pickup trucks that are modified from their regular use into speed machines.

My experience at the race

I arrived in Dover, Delaware for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and could see for miles that people were camping out and tailgating right next to the stadium. It was fun to walk through the tailgating sections to see how fans decorated or how elaborate their food selection was. Before walking into the main event, there were trailers decorated with the race car drivers where you can buy their promotional and marketing gear. A lot of the sponsors also bring in their own cars to show them off or give out samples of their products to try. Before the race, they have a few trucks riding around with jet dryers (the ones from commercial airplanes) to clean off the track to ensure a clean race. Afterwards is when the fun starts.

The drivers are introduced and then they head into their racecars to begin the race. They do a few laps following a safety car (a car that leads the racecars in the beginning of a race or when there is a cautionary flag) and then once the safety car drives into the pit area, the racing begins or resumes. At this particular race, it was called the Monster Miles, which is stated to be the World’s Fastest one mile oval. The  drivers had to do 400 laps to finish the race. It was quite a loud race since they are going more than 175-200 mph so wearing headphones or earplugs is highly recommended. I especially loved watching the speed of the pit crew changing tires when the drivers needed some maintenance on their racecars. Overall, it was a warm sunny day and perfect driving conditions for the drivers. It took about a little over 3 hours, and in the end, Jimmie Johnson,who won 5 titles previously for the NASCAR Sprint Series, won the race.

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Game 2 Preview: Chargers vs. Eagles Match-Up Breakdown

September 12th, 2013 by Emily Phung | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Football, TalkSportsPhilly

The second game of the season for the Birds is coming up this Sunday versus the Chargers at 1 pm. This match-up is highly anticipated due to the close similarities that both teams have. Here’s why:

  • New Coaches
    • Both coaches debut as the newest blood for these struggling football dynasties. Both Mike McCoy and Chip Kelly have already infused new life and character into the team, which was apparent from last MNF’s games. The teams’ new dynamic was a welcome surprise for fans of both teams.

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Philly has Eagles PHan PHever

September 10th, 2013 by Emily Phung | Comments Off on Philly has Eagles PHan PHever | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Philly certainly loves their Eagles!

Today, this sports writer wanted to share two things that caught my attention and made me happy to see that some local companies have Eagles fever as well much as I do. I  encourage you to comment on any sightings supported by local companies ( in the comment sections) that could benefit Philadelphia Eagles fans or places that the Eagles fan spirit shows up. I will be glad to post them up 🙂 in a montage at week end’s.

Eagles fans are the greatest fans in the world. :) SEPTA regional knows how dedicated Eagles fans are!

Eagles fans are the greatest fans in the world. 🙂 SEPTA regional knows how dedicated Eagles fans are!

<3 ing the spirit!


Eagles fan score a free coffee after every win!

Eagles fan score a free coffee after every win!


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Philadelphia NFL Highlights Week 1: The Flyin’ high Eagles

September 10th, 2013 by Emily Phung | Comments Off on Philadelphia NFL Highlights Week 1: The Flyin’ high Eagles | Filed in Eagles, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

The first Monday Night Football game this season was the most anticipated one in the City of Brotherly Love. Fans eagerly were waiting to see what would be the outcome from the transition of new coach, Chip Kelly, into the football picture. Eagles fans were pleasantly surprised to see a new quick-paced team offensively and defensively, which led them to win Week 1’s game against the Washington Redskins with a score of 33-27.

The first half was just a blowout and the team definitely got down to business. The offense proved to be strong. DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy pulled in some major yardage and complemented it with touchdowns. Michael Vick’s passes although not always accurate were better executed than last year’s. Vick’s throws definitely had the speed, but having teammates not being open in the later quarters caused Vick to force runs with the ball. However, those runs were critical for the Eagles team to continue their momentum.The Eagles’ defense, which has always been their Achilles heel, was able to shut down a lot of plays and was on a blitz frenzy proving that even the underdogs could come around. The Redskins last season were known particularly for their defensive strength certainly did not prove such last night until the last crucial moments of playtime.

With all the hype coming into the game, the media was focused on the Redskin’s star player, RG3, (Robert Lee Griffin III), 2012 NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the year. RG3’s always seen Vick as a role model so the match-up proved to be interesting. RG3’s performance was a bit rusty and apparent in the first half with an interception by Eagles cornerback, Cary Williams,  and poor deliveries that proved to be disastrous. However, RG3 did get back into old self in the last two quarters to aid in a few touchdowns to catch up closer to the Eagles, but it was not enough for the Skins to beat the Eagles.

The Eagles team has a new speed driven dynamic. However, it seems fresh for them and they need time for it to gel. They need to learn how to not wear themselves out by halftime (which they are infamous for) and continue working hard to be able to put points up offensively or be able to defensively protect their lead. Due to it being week 1, it is too early to say how the Eagles will fare overall this season, but if this is a preview of what the new and improved Eagles, have in store, then over time, I am confident not only will this team will be able to make it to the playoffs, but also become a team that will be respected for its new hard work ethic in the long run. It is safe to say that Philadelphia is ready to give Chip Kelly the keys to the city if this team continues its winning reign all season long. 

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