Sunday, September 21, 2008

Franklin Field

We had so much fun at the University of Pennsylvania football game! I think Sean's favorite part was the the blow-up bouncy thing they had set up before the game. He must have gone through it at least 30 times! Then the boys got tattoos from cute cheerleaders - they are still to young to appreciate pretty young girls catering to them!

We found our seats and settled in to watch the game. Penn played really great but lost in overtime to Villanova. I think the final score was 14-20. I didn't believe it until I saw it with my own eyes, but after the 3rd quarter they play the school song. The end of the song talks says "Here's a toast to dear old Penn" and then all of the people in the stands throw toast onto the sidelines. They even have volunteers making toast and handing it out before the game. All of the kids - and adults - enjoyed this! I think the boys were aiming for the cheerleaders - bonus points! I read that the students used to toast real drinks and this tradition was invented during Prohibition, but other sites say it was started in the 1970's.

After the game we got to meet one of the players, Jake Lewko, that used to work for Brian. He took us up to the top of a parking garage where his family and all the other player's families were tailgating. We had a beer and some chili - well the boys had doughnuts and soda! They boys, their friends, and a few cousins found a football and had a little pick-up game! It kept them really occupied. All were well behaved so the night was a complete success - except for Penn's loss, but they still played hard!

Sean entering the bouncy football thing
the stadium
the end zonemeeting of the mascots
they boys loved the helmet car
throwing of the toast
the toast zamboniBrian and friend Noah with his brother Jacob
watching the trains after the game

a group shot

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