Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I’m not a football expert. I don’t even “play one on TV.” I am, by way of life’s circumstances, a “daughter-sister-girlfriend-wife-mother” of the game that has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Through the years, I’ve learned to appreciate football and not ask too many questions during the big plays—(questions asked during the game somehow always seem to evoke laughter).
Since moving to Western NY a lifetime ago, I’ve watched Super Sunday become a bit of an un-official holiday. During the glory years of the Buffalo Bills Super Bowl dreams, I began to realize that Super Sunday is, for many Americans, another reason to get together with family and friends to celebrate & savor a unique slice of American life.
The Super Bowl is conducive to friendly rivalries, laughter, fantastic fans, food, fellowship and fun — even if our beloved Buffalo Bills are once again NOT in it. For those of you who watch only for the halftime show or the commercials, it’s still a reason to enjoy.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my grandfather, dad and uncles gathered around the big consul TV at my grandparents’ home cheering, laughing and talking during the holidays, while my grandmother, mom and aunts gathered in the kitchen to celebrate, prepare and serve the holiday meal. Football was always in the background — even in the “glorious days” of black and white television!
Growing up with three brothers, I remember the electronic football game sets with the plastic players that ‘vibrated’ their way down the metal field, whenever the game switch was turned on. I even remember the revolutionary onset of Monday Night Football, and the matching home Monday Night Foot Ball Game.
It was while learning to play these games with my three brothers that I learned some of the basics of football. Afterwards, my brother David would teach me how to throw a football in the back yard — I actually got pretty good at throwing a ‘spiral’ pass! Nowadays, people can actually take classes on understanding the game of football!