Watching the Super Bowl
Published on February 3, 2014 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about watching the Super Bowl.

Here's an excerpt:

"Watching Super Bowl XLVIII brought back memories of the first Super Bowl I ever watched, or attempted to watch, Super Bowl XX.

That game, in 1986, pitted a mighty Chicago Bears team against a happy-to-be-here New England Patriots team. Nobody expected the Patriots to win, but in New England excitement over the team’s first Super Bowl appearance reached fever pitch. Just 11 years old at the time, I requested permission to stay up past my bedtime to watch the game.

'OK,' said my mother, who likes to manage expectations. 'But the Patriots will probably lose, and the game probably won’t be very exciting.'

Sure enough, Super Bowl XX was a dismal affair, at least for Patriots fans. I remember eventually walking away from the TV and marching myself off to bed.

During Sunday’s Super Bowl, my thoughts drifted to that ill-fated Patriots-Bears game. I wondered whether my good friend Dave and his 4-year-old son Milo, Broncos fans who don team jerseys for every game, were experiencing what I had experienced so many years ago. Were they sitting silently in front of the TV, rendered speechless by the carnage taking place? I wondered whether their disappointment was worse than my 11-year-old self’s. After all, my mother had warned me that the Patriots were unlikely to win, or even come close to winning, and the lopsided loss was just another thing she ended up being right about. But I suspect Denver fans felt pretty good about their chances Sunday. And why wouldn’t they? Their team boasted one of the best offenses of all time, one of the best quarterbacks of all time and a pretty good defense. Even if the Broncos lost, it would be a close, exciting game, something you could take pride in."

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