ABC’s The Goldbergs has had various Philly sports centric episodes throughout its run as one of the network’s top-rated programs. And next week in an all-new episode, Adam F. Goldberg will pay tribute to the Eagles and their Super Bowl championship.
Merrill Reese, Mike Quick, Don Smolenski and Howie Roseman are slated to make cameo appearances on next week’s episode on February 28th, which will showcase Barry Goldberg (Adam’s older brother), joining the high school football team. Except, well, he can’t play football very well on the field.
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In the episode, Adam F. Goldberg’s Eagles-obsessed older brother, Barry, achieves his long-time dream of joining the William Penn Academy High School football team. It’s soon obvious that Barry doesn’t have the chops to play at a varsity level. Barry’s assistant coach, played by former Eagles wide receiver and current radio color analyst Mike Quick, urges him to “Get off the damn field!”
When Barry Goldberg realizes he can still help his team even if he doesn’t play, the Quakers make a triumphant comeback against their rivals with longtime Eagles announcer Merrill Reese calling the action, “In all my three weeks of announcing high school football, I have never seen anything like this!”
Barry Goldberg’s real-life friends, also known as the JTP (“Jenkintown Posse”) later play a game of touch football with their TV counterparts in a scene featuring Quick and Reese. Befitting a championship team, the game trophy is presented by Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman and Eagles President Don Smolenski. At the end of the episode, the cast gathers to do an “E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles” cheer as the screen shows “Dedicated to Eagles Fans Everywhere.” There is even an audio cameo from Queen performing “We Are the Champions” as a salute to the Eagles.
“Watching Eagles games with my dad whether at the Vet or in our house was a big part of my childhood,” Goldberg said. “Like Eagles fans everywhere, we waited a long time to see them win the Super Bowl. This episode is my way of celebrating with my father who is no longer with us, and uniting Eagles fans everywhere.”
The Goldbergs airs on Wednesday nights at 8:00 P.M. on ABC.
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