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Championship weekend celebrates sport, not scandal

Updated: May 29, 2006, 4:48 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | Special to ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Clustered underneath a blue-topped tent to hide from the oppressive sun and throwing back a few cold beers minutes before game time, three fathers watched their kids playing in the parking lot.

Ordinarily this scene plays out with either a football or a baseball being tossed around, but on this Memorial Day weekend, the boys turned a deck chair into a makeshift goal to play a little bit of tailgate lacrosse.

Soon the fathers and sons would join the 23,990 inside Lincoln ...

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