Monday Musings: Football, Food, and Fun

I am writing this post on Sunday afternoon, so I have no idea how the Super Bowl will turn out. I will say this right now, though: Fly, Eagles, Fly! There is no love for the Patriots in this house, despite the fact that we live in New England.

And let me ask you this: why is it that people assume that because we live in New England, we must be Patriots fans? Is there some obscure law that says when you move to New England you have to change your team allegiances? (BTW, if there is, I plan on continuing to flaunt it!) Because I am not a native New Englander. Perhaps if I was, I would feel differently. I don’t know. But I was a Packers and Raiders fan long before I ever lived up here, and I don’t intend to change.

Oh, and BTW, I don’t hate the Patriots. I don’t like them much, but I certainly don’t hate them. I think Brady is a talented QB, and their coaching has been a big part of their success. They’ve had a good run, but the wheel turns, and their time at the top will end, as it does for everyone. What I really hope is that it’s a good game. I like a good, exciting, fun to watch Super Bowl, not a ho-hum, run away, stomping.

I also hope the commercials are better than they have been the last few years. I remember when the Super Bowl commercials were, with only a few exceptions, clever, and fun, and creative. Lately, they’ve been flat, and mundane, and uninteresting.

The other big thing about the Super Bowl is food, of course! This year, we are going to do a bit of an homage to both teams. First half will be lobstah rolls. Second half- cheesesteaks. With slaw on the side. I baked the rolls on Saturday and the BaldMan is working on the rest of it. I also stocked the beer fridge because, well, it’s football, and you need beer, right? But none of that Bud Light crap, dilly dilly or no. I prefer my beer with a bit more taste and body, thanks anyway.

Okay, so it’s prediction time. It is now 3:58 PM on Sunday, February 4. The game kick off is in about 2 1/2 hours. My prediction is Eagles 34 Patriots 29. Let’s see how I do!


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