The 19th annual Puppy Bowl will air opposite the Super Bowl to raise awareness about pet adoption https://t.co/ECp4fpnvN1 #SBLVI pic.twitter.com/J7Hnk3pbJr
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 10, 2023
The Puppy Bowl will be simulcast across Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, TBS, Discovery+ and HBO Max beginning at 2 p.m. ET (1900 GMT) on Sunday.
President Biden outlines his Super Bowl plan in Telemundo interview:
Biden: Watching from home.
Biden: Oh, man. Yeah, with guacamole. Exactly right.
Q: Ice cream maybe?
President Biden: Ice cream. A little chocolate chip ice cream afterwards.
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) February 9, 2023
With first lady Jill Biden attending the big game, President Joe Biden says he plans to watch this coming Sunday’s Super Bowl at home on television, with a bowl of ice cream.
The first lady’s beloved Philadelphia Eagles play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, and she is planning to attend with her grandson…
Nature is healing https://t.co/RiCuzqJbma
— Jeremy Horpedahl ????? (@jmhorp) February 8, 2023
Jalen Hurts is a fantastic story, and his tough, rowdy, unstoppable team is a physical representation of how Philadelphia sees itself. @williamfleitch makes the case for — gulp — rooting for the Eagles https://t.co/WVX5ATzEZi
— Intelligencer (@intelligencer) February 8, 2023
Even in an age of cord-cutting, streaming services, and a polarized, splintered American culture, more people will watch the Super Bowl this year than the combined populations of California, Texas, Florida, and New York. (And even that might be a serious underestimate.) Thirty of the 31 most-watched television shows of all time are Super Bowls, including the top eight (and soon to be top nine); only the final episode of M*A*S*H* prevents the list from being a clean sweep. The Super Bowl is as close to a monocultural moment as it gets.
Yet the stars of this particular show aren’t always household names, and that’s particularly true this year. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is ubiquitous, mostly because of his State Farm ads, but he’s one of only two players in this game whose jersey ranks among the ten best-selling in the NFL. The other is Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, whom I bet a lot of viewers at your average Super Bowl party haven’t heard of. Probably half the people watching on Sunday will ask at some point, “Where’s Gronk?”
But that’s fine. Football is popular because of the casual normies who watch it, not in spite of them. If you happen to be one of those casual normies — because there’s a helluva lot more of you than there are of me — and have no existing allegiance to either of the teams playing, you might be wondering where you should direct your rooting affections. Allow me to be of service. Here’s the case for both teams playing in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday. (It’s the Chiefs and Eagles, by the way. And the game is in Arizona.)…
Also (for those of us without actual ties to the sport), the KC team needs to change its racist mascot.
A protest is planned for #SuperBowl Sunday https://t.co/jQEPybUIQi
— ICT (@IndianCountry) February 10, 2023
As the Kansas City Chiefs return to the Super Bowl, the movement to change their name and logo will be there again. Arizona to Rally Against Native Mascots is planning to demonstrate outside State Farm Stadium as the game plays out. https://t.co/hgyBmRKNwQ
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 9, 2023
Since tomorrow is Rihanna’s presser for her Super Bowl halftime show let’s remember when Prince did his and instead of answering questions he busted out a 12 minute show for the media pic.twitter.com/wDEc4jBtRx
— Wu-Tang is for the Children (@WUTangKids) February 9, 2023
Isn’t that how Trump’s White House pressers went?
Oh joy, cue up the anti-pigskin crowd to tell us how horrible the game is. We’ve toned our party down to just three other folks. Back in the day we had a large group that would leave to watch Dowton Abbey!
I’m pro-football and anti-Dowton Abbey!
@raven: Downton Abbey spoiler alert: they’re all dead now
Stadium sports are the hallmark of a failing order …
I am SO. PSYCHED. for this Super Bowl! How often does a guy get to see his #1 and #2 teams play each other, much less in the biggest game of the year? (never, in case you were wondering)
Now I just need to get Fro Jr. to make a decision about where we’re getting pizza from tonight…
I won’t be watching, but that is more because we don’t have TV than anything else. Well, that and the fact that I’m too lazy to drive into STL and watch the game with my KC loving son’s family. I’ll catch the highlights tomorrow
As to Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts, I’m pretty sure that even the most casual fan of the game (me) knows both of them at this point. Which is not to say that there aren’t a number of husbands and wives who will “watch” the game just to make their football mad spouses happy and have no clue about PM and JH. And soon after the game will have forgotten all about them again.
