Super Bowl Will Entertain, But Sure Wish The Patriots Were Playing …

January 31, 2014

by Laurie Jasper

Sunday, February 2, NFL Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.  The annual battle of the best will begin on FOX at 6:30 p.m.  New England Patriots’ fans are no doubt wishing the Pats’ January 19, 26-16, loss to the Broncos had gone the other way; which is exactly what Patriots fans had come to expect during the regular season.

In the 2013 season opener, the Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 23-21.  Game two was the home opener in torrential rain against the New York Jets; the Patriots came from behind to win 13-10.

Fans will recall the amazing 30-27 win against the New Orleans Saints on October 13 in the last seconds of the game, which also coincided on the same date with the Boston Red Sox win of game two of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers (remember David Ortiz’s grand slam to tie that game?).  The Red Sox went ahead to win the World Series, and we expected a comparable outcome for the Patriots.

To be sure, New England Patriots’ fans will watch the Super Bowl, but without the intensity, excitement and abundant house parties they would have enjoyed had the Patriots made it to The Big Game.  The chili won’t be as tasty, the beer won’t be as smooth, the chicken wings won’t be as spicy and the chips won’t be as crisp.

Even though our team won’t be there for us to cheer on, we can look forward to opera star Renee Fleming’s rendition of the National Anthem opening the festivities.  The Pepsi Super Bowl half-time show will feature Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  There is much speculation about how the weather might affect the game, since most Super Bowls have been played in warmer climates or in domed stadiums.  And then, there are the commercials.  At nearly $4 million for some 30-second spots, advertisers hope their commercials create water-cooler buzz and increased sales.

Who needs the Patriots to be in the Super Bowl when we have all this to look forward to?  We do.