He strikes fear in the heart of mortals
He laughs in the face of danger
He is The GROUNDHOG
He is Punxsutawney Phil.
Yes, that’s right, Punxsutawney Phil, a rodent of not inconsiderable heft, who is weather’s foremost prognosticator.
His life story was brought to film by two geniuses of our time, Harold Ramis and the redoubtable Bill Murray.
One small mammal that has inspired an annual pilgrimage, as the world looks on, consumed with trepidation, anticipation, and apprehension, but also not without longing, and hope.
The world turns to the small town of Punxsutawney,
to his home, the hallowed tree stump of Gobblers Knob,
and we look to Phil in wonder.
Will Punxsutawney Phil,
prognosticator of prognosticators
Six more weeks of winter?
Six more weeks until spring?
Well, the truth has come, the light has shown, and there is no shadow.
The world may rejoice, because Phil has spoken and from under the depths of our snow-covered homes, ice-slicked roads, and chilled blue extremities, the word of Phil brings hope, shines light in our darkness, there is a way out, SPRING doeth come!!!!!
The Word of Phil:
Phil's official forecast as read February 2nd, 2011, at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA:
Here Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Groundhog Day, February 2, 2011
Punxsutawney Phil was raised from his burrow
By the call of President Bill Deeley.
He greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths.
After casting an inquisitive eye towards thousands of his faithful followers,
He proclaimed that the Steelers are going to the Super Bowl!
Back to the business at hand...
He surveyed his surroundings carefully and found that there was no shadow around,
So, an early spring it will be.
The Word of Phil.
p.s the Steelers may be going to the Super Bowl, Phil, but the PACKERS are going to WIN!