Many of Saturday's newly sworn-in class of Elks had a memorable first official visit to the lodge as members Sunday, thanks to the Eagles' defeat the Patriots 41-33.
Members and guests at the Elks annual Super Bowl party witnessed the Eagles' first-ever Super Bowl win, and the team's first NFL championship since 1960 – a decade before Lodge 2428 earned its Elks charter and back when the Elks national organization was a mere 92 years old.
Philly avenged its 24-21 loss to New England in the 2005 Super Bowl, finishing the season with a 16-3 record, while the defending champs went 15-4.
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Patrons sample the buffet in the Elks banquet hall, which included about a half-dozen types of wings, barbecued ribs, prime rib, pizza, sandwiches and salads. No New England clam chowder was served.
The Dilly Dilly rally banners were flashing up all night at the Elks lodge.
Members and guests watch the game on a projection-screen TV with sound system and several smaller TVs set up in the banquet hall.
Brigantine resident and Elks members Mark Traub and Michelle Mancini enjoy the game.
Longtime Brigantine resident, Elks member and former councilman John Murray, right, watches the Eagles win live in Minnesota with fellow Philly product James Conmy.
Elks Esquire Linda Fisher tends bar at Harry's Hideaway, a backroom indoor/outdoor bar area that was opened Sunday to handle the overflow crowd that gathered to watch the game in the banquet hall, where a large projection screen and several flat-screen TVs were set up.
Since the lounge was standing-room only, the banquet hall was opened to handle the throngs of Elks members and their guests who came out to watch the big game Sunday.
Eagles fans celebrate one of the touchdowns that paced the Birds to a 22-12 halftime lead. New England rallied to take a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles bounced back and held on for the win.
Bartender Barb Grube serves up suds and other adult beverages Sunday at the Super Bowl party at the Brigantine Elks lodge.
Brigantine resident and former councilman Ken Schaffer captured this image of Harrah's Resort showing its support for the Eagles on Sunday.
Elks members watch the Eagles defeat the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.
No one cut into the "Fly Eagles Fly" cake until Sunday's win was secure for the Birds.
Super Bowl party desserts include cake and lots of Eagles-green baked goods.
Since the Elks lounge was standing-room only, the banquet hall was opened to handle the throngs of members and their guests who came out to watch the big game.
Harry's Hideaway, a backroom indoor/outdoor bar area, had to be opened to handle the overflow crowd that gathered to watch the game in the banquet hall, where a large projection screen and several flat-screen TVs were set up.