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Monday, January 12, 2004

Go, Eagles, Go!

Spaulding: We're beary, beary big Philly Eagle fans, so we've been biting our claws off to the quick.... Teddy ...whatever a quick is?! :::::::::::::::::::::Both shrug their shoulders:::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: ...during the playoffs this year! Teddy: We got all excited last year when OUR Eagles got into the playoffs, but they lost the last possible game they could without making it to the Superbowl... Spaulding: ...but they lost to the team--Tampa Bay, who didn't make the playoffs this year, thank God--who ultimately won the Superbowl... Teddy: So we KNOW OUR Eagles came in second last year, even if they didn't make it to the Superbowl! Spaulding: AND the year before that, they ALSO made it to the playoffs, only to lose before the Superbowl! Teddy: So, THIS Year... Spaulding: ...despite how the announcers on TV kept saying that The Packers were "destined" to win, because poor Brett Favre, lost his Daddy the day before the last... Teddy: ...and THEIR last... Spaulding: ...Monday Night Football of the year... Teddy: WE'RE "destined"... Spaulding (whispering in his bestest loud whisper): ...EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T REALLY BELIEVE IN DESTINY, BECAUSE THERE IS NO DIVINE BEING OUT THERE THAT CARES SO LITTLE FOR HIS/HER/ITS CREATION TO DECIDE, WITH NO EMOTIONS BEHIND IT, TO PLAY THEM LIKE PAWNS IN A POINTLESS CHESS GAME, BUT, INSTEAD IS THE LOVING GOD, WHO HAS SET INTO MOTION ALL THINGS FOR HIS GLORY AND THE GOOD OF ALL THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND FOR THE BAD OF ALL OTHERS... ::::::::::::::::::Teddy has been impatiently listening to his brother during this monologue, while tapping his paw::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Are you done yet?! Spaulding (pretty proud of himself): Yeah! Teddy (with a quiet smile, of understanding): You're right, of course, but we were talking football, not theology! Spaulding (with a bigger grin of understanding): Continue. ::::::::::::::Teddy pauses to try to remember where he was, but fails:::::::::::::::::: Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding (to remind his brother where he was): We've been in the playoffs the last couple of years, but this year dot dot dot... Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Teddy: ...THIS year, we WILL win the Super Bowl!!! Spaulding: Our first hurdle was just crossed! Teddy: What's a hurdle?! Spaulding: The tall work horses track and field runners jump over while they run. Teddy: Oh, yeah! Now I remember! Spaulding: We just finished watching OUR Eagles... Teddy: Ever notice that they become OUR Eagles and OUR win, even when we aren't players ourselves?! Spaulding: We didn't play, but they couldn't have won without our help! Teddy: Yeah, they were 14 to 7, until we put on our good-luck-always-makes-us-win-Jeopardy! caps on! Spaulding: Right after that, the game was tied! Teddy: Then Green Bay was mean enough to score another field goal! Spaulding: Wellll, Mommy keeps saying that she wants us to play against the beary bestest to beat them so we prove we ARE the beary, beary bestest! The Packers are some of the best, so not mean. They just wanted to win as much as we do! Teddy: True, and they sure tried beary, beary hard to sack McNabb! Spaulding: During that one play, they grabbed him THREE times and he STILL threw it for a touchdown! Teddy: If I had a heart, it woulda failed! Spaulding (nodding in agreement): Me Too! Teddy: And then, as if we weren't holding our breathes long enough, they caught up at the last half minute and it went into Overtime! Both: Arrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Spaulding: If we had hearts, we would have needed several to get through that game! Teddy: We would have had to have been kitty cats with nine lives! Both: Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: During the first four plays of Overtime, McNabb was knocked down twice... Teddy: The first was a sack and the second time he gained a single yard before being hit... Spaulding: ...so we had to give Green Bay the ball! Teddy: But, two plays later, Brett Favre was kind enough to give us back the ball with an interception! Spaulding: It took another eight agonizing plays before... Both: WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Teddy: The game was a home game, so we could hear it from here! Spaulding: We're a mile away from the stadium. Teddy: We thought of going, but it's cold out and we could watch it in our nice warm house with Mommy and Daddy and listen to announcers... Spaulding: ...even if Chris Collingsworth doesn't like Philadelphia or the Eagles.... Teddy: ...s'plaining about stuff we don't understand! Spaulding: BUT, when the celebration started... Teddy: ....at first, we heard the neighbors coming out to celebrate... Spaulding: ...we don't know why. It's only one of three games they have to win to win it all... Teddy: ...then we KNEW! Spaulding: Of course there would be fireworks! Teddy: We have some warm clothes--sweaters, and slippers and long pants--but Axlerod brought his blankie! Spaulding: The first thing Mommy ever crocheted--a baby blanket--huge for Axlerod! Teddy: For all of us! Spaulding: So the entire Teddy Bear family went to OUR park--Marconi Park--a block away to watch the fireworks over the stadium... Teddy: ...without Mommy or Daddy! They don't like the cold! Spaulding: It was fun watching the fireworks and all the happy people walking by as we cuddled up in Ax's blankie drinking coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee... Teddy: ...except for the kids, who drank hot chocolate! Spaulding: So, OUR Eagles have made it as far as last year! Teddy: One more win to get to the Superbowl! Spaulding: But, they HAVE to win the Superbowl to go farther then they ever have before! Teddy: They got into the Superbowl right after Mommy and Daddy got married, but froze and lost! Spaulding: The whole Delaware Valley Area NEEEEEEEEEEEEEDS them to win! Teddy: We NEEEEEEEEED them to win! Spaulding: E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles! Eagles! Go, Eagles! Teddy: I-G-G-E-L-E-S, Iggles! Iggles! Go, Iggles! Spaulding: Teddy likes to spell it the way it's pronounced around here! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: Sooooooooo, until next time... Both: Go, Eagles!!!!!!! Woooooooooo Hooooooooooooo!

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