Btw there are a couple of really interesting SB-related articles in the Post:
The Eagles Took a Chance on Andy Reid Before He Was Andy Reid (good inside look at the Eagles’ head coach hiring process, too…Cowboys and Commanders, take note!)
The Chiefs Might Have a Surprise on Offense Today (another good inside look – this time, how the Chiefs might deal with their injury situations and that TOUGH Philly pass rush all at once)
I feel the same way about arts arenas.
Mind you, the gridiron sport is less dangerous than it was early in the last century, when fatal injuries were known to happen on the field.
David 🌈 ☘The Establishment☘🌈 Koch
Happy birthday to the great vampire hunter himself, Abe Linkin
@Shalimar: So is our big party! The last time the Eagles were in it I made huge Italian dinner that was inspired by the mother of my buddy who played D-line for Illinois. His mom would cook these huge dinners and freeze them for the Sunday after Illini games. She made braciola, meatballs, chicken and ribs all simmered in “gravy”. She’s take the meat out and mix the “macaroni” with the the gravy and serve it with wonderful bread and tasty-cakes followed by Briosche!!!
@Amir Khalid: life is dangerous
@Jeffro: I went to LA for the National Championship but only one of my teams played! Go Dawgs. I hope Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean play some!
@Amir Khalid: Yeah, football almost got banned a hundred years ago. I think the “Flying Wedge” was banned instead.
David 🌈 ☘The Establishment☘🌈 Koch
@raven: They haven’t used pigskin in years, it’s made out of cow leather
@raven: Tasty-Kakes FTW! When I was a kid, they were were wrapped in waxed paper. Peanut butter Tandy Takes, butterscotch krimpets, and my favorite, chocolate cupcakes filled with white cream filling.
David 🌈 ☘The Establishment☘🌈 Koch
@OzarkHillbilly: You can watch the game on your internet device by adding the FoxNow app.
I saw an analysis that showed how, if you’d had $10,000 to invest last February, you could have made nearly a billion dollars with the crypto companies that advertised during last year’s Super Bowl.
Mind you, it was by shorting every one of their stocks, to profit when they collapsed. It also required you to know the timing, so you could parlay your profits from each collapse into the next one. If you’d just spread the $10,000 among the companies, you’d only have made a few million.
‘Only.’ Petty cash, right? ;-)
David 🌈 ☘The Establishment☘🌈 Koch
I have to say the Memphis Chicks hat which features a Chief is pretty artistic (photo)
@David 🌈 ☘The Establishment☘🌈 Koch:
“Happy birthday to the great vampire hunter himself, Abe Linkin”
And to his co-conspirator in slaying supernatural beings, the great naturalist Chuckie D (not just the same day, but the same year)!
Excited for the game, too! To my KC super fan friend, I’ll be rooting for KC. But part of me wants to see the Eagles win because Hurts really got a raw deal at Bama, and he persevered.
Got my snacks, large bag of white cheddar popcorn and a nice pint of ice cream!
@David 🌈 ☘The Establishment☘🌈 Koch: We have satellite for internet and that would definitely break the bank. Any video really sucks it up.
After going out to dinner last night for the first time in three years (to hear a trio/band of friends who perform at the joint every couple of months), I lost track of my partner as I was garaging the vehicle. I thought she had already gone into the house. It turns out she had been standing at the end of the driveway looking up at Orion. She reminded me that the comet was supposed to be visible. So, I looked up the location of the comet in the sky on an online astronomy site, set up the tripod on our south facing deck, slaved the camera to my laptop, and eventually, after a dozen attempts, managed the find it and get a couple of sort of in focus frames:
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)
Click on photos for a bigger image.
The greenish smudge is supposed to be it.
Gin & Tonic
@Amir Khalid: I see what appear to be far more grievous and life-threatening injuries in the other football regularly. But to the athletes’ credit, they seem to recuperate very quickly.
@Geminid: All these bans, taking away the fun. Rugby has never been the same since they banned edged weaponry in 1874.
More seriously anything that makes sports safer is a good thing
@lowtechcyclist: The reporters who write financial articles often have a warped perspective. I think it’s partly because they’re trying to sound like they have as few money worries as the CEOs they write about.
