Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Super Bowl is one week away. How do I know? Because Walmart has their TVs on sale. It says so in big letters right here in today’s circular: “ROLLBACK Vizio Game Time — See the big game on a big screen!” But, then again, Walmart always has their TV’s on sale. Oh! And Food Lion is advertising for this event as well. (Keep reading for clarification.) Inside our newspaper today, in fact, were no less than six circulars, plus dozens of coupons, all advertising for the Super Bowl. Our nation is obsessed with this holiday — I mean – event. It could be a holiday for all I know. Maybe a group somewhere is working on it.
Anyway, I’m not into sports, but I am into the food that comes along with all the Super Bowl hoopla. That’s one element of this happening that I do enjoy. Chips, dips, salsa, chicken wings, stuffed jalapenos, cheese straws, mini meatballs, pizza, etc. Party food rocks! I don’t know the difference between Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson; but I can tell you that some of my favorite recipes come from this sports lovers’ special day. Whether it’s from where we attended a Super Bowl party and a friend gave me her recipe; or from reading about a great-sounding dish; and sometimes even from watching the Food Channel, some of my favorites got their start because of this game.
Gorgonzola dip is a good example. I use it for both a dip and a dressing. Yum! Another good one is an appetizer: water chestnuts wrapped in bacon with a special mixture of mayonnaise and brown sugar. What about that fantastic seven-layer Mexican dip? I can’t tell you who won those games, but I can tell you where the party was and what most of the people brought to snack on. Memories.
Having gone to two East Carolina football games in the past year, I’m learning a little about the sport, though. Guess I’m not totally hopeless. Russell is patient when he explains a “first in ten” (Russell just edited this and told me I need to write “first down”) or a “three point conversion” (he also edited this and told me I need to write a “two point conversion”). The crazy part for me at the last game was how it seemed to go on and on forever, especially the fourth quarter. It seemed longer to me than the first three quarters all put together. All I know is my popcorn was long gone and I was starving. I guess every “change of possession” — that’s another term Russell has corrected me on, since I always thought it was “change of position” — created an opportunity for a TV time out / commercial.
And speaking of that, I believe there is an entire viewing audience of the Super Bowl who watch it purely for the commercials’ entertainment. I’ve often heard Russell laughing out loud at some of them. He calls me in sometimes to watch the half-time commercials, especially. But, the best part of the game for still others is the half-time show. (However, lately, I haven’t been impressed.) And while I’m on my high horse — as I promised to clarify earlier — why is Food Lion advertising for tailgating when we all know this is the final game of the season and no one will be tailgating at the Super Bowl? I mean, really?
I asked Russell which teams were playing this year since I didn’t have a clue. He told me the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. I immediately said I’d vote for the Seahawks. He wanted to know why. I said because I like their name and because it’s the official mascot of UNC-W, our local university.
He, on the other hand hopes the Broncos win. When I asked him why, he said because he thinks Payton Manning deserves another Super Bowl victory. I guess that makes sense. Unlike the game of football, itself, which will probably never make sense to me. But the recipes sure are easy to follow.
Ann Ipock “Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller” firstname.lastname@example.org www.annipock.com.