This has turned into a much bigger project than I had originally envisioned. I felt the subject needed a little gravitas so naturally I went with Jedi. I bet Lukie Skywalker doesn’t remember where he was for every Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XXXIV — Atlanta
Rams vs Titans
The beginning of the aughties saw my Super Bowl viewing locale stabilize towards the greatest Borough in the world: The Bronx. I would arrive at Jeff’s house about a half hour before game time ready for the pageantry that is the Super Bowl. In keeping with the tradition begun over a decade earlier, the Super Bowl meal was always, and will always be, deli. Let other people have wings, burgers, or whatever they want. They’re peasants! Real men eat kasha on Super Sunday.
This was one of the great Super Bowls. With three seconds remaining the Titans were at the Rams 10 yard line threatening to score the winning touchdown. Quarterback Steve McNair passed to Kevin Dysan who caught the ball at the three yard line but was stopped at the one as the game clock elapsed.
Super Bowl XXXV — Tampa
Ravens vs Giants
Nothing much to say here other than the Giants laid a huge egg in their return to Tampa. I watched the game at my LIC apartment. Perhaps the game was so traumatic that it wiped every detail of that day from my mind. Moving on…
Super Bowl XXXVI — New Orleans
Patriots vs Rams
Back in the Bronx with Jeff and deli for the dawn of Patriots; unfortunately an era that persists to this day. This was a great back and forth contest with the Patriot’s Adam Vinatieri kicking the deciding field goal as time expired.
Super Bowl XXXVII — San Diego
Buccaneers vs Raiders
It’s hard to believe there was a time in the not so distant past when the Raiders were good. (and that the Buccanners have a Super Bowl victory) The Bucs coach, John Gruden, had previously coached the Raiders for three years. Somehow the Raiders, even though their former coach was coaching against them, never bothered to change their playbook! The result? 48-21 Bucs.
Super Bowl XXXVIII — Houston
Patriots vs Panthers
Keith: What’s that?!
Keith: I think I just saw a nipple
Jeff: What the hell are you talking about?!
Keith: I’m not sure. It happened so fast, but I think I just saw Janet Jackson’s nipple!
I was half-heartedly watching the halftime show. Jeff was in the other room talking on the phone. It was my dumb luck to witness the greatest split second of television history. The beauty of it was that it could only be done once. Shortly after the unveiling, league rules were put in place insuring that every televised game would use a seven second delay.
It was another great game and another great session of pageantry and deli at Jeff’s. The game was tied late and we were in a frenzy looking forward to the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. It was not to be, however, as an out-of-bounds Carolina kick off gave the Patriots great field position enabling Vinatieri to kick yet another game winning field goal. 32-29 Pats.
Super Bowl XXXIX — Jackoonville
Patriots vs Eagles
Jeff’s house. Deli. Patriots.
Super Bowl XL — Detroit
Steelers vs Seahawks
Really, Seahawks? Your one shot at a Super Bowl and this is what you give us: Penalties, dropped passes, and poor clock management. I’ll leave it to the readers to guess where I was and what I ate.
Super Bowl XLI– Miami
Colts vs Bears
My sixth straight year viewing the game in the Bronx saw Peyton Manning win the big prize. Not much to say but Daaaaaaaa Bears! (lost)
Super Bowl XLII — Glendale, Arizona
Giants vs Patriots
I guess I picked the right year to throw my only Super Bowl party. The Giants shocked the world and that blowhard Belicik went down along with Brady. (multiple times) In attendance were my family, Jeff, drummer Taro Okamoto, and friends Thomas, Janet, and Ernie. Afterwards I drove to Small’s jazz club in the Village and everyone was outside in a great mood, happy, yelling, honking horns. No rioting, though. People think that New York is a dangerous town but we never riot when our teams win. So suck on that, Chicago!
Super Bowl XLIII — Tampa
Steelers vs Cardinals
Back at Jeff’s for this exciting matchup in which the Cardinals fell just short. This was yet another game that had overtime written all over it. Late in the game the Cardinals had a three-point lead. The Steelers had the ball and we figured they would play for a tieing field goal. Wrong. With 35 seconds left Roethlisberger through a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes. 27-23 Steelers.
Super Bowl XXIV — Miami
Saints vs Colts
The Saints had the temerity to start the second half off with an onside kick. They were successful but Jeff and I got a DSP. (didn’t see play) The Saints pulled away but the novelty of seeing New Orleans win the championship made up for the one-sided second half.
This wraps up Keitho’s first ever Super Bowl memory recap. Who knows what memories tomorrow’s game will bring? I’ll be back in another 30 years to review the next batch.