Slow-Mo Bowl players find fun when they don’t run

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A former congressman, mayor, judge, joined area Pleasantville and Holy Spirit high school graduates join family, friends and beloved pets for a photo after the 52nd annual Slow-Mo Bowl in Absecon on New Year’s Day. A former congressman, mayor, judge, joined area Pleasantville and Holy Spirit high school graduates join family, friends and beloved pets for a photo after the 52nd annual Slow-Mo Bowl in Absecon on New Year’s Day.  ABSECON  The going was slow, and that’s just the way everybody liked it.

Grandfathers, sons and grandsons joined former mayors, congressmen and judges at high noon, Wednesday, Jan. 1 in the 52nd annual Slow-Mo football game.

The annual contest, which has only a few rules, began in the early 1960s and has been played in Absecon on the tiny field next to the Presbyterian Church for the past several years.

The one major rule: no running.

While many pairs of 70-year-old knees seemed willing to comply, the will of several younger players got the best of them at times.

“No running,” was the chant of the day which featured temperatures in the upper-40s and was considered warm by Slow-Mo standards.

The MVP award went to the Hon. Henry “Bud” Broome, clad not in the jersey of the day, but his favorite Philadelphia Eagles jacket.

Youngster Owen Kennedy, 18 months, the son of former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, joined Andrew Bechard in sharing the game’s rookie of the year honors.

Patrick Kennedy is the son of longtime U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. He married Absecon resident and Northfield teacher Amy Petitgout in 2001. They now live in Brigantine.

Amy Kennedy is the daughter of Jerry Savell, one of the game’s premier players through the years.

As they say, when you marry the daughter, you marry the game.

The official score was the Absecon Gremlins tying the Pleasantville Jokers, 24-24.

But the real winners were the players who shared good times, good laughs, and an afternoon together before heading home to their families for a hard-earned New Year’s Day dinner. Absecon’s Jerry Savell shows he still has the form to play the game. Absecon’s Jerry Savell shows he still has the form to play the game. Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, center, shares a few pre-game laughs with, from left, Scott Higbee, Jerry Savell and Frank Mazzone. Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, center, shares a few pre-game laughs with, from left, Scott Higbee, Jerry Savell and Frank Mazzone.


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