Saturday, August 29, 2015

Say hey to Mr. Snider

LONDON – The dim sum was taking a few minutes, so the cashier at the O2 Arena concession stand had time to squint at my credential.

Say hey to Mr. Snider

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LONDON – The dim sum was taking a few minutes, so the cashier at the O2 Arena concession stand had time to squint at my credential.

“You are journalist?” she asked, her accident a blend of Eastern European and East London.

I explained that I was from the Philadelphia Inquirer, in the U.S. She looked at me with a perfectly blank expression. This has happened before.

You think Philadelphia is a big city – and it is – but folks in other countries know New York and Los Angeles and that’s about it.

“It’s near New York,” I said. “Philadelphia. That’s where I’m from.”

Her face lit up.

“Philadelphia Flyers!” she exclaimed. “Yes, yes, I know Philadelphia.”

Turns out she’s had a longstanding crush on Martin Brodeur, the Hall of Fame-bound goaltender from the New Jersey Devils. That crush led her to play NHL video games, and that led to an awareness of Mr. Snider’s hockey team.

Small world. The dim sum wasn’t bad.

Inquirer Columnist
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Phil Sheridan has been covering pro and college sports in his hometown since 1985. He has been a columnist at the Inquirer since 2003, after a seven-year run as the paper's Eagles beat writer. Sheridan has covered eight Olympics, numerous Super Bowls and World Series, and has seen Guided By Voices and Wilco too many times to count. He lives, cooks and pursues the ultimate margarita blend in Langhorne. Reach Phil at psheridan@phillynews.com.

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