Super Bowl party!

My column which appears here, and in The Stylus for the 2/2/10 edition…

The Super Bowl is always exciting for me. Shocker, I know. But in the same way as when you get too excited for a date, or a party, and it doesn’t quite meet up to your expectations. You feel let down, upset, disappointed at the opportunities lost and what could have been.

That was Super Bowl XL. When the Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10 in what many fans called, “the most boring f*cking game I’ve ever seen.” Nobody enjoyed that Super Bowl. Bill Cowher’s mustache didn’t even enjoy that game. Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a putrid 9-21 for 123 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. And he won.

Aside from one great ad with Kermit the Frog singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green” for a Ford Escape Hybrid, the commercials that year were abysmal. And I love the Rolling Stones, I really do, but those old dogs were as lively as your left shoe. Super Bowl XL will forever be labeled a “snoozer.”

On the opposite side of the spectrum was Super Bowl XLII when Eli Manning and the Little Giants, I mean New York Giants, upset the previously undefeated New England Patriots. Watching Eli’s face as they were driving down the field for the win was funnier than any commercial that year. It was like he wasn’t even controlling his body and he couldn’t understand how he was able pull a miracle off like he did. Basically, he looked like a little kid who actually got to chill with Santa Claus. Side note: Tom Brady’s face during that drive is equally as amusing.

So, even though every year there is an actual winner or loser in the game, each Super Bowl as a whole event is remembered as either a winner or a loser in itself. Will this year’s match-up of the Steelers and the Packers go down in history as one of the greatest of all time? Or will it go on the shelf with all the other stinkers? In order for this to be as enjoyable as possible, the Super Bowl has to hit on three key points, and one of them is actually up to you.

1. The Game – Whether you’re a football fan or not, the game is first and foremost. All of the positive energy experienced with a Super Bowl is directly reflective of how tightly contested the game is. People want to see moments like John Elway upsetting the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII, whether they have a preference for either team or not.

And it should be a great one. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack-Attack taking on Ben Roethlisberger, and the rest of Steel-town. James Harrison’s going to be crunching dudes, Charles Woodson and Troy Polamalu are going to be flying around and there’s the head coaching battle: Mike Tomlin vs. Mike McCarthy square off in the battle of, “Who’s the best coach named Mike?” The game itself has a lot of potential.

2. The Entertainment – The glitz, the glamour. The stars and the red carpets. The live shows and parties. The Super Bowl is so much more than just another football game. And if you honestly disagree with that statement, you should really consider asking yourself why you’re this far into a column strictly pertaining to what you think is, “just another game.” The Super Bowl is much more than that.

The Black Eyed Peas were a good choice for the halftime show. I’m not super into them, – just not my cup of tea – but they have enough radio jams and their songs have a lot of energy, which is a welcome shift for the youth of America.

The last six halftime shows, in order, were The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Prince, The Stones and Paul McCartney. Sounds really amazing if it were ’86.

The atmosphere should be great. The Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium is the perfect venue for the Super Bowl, and you know owner Jerry Jones will do everything he can to put on a show for the world to see.

3. Your Experience – Pick the right group of people to watch the game with. If you casually want to catch most of the action and the majority of the commercials, then watch the game with a couple of friends at somebody’s house. Add some background music; have a good time with it. Remember, the Super Bowl is more than a game, so enjoy the night however you most want to.

That said, most people who tune in to the Super Bowl are going to complain if they miss one play, one funny commercial or one Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction (DOH!). So if you’re trying to catch every little detail – from the coin toss to the post-game trophy handout – then you should watch the game with your die-hard sports fan buddies. But not the guy who thinks he’s hilarious and cracks joke after joke and gets nothing but crickets and crickets. Don’t invite that guy, he sucks.


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