Like many Eagles fans, Karen Vanderyt was wiling away the hours until game time Sunday. A nice lunch. Maybe a nap.

Then . . .

"We got calls from my brother-in-law and my son's brother-in-law," she said. "They were watching TV and couldn't believe it."

Vanderyt couldn't believe it, either. The NFL postponed the Eagles-Vikings game from Sunday night to Tuesday night, and Vanderyt's carefully scripted road trip from Atlanta to Philly went kablooey.

By 7 p.m. Sunday, daughter Janna and son Pete and their families, scheduled to fly home on Monday, had no problem getting their flight moved to Wednesday.

Son Kurt and his family were already scheduled to fly home to Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday. They weren't affected.

The only one still scrambling for a ride home was Vanderyt. Her airline had yet to reconfigure its schedule, so she was still wondering how this thing will turn out.

"I'm not leaving. That's for sure," she said. "I don't know how I'll get home yet, but I'll be there Tuesday night."

Vanderyt is one of Norm Van Brocklin's three daughters. She and nine family members were in town to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eagles' championship victory on Dec. 26, 1960. Van Brocklin was the quarterback that day.

Instead, she spent Sunday afternoon at Independence Hall and watched later from the hotel as the storm blanketed the city with snow.

" 'This can't happen,' I told everyone," Vanderyt said. " 'This is Philadelphia. We play in the snow.' "

Until Sunday, the trip was perfect. She arrived on Friday and spent Saturday sightseeing. Now, they get two extra - and unexpected- days.

"Well, we'll get a chance to see a few more sights," Vanderyt said. "And maybe I can get a ride home."

Contact staff writer Gary Miles
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