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Super Bowl XLIX

Saturday, January 31, 2015   by: Mac Headrick

On Friday the Conservatives in Ottawa unveiled Bill C-51 the new anti-terrorism bill. In Sudbury a provincial by-election enters it’s last week. The Canadian economy is experiencing a very difficult period. In Sault Ste Marie local city politicians are working at reducing a potential 4% tax increase. NHL hockey is in full swing and fans still pay $100 or more to attend a Toronto Maple leafs game. Well, there will be no discussion on these topics or any other news items today. For tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday. I have no time to think about anything but planning for this special day. 

As per my past practice I (along with 25 plus other guys) will be attending “Vinnie’s Super Bowl Party”. This is an annual event that brings together a group of very talented, intelligent, sensitive males to celebrate the “game”. Now my main squeeze Linda will have to be at home alone. Linda will assemble some stuff, a favourite book, the television remote, perhaps a couple of chocolates and of course the pets. She claims to enjoy this evening to herself. Apparently women can enjoy their own company without a man around. This is (to me) a strange concept. 

Now my beloved Green Bay Packers will not be one of the participants in the big game. This has created a personal dilemma for me. Whom do I cheer for? I dislike both teams. Traditionally I have supported the NFC representative. I guest I will continue to do so. It isn’t the Seattle Seahawks fault the “Pack” self-destructed the last two minutes of the game. I will be dressed in a complete Green Bay outfit up to and including underwear.

To fully enjoy this event it is necessary to prepare myself physically for watching the game. Remember with commercial breaks the contest will run from 6.30 until 10.30 p.m. or so. In addition there is approximately 1.5 hour’s preparation time in advance of  the kickoff (6.30 p.m.). This time is needed to grab your favourite seat, set up drink and food and make fun of Detroit Lions supporters. Early Sunday afternoon I will have a nap. I will also eat very little in the lead up to the game. Of course house work is not allowed on this day. A true football fan must pace themselves.   

My contribution to the half time meal this year will be mushroom caps and mozzarella sticks.  At Vinnie’s the menu is varied but out of respect for the occasion the guys do not contribute calorie reduced (code word healthy) items. The key to successful eating throughout the game is to pace yourself. One year l didn’t consume anything at half time or after, due to the fact l was too full. Oh the shame, the embarrassment. In my defense l was a rookie participant at the time. 

During the course of the game there will be much discussion about the contest and football in general. This is to be expected. The conversation isn’t limited just to the Super Bowl. We are articulate, intelligent, sensitive men and therefore have varied interests. All the political problems facing Canadians will be discussed, analyzed and solved. The plight and lack of appreciation of the married man is always a favourite topic. The admiration of the classical dance form as demonstrated by the cheerleaders is always a popular subject.  

The consumption of alcohol is very moderate. Everyone gets home safe. No attendee at Vinnie’s party wants to injure anyone or become a guest of honour on the main page of SooToday, specifically the police report. 

Contact between the participants of the event and their spouses during the game are frowned upon. They are considered absolute proof the individual concern is a henpecked wimp. Now the above comment doesn’t include calls of an emergency nature. For example if a wife were to go into labour and couldn’t wait to after the game. 

Around 10.30 p.m. our group will dispense. We will be a little heavier and no wiser than the start of the evening some five hours previous. When l arrive home Linda will already be in bed. She will ask me about the game and did l enjoy myself. My response is typically positive except for the comment l think l ate too much. After playing with Beau and Raji (the dogs)for a few minutes l will shuffle off to bed. Unlike in the past my thoughts will not be of work the next day (being retired). 

As l see it doesn’t get much better than this; football, great food and drink, excellent company and intelligent conversation. I suppose the last point could be debatable. Enjoy the game.

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