Superbowl Sunday

How Did These Guys Get So Old?

Did you catch that game last Sunday? Holy Cow! What a finish! I was pulling for the Chiefs, even though I must admit, I threw in the towel about halfway through the third quarter. I caught a lot of crap for it. However, I will gladly proclaim, “I stand corrected!” I will never doubt Magic Mahomes and his Tribe again! I had to pry that $1 bet from my brother Steve’s gnarled hand. 

After the game, I said goodbye to our friend Dave, thanking him once again for hosting Superbowl Sunday. It suddenly occurred to me that this was the 40th year in a row! Holy Crap! Are we getting old or what?! It all started back in 1980, when Dave invited me and my two brothers, John and Steve, over to his house to watch the Big Game. Back then, Dave was still living at home with his Mom. Mrs. Heath always fed us well during those early years. 

Time passed, and Dave eventually convinced a lovely young lady named Pam to become his bride. I can’t say for sure, but I suspect that part of their marriage vows included hosting the annual pigskin tradition, forever. As the years went by, we continued to gather at Dave and Pam’s for our annual Superbowl Celebration. The Superbowls have gotten much more competitive in recent years. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, a blowout would result in a euchre game breaking out before halftime.

Last year, my wife and I were in Maui during the Superbowl. As we watched the game from a hotel tiki bar, I tried to video-chat with the guys. However, a smear of suntan lotion on my phone made it difficult for me to see them. Or, maybe it was one too many Mai Tais, who knows? However, this year I was back at Dave and Pam’s for our annual extravaganza. As my brothers and I headed home, I wondered if we would still be watching the game together 40 years from now. Since I’m the oldest of our group, I’ll be 100 years old when our 80th Superbowl Anniversary rolls around. Wow!

Who knows? Maybe the Lions will finally make it to the Superbowl by then. Nah! Congrats, Kansas City! What a win! And as always, thank you, Dave and Pam, for being such gracious hosts over the years!

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