January 30, 2009

Vote For The Red Guys

We shall be part of Superbowl festivities this Sunday at the same place we've gone for the past two years. John and Arlene are friends of ours who come with some special built-in abilities that make it hard to resist. John once played for Ottawa and for Hamilton (now in his 70s, he's still a wonderful big bear of a man) and his addition to a football game is wonderful for the boys.

The fact that he and Arlene both cook up a storm and keep a train of food going for hours has its own seductive quality; beer, boys, football and food. Arlene and I wander off to drink wine and chat. It's heaven.

I'm not a great lover of sports. But I do have a foolproof betting system that rarely lets me down. I vote for the red team. It's my favourite colour, and if a team has red outfits, I vote for them. The first time was in high school, watching the Redskins play. I looked up, picked red, won 5 bucks. I spent some time in the wilderness being a Boston Bruin fan, but when it came to money, I stuck with red.

One guy I dated was seriously into the ponies. We'd watch harness facing, and he'd teach me the ins and outs of handicapping a race. I'd listen intently as he discussed muddy tracks, injuries, who was driving, and things. And I'd put a couple of bucks on whoever had on a red jersey. Easy. Won more than I lost. Here's to red.

Life is complicated enough, and sometimes you just need a go-to answer. If nobody is wearing red, I wait to see who bleeds first. But for Sunday, it's gonna be Cardinals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: I agree with you. Don't count the Cards out. Look what happened last year with the Giants providing the upset. The Steelers are down on paper too be the better of the two, but no ones knows till the game is played and the fat lady sings. I am a Steelers fan from way back and I can see it happening. The Cards believe in themselves, they are going to be hard too stop. It will be a good game. The half time show should be top notch, and the commercials? The best......


January 30, 2009 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harness facing? I missed out on that sport. My bookie knows nothing about it. Tell us where the nearest harness facing tracks are. My bookie hates being left out of the loop. Seriously, he'd take bets on hankie dropping..

January 30, 2009 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, the Cardinals are going to get whupped. Just so you know that.

January 31, 2009 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a game and the Boss, unreal... The best game and half time show ever in my books. They complimented each other. You could never write that one.


February 02, 2009 7:48 AM  
Blogger Nursedude said...

It was a so so game until Q4. Then it became a great game. The look on the Steeler's players faces when Fitzgerald made the second TD was priceless. But then, to watch Pittsburgh overcome with the clock running out was amazing. To quote the late Howard Cosell: Definitely one for the ages.

February 02, 2009 8:24 AM  

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