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Getting Ready for Some Football

January 11, 2011

It’s not too early, dammit.  The Super Bowl is less than a month away, and it’s time to start planning.  Last year I went to a Super Bowl party with my family, and that was a big mistake.

In my experience Super Bowl gatherings tend to take on one of three forms:
1)    People watch the game intently and chat during the commercials
2)    People watch the commercials intently and chat during the game
3)    People have the game on in the background so as to provide an excuse to party

I am squarely in the second camp, but I do actually like to watch the game too.  It’s my one manly pursuit all year, and my annual tip of the hat to my gender.  I enjoy watching football, it’s just that games are so long I never have the time to do it.

The party was lovely.  The hosts were gracious.  The guests were friendly.

But for a variety of reasons I was neither able to really watch the game nor enjoy the commercials.  For my yearly tribute to manliness it was a complete failure.  So now is the time for me to start thinking about what to do.  And naturally food plays a central role.

There must be wings.

And it should go without saying, that I want the wings to be good.  A few years ago I had wings and pizza delivered as I watched the game from the comfort of home.  The kiddo was a little confused as to why daddy was sitting in front of the TV alone, surrounded by empty beer bottles, chip bags, wing bones and pizza boxes.

Honestly, it was a very satisfying way to celebrate this national holiday.  An even better way was the time I went downstate to my friend’s man-cave with an unholy amount of barbeque, including some smoky, spicy wings.  And surely Brownie is gracious enough to let me impose upon him whenever, but I really need to stay closer to home.

In theory there must be some bar that has good wings where the patrons will be quiet during the commercials.

Okay, maybe not.  But a guy can dream.

So that means I’m back to the way that involves traumatizing my children and alarming my wife.  And I’m fine with that.  Now the only problem is that wings and pizza suffer so dramatically from being delivered.  They also do not hold well through the length of the game.

At least I think I have this part figured out.  I can get a small order to go from the new Scubbers and bring them in before kick off.  Then I can arrange for some other purveyor to deliver a second set of wings at halftime.  Now that I’m getting older, I can do without the pizza.

But even still, this is going to wreak havoc on my diet.  Not to mention my Meat Sheet.

Although I am open to suggestions.  Maybe if I get to my local neighborhood tavern early enough and score a seat next to the TV I’ll be able to hear all the commercials despite the din? Perhaps you know of a wing joint where they manage to deliver wings that are relatively crispy despite the arduous trip?

There are a lot of things to consider.  A lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous.  It pays to start thinking about all this early.  February 6 will be here before you know it.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2011 1:54 pm

    I loathe football (and pretty much any sport for that matter), but I love a chance to make off the wall chicken wings.

    Who doesn’t enjoy off the wall chicken wings?

  2. January 11, 2011 7:50 pm

    Thise three forms you discussed are soooo true. I am the commercial and halftime watcher that talks during the game, watches the highlights, and eats some wings. I just love it. Nice post.

  3. January 11, 2011 8:25 pm

    I’m going to keep a close eye on this. Beff’s, Graney’s, and Bombers have decent-ish wings; never had Scubbers, but Super Bowl may be a good time to try them.

    I’ve always been very partial to the Ruck’s wings, but I haven’t had them since I lived in Troy (needs to be remedied – I hear it has gone from hole-in-the-wall to hole-in-the-wall with REALLY GOOD BEER, which in itself warrants a visit). I never have made it to the Ale House, either.

  4. RealFoodMom permalink
    January 11, 2011 8:47 pm

    Am I missing something if I suggest cooking your own chicken wings at home? They would be hot and fresh, and even could be made out of happy meat.

  5. January 12, 2011 12:42 am

    Superbowl Sunday is the one and only night in each year that we eat in front of the T.V. And we all enjoy it, even me. As you mention, the food served is very important. I make guacamole, nachos and a dip or two. But then I leave the chicken wings to my husband. He hates soggy wings. The issue is solved for him by ordering them done ‘extra crispy’ and requesting the sauce on the side. This also serves in pleasing all tastes, as he asks for sides of mild and hot sauce.
    And I’m definitely a commercial person. By half-time, I’m curled up under a blanket, book in hand. There’s only so much I can take before it gets boring.

  6. January 12, 2011 7:55 pm

    You could make your own wings. Or buy the kind that are frozen in a bag, so they can be fresh out of your oven.

    I have to admit, I don’t care a bit about football, but I love Super Bowl junk food.

  7. Fuddley permalink
    January 13, 2011 2:56 pm

    I agree w/real food. Shovel out the grill and do them right. Enjoy the party and the friends. All the commercials will be on youtube later.

  8. Ellen Whitby permalink
    January 19, 2011 1:09 am

    I’m in the same camp as you are…I watch for the commercials but I actually enjoy watching the game also. Maybe we should make a plan…

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