By Jim CaplePage 2
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Stop me personally if you have heard this 1 before: A sportswriter, a chick from MTV’s «Real globe» as well as an Amish chain-smoker get into a club to look at the Super Bowl.
The folks who make $300 throwback jerseys, the Arena Football players who sacrifice their bodies for $30,000 a year and a 99-pound woman who holds the world record for eating chicken wings in my week-long quest to find the heart of Philadelphia and Eagles fans, I talked with the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs. I toured Independence Hall, consumed Philly cheesesteak and got hopelessly frustrated wanting to drive around city hallway. We went up the actions to the Art Museum while humming the theme from «Rocky. «
Also to round my experience out, we drove away to Pennsylvania Dutch nation on Sunday to look at the Super Bowl among the list of Amish.
Just do it. Make your punch lines up. My buddy, Rod, did. Just him i was going to Amish country to watch the Super Bowl, he came up with a list of the Top 10 Questions the Amish Would Ask While Watching the Super Bowl as I told:
10. «Hey, exactly just what occurred to your Bud Bowl? «
9. «Wouldn’t that Jillian Barberie look hot in a modestly cut dress of a great color material, black colored cape and a prayer bonnet? «
8. «can it be simply me, or would be the commercials more entertaining compared to the game? «
7. «Paul McCartney. Was not he for the reason that musical organization, Wings? «
6. «The Eagles call that the offense that is two-minute? My buggy goes quicker than that! «
5. » Did you observe that? Doug Mientkiewicz simply went down utilizing the soccer! «
4. «It’s halftime. That reminds me personally. You think Janet Jackson’s sibling is responsible? «
3. «Bradshaw — do you want to simply SHUT THE $#%& UP. «
2. «Why are the Patriots in a defense that is 4-3 they often remain in a 3-4 protection against a moving group? «
1. «What Is Disney World? «
So, no, I wasn’t exactly certain exactly just what I would personally find, that has been kind of the idea. Like a lot of us, my understanding of the Amish — A christian that is strict faith bans vehicles, TVs and electricity — ended up being essentially limited by duplicated viewings of «Witness» and «Kingpin. » This means, stereotypes.
The stereotypes, however, start to peel away right them all already) and drive past the local school as I reach the town of Intercourse (no jokes, please — they’ve heard. Here from the play ground are nine Amish children tossing around a football that is green an Eagles logo design printed about it. They will have just completed their Sunday solutions; and even though their parents see down the street, they may be playing only a little touch that is two-hand. Had been it maybe not when it comes to conventional garb that is amish it may be a scene any place in the united states .
Well, that together with known reality the children are courteous, helpful and respectful whenever we stop to talk.
Dave Esh Jr., 15, assures me personally that the Amish, indeed, want in the Super Bowl; and like everyone that is most else in this the main state, they’ve been rooting for the Eagles. They will not view the game on television, needless to say, many might slip down to tune in to it in the radio or get updates from buddies.
He appears inside my automobile and notices the Sunday paper regarding the passenger seat. «Is that the Philadelphia Inquirer? » he asks. «Can I consider the recreations area? «
Sure, no issue. There is A super that is special bowl, too, if you’d like to glance at that.
The kids huddle together by the screen as Dave excitedly leafs through the pages and centers on the lineups that are starting. «Hey, Terrell Owens will probably begin! «
I simply tell him to make the area like I just bought a beer for a minor with him, which makes me feel. I mean, you can find ads for strip bones and intercourse lines for the reason that sports part. Consequently they are these children permitted to read magazines, anyhow?
Yes, they have been. Amish can see the paper and record a common groups, exactly the way that is same did as a youngster during those long-ago pre-ESPN times. Dave many many thanks me for my offer, but politely turns down the newsprint and claims goodbye. As enjoyable he and his friends really would much rather get back to their football game as it must be to answer a strange reporter’s prying and uninformed questions about his faith.
Seeking to find a shop available for a Sunday, we drive in the future, moving the sporadic Amish horse and buggy, and pull into a parking area. More stereotypes fall. Here in the rear of the lot, where they have been concealed through the road, a dozen or more Amish teenagers dressed in Eagles jerseys are going out by their vehicles, a number of them puffing madly away on cigarettes.