One week from tomorrow, I’ll be sitting here with a pile of cheese on fancy crackers, little hot dogs swimming around in barbecue sauce, pickles and olives, probably some kind of chips and dip, and I’ll be ready for the Super Bowl! I know, I’m definitely not Paula Deen. My idea of an hors d’oeuvres is an olive with a toothpick in it. Still, for the players on the field, the Super Bowl is a football game, for me in my living room – it’s more of a foodball game.
I am not a huge professional football fan. Love college ball though. However, it’s the Super Bowl. It’s party time. It’s the night major industries in this country decide to launch their great new commercials – no one wants to miss that. And it’s also the night one football team will get to proclaim that they are No. 1 – by sticking their finger up in the air, shouting “Hi Mom” to the television cameras, and soaking each other with Gatorade. Basically, they get to play football and act like children.
I also watch the Super Bowl for the entertainment. I like to see who’s going to sing the anthem, and I like to hear how well they do it. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be very well done this year. Carrie Underwood will take the field at the opening of this year’s event to bring us the Star Spangled Banner. Carrie is an awesome talent, and that appearance will get the game off to a super start.
I was curious about the past 43 years. So I did a little checking, and here’s the list of national anthem performers at all of the preceding Super Bowl Games.
Super Bowl I: Universities of Arizona and Michigan bands
Super Bowl II: Grambling University Band
Super Bowl III: Anita Bryant (Pledge of Allegiance by astronauts)
Super Bowl IV: Al Hirt (Pledge of Allegiance by astronauts)
Super Bowl V: Marvin Gaye
Super Bowl VI: U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale
Super Bowl VII: Little Angeles of Holy Angeles Church, Chicago (Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo 17 crew)
Super Bowl VIII: Charlie Pride
Super Bowl IX: Grambling University Band
Super Bowl X: Tom Sullivan
Super Bowl XI: Vicki Carr (America the Beautiful)
Super Bowl XII: Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State U.
Super Bowl XIII: Colgate University Seven
Super Bowl XIV: Cheryl Ladd
Super Bowl XV: Helen O’Connell
Super Bowl XVI: Diana Ross
Super Bowl XVII: Leslie Esterbrook
Super Bowl XVIII: Barry Manilow
Super Bowl XIX: Children’s Choir of Los Angeles
Super Bowl XX: Wynton Marsalis
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Super Bowl XXI: Neil Diamond
Super Bowl XXII: Herb Alpert
Super Bowl XXIII: Billy Joel
Super Bowl XXIV: Aaron Neville
Super Bowl XXV: Whitney Houston
Super Bowl XXVI: Harry Connick Jr.
Super Bowl XXVII: Garth Brooks
Super Bowl XXVIII: Natalie Cole
Super Bowl XXIX: Kathy Gifford
Super Bowl XXX: Vanessa Williams
Super Bowl XXXI: Luther Vandross
Super Bowl XXXII: Jewel
Super Bowl XXXIII: Cher
Super Bowl XXXIV: Faith Hill
Super Bowl XXXV: Backstreet Boys
Super Bowl XXXVI: Mariah Carey
Super Bowl XXXVII: Dixie Chicks
Super Bowl XXXVIII: Beyonce’
Super Bowl XXXIX: Combined U.S. Military Academies
Super Bowl XL: Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin
Super Bowl XLI: Billy Joel
Super Bowl XLII: Jordin Sparks
Super Bowl XLIII: Jennifer Hudson
This year’s half time show, which the NFL tells us 151 million people tune in for, will feature the legendary rock band, The Who. Pinball Wizard is probably the only song I remember by this band. I’m not sure if that is because I never was much of a rock fan, or because I liked pinball. I really used to be good at that when I was younger. You can read a list of their song titles here.
That’s all for now. I am very happy to report that we did not get the huge amount of snow they were calling for – we might have about 4 inches. We are getting a little ice (sleet) now, but hopefully, the power will stay on, and we won’t have to figure out what we can cook on the wood stove, or how to keep the frozen food frozen. You guys enjoy your Saturday. I already know I’m spending mine inside. I’ll talk to you all soon. This is the perfect day to get caught up with my e-mail!