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Philadelphia museum renames Patriots Gallery

The City of Brotherly Love is turning its back on patriots for a few weeks.

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The Museum of the American Revolution announced it is renaming its first-floor Patriots Gallery, calling it the “Eagles Gallery” in honor of the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles, WPVI reported.

Anyone wearing Eagles gear who buys a ticket at the museum will get $2 off admission through Feb. 4.

The gallery features weapons, artifacts and paintings from the Revolutionary War era, WPVI reported. One of the paintings is a rare eyewitness work of the Continental Army.

Museum President Michael Quinn told The Associated Press that the Super Bowl is a perfect analogy for Philadelphia because like the colonists, the Eagles are the underdogs in this campaign.

The museum hung an "Eagles Gallery" sign Thursday above the entrance, WPVI reported. It will remain there until Super Bowl Sunday.

Food feud erupts between Philadelphia, Boston as Super Bowl approaches

There’s a food fight brewing between Philadelphia and Boston as both cities gear up for Super Bowl LII.

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As the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots begin preparations for their Feb. 4 clash for the championship of the NFL in Minneapolis, restaurants in Philadelphia and Boston are added fuel to the rivalry. Dottie’s Donuts, a vegan shop in southwest Philadelphia, has stopped selling Boston cream doughnuts, CBS Philadelphia reported.

“We are not doing Boston cream right now, until after the Super Bowl,” employee Quinton Johnson said. Johnson told CBS Philadelphia that the doughnut shop began getting prank calls from Patriots fans after the Eagles clinched a Super Bowl berth Sunday.

Not to be outdone, Boston’s Esplanade Park said it was banning Philly cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and Philadelphia cream cheese, CBS Philadelphia reported. The Boston establishment is even banning Crisco, a dig at the Philadelphia police department’s tactic of greasing metal poles with the shortening to prevent fans from climbing them after the Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL Championship game.

Dottie’s added “grease-pole pastries” to its menu.

“Just a long pole with vanilla grease and a little Matcha on top,” Johnson told CBS Philadelphia.

And as a substitute for the Boston cream doughnuts, Dottie’s is offering Eagles’ green-themed pistachio Matcha doughnuts.

Tom Brady will become oldest non-kicker to play in the Super Bowl

We all know by now that you can’t count out Tom Brady from being able to accomplish anything. That includes becoming the oldest player to do anything, especially if he continues to play as well as he has after turning 40 this season. Now, thanks to his “advanced” age, he’s going to break a Super Bowl record previously held by San Francisco 49ers great Jerry Rice.

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When Rice played in Super Bowl XXXVII for the Oakland Raiders he was 40 years, 105 days old. At Super Bowl LII, Brady will be 40 years, 185 days old. This is a record for non-kickers, Just last year, Atlanta’s Matt Bryant was 41, while Matt Stover was 42 when he kicked for the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

>> Photos: How the Patriots got to Super Bowl LII

If Brady keeps playing at a high level for the next few years, he could surely take over the record and leave that pesky “non-kicker” tag off the next time he comes back.

Vince McMahon announces new XFL football league

Vince McMahon is bringing back the XFL.

In a highly touted announcement made at 3 p.m., the WWE founder and chairman announced the new professional football league, the first incarnation of which was announced in 1999, is returning.

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Coming in 2020, McMahon says the league will be “football reimagined” and have a championship game. McMahon said the game will be faster-paced than NFL football.

Teams will be in eight cities, which will be announced in the coming months, according to ESPN. Team names will follow the cities announcement. 

Before the announcement, CBS Sports reported that McMahon would be announcing the 2020 return of the defunct league.

The original XFL, which McMahon co-owned with NBC, only lasted one season in 2001.

Related: WWE’s Vince McMahon to make ‘major sports announcement’

ESPN reported that Alpha Entertainment, a company formed by McMahon, filed trademarks for the name XFL. The company was founded to make investments that include pro football.

“I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one,” McMahon told ESPN. “A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, ‘You were the one who screwed this up,’ or ‘You made this thing a success.’”

McMahon will be the only owner of all the league’s teams, and said players will not be able to make political statements while on the field.

“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon said. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.

“I can say, ‘Here are the rules, and as long as you are playing football in the stadium for us, you follow these rules.’”

During the news conference Thursday, McMahon said “it would be appropriate” for players to stand during the national anthem. He also said players with criminal records would not be able to play in the league. Salaries have not been determined, but winning players will make more money. Rosters will have 40 players. The regular season will have 10 games and a postseason with to semifinals.

