It was a Sunday afternoon in the middle of July. The World Cup Final was going on. The Wimbledon Final was going on. Heck, you even had Team USA vs Canada in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships going on, a game in which the US of A came away with an 11-10 win. But the biggest sporting event in South Philly yesterday? Well it was a game that was played just over 5 months ago, and just like a bacon egg & cheese Sizzli from Wawa, it just keeps getting better with age.
That game, of course, is Super Bowl LII where the Philadelphia Eagles (men’s professional football team) defeated the New England Patriots by the score of 41-33 to capture the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl championship. One of the major reasons why the Eagles were able to accomplish this feat was because of this play right here–the Philly Special–in which the Eagles’ backup QB Nick Foles was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass thrown by tight end Trey Burton right before halftime. Yes, you read that correctly. The Eagles went into the Super Bowl with their backup quarterback after MVP-hopeful Carson Wentz went down with an ACL injury late in the season. And yes, a 3rd string tight end threw a touchdown pass to a backup QB in the same exact Super Bowl where Tom Brady, often thought of as the best quarterback in league history, dropped a pass that was thrown to him. Crazy, right? I know.
Either way. A few summers ago the Dumpster Pool became a staple of Philly block parties everywhere. Just millions upon millions upon dozens of Philadelphians renting out dumpsters, tarping them off and filling them up to create a one-of-a-king recreational aquatic experience.
Now I don’t want to go as far as to saying that rewatching Super Bowl LII has overtaken the dumpster pool or anything like that. However, I will say that it is a very welcome addition to the Philly block party scene. I can’t think of a single better way to beat the heat in Philly than by taking a quick dip in a dumpster pool with your neighbors and watching Trey Burton complete a touchdown pass to Nick Foles, Brandon Graham strip sacking Tom Brady in the 4th quarter, and the Philadelphia Eagles winning Super Bowl LII over and over and over again whilst guzzling down copious amounts of Yards. You just don’t get that kind of experience at Vesper.