The Staten Island Polar Bears take their Annual Super Bowl Sunday Swim to Benefit St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital
So, this happened again, but this time the tide was dead low. Jilly-O had checked the tides ahead of time, and sure enough, it was really necessary to wear water shoes that day as she suggested. The waterfront beach at the Lemon Creek Fishing Pier was a little rocky - especially after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the berm there some more, but it left plenty of room for the dozens of spectators on hand to watch the swim, which has been scheduled every Super Bowl Sunday at 1pm since 2001. The drainage in the parking lot is worse than ever, and there was a lot of flooding as usual because all of the melting snow, but these polar bears like the icy water. The conditions were perfect.
It is traditional to go to B&E's Pub before and after; before to get a little false courage; afterward everyone dries off and goes back to the bar for a full spread and the game.
I was told that the table of food was accidentally knocked over before the swim even began. I'm not sure how they dealt with that disaster. It's not easy to clean up trays of baked ziti and chicken marsala from the floor, I'm sure.
This year was not quite as big as in the past. This year is the 15th annual swim, and each year the crowd seems to get smaller and smaller. Some people are not physically able to do it, some people have passed, some people have moved away, but nonetheless we had the swim because it's fun and because the proceeds go toSt. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital.
We also used to have our Annual Super Bowl Party and box pool at Anderson's Annex, but Hurricane Sandy was the storm of which memories were made - including the destruction of our beloved tavern. Things change, time marches on, and we must create new traditions while keeping the old ones alive.
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