The Big Game


It’s the first Sunday in February, so that means Super Bowl!  To many people, Super Bowl, means good eats rather than football.  But hey, who cares if your having fun!  This year is a pretty exciting game, not because of the teams in it, but because it is the 50th Super Bowl.  Normally, roman numerals are used to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held.   The single exception to this rule is Super Bowl 50.  The teams this year…Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers.

The day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some an unofficial American national holiday, is called “Super Bowl Sunday”. It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day.   In addition, the Super Bowl has frequently been the most-watched American television broadcast of the year.  In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX (49) became the most-watched American television program in history with an average audience of 114.4 million viewers, the fifth time in six years the game had set a record, starting with the 2010 Super Bowl, which itself had taken over the number-one spot held for 27 years by the final episode of M*A*S*H.   The Super Bowl is also among the most-watched sporting events in the world, almost all audiences being North American, and is second to soccer’s UEFA Champions League final as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide (which my British friends enjoy).

The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in CA.  The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 35-10.  The Packers were coached by legendary coach, Vince Lombardi and had a star quarterback named Bart Starr.  Hmm, they still have a star quarterback.  ugh!   Times have changed a little bit from that first Super Bowl.  Nate read an article from the New York Times to me today and one fact that stuck with me was how guys used to smoke in-between halves or just on the sideline during a break.   Good lord, how was this allowed!


A different version of the Marlboro Man!


The words “Vince Lombardi Trophy” along with the Roman numerals of that year’s Super Bowl are engraved on and the NFL shield is affixed onto the base. After the trophy is awarded, it is sent back to Tiffany’s to be engraved with the names of the participating teams, the date, location, and the game’s final score.  It is then sent back to the winning team for them to keep. Smaller replicas are made for each person on the winning team.


The Vince Lombardi Trophy stands 22 inches (56 cm) tall, weighs 7 pounds (3.2 kg) and depicts a football in a kicking position on a three concave sided stand, and is entirely made of sterling silver.  The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the most Lombardi Trophy’s.  

At home in Minnesota, the Solberg’s will be partaking in the Super Bowl festivities of eating and enjoying the commercials and some of the football game as well.   As I am writing this blog, my husband is already doing some food prep.  As always, he has thought out a wonderful “all day grazing” meal plan for the day.  I will start with Harvest Cheddar Crackers w/Apples & Cinnamon, Megan is in charge of Jalapeño Poppers mid-day, then we move on to Dry-Rub Chicken Wings for early evening, then end with personal-size flat-bread pizzas.  Oh yea!


I was reading an article this morning regarding the Super Bowl and it said that wine is becoming the new beverage of choice at the game.  This is due to the fact that 46% of viewers are women for this game vs 33% during the season.  I translate that to…we bring “class” to football.  Right ladies?  Beer is still the number one and I’m guessing will stay that way.  Thinking beer-guts and football seem to go together!  haha~

Another fun part of the day has to be the addition of the Puppy Bowl.  We have our puppy sitting right on the edge of the kitchen right now waiting for anything to fall onto the floor so she can whisk in and clean it up!


We can see you lurking Jazz.

The Puppy Bowl is an annual television program on Animal Planet that mimics the Super Bowl, using puppies.   Shown each year on Super Bowl Sunday, the show consists of footage of a batch of puppies at play inside a model stadium, with commentary on their actions. The first Puppy Bowl was shown on February 6, 2005.  The puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters.   Only puppies between 12 and 21 weeks old are allowed on the show, and there is a height and weight limit due to the size limitations of the play area.


So cute!!!

A wide variety of toys are placed inside the “stadium”. Although there is no minimum or maximum limit on how many toys may be in the stadium, show producers say that toys which make the loudest noise or which are sausage-shaped get the most attention. Toys are usually switched out every 20 minutes, and often more frequently.  Peanut butter is smeared around camera lenses to induce the puppies to lick the camera.  Some cameras are placed inside toys, to give a puppy’s eye-view of the action.  They even do the Star Spangled Banner to start the game off, as puppies look up at the flag.  Adorable~   This year they had a skunk on the field as the assistant ref.  ha~


Even the refs get tackled~  Penalties to all!

The game will begin in a couple of hours and we will start eating in about a half-hour.  We have to make sure we pace ourselves throughout the day.  It’s Nate’s game plan.  Megan and I are ready to pop our appetizers into the oven and get the feasting started!

Time for a beverage, our reclining couch, and hopefully a good football game packed with funny commercials.  Since our Vikings aren’t playing, we really don’t care who wins.  I’ll go find some wine for the game and get Nate a beer.    It’s just about halftime, and we are ready to make our homemade flatbread pizzas.  Nate has made the dough and grilled it on a grill pan.


See the cool lines?

Our next step, is to “decorate” our own pizza’s with whatever ingredients are layed out on the island.  First we add olive oil and a little salt to the crust, then cram on the fun!


Okay, another beverage has been found and it’s time for the halftime show.  Perfect timing!   Aren’t they beautiful?  Dig in and enjoy your food!

Happy Super Bowl everyone!




  1. Last week we read “News To you ” at school about Super Bowl 50 now I can add a little extra knowledge ,thanks Cathy.
    We loved puppy bowl,my favorite ,star ! Pizzas look delious as do your apps,enjoy.
    Enjoy the game and the ads.

  2. Loved the puppy bowl!!!! Your pizzas look great! I did not watch much of the football but the half time show was good except I think the sound was not coming through very well for the main singers?
    Glad you guys had fun and enjoyed as a family. 🙂

  3. There were a lot of sad Carolinaers down here!!!! The only thing I saw was the weiner dog commercial!!!

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