He wore his Eagles ties, played the fight song
on the computer, sang loudly, danced around
wearing a plastic bald eagle Halloween mask.
His students laughed, clapped, jumped out of
their seats, strange to see a teacher being just
as foolish as a kid about his favorite football team.
Out of breath, a promise was made to the class-
if they win on Sunday, no homework on Monday.
Instantly the Eagles gained 23 diehard fans, even
the little Giants and Cowboys kids rooted for Philly.
Watching every game, cheering on the outcome.
They bought green folders, notebooks and t-shirts.
A season to remember as they kept winning and
made it to the playoffs, then onto the Super Bowl.
If they win the whole thing, he promised to bring in
a Carvel ice cream cake to celebrate. On Monday,
the children did not look him in the eye as they knew
he must be hurting because of their team’s defeat.
Silently they ate the cake, brought in by the boy,
from the back, who wore his Patriots jersey on Monday.
Like a wake for an old uncle, they remembered the fun
of winning and took away the pain with each spoonful.