“You Are Not Welcome At Our Luncheons” An Open Letter From Penelope Tinsley Darlington Of Pasadena To The NFL

01.08.13 5 years ago 64 Comments

52 Pine Oak Lane
Pasadena, CA 91103
January 8, 2013

National Football League
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Attn: Roger Goodell

To Whom It May Concern:

It has come to our attention the National Football League is attempting to return to Los Angeles, and part of this plan allows for the possibility of the Rose Bowl hosting up to thirteen professional football events year while a stadium is built in less desirable neighborhood like Downtown Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine or the City of Industry. And while the shining vision of the NFL returning to Los Angeles gets bleaker with each passing day — my understanding is that you haven’t even had a single application yet for a team to relocate to Southern California, one cannot be too careful. So on behalf of The Coalition for Preservation of the Arroyo, we are filing suit to prevent any NFL games to be played at the Rose Bowl.

You cannot imagine the horror Mrs. Angela Williams experienced this New Year’s when Stanford’s appearance at the Rose Bowl brought “unexpected traffic” to the Arroyo, an event that took her by surprise despite her living just above the stadium since 1963. Football fans just do not appreciate how intrusive their visits to our magnificent tree lined streets can be. What if Mrs. Williams needed to go to Bristol Farms on a Sunday for an organic avocado, her own avocado tree rendered worthless with all the increased auto emissions from visiting football fans? How would she be able to make her guacamole-and-sprouts pita sandwich then, Mr. Goodell? It’s bad enough the parking lots around the Nordstrom’s in Old Town Pasadena fill up with UCLA students in their starter 3-series BMWs on Saturdays, but the thought of losing our neighborhoods to tailgaters coming to watch football from Torrance is just too much for us to bear.

I understand you are cunning businessman and master deipnosophist when trying curry favor with those who block your way, Mr. Goodell. You should understand this; you are not welcome at our luncheons to talk about the economic benefits of hosting the NFL at the Rose Bowl. Your reservation at the Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room will not be taken. The Langham will not have an open room for you. Maison Akira will only serve you old fish.

Again, we know it is still only a fantasy that the National Football League will return to the Southland in the next ten years, but until you drop all discussions about moving a team to Los Angeles, we are going to have to play tough.

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits, despite the unpleasantness of its tone.


Penelope Tinsley Darlington


Photo via Pasadena Sun. Sure these are all nice ladies not named for PTD


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