The Eagles’ Super Bowl Parade kisses are now engaged
The Eagles had just beaten the Patriots in the Super Bowl on February 4, 2018, and Shamus Clancy’s mind immediately went to another historic moment of wild jubilation.
He tweeted the famous photo of a sailor kissing a dental assistant in Times Square after the Japanese surrender in World War II, playfully adding the caption: “me and your girlfriend on Broad Street.”
He didn’t mean it for real. But Ashley Suder did it.
She didn’t know Clancy from any other crazed Eagles fans, but she tweeted that she would be willing to recreate the photo during the team’s victory parade. Talk about a special Philly. Almost four years later, the couple are engaged.
On Friday night at the corner of South Broad and Federal streets, where the two first kissed during the parade, Clancy popped the question. She said yes.
“It felt like a special thing to do,” said Clancy, 27, a sportswriter and podcaster, “and it romantically comes full circle.”
Alfred Eisenstaedt’s original 1945 photo has sparked controversy in recent years, after reports the sailor planted the kiss without asking. This is not the case with the Clancy-Suder photo. It was his idea, and he was clearly an Eagles fan. How bad could it be?
“The Eagles had won the Super Bowl,” Suder, 29, said. “It was so huge, I think I was really trying to make it an unforgettable day in every way.”
“It gave her a kind of feminist spin, almost.”
The two kissed during the parade – “laughing at our asses”, Clancy recalled, as his friend Enzo Siciliano captured the photo – and went their separate ways. Clancy didn’t think he would see Suder again.
But PHL17 asked them to talk about the moment the next day on TV, and something clicked. They then grabbed a bite at the Pub on Passyunk East, and they’ve been together ever since.
In addition to their love of football, the two learned that they shared a passion for emo punk-rock music and Marvel superhero movies. (One of the first movies they saw together was Black Panther.)
And the couple, who live in Northern Liberties, became interested in each other’s careers. Clancy covers the Eagles for Bleeding Green Nation and the Sixers for Liberty Ballers — both sites under the SB Nation sports media umbrella. He also writes a daily sports newsletter on patreon.com, where he confesses to having “a sickening obsession with Philadelphia sports.”
So it was no surprise that sports-mad Suder thought his work was neat.
But Clancy, who grew up in South Philadelphia, thinks his work is even neater. She’s a licensing coordinator at Unique Industries, a Navy Yard-based party supply maker, helping line up copyrights for movie images on plates, napkins, balloons, and more.
“People think I have a cool job,” Clancy said. “I’m saying that actually his work could be cooler.”
And she might also be crazier about sports.
Growing up in Bensalem, Suder watched the Eagles faithfully each week with her parents, Bart and Joanne, and was proud of the family’s collection of team memorabilia and trinkets. Banners of eagles. Eagle figurines. Vintage miniature cars with the Eagles logo.
“And a Donovan McNabb bobblehead, of course,” she said.
Once she went from room to room trying to count everything. No chance.
“I got to 50,” she said, “and quit.”
Clancy and Suder played in three Eagles games during this eventful season – the September 19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the November 21 victory over the New Orleans Saints and the December 5 victory over the Jets from New York. .
Both had high hopes for the playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If the Birds had somehow succeeded, Clancy wondered if maybe, just maybe, he could kiss and propose to Suder on another big green occasion.
“I would have really liked to do it again this year in a Super Bowl parade,” he said.
It shouldn’t be.
Instead, he brought Suder back to the scene Friday night after taking her to the Sixers game, and the two had their own game-winning moment. She had no idea what game he was about to call.
But as Nick Foles did on February 4, 2018, she executed it to perfection.