Posted: Thursday December 28, 2006 10:34AM; Updated: Thursday December 28, 2006 1:18PM
There are many ways to spice up a Super Bowl party.
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Who do you think will meet in the Super Bowl? You know the Chargers are gonna be one of the teams, and it won't matter who they play because they'll win it all. Do you agree?My wife I are planning a Super Bowl party. Any tips on what to do to make it a memorable party? Feel free to stop by if you are in the New Jersey area. -- Dave, Aberdeen, N.J.
I think the Chargers are a near lock for the Super Bowl, but who they will face is a little more fuzzy. If I had to pick a team today, I would go with either the Bears or Saints. Reggie Bush has more than proved his worth, and has improved tremendously throughout his rookie season. Drew Brees is a candidate for league MVP, with former Chargers teammate, LaDainian Tomlinson his main competition, so a reunion for the two in Miami only seem fitting. It may seem like a longshot given the Bears performance to date, but I am still pulling for the Saints.
As for the party, tell your wife to not waste time on decorations or a "theme." The "theme" is THE SUPER BOWL. It's self explanatory. The matching napkins and plates will only impress other people's wives who think "4th-and-long" is an intersection. As most eyes will be glued to your television, the rest is mere distraction. I also suggest that you have a variety of food. The more diverse the spread the better, simply because while some people's intestines can handle all the greasiness of KFC, Dominos and the ever-so-delicious Taco Bell, some of us have a sensitivity to food smothered in grease and trans fats. So unless you want to put a television in your bathroom, be kind to your guest's stomachs, and they will be kind in return to your facilities. Besides, no one wants to pull a Joe Pa in the middle of a game-changing play or the kick-ass commercials.
Jenn, do you think Notre Dame gets too much hype? Also, do you think the Gators have a shot against Ohio State? -- Ray, New York
At the beginning of the season, Notre Dame, Brady Quinn and Charlie Weis might have well have been the Holy Trinity as far as college football was concerned. With a school as rich in football history as it is in academia, if you don't know about Rockne, the Gipper, and the Touchdown Jesus, then you do not know college football. Still, other than a great backstory, Notre Dame has yet to truly prove itself a championship-worthy team. The Irish haven't won a bowl game since Bill Clinton had just taken the Oval Office, and despite a near upset over USC in the regular season last year, Notre Dame lost to Ohio State, 34-20, in the Fiesta Bowl. Granted the Irish have a reasonably tough schedule featuring Georgia Tech, USC, Michigan and Michigan State. Yeah, the Spartans. You can laugh all you want, but MSU has won five straight games in South Bend. Maybe the Irish aren't overrated, but they are paling in comparison to the legendary teams that have preceded them in the school's history.
As for the Gators: I wish my intrastate rivals nothing but the best of luck against Ohio State in the Championship game, but I too think they will be worked by Troy Smith and the Buckeyes. If OSU's performance against Michigan is any indicator of what Urban's kids are up against, then Godspeed to them. Yet, every underdog can have its day. I am just praying it's a close game, because there is nothing more boring than watching a blow out (unless it's happening to your most hated rival, then it is amusing).