What Makes Super Bowl Sunday Super?

SB imageT.S Eliot was full of crap. April is not the cruelest month. The cruelest month isn’t even  a month at all. The cruelest month is the time period between early January, when the last college bowl game is played, and Valentine’s Day, when one can see March at the end of the seasonal tunnel. I love winter,  but thank God (and Pete Rozelle) for the Super Bowl.

What’s so great about Super Bowl XLVIII, you ask?  For starters, it’s the Roman numerals. Those Xs and Ls keep our alphanumerical skills keen. It’s also the money. The NFL is worth, according to Forbes.com, about 40 billion (US) dollars. For the economically curious, that’s about the same as the GDP of Kenya. In other words, the NFL is the 88th wealthiest country in the world.

Below, with completely non-scientific data gathered by our crack research team (I crowdsourced my Facebook friends and Twitter feed)…

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Super Bowl’s Top Four Attractions!

4) Bah! Humbug.

“You’re kidding, right? Football is the stupidest sport around.”

Yes, one respondent did not care for the one Sunday of the year when people of all faiths and colors come together and hurl invective at men in slenderizing black and white striped shirts and knickers. These fashionable whistle-toting men, by the way, are on TV and cannot hear the screams.

3) The commercials.

We love the commercials. They are pretty spectacular 30 second pieces of cinema. They better be. The NFL and the Fox network collect $4,000,000 for each one of them  Said one fan, “It’s all about those Clydesdales!” Said another, “I channel surf during the game, and only watch the game when the commercials are on.

Here’s a thought. At eight million bucks per minute of ad time, it would cost George Lucas just over one billion dollars to show Star Wars: Phantom Menace during the SB’s commercial breaks.  Meesa tink dat too much for Jar Jar.

2) The Food.

For the SB, food is a key to proper game enjoyment.

As for the food, there’s no one specific “must have” item.  It’s more about sheer quantity. Healthy items such as a veggie plate are acceptable, as long as the ratio of unhealthy to healthy foods is at least 2:1.

Another respondent was clear on the appropriate food choices.

As for food specifics, I am making a few small plate dishes. The first is jalapeño pork slab bites with a bacon jam. The second is duck nuggets with prune-Dijon dipping sauce. The third is crab deviled eggs. I’m also making two pizzas- one is prosciutto, chile, and onion pizza. The other is macaroni and cheese pizza.

Still another was very specific.

If chicken wings are not on your list, buddy, I know the fix is in.

There is always room for the generalist.

The food. For sure, the food. I like eating.

Now, straight from the home office in Lebanon, Indiana…

the Number One Answer!


The game, the game, the game. Geez, dumb question. No game? No party, no food. 

The serious fan weighs in:

As a Patriots fan, if we were in the game, the party/hoopla aspect of the game would go away. Trying to seriously watch the game around a crowd of people who care more about the commercials, or who want to spend the second half critiquing the halftime show ruins it for me. If the Pats aren’t in the game, then, yeah, the sideshow stuff is fun.

Some people are player-driven.

The game, especially if it’s one of our fave teams, or in the case this year, one of our fave QBs—Peyton! When the game is over, signaling the end of all things football, I wonder what the hell I’ll watch on Saturdays and Sundays until late August. LoveLoveLove football!

And lastly, some are just taken by the skill and athleticism.

I like watching the game. The athletic feats are amazing- these guys really are the best in the world at their sport.

What does it for you?

  • The Game? Who you got; Seahawks or Broncos?
  • The Food? What are must-haves at your Super Bowl? What about beverages? Beer? Arnie Palmers?
  • The Hoopla: the Commercials and the halftime show?
  • And if you don’t watch the Super Bowl, what will you do this Sunday evening?


Thanks for playing our game, and as a lovely parting gift, here’s my guacamole recipe!

Courtesy HAAP Media Ltd.

DStan58’s Guacamole

(inspired by E. Lansing’s venerable El Azteco)

3 Haas avocados (CLICK HERE! for help peeling, seeding, and slicing.)

2 lime’s worth of freshly squeezed lime juice (4 TB, but please squeeze the limes)

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp kosher salt

3-6 drops Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp cayenne (optional)

2 Roma tomatoes seeded and diced into Yahtzee dice-sized pieces.

¼ cup minced sweet onion

1-2 TB chopped fresh cilantro (to taste)

1 clove finely minced garlic


1)      Peel, seed, and rough chop your avocado. Place in medium work bowl.

2)     Drizzle with 1 lime’s worth of juice. Toss.

3)     Add cumin, salt, cayenne, and Worcestershire.

4)     Mash with fork, wooden spoon, or potato masher to desired chunkiness.

5)     Gently fold in tomato, onion, garlic, and cilantro.

6)     Place piece of plastic wrap directly in contact with avocado mixture so no air can contact the nascent guac. Put aside at room temp for 30-60 minutes.

7)     Just before service, check for flavor, and mix in juice from 2nd lime, if needed.


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  1. “The Game? Who you got; Seahawks or Broncos?” — Seahawks. Sick D, stud RB, classy QB and don’t forget about a couple of their unsung playes in TE Zach Miller and kicker Steven Hauschka.

    “The Food? What are must-haves at your Super Bowl? What about beverages? Beer? Arnie Palmers?” — Layered dips and some sorta hot wing. But this year I might be rocking these Tequila Lime Chorizo Meatballs with Cheddar Sauce I saw on Pinterest. Mingya. Yes to beers, and will probably venture away from what I’m familiar with and grab a nice 22oz of something fancy.

    “The Hoopla: the Commercials and the halftime show?” — I don’t think I’ve ever been into the halftime show, well maybe that Britney one before she went loco, so commercials for me.

    “And if you don’t watch the Super Bowl, what will you do this Sunday evening?” — Rub two sticks together and try to start fire?

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