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Sunday, February 06, 2005

The Geek Files: Super Bowl XX - Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots, 1/26/86

With this year's Super Bowl still fresh in our minds, and buffalo wing sauce still staining our fingers, Pusher reminisces about her first taste of football glory. Here's this week's Geek Files.

This was the first Super Bowl I ever watched. I had to. I had money on it. As a Giants fan, I didn't care much about the game- but the draw of the team with the cute, head-banded quarterback, the big man named "The Refrigerator" and the music video to the tune of "The Super Bowl Shuffle" proved too much to bear. (No pun intended.)

The Chicago Bears - monster favorites over the New England Patriots - were a household name. Everyone knew they were going to win. Everyone, except my dad. A sports fan he is not and when faced with an offer to bet on the game with his 11 year old daughter, of course, he wasn't going to refuse.

"Which team do you want?" he asked. "How about I take the Bears?" I countered. "Who does that leave me with?" he wondered. "The Patriots," I said and quickly walked away. I heard behind me, "Are they good?" My ensuing giggling and whispered, "sucker" did not give him the answer he was looking for.

My dad then made a plea for "odds" to which I said "Listen, old man, you want to gamble or not?" OK, I didn't say that. I just sort of whined about not knowing what odds were (which was true) until he gave in.

The play-by-play: In the first two minutes the Bears had fumbled and the Pats capitalized with a field goal. 3-0 New England. My dad was actually feeling sorry for me. His team was winning by a whole three points! By the end of the first quarter the Pats were down 13-3 and he didn't feel so bad for me. By halftime it was 23-3 and he was wondering why his team didn't show up. At 44-3 opening the fourth, his query was simple: Why had the Pats sent their little daughters to play such an important football game for them?

I don't think he even looked at the TV for the rest of the game, but he did swear that he actually saw the real Patriot players selling ladies handbags in the stands of the Louisiana SuperDome. All I could say to him as I collected his $5 was "I'm not here to start no trouble. I'm just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle!"

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1 other geekspeak:

  • Your voting for the favorite Super Bowl commercial was not fair. It did not list ALL of the commecials. Neither of my favorites were listed. My top favorite was the Emerald Nuts one with the unicorn (horse) in the living room, and second was the Budweiser zoo animals one. I had to select "They all sucked" in order to vote, even though I somewhat liked a few of them, but they were not my favorites.

    Next time have ALL of them as options, otherwise whats the point of taking a poll?

    Thanks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:54 PM  

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