Good morning and welcome back to the Today show. I'm Katie Couric, along with Matt Lauer. That last segment was fun, huh, Matt? Sampling all the new kinds of beer you can serve at your Super Bowl party this year?
Matt: You betcha, Katie! And now we're going to talk about how to keep people from dropping dead at your Super Bowl party.
Matt: Y'know, Katie, it used to be that the only dangerous thing about Super Bowl Sunday was partying with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. But that was before President Bush nearly choked to death watching the Ravens-Miami Dolphins playoff game. A pretzel became lodged in his throat, causing him to pass out and fall face-first onto the carpet.
Katie: It was the first really bad White House rug burn since the Clinton Administration!
Matt: Zzzzing! Nonetheless, over four million pounds of pretzels will be eaten this Super Bowl Sunday, many at your house, especially if you invite our chubby friend here, weatherman Al Roker.
Katie: So, to avoid nasty carpet stains at your Super Bowl party, we've got some important safety tips for you.
Matt: That's right, Katie. The American Red Cross says one of the most common reasons people choke is by trying to swallow large pieces of poorly chewed food.
Katie: Gross! Who would go around swallowing pieces of food somebody hasn't finished chewing?
Matt: Ha! Good one, Katie! Another reason, the Red Cross says, is eating while laughing.