Well, it's finally here! Don't you just hate this interminable wait till Super Bowl Sunday? This Super Bowl weekend will forever be linked with the Ass Backwards Snowstorm! Those Q listeners who are south in New Jersey will watch the game with those fresh pile of snow all around them outside! The rest of us, save for those on S.I. who got sort of rocked, just went about our pre super Sunday chores yesterday with out any shoveling or cleanup to delay us!
It' s been a very strange run up to this game for me. We've got this new gizmo projector that became a hit and so, since the holidays, while I've been on the air from the Q Studios, my friends and family who are Jets fans were hanging at the house to keep the run of luck going for Gang Green and watching the games on our living room wall! Everyone decided that there was no other way to end the current NFL season than to do the projector thing again and so we shall! The Colts and Saints on a 12 foot wall in the living room. Huge kudos to Ian and his awesome new bride Debbie who were all about me getting home in time for kickoff to be with my guests. A classic switcheroony due to a very classy rock n roll guy! ! THANK YOU!
Pre game jitters yesterday as my favorite old school smoker grill just gave out and caved in from years and years of faithful service! You know, it's a sad moment when your friend of many years just decides its had enough. The timing was awful but what are you going to do? We did the turkey inside yesterday and will do the loin of pork inside today. I will have sunset burial and readings and candle lit ceremony for the grill some time this week. My buddies are bringing gnocchi and ribs! The in laws are bringing mussles marinara! My bro in law is making his infamous chili and my sis in law is bringing rainbow cake from Dortoni's in Levittown! I will be on the elliptical at my gym tomorrow very early to do something about that!
As for the game itself: I figure I can't go wrong. First of all a salute to my friend Pat Hanlon, Corporate V.P of Communications for my football team, The New York Football Giants. Pat suggested that we should root like hell for Peyton to win his second Super Bowl ring because it would benefit the Giants. You see, Eli and Peyton take the sibling rivalry thing to a level that most of us can't even comprehend. Now, should Peyton win the Super Bowl and get that second ring, Eli will be a happy camper for his brother for a sum total of about 10 minutes. Then, his stomach will start to produce the kind of acid that the alien in Aliens produced on The Nostromo and he will be fired up! He'll cut the chains to get into the practice area at The Meadowlands at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning and that is a GOOD THING for The Giants! Some tortured logic I admit but I LIKE it and I'm going with it.
On the other hand, should the one time "Aint's" win, how cool for the long suffering Saints fans and the city of Narlin's to win the damn thing. I just hope for a great game. Two pieces of trivia related to The Saints today: One, I wish that Buddy Diliberto was alive to see his team finally make the big dance! Who is Buddy? Greg Bishop in a New York Times piece this past Friday February 5th had a nice piece about Buddy who was the man who first put on the brown paper garbage bag with "The Aint's" on it! It became a cultural phenomena and I know he'd be so proud to have been in Miami today to see his team make it to and maybe win the biggest game there is!
The other interesting cultural note as it applies to The Saints for today's game is the "Who Dat?" phenomena. There is a great piece in today's Sunday Newsday by Jim Baumbach concerning the place in the "Who Dat" history that former Met's outfielder Ron Swoboda has in the proliferation of the phrase! You may remember that Ron, after his miracle catch in the 1969 World Series for The New York Mets, became a long time sports broadcaster in New Orleans. Turns out, one of the guys on his staff at WVUE brought Ron this idea for a song based on some footage of a New Orlean's High School football teams, St. Augustine, doing this "Who Dat" chant. Well, it got adopted by the Saints fans and the rest is history! Cool right?
I'd be remiss if I didn't get a shout out to Kirk who works for Verizon. We awoke yesterday, 24 hours out from Super Sunday, to find we had no phone, no internet and........NO TV!!!! Kirk came in and under great duress, (that would be me telling him every 2 seconds..."You know we're having 25 people over for the super bowl tomorrow, right? I told you that right?" ) got us all set to go KNOCK ON WOOD!
So I wish you all a great Super Sunday! may all your boxes hit since I know my 2 - 2 box in the Q pool was just my donation to the rest of the air staff! Enjoy! Happy Super Bowl!