February 7, 2016

super-bowl-50-fsWell it’s Superbowl Sunday and everybody is getting ready for the second biggest party day of the year. The game is almost secondary now. Especially to those who can’t afford to go. So we’ll call our friends and say come over to watch the game, when in reality we’re saying come over to watch the commercials and have a few beers. This is the 50th Superbowl and the 50th that I have watched. The first one was January 15, 1967 and I watched in the Rec Room of my basic training barracks at Fort Dix. The next day was my first day of basic training and my 21st birthday, great way to celebrate. After the first few the games became less exciting. That has changed in recent years much to my joy. The best one I’ve seen up until now was No. 23with the Cincinnati Bengals with Boomer Esiason and Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers won that game with a 92 yard drive ending with a pass from Montana to Taylor to seal the victory with 34 seconds remaining. That’s still the best finish I’ve ever seen. I hate to say this but I don’t expect the game to be close this year unless the Panthers quarterback Cam Newton gets hurt early. But I’ll be there in front of the TV hoping for a great game eating popcorn and drinking non alcoholic beer. I’ve been fortunate to see some of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game, Star, Elway Farve, Kelly, Aikman, Montana, Marino, Stabler, Bradshaw, Dawson, and the great Johnny Unitas to name a few. I got to see the legend Lombardi coach and so many other greats. I know that we tend to put too much emphasis on sports making mere mortals into super heroes. But I think doing it once a year isn’t that bad. Enjoy the game this is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia.

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