February 04, 2017

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 9 comments

Hard to believe, but I've seen at least part of every Super Bowl, all the way back to the first one on a very small B&W TV with rabbit ears set up on a folding tray table.

For better or worse, I can remember how and where I saw each of those games. A few Super Bowl Sundays were ideal, and a few I wish I could block from my memory. And then most of the game days were somewhere in between, with a few being utterly ordinary.

What are the best, worst, most memorable, or most bizarre circumstances under which you have watched a Super Bowl? (Or listened to it on the radio).

posted by beaverboard at 12:25 PM on February 04, 2017

For VII through XVII I was either in Japan or Hawaii; XXI - XXIII were spent on USS Midway (CV-41) listening to the radio broadcast from the Armed Forces Radio Service. We were actually in the North Arabian Sea during XXII. All of the others were watched somewhere within the continental United States, most in NH, one each in Florida and Georgia, and 2 each Baltimore and Seattle. I must confess that the game meant very little to me unless Patriots were in it, but my interest has grown as I pay more attention.

posted by Howard_T at 04:53 PM on February 04, 2017

In February of '89, I was a senior in high school in Cincinnati and the captain of the hockey team. Because the Bengals were in the Super Bowl, our coach made practice that day optional. I wanted to set the example for the rest of the guys, so I showed up for the practice. It would end up being a 10 or so guy scrimmage with the game on the radio over the P.A. system. Damned if it wasn't one of the funnest damn days of my young life--right up until the moment when Montana hit Taylor in the end zone with about 7 seconds left to go. No worries, though, the way that franchise was managed, they were bound to make several appearances in the big game after that one. RIGHT?!?!

posted by tahoemoj at 07:31 PM on February 04, 2017

Most memorable was Feb 2002 - Pats/Rams, but not at all because of the game. The summer prior, we had a significant hailstorm in St. Louis. It had damaged vehicles and homes alike, including our house (thankfully we were not at home, so our vehicles were spared). We were scheduled to have our roof, gutters, soffit, fascia, some siding and even a few windows replaced. Because of the wide area this storm had hit, we were well down the list due to our damage listed as 'minor'. We really had no idea when the trades would show up to perform the needed repairs, and none of the companies were willing to even estimate a window. Fast forward to January 16, 2002...my wife and I became parents for the first time. So there we were on SB weekend 2002, we had chosen to just watch the game at home since we were extremely sleep deprived and who knows what manner of sleep we got on SB eve. SB Sunday came and at 7:00am we get a knock on our front door, the conversation went some thing like:

Me: Hello?

Guy: Hi! We are here to replace your roof.

Me: Really? It's 7:00am on Super Bowl Sunday.

Guy: Yeah, we know, but we think we can get it done all in one day and we are not too sure when we'd be able to come back.

Me: Ok then - have at it.

So our SB consisted of 4-6 people on the roof, a ridiculous number of nail guns, a crying 2-week-old baby (possible some new parents too) and those damn Patriots. We'll never forget.

posted by BoKnows at 10:54 PM on February 04, 2017

The greatest and most memorable Super Bowl of all time has yet to happen. Come on you Lions, if the Cubs can win a World Series, you dumb asses can win a Super Bowl.

posted by NoMich at 12:04 AM on February 05, 2017

I was at university in a big common room with a whole bunch of Giants fans (and a couple of Bills fans like myself). Norwood was lining up for the kick, and the other Bills fan near me turns to me and says "You know he's going to miss this, right?"

I was FURIOUS that he would think that way, and then when it happened and the Bills actually lost (and the Giants fans started to taunt me), I decided then and there that I was going to watch the rest of the Super Bowls on my own and away from other people.

I'm real glad I stuck to my guns for the next three years at least...

posted by grum@work at 10:41 AM on February 05, 2017

Come on you Lions, if the Cubs can win a World Series, you dumb asses can win a Super Bowl.

Not before a Leafs Stanley Cup, thank you very much....

posted by grum@work at 10:41 AM on February 05, 2017

Not before a Leafs Stanley Cup, thank you very much....

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! This means the Lions will *never* win a Superb Owl!

posted by NoMich at 03:35 PM on February 05, 2017

My favorite SB memory was 1980. I was a freshman at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh and my girlfriend was a freshman just down the road at Pitt, a local girl so we went to her folks' house to root for the Steelers' fourth. After the win things got a little messy downtown and we were on the other side of the city from school so I had no choice but to sleep over. LOL guest room LOL

posted by billsaysthis at 11:37 AM on February 06, 2017

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