Super Loyal to the Super Bowl

A woman from Wisconsin had 50 yard line tickets for the Super Bowl. As she sat down, a man came along and asked her if anyone was sitting in the seat next to her.  “No,” she said, “the seat is empty.”

“That is incredible,” said the man. “Who would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl and not use it?”

Somberly, the woman said, “Well… the seat actually belongs to me. I was supposed to come here with my husband, but he passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we have not been to together since we got married in 1967.”

“Oh I’m sorry to hear that, that’s terrible. But couldn’t you find someone else – a friend, relative or even a neighbor to take the seat?” The woman shook her head,  “No, they’re all at the funeral.”

(Thanks to Jim Horn for this one).

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  • Bart

    I first heard this “joke” back in the mid-1960s. Instead of a football stadium, the setting was Memorial Coliseum in Lexington where the Kentucky Wildcats played their games in those days.

    If you will allow, the story I heard goes as follows.

    Kentucky was hosting LSU and the incomparable Pete Maravich in a game that would surely go down in the annals of college basketball.

    The Coliseum was packed to near capacity with fans who had driven from near and far to see the matchup. I say “near capacity” because during the pre-game warmup Kentucky’s legendary coach, Adolph Rupp, noticed that there were three empty seats in the first row right behind the Kentucky bench.

    Then, as the game got under way, he was amazed to see that the seats remained empty.

    The first quarter progressed (they had quarters in college basketball back then) and still there were no fans in those seats.

    Then in the second quarter Rupp began to get agitated by the thought that that anyone could let great seats to such an important game go unused.

    He could stand it no longer. There was a woman was sitting in a seat adjacent to one of the empty seats, so Rupp asked if she happened to know to whom the seats belonged.

    She replied, “Yes, I do. They belong to my husband and our son and daughter.”

    Rupp then asked, “Well, why aren’t they here at the game with you?”

    “My husband is deceased,” was her quiet answer.

    “I’m sorry to hear that,” said Rupp. “But what about your son and daughter? Where are they?”

    She said, “Well, they went to his funeral.”

  • ben witherington

    Yes, and it is an interesting thing to study the evolution of such story telling. It tells us something about how some ancient apocryphal stories grew and changed as well.


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