“Football is unconditional love.”

If the groundhog had had any control, he wouldn’t have emerged from his home. He’d have stayed inside warm and cozy, turned over and slipped back to sleep; however, that can never be his choice. The poor groundhog is always wrested from his house then put on display. Today, Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow which, considering the overcast sky, must have been metaphoric. He predicted six more weeks of winter. I figure the falling snow might have been a clue.

We are in the middle of what one newsman called a weather event. For the Cape that means snow then rain. When I woke up, it was snowing but now heavy rain is pelting the snow. The day is ugly and the sky dark and ominous. The pine tree branches in the backyard stand starkly silhouetted against the sky. Rain drips from the roof. I will go nowhere today.

The Super Bowl last night was amazing. My hometown boys took the win, but it seemed a gift from the gods because the Seahawks, on the one yard line, passed the ball instead of running it and gave a Patriots’ undrafted rookie the chance to intercept the ball with only 20 seconds left to play. Come to find out, he had practiced that very play and been beaten to the ball, but he wasn’t this time. He knew what to expect. The camera after that panned to Brady jumping in the air and spinning while Richard Sherman’s face had an incredulous look at first then a painful one when he realized the game was lost. All his on-camera trash talk was for naught.

We had great food last night. Chips and onion dip are a tradition as are corn curls so we had to have them so as not to break the luck. We also had Swedish meatballs, cheesy bread with pizza sauce for dipping and Margherita pizza which had a basil pesto base on naan.

We watch the hoopla after the game. The sky was raining confetti and the Patriots were already wearing their championship hats and shirts. It was a good night all around.

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12 Comments on ““Football is unconditional love.””

  1. Hedley Says:

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Purely snow up here. Lots and lots of wind blown snow.

    I woke up around 4AM and checked to see who had won the game. Couldn’t find the results anywhere. I had to read it in the online version of the Washington Post when it updated on my Kindle. Sounded like an exciting game and I’m so glad the Pats won.

    Time to take the dogs out. Try to anyway.

    Enjoy the winter event. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I watched Channel 5 for a bit and saw all the snow. Boston is just above the changing to rain line. It is still raining here, and the snow has pock marks and the drifts are disappearing.

      It was an amazing game right up to the end, those last 20 seconds. Brady looked dejected. The Seahawks looked elated then came the interception. I have seen the shot of Sherman’s face many, many times, and I still enjoy his anguish.

      Gracie is sleeping on the couch. She is not fond of the rain.

      Have a great evening!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I read all about the game when I came to work because it hadn’t ended when I drove to work 🙂 Congratulations 🙂 I still haven’t heard anything from my work friend though, I guess he slept all day today.

    Snow and cold here, it is as it should but that doesn’t mean I like it 🙂 The roads were terrible but I was lucky to be almost alone on the roads both to work and home again. We’ll get some more tonight and perhaops tomorrow but after that it will calm down.

    We don’t have that much to be honest, somewhere between 6-8 inches and it has been snowing for almost three days now. I can see more daylight now when I’m driving home but it is dark when I get here.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      The game was so amazing as the winner wasn’t determined until the last 20 seconds. It looked as if the Patriots would lose until the divine intervention of that interception.

      It is still raining here. The snow now looks horrible-no more pretty snow. The roads are now filled with slush. It will be awful if they freeze tonight.

      Outside of Boston is still getting snow. Not many cars are on the roads. They will get at least a foot on top of all the snow from last week’s storm.

      Enjoy your evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Congratulations to the Pats!
    This was the first time I saw an entire football game. I was surprised to see that it was broadcasted live over here. Well, it was dull nighttime anyway and I was curious. I understood that Brady is a star as he was mentioned in every second sentence, 5 minutes can be an hour, the goal posts are mainly for decoration, the Pats hoodie thing, this was one of the better matches which should have thrilled me, half-time is holy carnival and that you need a laaarge TV screen to see the little odd ball between all those scrambling big boys.
    Football is a funny game and no, I still don’t get it.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit,
      I don’t get all the fine points of the game, but I know enough to enjoy watching. Brady broke all sorts of records in this game including one for touchdown passes. Outside of New England he is generally hated. He is married to a Brazilian model and they have two kids. He also has one other child from a different relationship.

      The goalposts are important for field goals and for the after touchdown kick worth an additional point. The kicker has to get the ball between the uprights.

      The Pat’s coach always wears a hoodie during the games. Sometimes he even wears one with torn off sleeves.

      The halftime show is always huge for this game. Many of the commercials, which cost millions to air, are made just to be shown during this game.

      It was one of the best Super Bowls.

  5. Coleen Says:

    Congrats to you, Kath. Somewhere your Dad is upstairs in heaven smiling. That was something, wasn’t it?

    Was there a commercial you enjoyed, or do you care? I’m not much of a football fan per se, but the media person inside of me watches the commercials…my personal favorite was the Snickers “Brady Bunch” spot.

    Waving from a snowbank (still)…


    • katry Says:

      It was something, and I know you’re right about my Dad! He’d have loved the ending of that game.

      How could I not love the puppy and that Bud commercial! Seeing the Clydesdale having his back was wonderful. I also loved that Brady Bunch commercials. Steve Busemi was a great Jan.

      Waving in the rain to you.

  6. Bob Says:

    The groundhog came out and said “Who in his right mind would call a pass play on the two yard line on second down?” The Seahawks played a great game and the Pats played a terrific game and got lucky. I would rather be lucky rather than smart any day.

    • katry Says:

      Even worse was it was the one yard line and one Seahawk described it after the game as the .5 line.

      I so agree about the Pats’ luck.

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