Miles away from the hoopla on the Parkway, media, cops and organizers were twiddling their thumbs waiting for the Pope's 8 p.m. arrival at Philadelphia International Airport. Fortunately, they had the Eagles to entertain them.
The Eagles-Jets game was playing on three TVs. Loud applause erupted after Darren Sproles' stunning 89-yard punt return for a touchdown.
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As far as police work goes, this is a fairly cushy assignment.
"This is a lot better than the Parkway," said one of the half-dozen officers working at the airport on what would have been their day off.
"We're just waiting for the pope and the meet-and-greet," he said, standing beside the buffet table at halftime.
Due to strict security measures, they had to be inside a tent at Atlantic Aviation six hours ahead of the pope's departure.