Twenty-one years had come and gone, and my aural, optical and emotional senses had remained Super Bowl-free. In fact, most sports have slipped under my radar until I decided to try understanding this American tradition by enrolling in a sports history course at USF St. Petersburg. Televised football games? I can't say that I've watched one, ever. I did attend USF's big game against West Virginia my freshmen year, but I don't know that I ever took my eyes off the 55,000 screaming fans.
Truthfully, until this year, my family would traditionally visit Busch Gardens or Disney World on Super Bowl Sunday specifically because we knew there wouldn't be any lines. But for this Super Bowl Sunday, I committed myself to attending a Super Bowl house party and attempting to understand the game along the way. Luckily, I had a three weeks of sports history under my belt, but that meant I could talk football only up to the beginning of the 1900s.
I liken it to visiting a foreign country and learning the lingo while surrounded by native speakers.
Here is what I learned from Super Bowl XLV.
This thing could be voted in as a national holiday, in fact I wouldn't doubt if someday in the future it is. Even I was asking myself days before whether Publix would be open that day (they are open on Super Bowl Sunday, I called).
The infographic after the break from betting site bodog.com shows some bets, odds and stats revolving around the cheerleaders and the Super Bowl.
What do you think? Do you think cheerleaders are an essential part of the game, or can we live without them?
Across America there are probably more finger foods and appetizers consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day each year. So I thought Id share my favorite Super Bowl party dish thats easy to make and even easier to devour. While I cant take credit for the recipe, I can take credit for the name.
If you take the few minutes it will cost you this Sunday to make this dish, youll see why Ive dubbed it, Jalapenos Gone to Heaven. Now lets get into what youll need.
Steve Winwood is the next (boring) pre-game performer but over in one of the side tents I find a hip-hop violin duo who are killin' it with classical remixes of Flo Rida and Lady Gaga tunes. I get a green-screen photo of myself scoring a touchdown and am off to the stadium for the 6:30 kick off.
With two nights of celebrity parties under my belt it's a bit tough to rally for more on Saturday, but I somehow manage to get dressed and get my ass to Mansion for the CBS party where LL Cool J is performing for an intimate crowd. Let me just say one thing: white people can't dance. And these middle-aged CBS execs are so very white! LL takes it in stride though, putting on a great show with hits from "Going back to Cali," to the ever popular "Doin' it" and newer joints like "Headsprung." I also find myself wondering if he's been put up to saying the phrase "CBS" a certain number of times, but hey, the network just gave him his own show, so I think he's cool.
I can't wait to get back over to the Bud Light Hotel, though, where Usher and Jamie Foxx are scheduled to take the stage. All over the party people are shakin' it surely a by-product of Usher's performance (which I missed while I was watching LL). Mr. Foxx soon emerges from the crowd with a microphone and acts as MC, knocking back Bud Light Limes and informing the crowd that he is going to take a lady home with him tonight. I imagine he'll have no trouble finding one as a very leggy girl and a bootylicious babe jostle to get closer to the star. When the DJ puts on "Blame It," we all go crazy and Foxx and his boys do a little synchronized two-step (as opposed to any actual singing). Photos after the jump!
After experiencing T-Pain's superb spinning the previous night, Friday I hop a cab to Fontainebleau Resort for ESPN The Magazine's NEXT event. Despite the cool weather, skin is in on South Beach was it ever not? as sparkling stilettos and lengthy legs vie for attention outside the party. The line seems to snake for miles but I finally make it to the red carpet just as Josh Duhamel flashes a charming smile at the many photogs (no sign of wifey Fergie in site).
The party tent is probably a football field long and is wall-to-wall revelers, packed all the way up to the front stage where dime-diva Keri Hilson is performing. She is one hot mama in a lace bodysuit unzipped almost to the navel and engages the crowd in some casual banter until the sound guys fix the terrible feedback and she can bust out her hits "Turnin' Me On" and "The Way I Are." I spot former 'N Sync-er Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo enjoying the show and a few cocktails each and, as she is wont to do, Audrina Partridge of The Hills talking to a greasy-lookin' dude when Ne-Yo hits the stage. Photos after the jump!
With the Super Bowl just a few days away, the temptation is to write a story explaining why the Saints will dominate the Colts, or vice versa. Those stories, like most Super Bowls, are boring. So to help liven things up, heres a game to help the big game a little bit more fun.
Assuming you attend some sort of Super Bowl party, the first thing youll want to do is to divide yourselves into two teams. Any method is fine, whether you have a draft, or stack your team with the hotties your best friend brought over. However you do it, make sure to designate which team will represent the Colts and which will be the Saints.
Throughout the game, take one drink for every touchdown by your team, and drink twice every time the opponent scores. For variation, you can drink per point three for a field goal, seven on the touchdowns. Take a drink for every turnover by your team and every sack.
Beware of flags in this game. Penalty flags equal one drink, which likely wont be too bad, since these teams have been well-disciplined all year. What youll want to beware of, though, are the challenges. Any time a coach throws out the red flag, drink for five seconds. If somehow the coach throws the flag and it hits either a player or official, just drain your whole drink.
When it comes to commercials, take one drink apiece for the following: a cartoon character interacting with a live person, a talking animal, a talking baby, a human dressed as an animal, a horse, a reptile, and anything GoDaddy. Abstain from drinking for the duration of the Tim Tebow commercial. It shouldnt be too hard with the debate likely to break out.
There are a few other things to watch out for. Make sure to take a sip every time you see Kim Kardashian and Archie Manning. Whenever a player loses a helmet, take another sip. If you hear the phrase Tony Dungys team," just finish your drink.
Ultimately, this article is just a series of guidelines more than rules. Take them as suggestions and make the game your own.
As far as the game goes, my prediction is that the Colts march all over the Saints by about 24 points. But my bias is for Peyton Manning, for all his great service this year on my fantasy team. Enjoy the game.
I'm in Miami (bitch) for Super Bowl XLIV and started the weekend off on Thursday night with dinner at STK, where the Kardashian sisters also happened to be dining, dressed in Herve Leger. Wow, short, tight dresses on Kardashians? Who'da thunk it?
While the 'Dash sisters headed to neighboring hotspot Coco Deville, I bopped down the street to the GQ Party at the Bud Light Hotel, where what's usually the Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel has been taken over by the Budweiser marketing gurus and turned into a beery extravaganza, down to the monogrammed towels and mints. The party was a bit of a sausage-fest, aside from the paid hostesses shakin' it in little tiny shiny dresses. Chart-topper T-Pain arrived shortly after I did with a 12-deep blinged-out posse, and I am sad to report that I did not recognize the singer and failed to snap a photo. I thought he always wore a big stupid top hat.
Anyway, I watched T-Pain "DJ" from the VIP lounge with retired footballer Clayton "Vince" Holmes and his big shiny diamond Super Bowl ring until I couldn't stand the hype man cutting into the beats anymore and got the hell out of there. Check out all my photos from night one after the jump.
A typical party of thirty guests can create 80 pounds of waste!
Be Part of the Solution
How can I entertain in an environmentally friendly way?
-Watch the big game on Energy Star certified TVs or listen to it on the radio. Or better yet, wait until the next day to ask someone who won. (Just kidding!)
-Instead of sending out paper invitations, send electronic invitations from a site like www.evite.com.
Watch the CL Street Team snuggle, drink and "sausage" their way through the tailgating parties at Super Bowl XLIII.