(Except of course when they’re writing one of those sympathetic pieces about how difficult it is to live in New York City, where private school for your children can cost as much as $75,000 a year and the parking space for your limo costs over $2000 per month.)
@Michael Bersin: What is the really bright orb?
Wasn’t gonna say anything, but if you’re going to slam us anti-pigskin people before we show up, hey, you started it.
Tell me, how many other careers involve a substantial risk of massive brain damage? That’s what you’re watching happen. That’s what you derive entertainment from.
‘Nuff said. I’m done.
I was gonna reply, “the latest overflying [insert name of your favorite geopolitical existential threat] balloon.”
@Michael Bersin: Hahaha…those damn Chinese, trying to steal our good outer space!
Dorothy A. Winsor
My fellow grammar pedants might be interested in this from The Grammarian. It appears in regard to an argument over whether you should say “A SCH household” or “An SCH household.” I saw it at Kos.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Gin & Tonic: Do I detect sarcasm? :-)
Journalists who cover conservatives.
Politics, gauging by some auspicious current samples.
(Low hanging fruit, and all that.)
I figure our planet’s isolation from the galactic community will continue. I envision the poor schmucks who were assigned to contact us saying: “They’re all crazy. They keep attacking and destroying our ‘We come in Peace’ messenger drones. Also, they can’t be that collectively stupid, can they?”
That is if they’re benign.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
@Dorothy A. Winsor: You lost me at “SCH household”.
@narya: For us, it was Moon Pie loyalty. Regional manufacturers vied for the title.
@Gin & Tonic:
In American football, a play typically involves two groups of 250+lb men who line up to crash into each other. This is not a thing you ever see in association football, where challenges are always one-on-one and players tend to be smaller and less massive. Yes, you do sometimes see horrific challenges; but unless Roy Keane is involved, they’re generally not routine or intentional.
@Michael Bersin: Well, at least that’s a sensible reason. I recall a short story where the aliens decided not to contact us after finding we’re made out of meat. There was another where humanity was wiped out as a danger to moral order, because of the filthy naked pictures we sent out on Pioneer.
Nah, they were brain-damaged going in.
Now watching Fox News and other RW media…well, that’s more of a lifestyle than a career, but yeah.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Spanky: Spring Chestnut Hill Academy
@Baud: That’s what the Grammarian said. And it’s right.
Until there is a kitten bowl, we will probably binge something, like the rest of Wednesday, which Mr WereBear has already seen and vetted for quality.
In the meantime, I made be a day late and a dollar short in the Pandemic binge department, but I am catching up now. Ran through Mindhunter and suffered the consequences.
It’s never coming back. Maybe we’ll get a movie.
There are probably distant warning beacons out there on a continuous loop: “They’re freakin’ nuts. And they actually built nukes.”
@Amir Khalid: Try watching Australian Rules Football. It’s the most violent game I’ve ever seen and I’ve played a lot of Rugby
@Michael Bersin: Earth: hold my beer
@kalakal: Yup. Gold standard for mayhem, and we have rugby tournaments every summer.
Mr WereBear’s aunt was in charge of ordering, and she laid in the splints and such early.
You win the internets today…
Gin & Tonic
@Dorothy A. Winsor: In the computing world, there was a prevalent, very well-known initialism, from IBM: SNA. Everybody in the world sounded out each letter when talking about it – ess, enn, ay. Except IBM people, who said “sna”. It was weird.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Interesting. So if there were a word such as AWOL that can be spoken as either an acronym or an initialism, and began with a suitable letter, it could legitimately take either “a” or “an”.
For example if people started pronouncing FBI as the acronym “fibby”, you could have “a FBI agent” (acronym) or “an FBI agent” (initialism).
Dorothy A. Winsor
@WereBear: We enjoyed Wednesday. It’s clever
How would you use a or an with AWOL?
ETA: I guess if it’s an adjective. An AWOL soldier.
ETA: You would never use A
I am just going to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with some traditional BBQ ribs, cheesesteaks, and guac. Doesn’t everybody do that?
Also, I bet 5 bucks that a scoring play will be negated by a penalty.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
It sure is – first you’d have to know that ‘initialism’ is a word. Which I just learned right now.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Gin & Tonic: Maybe if you have to use the initialism a lot, you shorten it to the acronym.
