What's February 2nd Really About ?
Think Sunday is all about football? Then think again, because the real star of Februrary 2nd doesn't have a thing to do with Seahawks or Broncos....
It's really about rodents who have the power to determine our weather for the next six weeks !
Just in case any of you aren't aware of the significance of this historic date, if the sun is shining and a groundhog sees his shadow as he awakens from his slumber, six weeks of winter lie before us. If it's cloudy, we're in for an early spring !
Just ask anyone from the Midwest and east coast...and lately the deep south..
What do you think is more important to them this year?
I'm betting on the later !
And so, rather than concern myself with a football game that I won't be able to tell you who won or lost two years from now....
...instead, I choose to concern myself with honoring the REAL MEANING of February 2nd...the groundhog !
Normally this big day is dominated each year by a star who has been recognized for years....
...an expert at weather predictions...
...one who claims to be "the one" who knows all...
...one who starred in a movie with Bill Murray...
BUT...2014 IS CREATING A CHALLENGE !
Unfortunately Phil recently tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
He vehemently denied the allegations at a recent press conference; however, the International Groundhog Union's arbitration board confirmed the report and has suspended Phil for a 12 month period commencing in 2014...without pay.
And due to the conflict, the organization has decided to cancel this year's celebration.
Meanwhile, non-union members around the United States and Canada from minor league operations have crossed picket lines and supplied "replacement players" for the day's honors.
And it is these brave creatures who have crossed union picket lines in order to maintain the spirit of this day.
FROM THE UNITED STATES
(from northern Illinois)
"Western Maryland "Murray"
"Staten Island Chuck"
(from Buffalo, New York)
"Pine Grove Grover"
"Jimmy the Groundhog"
"Smith Lake Jake"
"Grady the Groundhog"
"French Creek Freddie"
General Beauregard Lee
"Chuckles" and his wife
To these brave rodents, we salute you for the courage you are demonstrating.
And to all others....
Enjoy the Spirit of the day !