Maybe Rocky II has money riding on Super Bowl XLVIII

I think the squirrels in my neighborhood are football fans — possibly New England Patriots fans.

A very unhappy Rocky II after learning he wasn't going to be able to watch the NFC championship game at my house.

A very unhappy Rocky II after learning he wasn’t going to watch the AFC championship game at my house.

Two years ago on Super Bowl weekend, I arrived home on Friday to find my house had been broken into. Items on the kitchen counter had been toppled, window shades were torn, and a broken beer bottle lay on the kitchen floor.

After some hairy moments, I finally figured out the destruction wasn’t caused by humans or any of my college-age sons’ friends. The intruder was a squirrel that had entered via an abandoned chimney once used for a wood stove.

I invested in a Havahart trap, caught the squirrel and let him go in a nearby park. That Sunday, I watched the New York Giants defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17.

I  sealed the hole where the squirrel — let’s call him “Rocky” — had entered, and I was set. I also bought a chimney cap and waited for spring to install it.

Spring of 2012 came, then summer, and fall . . . and the chimney cap stayed in the box. The year 2013 came and went. (You know where this is heading, right?)

Fast forward to last week. I came home from work and was greeted by evidence of — yes, the sequel. Rocky II was playing in my home.

With the National Football League championship games today, I can’t help but think he was just inviting himself over a little early. Maybe he just wanted the best seat on the couch, or the one closest to the snack cupboard.

Rocky II after I released him into "the wild" ... also known as a nearby village park.

Rocky II after I released him into “the wild” … also known as a nearby park. He ran out onto the partially frozen pond, ignoring a nearby “No Skating” sign.

At least Rocky II didn’t trash my house like his predecessor did two years ago (perhaps Rocky II is female?). I busted out the Havahart again, set some peanut butter and pretzels on the trap door and that was that. Another trip to the park, and Rocky II was free once again.

The New England Patriots, meanwhile, take the field again today, this time for the right to play in Super Bowl (XLVIII) on Feb. 2. If history means anything, Rocky II’s home invasion doesn’t bode well for the Patriots’ chances.

And let the record show that Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, not Squirrel Day. I’m not sure when National Chimney Cap Installation Day is, but I’ll be sure to observe it this time.

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About Jim McKeever

Writer, father, runner, advocate based in Central New York.
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3 Responses to Maybe Rocky II has money riding on Super Bowl XLVIII

  1. Joseph McKeever says:

    Jim,

    Good yarn. Hope the Patriots connection doesn’t play out!

    Joe

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Patti says:

    The Patriots would appreciate you capping that chimney so Brady can get one last ring! Bellichick will even throw in a cuff less sweatshirt for you to wear for the installation!

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