Local attorney Mark Powell, his son, Ryan, and friend Rich Para, and two sons, will be in attendance today when the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field for the NFC Championship game.
And they will be rooting for the Packers to win, and for Aaron Rodgers and the offense to have another big day in the postseason.
Their motives are simple: Powell’s brother-in-law, Joe Philbin, is Green Bay’s offensive coordinator.
“I think the Packers are red hot right now,” Powell said. “They are playing well. With this game and all the tradition and rivalry with the Bears, it will be as exciting as the Super Bowl itself.”
Philbin’s wife, Donna, and Powell’s wife, Diane, are sisters originally from Medford, N.J. A Scranton native, Powell met his wife while they were students at Villanova. Philbin also met Donna there when he coached a football camp at the university.
During his stay with the Packers, which began in 2003 as the offensive line coach, Philbin has helped the Packers become a top-ranked offense.
And with the family being so close, Philbin’s success has helped convert Powell, who is a Philadelphia Eagles fan at heart.
“I’ve certainly been a die-hard Packers fan for the last seven years,” Powell said. “I have a lot of friends who have loved them forever. As a kid, and having gone to school in Philadelphia, I do still support the Eagles.”
But today, it’s all about the Packers.
Quite an honor
Steamtown Marathon registration closed three months before the race last year, and there’s a chance that date could be even earlier this year. That’s because the latest issue of Runner’s World’s listed Steamtown as one of the 10 best marathons for a first-time runner.
“With national press like this, we’re liable to sell out even earlier this year,” said Jim Cummings, assistant race director.
Registration for this year’s race begins April 1 at www.steamtownmarathon.com. The full article – “New Year, New You: A First To Remember” – can be found at the Runner’s World website.