@Ken: I think that’s right. And my friend who’s a retired agent calls them “the carnival.”
I have tried watching Aussie Rules. I was amazed that so much physical violence between players was tolerated. As far as I know, neither rugby code tolerates that kind of thing.
@kalakal: I forget if it was Australian or Gaelic football, but the violence was brought home to me when I saw a highlight from match where there was an injury, and they didn’t stop play while the injured player was removed.
Which then resulted in one of the medical team being injured when the players ran over him while he was tending to the wounded player.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Yes, we enjoyed Wednesday, it was fun
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Baud: I think Ken means “if it started with a suitable letter,” ie not a vowel. So something other than AWOL
@lowtechcyclist: You’re welcome!
We don’t have TV in our house (well, obviously we have a TV screen but the only thing connected to it is Netflix and Prime, etc.) so no Big Game for us. In more exciting news, we have plans to go to our good friend’s house to enjoy Chinese hot pot. Interactive and tasty entertainment where you get to play with your food. Winning!
@Baud: Right, “A” would not be a suitable letter for the trick. It would need to be one of the letters F, H, L, M, N, R, or S so the sound would change when pronounced as acronym versus initialism.
(Maybe “X”, but I’m having trouble imagining an acronym beginning with X where people wouldn’t pronounce it “ex-whatever” or maybe “z-whatever”. Actually I’m having trouble imagining an acronym beginning with X. XLA, the Xylophone Lovers Association, which in tribute to their instrument they pronounce “zeela”?)
I get annoyed when people use an in front of words that begin with H.
ETA when it’s not silent
I stopped watching sports when I moved to Florida. I don’t really know why; I have nothing against football or other pro sports. Just…pfft.
“Hello? Still in the alphabet.”
@Baud: Let Eddie Izzard be your guide
@mali muso: I bet the kiddo will really enjoy that!
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Cameron: I lived in Detroit until I was about 50. I followed baseball and knew what was going on in the other sports. Then we moved to Iowa, which has no professional sport teams, and I lost all interest. It was like I’d been cut off
See your edit has addressed #69.
X-Ray Operators Association? Xeroscaping Appreciation Society? Xenophobes Anonymous?
@kalakal: So funny!
@Ken: Ray Bradbury (I think it was him) wrote a short story about aliens waiting to contact us as soon as we were ready to be visited. What was the signal? Nuclear war. Once we’d had one of those we would become a far less violent species.
They waited. And waited and waited and…. After about 60 years of waiting they left in despair, knowing we were by far the most dangerous species in the galaxy but they themselves were such a peaceful species they couldn’t dream of pushing us into one.
I like Gary Larson’s take
@Michael Bersin: Nice! Went out a couple times to try and see the comet, but alas cloud cover obscured any views.
There have been so many variants on this theme in science fiction. Isaac Asimov wrote a short-short called “Silly Asses”, just a few paragraphs long, where the trigger for being contacted by the Galactic Federation is the mastery of atomic power, but they think better of it once they learn that we never conquered space first and we did the bomb testing on our own planet.
One of the lesser revivals of The Twilight Zone had a story about some extraterrestrial elder species contacting us with an offer of greater cultural exchange if we solved our problems and cleaned up our act. Some years later, a united and peaceful humanity, having made the Earth a paradise, receives their ambassadors… and it turns out they’re a Proud Warrior Race deeply disappointed that we gave up on our glorious capacity for violence, and they start sterilizing the planet.
@kalakal: He was always very succinct.
@kalakal: “and we say Herbs because there’s a fucking H in it”
Love, love, love Eddie Izzard.
@OzarkHillbilly: The Gentle Vultures by Asimov
Oh my gawd, yes, I hate Downton Abbey. Couldn’t understand its popularity.
Go Iggles! 6:30 eastern time is too late a start for east coasters. I normally don’t watch the SB but it’s my home team — rooting for the Birds.
Q.E.D., your Honor.
@OzarkHillbilly: I had that previously and agree. No steaming in this house. (Mrs H inadvertently streamed a movie through the Dish TV and it killed that month.) We’ve got Starlink and stream all we want now. I sure hope Leon don’t fuck that up.
@zzyzx: Ah… Thanx for the correction.
Kind of like Elon Musk’s Twitter in real life.
Might there be a Double Gloucester Crematorium??
