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Super Bowl parties are always fun and I love to be a part of the festivities even when the only one true team, the Raiders, are not playing. Alas, the Raiders rarely participate so I have to make sure the party itself has all the right ingredients. I learned this lesson well about 30 years ago. I featured, as my main course, a huge prosciutto sandwich. I had found the recipe in Bon Appetit, so I thought it was going to be delicious. The results? I was ahead of my time. My friends were very polite, but little of the sandwich was eaten. Luckily, I had plenty of appetizers! The white zinfandel I served that year did not go over too well either. What can I say? I was young! Football fans are different. We want simple. Remember, we follow guys like, the single best coach of all time, John Madden, "You got one guy going BOOM, one guy going WHACK, and one guy not getting in the end zone" Raider Nation, baby! (Haunting Raider Ballad)
Super Sunday Traditions
Exercise! The last five years I have started every Super Bowl Sunday with my friends from Runnin for Rhett at the Super Sunday Fun Run 10K. The day does really need to start out healthy, just don't ask me about the pizza and beer waiting for us at the finish line. Please, keep moving and look the other way.
My go to appetizer. Prosciutto no longer holds a place on my table. Not when I have this crock pot concoction; one can of original Rotel chopped tomatoes, one frozen block of Johnson chili (Please, NO canned beans!) and a brick of Velveeta cheese! I love VELVEETA CHEESE! I cannot think of a better tasting American made, synthetic food ever invented. It is velvety smooth and is pure perfection! Add Fritos, Scoops and enjoy. You like vegetables? If you must. Broccoli, small sweet peppers or celery go well completely covered in this gooey dip.
The main course must be simple. Hot dogs, hot links, sausages and hamburgers are the great choices. Real football food! In a perfect world, I get a great bun, add mayonnaise, a hamburger, then a split hot link and finish it off with a crisp lettuce leaf on top. You say it needs cheese. Me too! There is plenty in the crock pot.
The ultimate beverage of choice...an ice cold, dark Desschutes Porter with its rich undertones of coffee and chocolate. Also acceptable, almost any other beer. What is NOT acceptable? White zinfandel.
Desserts! This next line must be said incredulously, as Tom Hanks says in A League of Their Own, "There is no crying in baseball!" There are no desserts on Super Bowl Sunday! OK, OK if you must, something chocolaty is acceptable.
But Ray, how can one justify the fake food, the high fat content and all of the wasted calories? What do you mean, wasted calories and, didn't you pay attention to my first point, I ran today. I RAN SO FAR! You say that I should have run a marathon to justify that meal. You may have a point.
Who wins this Super Bowl? The short answer, with the right food, we all win! The longer answer, I am a lifelong Raider fan. Going to Arrowhead Stadium for the Raiders has been like going to a House of Pain. I have no choice. I am joining my quiche eating, white zinfandel drinking Forty Niner fan friends in calling for a big Niner win.
On a much more serious note, the day after a Super Bowl needs to be a national holiday. We could call it a NATIONAL DAY OF HEALING! Call your Congressman!