Bob Ford has an outstanding column about the Preakness in this morning's Inquirer, and about how watching Affirmed 30 years ago compares to other sports memories he's gathered down the years.

But for all the great prose in the piece, this paragraph stands out above the rest:

There are places in our town where we share those things still. I see Julius Erving and Charles Barkley in the Spectrum, and Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber. If the numbers crunch the right way, Ed Snider and the Comcast boys will knock it down soon. I can live with that. Someone knocked down Connie Mack and JFK Stadium and the Vet, after all. That's life. If they ever come for the Palestra, however, I'll lie down in front of the bulldozer.

I somehow doubt he'd be alone in doing so.