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Friday, February 10, 2006

Superbowl Sunday

Last Sunday our house looked a lot like this:

With a little of this thrown in:

We had friends over to watch the Superbowl, and had a wonderful time. The kids had a good time playing together, and the karaoke machine got a little workout. Some of them even watched the game a little.

Neither M. nor I were strong fans of either team. M. grew up loving the Vikings and, in times of desperation, would root for the Packers. When you live in Idaho, you get to pick the teams you’ll cheer for, as Idaho had none of its own. I grew up cheering for the teams of the places I’d lived before: primarily the Bills and the Lions. So for this game, having no strong attachments, we got to pick our teams.

M. chose to cheer for the Steelers. While I was growing up, most people in Boise seemed to be Seahawks or Broncos fans. (Shudder.) So I went for the Seahawks because a) They’ve been a terrible team for so long, b) They’re kind of, sort of, very distantly a hometown team, and c) They were the underdogs, and I love an underdog.

The G. family is from Pittsburgh and was very excited to see their favorite team try for its 5th title. Some of the kids even showed up with rally signs they’d drawn. They were so excited in fact, that Mr. G., consumed by nerves and excitement, spent nearly every commercial break pacing the floor or roaming from room to room in the house trying to walk off the pent-up energy. (I should’ve cleaned the Red Room. Drat!!) In between pacing, he watched the game yelling “Give it to the Bus!!!” with increasing frequency as the game progressed.

We laughed about it a lot, but I’ll tell you, it made the game so much more fun to watch. That much energy and investment into the Steelers’ success made it so much more exciting. Plus, I got to be a bit louder when cheering for the ‘Hawks and their Killer B defense than I otherwise would.

In the end, the Steelers won, and the G. family went home elated. I last spoke with Mr. G. on Friday, and he said he still hasn’t calmed down. That’s a true fan.

My take on the game: I thought the Seahawks’ first touchdown should have counted. I did not think that was offensive pass interference. We saw the multiple replays of the Steeler touchdown by the QB and I do not think that was a touchdown, though it was very close. And the penalty for tackling the blocker below the waist should not have been because the QB went around the blocker and tackled the ball carrier.

Not that I’m bitter, or anything.

No, not at all.

Hey, by the way, how do you keep a Steelers fan out of your yard?

Put up goal posts.


At 11:09 AM , Blogger PB&J said...

Wow, I can see it now - how funny! I could see Mr. G betting really, really worked up. Thanks for the description!

At 6:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Seahawks!!! The game was stolen from them. There is fund set up in case Holgrin has to pay a fine for saying this publicly.

Anne from Seattle


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