The day of the big game has arrived! All of last week Little Miss Celebration has been devoted to football – helping new fans learn about the game, sharing my personal journey from not loving football at all to becoming a huge fan and a cute necklace you can make to show pride for your team. Today, it’s all about the celebration, last minute preparations, commercials, football superstitions and shouting out a lotta love for my team, the Ravens!!
It’s safe to say that the Baltimore metropolitan area is indeed in a purple frenzy! As I was running my errands yesterday, every place I went I saw men, women, children and yes, even darling little babies, decked out in Raven’s gear and purple. Anticipation for tonight’s game is off the charts!
Football fans in general are a superstitious group and our family is no exception. If you watch a lot of football, you’ve probably seen the Bud Light commercial where the fans all turn their Bud Lights with the label facing out to help ensure a score – with one skeptical fan in the bunch. I love the line in that commercial “it’s only weird if it doesn’t work!” Hmm…I don’t think it’s weird at all! People wear the same clothes when their team is on a winning streak. My husband and I always sit on the same sides of the sofa (no switching!) during every game. A colleague shared with me that they have left up their Christmas decorations because the Ravens keep winning and they are afraid to take them down until AFTER Super Bowl Sunday. In 2001, my sister-in-law hosted the Super Bowl party and the Ravens won. Naturally, we would not be anyplace else tonight but at her house! Football fans are pretty serious about their superstitions!
I was kind of excited to find this Ravens candy mold at Michael’s. You can use it for candy, ice or Jello. The embossed areas of the mold are so tiny that I (wisely) for once decided not to try and “paint” in the color but just do them in chocolate. I think they look good and will be a fun, festive addition to the party – what do you think?
Staying in the candy theme, how about some football lollipops? I made the laces white, tied them with purple ribbon and used stickers from my scrapbooking stash. I put them in a glass vase with a “Go Ravens” sticker and a big purple bow. Kind of a cute Super Bowl centerpiece with something sweet for everyone to enjoy! Later this week, I’ll be sharing some tips about making and “painting” candy molds.
Do you look forward to the Super Bowl commercials? I really do! Though I’ve been just a tiny bit disappointed by the commercials overall in recent years, I have high hopes for an entertaining batch tonight! What has been your favorite or most memorable Super Bowl commercial from years past? Of course, there is also the half-time show. Some have been great, some have been…well, infamous, and some, just no so much! I’m betting that Beyoncé will put on a great show! My personal favorite half-time show of Super Bowls past? U2’s amazing performance at the 2002 Super Bowl, which was where? In New Orleans!
So, the stage is set and the game is about 13 hours away. Super Bowl is about good food, family, friends, fun commercials, a great half-time show and most of all, a fantastic game! Though work and the blog have kept me too busy to pay much attention to the talking sport heads over the past two weeks, I am fully aware that my team is not favored by whoever decides things. You know what? That’s totally fine with me! The Ravens were not favored to win in the 2001 Super Bowl either – and we know how that turned out!
Tonight, I’ll be sporting my Raven’s jersey with the number 5 for our quarterback, Joe Flacco. We’ll watch the final game of, and bid a fond farewell to the great number 52, Ray Lewis. It will be, I think, a really good game. GO RAVENS! Bring a Super Bowl championship back to Baltimore!
In a matter of hours, now, two great teams will take the field. The game will be played, more football Super Bowl history will be created, and one team will emerge the victor and one the loser. Regardless of the final outcome, despite what will be disappointment for a team and a city, both Baltimore and San Francisco, like the fans of every NFL team across the country, will continue their outpouring of love, support and cheers for their team.
Because that’s what football fans do.
Happy Super Bowl Sunday and enjoy the game! Let’s GO RAVENS!