Archive for February 4, 2010

Part of my Super Bowl tradition - some M & M's

Here in England most of the people I work with will see Sunday night as the last opportunity to catch some sleep before the inevitable grind that is Monday morning’s commute.

I however will be as excited as a six-year-old on Christmas day by the time it gets to 11pm on Sunday.

Since my first ever experience watching a Super Bowl live on tv (1987 Giants v Broncos) I have had a little routine.

Here goes with what I do….

1) BETTING

Place bets on who will score the first touchdown and who will be the Most Valuable Player. Sometimes I also bet on the scoring margin, but only if I think its going to be an ass kicking. Before I was legally old enough I persuaded my mum to go and put the bets on for me!

2) FOOD and DRINK

I have the following items lined up in front of me on a small table:

  • Can of Pepsi (regular) even though its the only can of Pepsi I have all year (I normally drink Pepsi Max)
  • A regular Snickers bar that I cut into small slices like a loaf of bread (don’t ask !)
  • Some toffee popcorn served from an awesome Redskins helmet that doubles as a chips and dips server
  • Doritos (two varieties, usually Sizzling Hot, Ranch or Hint of Lime) with low-fat dips and an extra sour cream dip
  • A big bag of Peanut M&Ms that I sort into colour groups on a tray

3) HOME SETUP

I move the sofa directly in front of the tv, so close that my retinas probably want to do a 180 degree roll so they are more comfortable staring at my brain. I make sure I book the Monday off work (as does my wife). Talking of my wife she has a tradition of falling asleep on the sofa before the end of the second quarter. I also like to get in the Super Bowl mood by watching one or two sports movies during the day, something like Friday Night Lights, Any Given Sunday or Invincible.

What do you all do as a Super Bowl tradition?

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Gotta admit I am getting sucked in to watching some UFC now and then, and with the NFL season drawing to a close it’s time to latch on a sport until the 2010 NFL draft is near enough to smell.

Listening to the Around the Horn and P.T.I. podcasts I didn’t believe my ears when the likes of Wilbon and Reali stated talking about former Dallas Cowboy and Minnesota Viking running back Herschel Walker becoming the latest sporting name to come into the ever-growing world of mixed martial arts.

Walker has the body of an NFL rookie linebacker, and whilst he does not look as fresh-faced as when he terrorised opposing NFL defenses in the 1980s, he did look fit as a fiddle.

Walker was the Heisman Trophy winner in 1982. Just take a minute to say it out loud…..1982. It is now 2010 and he made a winning debut in the UFC.

Whatever next? Here are a few scenarios that came to mind regarding former NFL running backs…..

  • Barry Sanders takes up boxing and gets in the ring with Manny Pacquiao
  • Jerome Bettis gets down to his undergarments and takes up sumo wrestling in Japan
  • Mike Alstott keeps pumping his legs, but now on a bicycle as he takes part in the Tour de France