I’ll be at the bar watching the game rooting for KC even though I don’t know much about the rules of football. I don’t know if we’ll be busy or not, it all depends on whether one of the regulars has a Super Bowl party. As for changing their name, I don’t know anyone here who thinks that’s a good idea. They do the Tomahawk Cheer here, to give you an idea of the attitude.
@OzarkHillbilly: My parents were both cremated, and they would have laughed. I did too. My other relatives, not so much.
Their dains are already bramaged.
Snarki, child of Loki
Will Santos be spotted at the Puppybowl?
@HinTN: We have Hughes right now. On the recommendation of an ex-coworker who now works at Starlink, my wife is working on getting us hooked up with them too. She makes all the tech decisions in our house.
I hate the idea of putting even a penny into elmo’s pocket, but it will be a better deal for us.
Sunday is a tough going-out night for me. I was out yesterday with friends and am partied out. Will walk over to the neighbors just before it starts and watch with them — I can bail if I don’t like the way things are headed ..
Serving up Touchdowns?
(Both sound … questionable, tastebud-wise.)
Not vested in either of these teams, so Lurie over Hunt.
The best science fiction punch line ever: “…it’s… it’s a cookbook!”
re: Puppy Bowl.
Scroll down, there’s an ad for a bar advertising a Puppy Bowl watching party.
@Michael Bersin: Yep. Up there with all time best endings in any genre.
@OzarkHillbilly: It took six months for our application to bubble up to the top of the list. Bought the equipment ($100 down at application and $500 when accepted) and now it’s $110 per month and unlimited with decent speed (better than Hughes). Enjoy!
Klaatu barada yummy.
I have only this to add.
In 2022, I remote clerked for two judges, one in Pennsylvania and the other in Kansas City. Obviously I bring a good luck, and so someone really needs to hire me in a hurry for next season.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: It’s a bit baffling to me. The nearest city with pro sports teams is Tampa, and in the six years I’ve lived here they’ve all had outstanding seasons at one time or another. I’ve just lost it.
Let the Eagles
(I’ll show myself out.)
@Dorothy A. Winsor
Yeah, the Joni Ernst Castration Bowl never quite tickled the public’s fancy.
Just because flat screens are cheap doesn’t mean a bar needs 30 TVs. So much non-live sports filler (mostly hawking gambling apps) on those feeds.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
We’re in Philly at a B & B. We expect it will be noisy tonight, win or lose.
Yesterday we watched “80 for Brady”. It’s very silly but absolutely adorable if you like those ladies, which we do. Rita Moreno is 91 and absolutely gorgeous! We found that out after the film and tried to remember if there had been anything that looked like a concession to age. Not that I recall.
@Ten Bears: So you too had to read Pliny in Latin class?
@Snarki, child of Loki:
If he is, keep the puppehs well away from him.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@brendancalling: First time I heard that: we went to the New Years Mummers Parade. While standing around freezing our asses off waiting for things to start, some drunk frozen fan was shouting that out every few minutes.
Almost frequent enough to have become a tradition, power cuts out across wide swaths of the island about a minute after the game starts.
5 a.m. and blustery winds and rain picking up outside.
@Jeffro: I gave up watchingNFL regularly, years ago, but I still watch and enjoy the Super Bowl. And having lived in Philly for 5 years I’m excited for Eagles fans. I’ll be rooting for them, but won’t be crushed if they lose, just want a great game. Also Rihana!
@Ceci n est pas mon nym
Repeated from some time back.
Best Rita Moreno clip ever. It takes towering talent to play it that bad.
Iowa skews to Bears fandom, so yep, the lack of professional football checks out.
Reading this post is how I learned which teams are playing. I grew up with football, and I don’t have any holier-than-thou grudge against those who still enjoy it; I just can’t bring myself to watch it anymore. I’m not even sure if we could watch today, since all we have are various streaming services. We’ll be able to watch the Puppy Bowl if we want to.
I have a friend in KC, though I don’t know if she pays any attention to the game, but I might join forces with the First Lady and root for the Eagles.
We won’t be watching because we have no dogs in this fight. But, much as it pains me to do it, I’ll be hoping for an Eagles win simply out of cross-commonwealth solidarity.
Abe’s natal day? “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the game?”
So old remember when we had separate holidays for Abraham and George.
