I love Super Bowl Sunday even though I’m not a football fan, and I really don't care who wins. I’m all about the party, the music, the commercials, and the food! But this year, the game ended up being pretty exciting too.
I went to a big party with a bonfire outside and tons of food inside. It was potluck, and I took deviled eggs which only lasted about ten minutes (you can never make enough eggs). Other people brought things like shrimp, jerk chicken wings, buffalo wings, and guacamole (in fact, when Bruce Springsteen said “Back away from the guacamole dip” I was actually eating some, pretty funny). The big hit of the party was something called “Bacon Explosion” which was bacon wrapped in sausage wrapped in more bacon and then smoked for two hours on the grill. I didn’t eat any of that but folks were raving about it.
My favorite commercial, hands-down, was the Pepsi commercial, “Forever Young,” with Bob Dylan and will.i.am. I love Dylan, love that song, and really enjoyed all those nostalgic images. Overall, I thought the commercials were pretty lame this year. WAY too much cartoon-type violence with people flying through windows and men getting hit in their privates. Please!
I always love the animal commercials and this year, I liked the chimpanzees (grease monkeys) and all the Clydesdale commercials, especially the one about Daisy the Dancing Horse with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” playing. I think those E-Trade talking babies are pretty funny too.
The music was wonderful this year! I was very moved by Jennifer Hudson’s National Anthem – one of the best versions of that song ever. And then there was The Boss! I love Bruce. I don’t listen to him as much as I did when I was younger but when I was in college, we played the heck out of his first four records. I went to see him live at some point in the early 80’s and it was an amazing experience.
At the party last night, there was a little bit of betting going on about what song Bruce would open with. Everyone got their money back because no one had picked “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.” I liked all four songs but especially that new one “Working on a Dream” with the gospel choir singing back up.
We were debating about the best halftime show ever and then tried to remember the music from the past several years. This is what we came up with ( I think these are in the right order).
The Infamous Wardrobe Malfunction
I enjoyed all of these except for the wardrobe one. I remember everyone singing along on the chorus of “Hey Jude” when Sir Paul performed, and the Stones were lots of fun. But I think my favorites from this list were Prince and Bruce.
I also thought that having the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight crew come out was a nice touch. That is such an incredible story (and I'm a big fan of miracles).
Now that the Super Bowl is over, I can return to a sport that I really care about, college hoops!