Super Duper Bowl

The Super Bowl is today. Here’s what will happen: one team will win, and the fans will be happy. One team will lose, and the fans of that team will think that they were robbed. There will be a bad call by the referees. This may be used as the reason that the team lost (it’s not true – no one sequence affects the game that much). The game will probably be close.

My team, the Patriots, are one of the teams. I have followed football since the late 1960s, and for many of those years, the Patriots stunk. They had 3 winning seasons from the late 1960s through 1981. I remember going to Boston one Sunday and asking a friend why he wasn’t watching the Patriots play. Simple, he said, an NFL team is blacked out when the team doesn’t sell out the stadium, so he never sees the Patriots home games. Oh. Since then they’ve actually been decent (leaving aside the 1-15 and 2-14 seasons), and they’ve been remarkable since 2001 (Belichick era). Long-time fans have had their ups and downs, is what I’m saying.

Anyway, I think my team will win. I sometimes think the coaches are a little bit better than they are – they don’t hoard as many plays and schemes as we think they do, but they game plan better than almost anyone. Should be a fun game to watch – go Pats.

So I didn’t put in a “root, root, root for the home team” song in this week’s podcast, not sure any of the songs are uplifting enough to use as preparation for the game (for the players – for us, the fans, yes). So let’s get ready for the game with the Move, the Beatles, the Doors, John Mayall, General Public, Winter Hours, Chameleons, Neil Young, Kelly Willis, Shelby Lynne, Tift Merritt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck, Gilberto Gil, and Jorge Ben.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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