This year's Super Bowl party threatened to be as bleak as the one several years ago when it was just James and I watching the game at his apartment. As of 3 PM he and I were the only ones who were going to be there. I'd bought enough food for 6-8 people, so when only one other guy showed up, we had lots of leftovers. But we had a good time, so if you were invited and didn't come, here's what you missed.
We made breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches, which are an Indiana state delicacy (according to our Internet research showed). We also made cole slaw and I put together a seven-layer dip in the morning. I've got over a pound of cole slaw left over and about a third of the dip, so that will be my dinner for the next few nights. As for the game, we were impressed with Devin Hester's opening kickoff return for a touchdown, but the rain, while entertaining, made for a sloppy game. Prince's halftime show wasn't bad considering the conditions he had to perform in. I thought the Bud Light ad with the couple picking up hitchhikers ("He's got an axe!" "But he has Bud Light!") was the funniest one of the night. Based on my conversations with co-workers this afternoon, I seem to be in the minority. (I tend to enjoy the lowbrow beer commercials. One of my all-time favorites is the Bud Light ad where the guy has put a shock collar on his roommate to prevent the roommate from drinking his beer.) I can't say that it was more fun to watch the game this year, when I didn't have any real connection to either team. But it was much less stressful than last year's Super Bowl where I screamed at the TV during every play.
Congratulations to Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts, who finally won the championship that's eluded them for years. With the Steelers changing coaches, I'm hopeful but not too optimistic that they'll be back in the hunt for the Super Bowl in 2007. I guess I'll get a little excited about college basketball now.
Although the 2007 NFL draft is only 10 weeks away.