Ten Questions and Answers About the Super Bowl
Are you ready for some Super Bowl?
On the first day of February, pro football’s biggest extravaganza will be occurring in Glendale, Ariz. Here are ten questions–and answers–concerning the Super Bowl:
Who will be playing in the Super Bowl? That’s easy. The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.
Who do you think will win? Heck if I know. I’m neither a Patriot nor a Seahawk fan.
What about the commercials? I watch the Super Bowl for the game, not commercials. If I want to see a plethora of commercials, I can turn on any old show on the boob tube.
The halftime show? Again, I watch the Super Bowl for the game. I don’t care about the halftime entertainment. Halftime gives me the opportunity to visit the little boy’s room and to make myself a snack.
What type of food you like to eat while watching the Super Bowl? I enjoy eating hot dogs, nacho chips with queso, barbecued baked beans, and caramel corn. I don’t care for pretzels unless they’re soft. As for beverages, any old soft drink will do. I don’t like the taste of beer, I’m not a fan of wines, and I don’t want to get a hangover drinking too much hard liquor.
What do you think about the recent controversy over concussions in football? It’s bad. The powers in football should take more steps to make game safer. However, as famed Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi once said, football is a collision sport. Unless people start becoming flag or (gasp!) international football fans, I don’t concussions will ever disappear.
And what about the New England Patriots possibly using deflated footballs? As an Indianapolis Colts fan, I have a sneaking suspicion the Patriots could have engaged in hanky-panky. But I have to concede the Colts were massacred in Boston–er, Foxboro–and I don’t the footballs had much effect on the outcome of the game. “Deflate-gate” is great in whipping up public attention for the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl just wouldn’t be the Super Bowl if it didn’t have some controversy. By Valentine’s Day, I predict Deflate-gate will be as forgotten as the Teapot Dome scandal.
Who do you think was the greatest Super Bowl player of all time? There have been many great players who have played in the Super Bowl such as Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Len Dawson, Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning. But I think the greatest player of all is Joe Montana. Like Michael Jordan, Montana was a great, great clutch player at crunch time. His last minute drive against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII was magnificent. If I have to pick one player for my all-time fantasy Super Bowl team, it would be Montana.
And the greatest team? The 1985 Chicago Bears. They were like the coolest, meanest kids on the block–they had a FU swagger while pummeling everybody in sight. Their ditty “Super Bowl Shuffle” was on the radio for weeks, even it though may had been the worst rap song ever made. A year later, the Washington Redskins made mincemeat out of the Bears in the NFL playoffs. And the Bears have yet to shuffle themselves to another Super Bowl championship.
Do you think the Super Bowl is the greatest sporting event of the year? No. Although the caliber of the games have improved tremendously over the past ten or fifteen years, the Super Bowl is still the epitome of style triumphing over substance. If you want to watch great football, catch the playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl. Yes, playoff games are often blowouts like the Deflate-gate fiasco, but more often than not they are edge of your seat thrillers like Seattle’s overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.
Joe’s Maybe Memorable Quote of the Day
If you’re not a football hero, you can get along with the beautiful girls if you have a big bank account.