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PHILADELPHIA — The name of the podcast is “New Heights,” which is a play on Cleveland Heights, the blue-collar town outside that city, where NFL stars Jason and Travis Kelce grew up.
Tune in on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts or the usual major podcast platforms. If you’re a fan of the popular Manningcast with Peyton and Eli Manning on Monday Night Football, you’ll almost certainly enjoy the big brother/little brother interaction between Jason, who turns 34 in a couple of months and Travis, one month from his 33rd birthday.
Apple Podcasts bills the Kelce podcast as “Football’s funniest family duo – Jason Kelce from the Philadelphia Eagles and Travis Kelce from the Kansas City Chiefs – who team up to give fans next-level access to life in the league as it unfolds.”
The podcast has made a fan of Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who appreciates the humor and insight the Kelces provide and the parallels to the Manningcast.
“I think Jason is a little more animated than Travis,” Johnson said. “They’re pretty funny. The Mannings, they’re funny. Just the big brother, little brother stuff they do. They’ve always done that since they were both in the league, and in the (TV) commercials. And I like when they get on each other’s (cases). That’s pretty funny. When you’re watching it, you get a more detailed description of what’s going on in a game from the quarterback. Especially accomplished quarterbacks like that.”
Jason Kelce, who on Monday night made his 124th straight start at center for the Eagles, says he enjoys the show.
“So far, it’s not bad, it’s pretty much fun,” Kelce said. “We’ve only done two. More than anything, it’s fun to just have a weekly get together with my brother. I feel like during the season, a lot of times you get so busy with things going on that you forget to keep in touch and kind of escape in your life. So, it’s been fun to really just have some designated times to talk with him, talk about the league, reminisce about old stories, family events, whatever we’re talking about. It’s enjoyable and we’re having fun so far with it.”
The download numbers could be better, Kelce kidding “we need more listeners.” Right now, it’s about having fun. Down the line, let’s just say that Kelce might throw his hat into a “Kelcecast” venture, interviewing guests with Travis while weighing in on a live game.
Everyone suspects this will be the 12th and final season for Jason, who can make a pretty good case for a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. It wouldn’t surprise him if Travis bowed out after, say, a couple of more seasons. Travis, too, has a Hall of Fame resume.
“Once I’m done, yeah,” the elder Kelce said. “I think that might be where everything is going with TV, honestly. We’ll see. You never know.”
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Bill O’Connell, who grew up in Aston and starred on the 1972 St. James football team that went undefeated and won the City Championship, took advantage of his sideline pass before the Eagles opposed the Vikings Monday.
O’Connell’s son, Kevin, is the head coach of the Vikings.
A group of Bill O’Connell’s teammates who attended the 50th anniversary of that remarkable season over the weekend attended the game at Lincoln Financial Field. O’Connell, an unabashed Eagles fan before his son got into coaching, was cautiously optimistic the old Bulldogs wouldn’t let him down.
“I hope a few of them aren’t just going down there to root for the Eagles,” he said.
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The Eagles scratched quarterback Ian Book, safety Reed Blankenship, running back Trey Sermon, defensive lineman Janarius Robinson, guard Josh Sills and tight end Grant Calcaterra.
The Vikings deactivated running back Ty Chandler, offensive linemen Chris Reed and Vederian Lowe, defensive lineman Esezi Otomewo, linebacker Luiji Vilain and cornerback Andrew Booth Jr.
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NOTES >> For the second straight game, the Eagles elevated kick returner Britain Covey and tight end Noah Togiai from the practice squad. … The Eagles broke out their new Wordmark lettering logo on the spelling of “Eagles” in the end zone … The Vikings elevated cornerback Duke Shelley to the active roster. … Next for the Eagles are the Commanders and Carson Wentz, who Sunday threw three touchdown passes against one interception in a 36-27 loss to the … Detroit Lions? Wentz was sacked five times, once for a safety. Aiden Hutchinson dropped him three times. … Among the guest at the Linc was Phillies slugger Bryce Harper, the reigning NL MVP.
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