Super Bowls need nicknames, because the number attached just isn’t memorable enough. I had a great amount of fun last year making fun of Seattle versus Denver with my suggestions. This year is even better. Here are some possible nicknames.
1. The Chowder Bowl I didn’t learn to love clam chowder until I moved to the northwest in 1999. Before that, I had never tasted chowder, and boy was I missing out. Even as I set here and write, I think that clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl would be just about perfect. Of course, Boston is famous for its ‘chowda’ too so, there you go! Finally we’d have a real “Souper-Bowl”, but we’d have to find a bread bowl big enough to play it in.
2. The Ball Bowl Most all the world is aware that the Patriots have been cheating by deflating the balls, and it has created such a controversy that it has its own nickname, ‘Deflategate.’ I don’t want this to be called the Deflatebowl. However, given Tom Brady’s ball problems combined with Marshawn Lynch’s famous (and crass) crotch grab when he scores touchdowns, I see no reason not to call it The Ball Bowl.
3. Portland Bowl Both Boston and Seattle are a short drive away (2-3 hrs) from a city named Portland.
4. Mirror, Mirror Bowl The Patriots are known for their offensive prowess, led by male model Tom Brady. Seattle, on the other hand, is known for its smothering defense, personified by Richard Sherman. The two teams are, in many ways, exact opposites of each other. It is as if they were from two similar, but different worlds, like the Mirror Universe in Star Trek.
5. Ex-lax Bowl This might be my favorite. This is Super Bowl XLIX, or as most of us would write, Super Bowl 49. But the Roman numerals are so close to the name of that disgusting chocolate laxative that it must be considered.
6. 500 Bowl Early in the season both the Patriots (2-2) and the Seahawks (3-3) were considered ‘done’ by many people who make a living speculating about football. Both teams rallied from their .500 record and became the number one seed in their conference.
I’d love to hear if you have any other ideas, because I just made these up in the past five minutes, so I bet you could come up with some good ones.
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What do President Obama, Katy Perry, and Richard Sherman have in common? No, not their luscious full hair. The only thing they really have in common is that I am thinking about all of them this morning. So, this blog is about three very unrelated topics bound together only by the fact that they are on my mind.
President Obama and the Night That Could Have Been
I live tweeted during the President’s State of the Union last night. Aside from the comic relief of John Boehner’s orange hue and the terrifying knowledge that Joe Biden is a heartbeat away from the presidency, the speech was rather sad. Obama wanted the speech to portray his administration with a ‘take action’ motif, but the result was that he just threw even more political partisanship jet fuel on the inferno of gridlock. I wanted him to come out and strike a unifying tone. I thought he could really make some headway on three specific issues.
1. NSA Reform. I know he made some meaningless announcements last week, but it strikes me that no one is really comfortable with the fact that the government is spying on people playing Angry Birds. Yeah, they really did that.
2. Immigration overhaul. Even the GOP is coming around on this issue. If a bill could get passed, then everyone wins.
3. Something specific on reducing the national debt. Under the President it has spiraled far out of control, and it would be nice if he took some responsibility and laid out a plan to now reduce it. He could easily argue the debt and spending were necessary when he took over due to the great recession, but now it is time to get our financial house in order.
But he didn’t do any of that. Yeah, he paid some lip service, but he put forth no real specifics.
You Mean Celebrities Don’t Make Good Role Models?
I don’t watch the Grammys because pop music generally makes my eyes twitch and sends me into some kind of seizure. I am more of an Oscars guy (so far I’ve seen 4 of the best picture nominees) and not so much in love with the Grammys. However, I am not immune to the cultural significance of it and the broohaha of Katy Perry’s witchcraft infused performance. I have never liked Katy Perry’s music, but never had a reason to dislike her; until now.
1. I am wondering if she took her cues from Stevie Nicks. Nicks, of course, more in line with my timeline, made a reputation as being a witch into something of a cottage industry. The difference is Nicks always denied being a witch and just played with the innuendo. Perry, on the other hand, I think, actually performed black magic during the awards ceremony. The more I think of it, her antics remind me more of the young bat eating Ozzy.
2. One of the reasons this is shocking so many people, I think, is that a lot of moms thought that Perry was the safe or family friendly alternative to Miley or Lady Gaga. WRONG! I don’t know why they would think that since she is hyper-sexualized, but given the choice, I guess many see her as the lesser of many evils. However, there are no safe alternatives in pop music. You do not want your children to mimic the behaviors or beliefs of these people. The real heroes they should imitate drive fire trucks, work ER’s, fly airplanes, teach children, and wear Kevlar to their job in war zones.
3. There is an internet video floating around where Katy Perry supposedly admits to selling her soul to the devil because her gospel music career never got off the ground. I don’t think the video is legitimate because it looks highly doctored and like bad lip reading. However, keep in mind that these media artist types (actors, singers, writers, models, politicians and the like) will do anything to become famous. They are media whores.
4. This is what happens when you worship people.
Super Bowl XLVIII–The Last I is Silent
The Super Bowl is this Sunday and I will watch it with people from our new church. The three of us will be wearing our Seahawk gear, of course. I hope that the Seahawks win and have already predicted it before the playoffs ever began. However, I am a realist. The Denver Broncos could easily win this game because they are a really good team with a great quarterback and a good coach. In all honesty, I think it is a pick’em kind of game. However, I have three thoughts.
1. Many have made a lot about this being the marijuana Super Bowl as it has teams from the two states that have legalized pot. I have never smoked marijuana and do not endorse it, however, I think the halftime show should now be changed to include Willie Nelson and it is a shame that Ricky Williams is not in the Super Bowl this year. He once famously gave up NFL so he could get high. Do they still call the place where the Broncos play Mile High Stadium?