As the first month of January fades into the history of 2020, February is fast approaching. As we all know (well at least those who may give a hoot), Super Bowl arrives the first Sunday of February.
In ancient times February was called Solmonath. Translated it means “mud month”.
Mud and football: this seems like an apt pairing. Another term for February was Kale-monath—”cabbage month”.
Of course, on Super Bowl Sunday cabbage may not be near the top of the menu list. When one considers the cabbage and its many uses, perhaps it should be on the menu as a healthy alternate dish.
What is the typical consumption on this day as fans watch, yell and eat?
In no particular order: nachos any way you like; guacamole with some added ingredients; hot dogs with the fixings; pigs in a blanket; pizza with an infinite number of toppings; calzones—a spinach and feta one may hit the right spot; potato skins; wings, etc. For variety you could toss in kale chips, Greek salad loaded with feta or vegan crab cakes—now with the right sauce the vegan option can be very tasty and perhaps a bit healthy in comparison to other food delights.
The Kansas City Chiefs have waited a half century for another Super Bowl title shot. On January 11, 1970 the Chiefs bested the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV at New Orleans’ Tulane Stadium with over 80,000 spectators in attendance. Sadly, the stadium was demolished in 1980, but it hosted two additional Super Bowls before its demise: VI in 1972 and IX in 1975.
The Chiefs’ return to Super Bowl LIV at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens should be a glorious battle if they are thirsty for victory after a long hot trek. One must wonder if the San Francisco 49ers will allow the Chiefs’ thirst to be quenched at the oasis of football.
The San Francisco 49ers have had 6 Super Bowl appearances in their pads: 2013, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1985 and 1982. They won 5 of the 6 games: 1995, 1990, 1989, 1985 and 1982. In 2013 the Ravens eked out a 34 to 31 victory which spoiled the49ers Super Bowl record.
With their last win in 1995 (25 years) they will be determined to claim victory and add another win to their history. Will the Kansas City Chiefs allow them?
We all shall see on Sunday February 2 which team will fulfill their appetite for victory. There can be only one winner in the Super Bowl.
Demi Lovato will perform the National Anthem. In 2020 one can count on controversy.
As always there will be a half-time show—the Pepsi Half-Time Show. This year you have two greats—Shakira and JLo—Jennifer Lopez. which should be grand.
“I think the message is gonna be ‘Listen, I’m a woman. I’m a Latina. It wasn’t easy for me to get to where I am. And being at the Super Bowl is proof that everything is possible.” Shakira
“This is the marker of a new time not just in the NFL but this country, it sends an important message.. It’s about making a statement of love and unity and make everyone come together just for a moment and hopefully that resonates.” JLo
One cannot forget the commercials. Fox raked in 5.6 million for each 30 seconds.
There have been times when they were more entertaining than the game.
Here are a few:
“This year, Budweiser will celebrate the essence of the American spirit by spotlighting ordinary people doing extraordinary things across the nation — a message we believe is incredibly timely,” Ricardo Marques, Vice President of Marketing Core and Value Brands at Anheuser-Busch
Little Caesars will be airing their first commercial during the Super Bowl. One may wonder what took them so long.
Facebook, Sylvester Stallone and Chris Rock—what a triad! Wonder what this will be advocating?
There will be political pitches. President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg will be telling you why to vote for them.
Of course, there will be movie trailers to titillate the potential movie goer. What would life be without the promise of a blockbuster film for the Summer.
Sadly, there will be a memorial for an American icon:
“It’s with heavy hearts that we confirm MR. PEANUT has passed away at 104 years old. He will be remembered as the legume who always brought people together for nutty adventures and a good time. We encourage fans to tune in to MR. PEANUT’s funeral during the third quarter of the Super Bowl to celebrate his life.” Samantha Hess, PLANTERS Brand Manager at Kraft Heinz
Actors Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh were with MR. PEANUT at the end.
Matt Walsh stated, “MR. PEANUT was more than just a friend – he was a hero. His passing has shook me to my core. I’ll do my best to honor his legacy and be there for my friends like he was always there for me even until our last wild ride together. I’ll pay my last respects during his funeral on Super Bowl Sunday. I encourage our entire nation to do the same.”
All in all, Super Bowl 54 should be an event which may color the rest of 2020 or until the Summer Olympics in Tokyo (July 24-August 9). After this, we have the “greatest” contest in November which will bring its own “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”.
G. D. Williams © 2020
The San Francisco 49ers
The History of the 49ers
The Kansas City Chiefs
The History of the Chiefs
Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today.
In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Christine Sun Kim, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the national anthem in American Sign Language.
Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, producer, and entertainer who has established herself in music, film, and television. She is a successful recording and touring artist who has sold over 75 million records and has a cumulative worldwide box-office gross of over $3 billion.
Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter and multi-GRAMMY award winner. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including three GRAMMYs, eleven Latin GRAMMYs, and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the U.S., has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade, and is one of the top-5 YouTube artists of all time.
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