CHILI CHEESE NACHO STAINS ALL OVER MY SHIRT
I don’t know the exact number of people who asked me who I was rooting for in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl – but it was a lot. It’s not cool being the radio sports guy and having to find so many different ways to say, “I genuinely don’t care who wins” but I found a way. Then it dawned on me a couple days before kickoff…Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is not only perhaps the biggest horse’s backside in the NFL but his team is in the same division as the Hawks. Very easy to root against. Go Ravens.
I didn’t do anything big for the game – just laid low at home. But let the record show I did make my annual Chili Cheese Nachos a la Scholten. And since you asked yes it is just chili and cheese melted together but for some of us that’s a big accomplishment in the kitchen. I ate and ate well.
I feel guilty saying it because so much of my radio life is dedicated to pre- and post-game shows but I had little use for the CBS pre-game festivities. Instead I watched a week’s worth of DVR’d sitcoms up until kickoff. Didn’t time it very well because I missed Alicia Keys doing the national anthem, and Alicia Keys is in my top-10 if you know what I mean. Maybe top-5.
Settled in for the game and really enjoyed the Ravens getting off to a hot start and Jim Harbaugh not getting off to one. I know you’re not supposed to derive pleasure from the pain of others but Jim Harbaugh’s pain brought me great joy. Hope I’m not the only Seahawk fan to say it or feel it.
Being a healthy American male I greatly enjoyed Beyonce at halftime. I still can’t say or hear the word ‘Booty-licious’ without chuckling like a 5th grader but I got by. And with apologies to Kelly and Michelle the Destiny’s Child reunion was lost on me. I won’t be at the reunion tour.
And then…the lights went out. The now-famous 35-minute power outage early in the 3rd quarter. Like everybody else I texted friends and loved ones with a version of the joke “Geez what did you plug in to blow out the Superdome?” Sent out four, got three responses. Would’ve loved to know exactly how long the delay was going to be so I could’ve taken a nap but fought through and stayed up the whole time.
And then wouldn’t you know it actually became a heckuva football game. Fun and entertaining to watch with a finish that came down to the final minute. And most importantly, and I can’t stress this enough, JIM HARBAUGH DIDN’T WIN.