At last, the wait is over. Super Bowl 50 will be played in a few hours time, finally. I really can’t complain though as the hoopla has been much less this time around. It’s partly because player access and press coverage have been restricted and partly because I’ve been studiously avoiding all TV coverage about the mega-event until now. I’ll only begin watching with the pre-game show , about half an hour before the game starts. This way, I am not bored even before the game starts; after a while all the expert opinions and predictions begin to pall.
The Super Bowl has grown in popularity from year to year. I remember watching Super Bowl III , forty seven years ago, when it was just another bowl game. Now, It is among the most popular spectacles or celebrations in the entire year, right up there with the Fourth of July or Thanksgiving. Practically, everyone I know is either going to a Super Bowl party or hosting one. I was reminded of this when I went to the supermarket this morning. The parking lot was full and , inside, the aisles were crowded with people getting ready for the evening. The only time I remember such a crowd is the day before Christmas or Thanksgiving and whenever a major winter storm has been predicted.
In today’s game, I am whole-heartedly for the Denver Broncos and their quarterback, Peyton Manning. (I hope I haven’t jinxed them). Carolina are deservedly the favorites with their balanced attack and stingy defense and because of their youthful superstar QB, Cam Newton. I have nothing against the Panthers but I’m hoping that the Broncos are able to pull of an upset. With all of Peyton’s injuries and his advanced age, this is no doubt his last hurrah. I would dearly love to see him get his second Super Bowl ring. I vividly remember the last time, the Broncos and Peyton made it to the Super Bowl three years ago and how they were crushed by the Seattle Seahawks. Please God : if the Broncos can not pull out a win, let them at least keep the game close. Let it not be a blowout as it was against the Seahawks.
We are having a small Super Bowl party…. just my brother-in-law and his wife and us. The menu is traditional Super Bowl grub, mostly finger foods. We start out with nachos and dip and then nosh on Buffalo Chicken wings, lamb sikh kababs, sweet chili chicken followed by turkey burgers and a salad of mixed greens, quinoa, feta cheese with a an Asian sesame-soy vinaigrette ( need some healthy stuff !). It sounds like a lot of food but we are making limited quantities of each and , hey, it’s a long game. In any case, just like Thanksgiving the Super Bowl party is a time for excess. Tomorrow may bring its share of regrets and vows to go a diet, but this evening we enjoy and make merry. Let the game begin!!