I’ve discovered that watching football is a social activity for me. I used to go over to my neighbors’ house to watch with them, but since they’ve 95% moved to their house at the shore, that’s no longer a thing.
I’ve tried watching by myself, but it’s not anywhere near as much fun. Kind of sad, actually, me yelling at the TV all alone. I could watch via streaming, but the ads – the never-ending ads – and the color commentary, which is usually brainless babble irritate me no end. Again, being with other people negates that: we chat, we make fun of the ads (and the commentators.
So, as much as this SB promises to be a barnburner of a good game, I’ll probably just sporadically follow it online.
I may root for the Eagles, since I was a Philly girl once upon a time, and it’ll be fun watching the city celebrate; or for KC because Mahomes is just that much fun to see play.
@Baud: Was watching an old movie recently and realized that, e.g., “an history” is reasonable if you don’t pronounce the “h,” but not without that accent. Got me wondering whether there was some shift in spoken English where h became a consonant in some regions but not others.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@CaseyL: The closest I’ve come to watching football is going to see “80 for Brady” on Wednesday
I enjoyed the Superb Owl from a couple years ago when the Rams played the Bengals. Partly because I fell asleep before it finished, partly because the enormous men-shaped creatures providing commentary in the studio were, a) clearly loving it, b) very well informed, and c) willing and able to pass on that information to know-nothings like me in digestible chunks.
Oh, and partly because the half-time show was awesome, if not in the same ballpark of awesome as Prince’s authentically faultless rock-out in the rain. Here’s hoping that Rihanna puts on a show that takes all the wingnut bullshit and shoves it so far up their collective colon they all end up with Princess Leia buns made out of their… opinions.
I don’t care for football, but I like Rihanna, and I like guacamole.
I am about to go start a pot of chili, and will make some nachos later this afternoon. Mr. Suzanne is not feeling awesome, so I want him to relax today.
I will note that my colleagues, who are mostly in Philly, are melting down. They’ve had a good sports year.
Whomever emerges victorious, Dolt 45 will file suit demanding a recount.
@Gin & Tonic:
Reminds me that some people spell out the database language “SQL” and some call it “Sequel.”
(SQL = Structured Query Language.)
Also, back in the dark ages when the NEC Spinwriter was the Cadillac of printers, some people spelled it out and some called it “Neck.”
Finally, every place I ever worked that used SCSI drives they were called “scuzzy drives.”
@UncleEbeneezer: sounds like a good plan!
Rooting for KC despite the idiot tight end. Highly unlikely but I do hope Mahomes at least challenges Brady’s record (I’m saying this as someone who’s been a Pats fan since they drafted Jim Plunkett) because Brady &Belichick are, from my distance at least, just crap people.
Also too, Philly fans are, shall we say, not nice: an acquaintance & her son are Eagles fans and went to a game there wearing Eagles regalia AND STILL GOT VERBALLY AND PHYSICALLY (shit thrown at them) ASSAULTED BECAUSE THE PHILLY ‘FANS’ COULD TELL BY THEIR ACCENTS THEY WEREN’T FROM PHILLY🤮
Talking to her after the fact she still couldn’t believe it. Had to leave their seats and walk around the whole game. Never went again.
@UncleEbeneezer: Were you the one who recommended These Women? I just checked, and I am now first in the queue at my library!
I don’t know if anyone saw or read about this, but the Chiefs bar in Philly will be closed (to the public, anyway) for the Super Bowl.
Next time I am up there or am passing through, I gotta stop and grab a cold one. Provided that it’s still there after tonight, no matter who wins(!)
@Steeplejack: “Sequel” always sounded forced, like it was IBM Marketing driven. Only the sales engineers used it around me.
Now VTAM, there was a sexy acronym . . .
Will be the first to admit never heard of Rihana until this morning.
My limited store of pop culture musical knowledge peters out somewhere around the debut of Green Day.
I grew up in Iowa and was always a Kansas City fan, as were many people I knew. Ed Podolak, a star for Iowa football, made many Iowans into KC fans when he became a star there. Some stayed with “da Bers,” though.
Moving to California made me a 49ers fan, but KC is my #2 team. I hope they win today, but did you see how the Eagles took the 49ers apart? Yikes. It looks like an Eagles win to me.
For some reason, I’m not really much of a pro football fan anymore. If I do watch a game, I mute the sound and read a book at the same time. I may do that today but likely I will be in my garden. My winter greens are begging to be planted.
