Super Bowl ignites rivalry at PGA National community

11:24 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 Local
Die-hard Eagles and Patriots staff at the Devonshire at PGA National retirement community pose for a photo wearing their gear before their teams face off in the Super Bowl in Minneapolis Feb. 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of Devonshire

A Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl has created a friendly rivalry among the staff at a PGA National retirement community.

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Kathy McCrossin was three years old when her parents started going to watch the Eagles play at Franklin Field. Her family had season tickets for all of her childhood and young adult life, creating a lifelong fan.

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“I’m a diehard fan. I’m always rooting for that underdog,” said McCrossin, director of sales at Devonshire. “I can’t believe we’re here.”

She and Devonshire Executive Director Jim Wingardner, a longtime Patriots fan, have a bet. If the Patriots lose, he has to buy and serve her a lobster roll. If the Eagles lose, she has to serve him a Philly cheese steak, he said.

With many fans of both teams among the residents and staff, they were hoping for an Eagles-Patriots matchup, Wingardner said. They’ve traded barbs about the Patriots’ “deflategate” controversy and the time that’s elapsed since the Eagles last won a championship in 1960. (They’ve never won a Super Bowl.)

It’s all in good fun.

“As much as we all want our own team to win, we secretly are just wishing the best for both teams,” McCrossin said.