By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Even though Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be occupying the sidelines in East Rutherford, NJ for this Sunday’s Super Bowl, many local football fans say they’ll be watching the game because it’s tradition. And a good excuse for a party.
“It’s the one game of the year that everybody gathers together, eats too much and drinks too much, and watches the game,” says Jeff, a Philadelphia native who now lives in Houston and was joining family members for a meal and a brew the other day at McGillin’s Olde Ale House, on Drury Street in center city.
George, of Horsham, Pa., agrees. He thinks this year’s Super Bowl will be one for the record books:
“I think it’s going to be a great matchup. I think it’s going to be a little higher scoring than most people think, and I’m pulling for Peyton Manning. And I think Manning’s going to win the game.”
Gary, of Gilbertsville, Pa., also wants to see the Peyton story end happily.
“He would be the first quarterback to win two Super Bowls with two different teams,” Gary notes.
Kathleen, of center city Philadelphia (top photo), is also a big Manning fan.
“Peyton all the way! He’s, like, great in my book. I think they’re going to have a tough time but, you know what, they can take care of Seattle,” she says.