I know a lot of you aren't much about football, but Super Bowl Sunday is one of the highlights of the year for me.
I am making slow cooker Indonesian chicken (ginger and soy), stuffed mushroom caps, and ceviche from scratch. The game starts kind of early for us (3:30). I said on a different thread I am rooting for the Giants. One of my girlfriends keeps harassing me about it because her cousin plays for the Patriots (Danny Woodhead). Ha!
What are you doing? Any plans? GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GIANTS!
We can't decide whether to have all our friends over to watch the game, go out to a bar, or stay home alone. The first option locks you into the game until the very end, and it's a school night for us. The second option could get expensive. The third option is the easiest, but you lose the camaraderie of your fellow transplanted New Yorkers.
A couple of years ago I invited a couple of couples over for it. Said, no, please don't bring anything. I'd spent a small fortune on snacks and was making Cuban sandwiches. One guy walks in with a WOK and 2 jumbo sized packs of chicken legs and proceeds to take over my kitchen and make some, while delicious, extremly annoying Asian style drumsticks. So many, Cubans were barely touched.
Now, if you come to my house, hope you like pretzels and beer! Because I am done.
That would definitely piss me off, anonny. If you are going to someone's home, you don't take over the kitchen like that without making sure it is okay first. ESPECIALLY if you were told not to bring anything.
Because I said don't bring anything! And he made SO MANY! I had food leftover for days. Pissed me off. OH! He also brought crudite. I already had it. Boo.
Cuban: marinate pork in mojo and grill. Slice. Get Cuban bread. Smear with yellow mustand, add dill pickle, top with pork, thinly sliced (good - I use Boars Head) deli ham, swiss cheese. Smash together and cook in panini press (which I don't have) or on skillet with cast iron pan weighing it down. Toast to crisp deliciousness.
Because I really don't care about football, I'll probably go to the Superbowl hash. The bar we end up in normally doesn't open on Sundays, but will open for us. Those that want to watch the game, will, and those like me who don't, can still have fun and socialize. Win-win. The Boy is a Giants' fan, so not sure what he'll be doing, but I know he deserves to watch with people who are more enthusiastic that I.
I'll probably go home early (school night) and I won't even need to turn on the TV to know what's going on. Our apartment faces a bar-heavy First Avenue. If it's raucous, Giants are winning. Silent? Pats are.
I have to say I have the "Just happy my team is in it" feeling this time. It's not like '07. The HAD to win in '07. This year? I think the Patriots have far exceeded anyone's expectations. Look at their roster. It's full of undrafted free agents and guys playing out of their natural position.
I like this team and this season win or lose come Sunday.
The Patriots were DEFINITELY fun to watch this season. I had Tom Brady on my Fantasy team (and I drafted last out of 12 and still got him - turned out to be one of the smartest draft pick ups I had in 2011).
Resident Best Friend: "I need you to stop at Uncle Sam's Pizza and Wings on the way over to my place. I called yesterday to place an advance order of a few pizzas and some wings... do you mind picking up a 30 pack, as well?"
Resident Sleepwalker: "Sure. How many people are you having over?"
Resident Best Friend: "Just you... why, did you want to invite someone else?"
Go Red Sox! Eherm. Sorry. I mean Patriots. GO PATRIOTS!!!
"One and three from the roof, bitches!!!". -Archer
We didn't talk much this year, Anny, because I figured you didn't have too much to say. Tough season for you. When Brady went down with the knee, the pats still went 11-5, so it was still a successful season (even though they were totally screwed out of the playoffs).
There wasn't much for a Colts fan to cheer about this season.
I definitely cashed in with Gronk this year. I picked him pretty high and he paid off, won we some loot to boot. He is a beast on the field but looks like a goofball in that pic.
I don't understand all the love the G-spots are getting. They were a very ordinary team most of the year and heated up at the very end and in the playoffs. Belichick with 2 weeks to prepare is going to keep that overrated NY Defense on their heels.
My pick: Pats 34 Giants 21... and Welker goes to Disneyland. Holla.
I don't care about football, but I love super bowl parties.
Going to the giant's house today with the portuguee, rain man, and the giant's fiancee, so I think it's going to be a quiet family affair, but who knows. just got word that one of my least favorite people can't make it- which means she's not bringing the beer she was supposed to get me in massachusetts this am (no sunday liquor sales here), but I don't even care. ok- anything more said about that would reveal me for the be-otch that I am, and I'm keeping that under wraps for now.
Yaaaay, dip! I made buffalo chicken, the portuguee made cheeseburger and onion dip (two separate dips, but now that I mention it, cheeseburger-onion dip sounds awesome!), the giant's making bacon dip, and his fiancee is a chef, so who knows what she'll whip up.
I don't really care who wins. My family is all patriot fans (or indifferent), and my friends are all Giants fans. Years ago I told the portuguee I'd root for the giants with him and he's held me to it ever since. I'll go through the motions, but I don't understand football at all, so i'll mostly just enjoy some dip. And water.
