It wasn’t a typical day at the beach on Friday as Brian Jepko stood in the 21-degree weather watching a man who calls himself “The Boston Truckah” strip down to shorts and take a plunge into the Boston Harbor all for the sake of a Super Bowl bet.
The dive was the payoff of a friendly rivalry between Jepko and Andrew Cantor, “The Truckah,” that began in January when a video went viral of Cantor doing the weather in his underwear during a snowstorm. Jepko, a diehard Eagles fan, found Cantor on Facebook and learned he was a Patriots fan.
With both teams going to the Super Bowl, Jepko did what no other fan thought to do: He challenged the Truckah. The fan of the losing team would have to wear boxers featuring the winner and jump into the freezing water in February. For Jepko, that meant the Susquehanna River; he’s glad he didn’t have to take that dive.
Light-hearted trash-talking videos were posted back and forth between the Truckah and Jepko on the Mulligans Auto Exchange Facebook page.
On Wednesday night, Jepko and his wife, Justina, drove down to Philadelphia and stayed in a hostel, the only place that had available rooms. They celebrated the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win at the parade Thursday then made the drive up to Boston at night to make sure they wouldn’t miss Cantor’s plunge into the harbor Friday morning.
Still decked out in Eagles gear, they entered Patriots’ territory and found themselves to be well received. They met a couple at the bar who are Patriots season ticket holders, and despite the disappointment of having their team lose, they were extremely nice to the Jepkos.
Most surprisingly, Jepko learned how “spoiled” people in Boston have become from the amount of successful sports teams in the city. He said the couple told them despite being season ticket holders, they give regular season tickets to their kids or friends and only use them during playoff games because they know their team will make it. It’s a“different kind of fan” up there, according to Jepko.
They met Cantor the following day and Jepko said he had doubts that he would go through with it. Because of the distance between the two, it would have been easy for him to say it was ridiculous and he wasn’t going through with it, but he was a man of his word.
Before he began filming, he said Cantor was pacing up and down the street repeating how crazy it was and he couldn’t believe he was going to jump into the Boston Harbor in 21-degree temperatures.
It was a big build up that paid off as Jepko filmed him approaching the water wrapped in a leopard print towel. He tried getting his toes wet before deciding the best way to do it was to just take the plunge. With a run and a dive and several choice words, Cantor pulled off his end of the deal as Jepko filmed live, his laughter catching the microphone.
The location was chosen by Cantor because of the ease of getting in and out of the water, but he compared what he was doing to people jumping in the bay in Baltimore. The water is apparently so dirty people won’t swim in it even during the summer.
They joked he was going to exit the water and find too many toes on his feet the next day, but quite the opposite happened. Proving how good of a sport he is, Cantor texted Jepko a photo of his foot in a large boot because he tore ligaments in his foot running in and out of the water.
Between the two Facebook pages, the video has close to 20,000 views since Friday and people from across the country are loving the antics.
One detail did stir some criticism though: the absence of Eagles boxer shorts on Cantor. There’s a simple reason for that part of the bet falling through, according to Jepko.
“We couldn’t find them up there. There’s not anything with Eagles near Patriots nation,” he said.