McMahon said the XFL will listen to sports experts and fans when it comes to nicknames on the back of jerseys and other gimmicks. The original league gained attention from nicknames like “He Hate Me” on Rod Smart’s Las Vegas Outlaws jersey.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN the league would not comment on the XFL.

“We aren’t going to have much of what the (original) XFL had, including the cheerleaders, who aren’t really part of the game anymore,” McMahon said. “The audience wants entertainment with football, and that’s what we are going to give them.”

More information on the XFL can be found at XFL.com

WWE's Vince McMahon to make 'major sports announcement'

Vince McMahon, the chairman and CEO of the WWE, is making what officials with the wrestling organization are calling a “major sports announcement” Thursday at 3 p.m.

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McMahon is expected to make the announcement under the banner of his new enterprise, Alpha Entertainment, WWE officials announced on the group’s website.

>> Related: WWE's Vince McMahon to give football another shot, may bring back XFL

 ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that McMahon plans to announce that he will make another attempt at starting a professional football league.

Adam Silverstein, of CBSSports.com, reported that the league will be called the XFL and is not expected to start play until 2020.

This will be McMahon’s second attempt at pro football. 

The original version of XFL’s only season took place in 2001, when it debuted to big ratings that steadily declined

Word of a potential return of the XFL was first reported in December.

Photos: How the Eagles got to Super Bowl LII

The New England Patriots are making their third appearance in the Super Bowl. How did they get there this year? Take a look at the NFC Championship game.

Photos: How the Patriots got to Super Bowl LII

The New England Patriots are making their 10th appearance in the Super Bowl. How did they get there this year? Take a look at the AFC Championship game.

NFL reportedly has plan to protect Tom Brady's jersey

The NFL doesn’t want any thievery going on after the Super Bowl like last year’s theft. The jersey of New England quarterback Tom Brady was stolen after the Patriots’ comeback victory. When it was eventually found, it was discovered that the thief had stolen from the Denver Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50. Now, the NFL reportedly has a plan in place to protect all game-worn memorabilia.

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There will be “federal agencies, multiple state agencies and private security plus surveillance everywhere,” according to TMZ Sports

They’re making Brady’s jersey sound like the Holy Grail of sports memorabilia and it could very well become that should the Patriots win yet another Super Bowl, giving Bill Belichick and Brady their sixth ring together.

When Brady’s jersey was stolen last year it was reportedly tracked down by a fan and not the FBI. It was tracked down to Mexico and was stolen by a man named Martin Mauricio Ortega, who has now been banned from all NFL games, according to TMZ Sports. When the FBI did catch up with Ortega, they also found a Brady-worn jersey from Super Bowl XLIX, when the Patriots beat the Seahawks.

A sixth Super Bowl win for the Patriots would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most all-time by a team, and it would give Brady the record for most Super Bowl victories. He is tied with former Cowboys and 49ers linebacker Charles Haley.

American veterans group claims NFL is censoring Super Bowl ad

More than a week before Super Bowl LII, the group AMVETS is furious after the NFL reportedly censored an ad with the hashtag #PleaseStand.

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In an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Marion Polk, national commander of the American Veterans , aired his frustrations.

He thanked Goodell before ripping him with “deep disappointment” for his staff’s reported refusal to publish the ad due to its #PleaseStand message.

Polk noted the message is neither a demand nor judgement for kneeling, but a polite request not to. He laid out that “veterans are good for more than just military aircraft flyovers,” photo ops and camouflage NFL apparel. He then acknowledged that the NFL isn’t following suit with the NBA and NHL, which apparently allowed #PleaseStand to run in programs.

The latest controversy comes on the heels of President Donald Trump slamming athletes for protesting the national anthemVice President Mike Pence left an NFL game after players knelt in what became quite clearly a planned demonstration in October.

Many athletes struck back across the NFL, with demonstrations across the board.

The Super Bowl will be held Feb. 4 in Minneapolis between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

Playoff wins earn former Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo a bonus

Jimmy Garoppolo did not take a snap during this year’s NFL playoffs -- in fact, his San Francisco 49ers squad didn’t come close to reaching the postseason -- but he got richer after the New England Patriots earned a berth in Super Bowl LII.

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Garoppolo, who opened the season with New England before he was traded to San Francisco, earned a $79,000 bonus thanks to the Patriots’ two playoff victories, which included a win against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game, according to Bleacher Report.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Garoppolo could make even more money thanks to the contract he signed with the Patriots before he was traded. Schefter tweeted that Garoppolo is guaranteed an additional $56,000 since the Patriots reached the Super Bowl and stands to make $112,000 if the Patriots win their second straight NFL title and sixth overall under coach Bill Belichick and starting quarterback Tom Brady.

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