METHUEN (CBS) – You could call it trash-talking with blades of grass. PJ and Ed Abdoo are mowing a huge B in their lawn, hoping the Canadiens will see it when they head home to Montreal after Game 7 against the Bruins.
It’s a tradition their late father, Phil Abdoo, started after the Bruins beat Montreal and went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2011. “He figured he’d rub it in their face,” said PJ. “It was about two months after they won, he was diagnosed with stage 4 bile duct cancer and they gave him three months to live, but fortunately just like the Bruins he was a fighter and lasted for 14 months.”
Their father worked for MassPort, and had access to flight plans. After studying them and talking with pilots, he realized his backyard is one of several flight paths airplanes take from Boston to Montreal. “He figured he’d rub it in their face,” said PJ.
Three years later, his sons are now hoping to send the same message. “I hope they’re crying,” said PJ. His brother Ed is gentler. “For me, it was more of a tribute to my Dad and a tribute to the city,” he said.
Win or lose, they figure it won’t just be the Habs who may be looking down from an airplane. They say their Bruins-loving father is looking down too. “I bet he is,” said PJ.
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