This message has been edited by Maestra on Feb 5, 2012 5:37 PM
We all wondered when the New England Patriots would let the New York Giants score. The Giants had driven all the way into the red zone and were basically in chip shot range with time winding down. In order to give Tom Brady and the offense a chance, the Patriots had to part and let the Giants score.
So they did, and Ahmad Bradshaw tried his hardest to resist the end zone. He seemed surprised when nobody tried to tackle him, and in the process of attempting to sit down at the one-yard-line, he fell into the end zone. It was probably the best moment of the game.
This is just the best. It's like he's so completely confused that he has no idea what to do next. The result is an adorable, accidental touchdown.
And mar, he was trying -not- to score there. The plan was to take a knee at the 1 yard line to run out the clock so Brady wouldn't have a shot after that and after they kicked the field goal. And he managed to botch it. One of the weirdest plays I think I've ever seen.
It is one of the quirks with NFL football.
Basically your saying, "The defense couldn't hold'em at the end of the game, hopefully the offense can bail us out".
If the Pats tackled the guy at the 1 yard line, the Giants would kneel-down for a couple plays to drain the clock and then kick a short field goal to win.
I really didn't care who won this game, but I think the NFL should adopt a rule in the last 2 minutes of a game that a play must gain yardage to allow the clock to run. I hate watching games end on a series of kneel-down plays with players shaking hands on the field with time still running on the clock. Rules are rules, but sometimes rules are stupid. I think spiking the ball to stop the clock is a stupid rule too. That should be a penalty. You can stop the clock, but it will cost you yardage.
It was a good game. Glad the Giants beat the Pats. I hosted six 15 year old bandgeek boys, half of them entirely clueless about football, which was amusing. My daughter won the final pot in my office pool- $200, so that was pretty exciting too.
The ceviche and the chicken were fantastic, if I say so myself. SO-BOO brought the leftover ceviche to work today and he just sent me a text to say "EVERYONE loves your ceviche!" awww.
So, I made jasmine rice with the chicken. I bought it at Trader Joe's in the frozen food section. I have to say - UNBELIEVABLE. no really! 3 minutes in the microwave. Some of the best rice I ever had! I think I learned about it through the comments on the chicken recipe but if I learned about it here, kudos to whoever posted about it. Box comes with 3 bags and it is just over 3 bucks.
Big ticker-tape parade tomorrow for the Giants, down the "Canyon of Heroes", just a few blocks away from where I work. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I don't work Tuesdays, so I'll be missing the big crowds and Giants' fan excitement.
At least Tom has a supermodel to fight his battles
"You [have] to catch the ball when youre supposed to catch the ball," she says. "My husband cannot f---ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I cant believe they dropped the ball so many times."
On the drive before, if Welker makes a catch he's made a thousand times the patriots would have had a great chance of chewing the clock kicking a field goal and winning the game. Giants had inexplicably burned 2 timeouts at that point. Coughlin would have looked like a fool.
I feel the same way, Xica. I'm not much fun to watch with because I really can't figure out the ins and outs of the game, let alone the complexities. (And if I continually ask questions, well, that's just annoying.
Anny - big crowds like that make me claustrophobic, but I could see how a lot of people are totally hyped for it.
Eh. I think football is boring. Both kinds. The Super Bowl is really about an excuse to eat greasy American food and get together for a casual party for a lot of people, I think. NTTAWWT. Outside of the World Cup I don't know that there's a soccer equivelant? Knowing almost nothing about sports I know more about soccer than Football. I mean, I get the basics but I honestly believe they make up the fouls as they go along. Too many men on the field? I mean, I don't understand how that happens. Can you not count? They must do it on purpose but I don't get why. Then they get a mashy or something.
I also did not understand the too many men on the field thingie, great game though! I was rooting for the Giants but if the Pats did manage to get in that Hail Mary pass then much respect to them.. but they didn't!
I'm going to rewatch it tonight. I had a party at the crib and spent most of the night on the smoker and grill while knocking down a beer or twenty.
From what I remember and what I heard today on sports radio the Pats had the game in hand but blew it. Brady is no Montana I guess, but I would take him on the Broncos right now over Tebow lol. Welker dropping the big pass was shocking. The Pats do need some quality wide outs for sure, you can't rely on a slot guy and two TEs every game.
Anny, the two TEs and slot guy worked during the season because everyone was healthy but once someone gets hurt it leaves you vulnerable. Gronk was definitely not 100% and they could have used a deep threat. I don't think the Pats completed a pass over 20 yards all game. That's not very pats-like.
The smoker, that is exactly what I got Caps, the WSM 18 inch. Love it. Threw down on some ribs with the 2-2-1 method. They were banging. We wanted to do a brisket but I would have had to got it started at like 5am so that was a no go.