For those of
us that don’t play
professional football and don’t have the pleasure of actually playing
in a Super Bowl, our game day experience is much different.
Watching the pre-game festivities on ABC from
2:30 until game time, we got a chance to see what the players are
thinking about the night before, or what they do the day of leading up
to that most anticipated kick-off. The
pressure that Jerome Bettis faced playing in his hometown in his last
football game, or maybe the excitement Shaun Alexander felt knowing the
last 4 rushing title holders to play in a Super Bowl came out
victorious. The game behind the game can
sometimes be more exciting than the actual game.
pressure I had on Saturday night
was making sure I used the perfect amount of seasonings and marinade
for the chicken wings and shrimp that would go on the grill Sunday for
the party. The excitement of the grocery
store as every man and women was shopping for their own parties, and
who could get the last jar of salsa or bag of Tostitos.
Preparation for a Super Bowl party can be really
time consuming. People usually ask if they
can bring something, but you feel you should handle it yourself since
it’s your party.
day finally arrives and you
have so much to take care of that the game becomes an after thought.
If you are cooking everything yourself, like
my wife and I did, then you have to make sure you get started early
enough, so that the food is ready when people arrive, or a riot could
break out. Even if you order out, you have
to make sure it’s picked up or delivered in a timely fashion and not
cold when people are ready to eat.
to think of it, I am not sure what I was thinking, I could have saved
myself plenty of time and a headache if I
had of just gone to someone else’s house. I
was cooking through kick-off and then when it was finally time to watch
the game, the peanut gallery (the women, who just came for the food and
conversation) were holding conversations about everything but the game,
and made it impossible to focus on the game. I
don’t want to discourage you from throwing a Super Bowl party next
year, because we really did have a blast, but don’t be surprised about
the amount of work it takes to pull off a good party.