First off, I would like to point out to anyone currently on highways 101, 80, 880, 680, and 1 that if you are not already at the stadium, pull over, find a nice bar and watch the game from there. I’ve looked at the traffic. I think if you didn’t leave your San Francisco hotel room by 7:00 a.m. for the 44 mile drive, you are, as we say here, ska-rooooood.
We’re having an actual party here today, not a big one, because I apparently kept saying to people – “hey drop by if you’re not doing anything.” How the hell could I have guessed no one was doing anything? But we have a nice spread out for the friends when they arrive, and apparently for a whole lot of people doing anything, Party City was completely out of generic Super Bowl 50 stuff and so I am now forced to make everybody choose sides. Not my intention. We got more orange plates than Blue, so if a guest is forced to eat off the colors of the “other” team, we will not hold them to their selection.
The SUPERBOWL. An event that requires 9 hours of pregame show in order to give fans not in attendance the “full experience.” Yeah, great. I got “the full experience” this week. It’s a far cry from the one San Francisco hosted in ’85, because the 49ers were actually in it. The biggest thing was the Pub Crawl that took place from the week before, where you had drink a drink at 10 different bars in the Embarcadero Center, get your card punched and you were awarded with a cheap t-shirt. I could have BOUGHT a t-shirt for one-third the price of the drinks. Plus it was played at Stanford Stadium, and nobody bothered to tell the poor schmucks paying $500 a ticket back then that Stanford did not have regular stadium seats, but solid cement “rows,” so you needed to buy a $5 cushion so that you’d actually be able to feel your legs at the end of the game. Those of use who couldn’t afford tickets either had parties or sat on nice comfy bar stools and made fun of Dan Marino. I remember a brave lady wearing a Dolphins t-shirt walking into the Pierce Street Annex. I took her aside and said “Honey, run fast. Run far.” The Stanford Seating Situation was what I believe is the primary reason the NFL refused to award them another BIG GAME until they could come with another venue. With, you know, actual seats. That wasn’t Candlestick. Or a hockey arena. Or in Oakland.
So, we’ll be updating throughout the game with some photos from Casa Carolina. If I can figure out how to get the pictures off my iPhone.
Open thread! Game! Have fun. GO BRONTHERS!