Blogfather John Scalzi has a 'super' assignment for us all to do!
Weekend Assignment: Share your memories of the first Super Bowl game you remember seeing. Which is to say, the first one you had an actual interest in -- Super Bowls playing in the background while you faced away from the TV and read a book or something don't count. If you remember watching one but don't remember quite the year, here's a list of the Super Bowls to date to assist your memory (click on the particular game to a full description of the game).
Extra credit: So, ever been to a Super Bowl game?
I clearly remember rooting against the Miami Dolphins in 1972 and 1973. My dad being a HUGE Jets fan, kind of made that a prerequisite in my house! I also remember it because my dad's brother and sister both love the Dolphins, and we don't! I do love an underdog, and I was totally Daddy's LittleGirl! The Jets may not have won since SuperBowl III, but at least they have won a SuperBowl, unlike the Dolphins Dan Marino. Sorry people... some rivalries don't die, and I had to get a blow in there!!!
We were also Steelers fans in my house, and their run starting in 1974 and culminating in 1979 with their 4 wins, totally rocked! I can clearly remember the SuperBowl parties of those years, taking turns between my house and my cousin Leslie's house! Hot dogs, wings, chips, dips, beer and soda, and lots of fun! Of course, that was when the game started earlier in the day, so you and your kids could watch together and still get the kids to bed on time!
In the summer of 1981 we drove out to Ohio to visit relatives, and we stopped at Canton, OH at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was great! I remember seeing the SuperBowl rings and being amazed at how big they were! I also bought a Franco Harris Steelers jersey at the gift shop before we left! It was a replica one, long gone, but I wish I still had it now!
The late 80's was an exciting time to be a Jet fan with the NY Sack Exchange - Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau! No return to the the SuperBowl, but it sure was fun! About two years ago I met Joe Klecko at the ESPN Zone in NYC, and he signed a white Jets hat for my dad, and gave Hubby and I tickets to a game! They were doing a trivia contest and I blew everyone in the room out, with my Jets memory! There was some very not happy 20ish year old males! Ha!
Somewhere along the line in high school, I also became a Giants fan. The Giants used to host a charity basketball game at my high school each year against the teachers! It was a blast! They would spend hours signing autographs and talking to anyone who came to the game and supported the school!
The late 80's, the 1986 and 1990 seasons, to be exact, were GREAT times to be a Giantsfan! The Giants led by Quarterback Phil Simms rocked the SuperBowl and won both those years! After all the years of watching poor Phil get clobbered it was sweet to see him get his just desserts!
Good thing, too, my hubby, who was then my fiance, is a HUGE Giants fan!!! I am so glad we got to share that game together (actually played January 1991)! We even went to two games during the regular season! The kids are now Jets and Giants fans, too!
The Jets and Giants haven't won any SuperBowls since, but the Giants did return in 2000, only to be beaten by the Ravens. In this house we are very hopeful that very soon the Jets or Giants will make it back and win!
Until then, we still celebrate football, and all its glory on SuperBowl Sunday! We eat lots of chips, dips, hot dogs, chili and wings, and drink mostly iced tea and water. We will cheer to the end, hoping to at least get lucky on one quarter in a football pool.
Personally, I am rooting for the Colts! After all, it is Giant Quarterback Eli Manning's big brother Peyton's big day!
And, no I have never attended a SuperBowl, but I would love to do so!
Then, as we bid football adieu by overeating junk food, we will turn our eyes toward baseball...
About a week to training camp... I am informed that pitchers and catchers already reported!!!! Go Yankees!
ps... Have fun celebrating the SuperBowl at your homes, too!