An Unconventional Super Bowl Celebration

The Curmudgeon grew up in a very sports-oriented family. He and his brother, for example, didn’t have a toy box: they had a sports box, filled with athletic equipment. The family watched the games and played the games and talked about the games.

Dad was the driving force behind all that watching and playing. He was a real sports fan – not a fanatic, but a fan. As a teenager he was a peanut vendor at old Shibe Park (later renamed Connie Mack Stadium) in Philadelphia at a time when both the Phillies and the Athletics played there; he attended countless games, including games where the Philadelphia Flyers won hockey’s Stanley Cup in 1974 and where Howard Cosell got famously drunk and left a Monday night football broadcast at halftime during a 1970 game at Franklin Field; and even when he moved to the Los Angeles area in the mid-1980s he managed to follow Philadelphia sports closely, at first through continual updates from his son and then, with greater ease, when the internet put the entire world of sports at his fingertips. When his son – The Curmudgeon, that is – informed him about seven or eight years ago that he no longer followed football, dad made his displeasure quite clear, thank you.

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl on Sunday but dad, alas, missed it: he passed away three years ago.

Yesterday there was an enormous parade in Philadelphia to celebrate the Eagles Super Bowl victory; millions of people reportedly attended and it was broadcast on the local television stations. The Curmudgeonly Sister, currently in possession of dad’s ashes, certain he would have wanted to enjoy both the victory and the parade, and thinking in a most uncurmudgeonly manner, decided that there was, in fact, a way dad could still enjoy the parade.

So she dug the wooden box with his ashes out of the closet and…

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On February 9, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Sweet. She is a most UN-curmudgeonly sister.

  • Ellen  On February 9, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    A chair would have been nice . Maybe if the Flyers win the Stanley Cup , I’ll do that . I might be at THAT parade since I wasn’t allowed at the last one !

  •  On February 9, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    LOL I love your sister; she’s my kind of people! Glad your dad got to participate in the festivities….. as best he could.

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