Puppy Bowl! One of my favorite days of the year!
Step-brother still holds on to New York Titans paraphernalia, AFAIK.
I was bi: I usually called it “SQL,” but for some reason it was always “Sequel Server.” “S-Q-L Server” too clunky.
@Steeplejack: Damn, that’s right. Blasted wonky memory.
If anyone here is in the alleged 43% that cares about the ads, this link should get you most of them:
The Sam Adams one was amusing, and the Hyundai one with Kevin Bacon and his daughter. Those are the only two I’ve watched.
@lowtechcyclist: My father-in-laws heart surgeon got killed on his fucking bicycle.
Seems like a lot of people have nice plans. I never learned to appreciate pro ball, my acquaintance was with college ball. My main worry for this day has always been drunk drivers. In my youth i was a pizza delivery driver. I usually forget until almost the day of then, make sure i don’t have to drive anywhere that night.
@OzarkHillbilly: At Illini basketball games if an opponent misses tow free-throws everyone in the crowd gets free Mc Nuggets!
I committed to go to Sighthound Hall for the game, but it is a raw, rainy day here in NoVA, and all I want to do is head back to bed for reading and dozing. Plus, my brother tried to entice me with “white bean chili,” which means chicken. I like chicken and white bean stew, but it’s not “chili” to me. Sort of like a vodka martini.
Speaking of chicken, my Trader Joe’s friend is dog-sitting out near Dulles this weekend, so yesterday we got takeout from Wooboi in Herndon. Highly recommended for those in the area. (I haven’t been to the one in Alexandria.) Warning: their spicy is hot. I am spicy-friendly, but their “mild” is about all I can take.
SEQUEL was the original name of the first IBM relational database product. It turned out that name had been trademarked by another company, so they dropped all of the vowels.
@Steeplejack: To me “chili” refers to the spice, not a type of meat or bean. So if it has chili powder in it, it’s chili.
Vodka martini is just wrong. Martini=gin.
@Marc: We always called it SQL then Microsoft brought out SQLServer they insisted on calling it SEQUELServer so we called it squirrelserver
You’re quite mad, you know.
@Steeplejack: I don’t argue with the voices inside my head.
And vermouth, in the correct proportion.
No, barkeep, a dry martini does not mean “a big conical glass of gin.”
Tell her to cheer for the Steelers. We are welcoming to non-native Yinzers. We are also generally friendly even to our rivals’ fans when here in the ‘Burgh.
Never seen Calcio Storico?
It is MMA without gloves, and with a ball, and centuries of Florentine inter-district rivalry
@Layer8Problem: I wondered if there was gin in those tiny martinis Barbara Stanwyck was drinking in Christmas in Connecticut. But I just looked up the 1940 Stork Club recipe, and it was gin and vermouth and an olive, but IN A 3-OZ. GLASS.
They’ll riot either way! Crazy bastards.
I can see that. A standard pour of gin, ≈ 1½ ounces, a shmitz of vermouth, a modest-sized olive. You have to get to the ’50s to see people mixing up giant pitchers of martinis in movies and TV.
@Steeplejack: I always love the way those tiny martinis look. So elegant!
@kalakal: Hurling has entered the chat.
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@zhena gogolia: But I can’t envision Noel Coward at the piano with a tiny martini.
Yes. I also like those short, shallow champagne coupes that you don’t see much anymore.
Nobody’s mentioned the Kelsey brothers facing each other today? They each have SB rings, but as the game can’t end in a tie, one brother will have double bragging rights.
@raven: Gah! Happened to an academic advisor of mine.
Not that that has anything at all to do with football risk.
The ones allegedly sized and shaped like Marie Antoinette’s breasts?
@Omnes Omnibus: Sacre bleu! Did not know that.
truth – it’s one of the four or five worst nights of the year for that (New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving)
@prostratedragon: check who I was responding to
@Jackie: I’ve been hearing about it all week. 🤣🤣 I’ll be glad when the game is over.
@Soprano2: I’m sure you have! It’s a great story, though. And the first SB featuring two Black QBs. Lots of feel good side attractions besides all the stats and odds.
@Citizen Alan: IRS is hiring attorneys to beef up their high target enforcement unit. A friend of mine works there now and posted about it.