Local residents take part in "Toilet Bowl"
Neighborhood tradition more than 40 years old features two-hand touch football
|The participants of the 41st Annual Toilet Bowl. Front Row: Phil Parilla, Nick Ryan, Brian Cahill, Connor Placey, Bob Boyter. Back Row: “Big Frank” Pizzello, John Kohlmeyer, Jim Marolda, Joe Ryan, Sean Placey, Liam Cahill, Dick Wallach, Tom Cahill. Not pictured: Nick Brown, Mike Brown (cameraman) (Submitted photo)|
The 41st Annual Toilet Bowl was held Jan. 1 at Elmhurst College's Langhorst Field.
Most participants are local, but fans and players came from as far away as Lakewood, Colo., to partake in the day's festivities, which feature a two-hand touch football game among friends.
According to participant Tom Cahill, the game started 41 years ago when a group of bored teenage boys decided to organize a football game among friends. It has been held every year since.
Some of the names involved have changed, but Cahill noted the meaning of the game has remained.
It started with friends from IC, Fenwick, Benet and York and has grown in numbers, but is now decreasing with the aging player population. The original participants have looked to their children to fill out numbers.
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