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The day after the Eagles punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, I reached out to a friend (well, he’s really a longtime buddy of my son), asking if it were possible that I could get two tickers for Super Bowl LII.

I’ve known the guy since he played football with my son at Conestoga back in the mid ’80s. Today, he’s a sports marketing maven for a major corporation sponsor, and his sports connections are deep countrywide. Just two little tickets, that’s all, friend of my son; just two.

He also knows that I am a Steeler fan by birthright but that the Eagles are a runner up second. He knows, too, that I have never been to a Super Bowl (even though the Steelers have played in eight of them, winning six). Here it is almost game time, and I haven’t gotten the call. Guess he couldn’t deliver. Some friend of my son he is!

Just think, instead of sitting in front of the wide screen magic box on Super Bowl Sunday, I could have been among the 75,000 plus dog faced and green Eagles fans and their B Team (for Brady and Belichick, of course) counterparts jammed into the glistening ice palace that is US Bank Stadium in the heart of Minneapolis.

I could have been huddled among that collective warmth (this is, after all, one of the latest billion dollar versions of indoor stadia populating the football landscape) cheering on the Eagles to take the Lombardi Trophy back to Philly. The trophy that stands about 22 inches tall and depicts a regulation size football in a kicking position mounted on a durable base is an otherwise useless piece of Sterling silver, reportedly costing between $35,000 to $50,000 for Tiffany Co. to make (in Rhode Island, by the way).

Legend has it that the trophy was designed by a Tiffany vice president on a cocktail napkin while lunching with the late Pete Rozelle, then NFL commissioner.

But I digress.

Back to game that I could have been watching from a seat (perhaps a city block away) in that vast stadium and wondering whether offenses commanded by a backup quarterback with a checkered career could outduel one who some contend is the greatest the game has ever seen. (Kind of reminiscent of the accolade heaped on Robert Redford’s Roy Hobbs character in the great baseball movie, “The Natural,” one could say.)

Somewhat wallowing in a sea of self pity, I decided to catch up with the latest TV reports coming out of Minneapolis. Looking at the seating chart of an empty stadium, I knew that those seats would be reverberating with frenzied fans (and I will not be among them,
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thanks buddy) on Super Bowl Sunday. Then a video was posted reporting that the place was sold out. And as of five days ahead of the game, the average price of a ticket (if you could find one,) was $5,000.

I took a couple of deep breaths. Average price of $5,000! Then I smiled.

Hey, I really didn’t know how good of a friend (or my son’s friend, that is) that I had after all. I’ll be raising a glass to him when I watch the opening kickoff on my big screen TV from the comfort of my family room couch wearing my Fly Eagles Fly T shirt.

The Justice Bell

You say that you have never heard of the Justice Bell? Join the club to which most of us belong. Or at least did until now.

Crafted in 1915 as a replica of the Liberty Bell, the Justice Bell was created to promote the cause of women’s suffrage. Now on permanent display at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park, it carries the inscription: Establish justice. Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all inhabitants thereof. The truck also carried a sign “Votes for Women” that was coined by Mark Twain as the title of a speech he gave in 1901.

According to historical records, the bell was welcomed to Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 1915, in a parade on Broad Street that attracted a crowd of 100,000 and led to a ceremony at the Academy of Music. Constitution that was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.

Beginning that year, the bell was stored on the grounds of Valley Forge Park after being denied permanent installation at Independence Mall. Since 1943, per Ms. Ruschenberger’s will, the bell has resided in the National Patriots Bell Tower of the WMC.

By the way, the bell’s clapper was chained to the side of the bell until women were permitted to vote. On Sept. 25, 1920, it rang out 48 times, once for every state then in the union.

Finally, nobody asked me, but while holding the thoughts on women’s rights, do you know how women keep your husband or significant other from reading their email? They rename the mail folder Instruction Manuals.

The last word: Good luck, good day and good news tomorrow!

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