Superbowl Sunday!

If you follow me for writing or Norse mythological related updates, fair warning, you’ll probably want to steer clear of my Twitter feed tonight. It will be all #Superbowl, all the time.

(And no, I don’t actually watch for the commercials, besides, we don’t air the really good ones on the Canadian newsfeeds anyway.)

I don’t have a dog in this hunt. Both my AFC and NFC teams were bounced before the big game. But don’t worry, the absence of a New Orleans Saints Baltimore Ravens Superbowl doesn’t fill me with sadness. I’ll actually be able to just relax and enjoy the game. So I hope Denver and Seattle both bring it, and that the Superbowl is exciting this year.

If I had to choose, though, (and I’m going to, because sports are more exciting with emotional investment) I guess I’m going to root for the Seattle Seahawks. They beat New Orleans, sure, but then at least the Black and Gold were beat by the winner, right? I’ve never liked the Broncos, going back to Elway’s days (before he turned his lose the big game legacy around). Explained best (as most things are) by The Simpsons:

I’m also not a fan of Peyton Manning (although I do really enjoy imagining dinner around the Manning family table, what with three quarterbacks in the crew. “Pass the potatoes, and try not to get intercepted again, Eli!”).

In any case, regardless of who you’re cheering for, or whether you like Football or Football, here’s best buds Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan getting ready to enjoy the big game:


(This photo is from Stewart’s twitter feed, so I’m assuming the copyright is his.)

Super Sunday

I hope everyone’s ready for some football!

At 5:30 PM Central, me and all my rowdy friends will be gathering to watch the Superbowl. Okay, to be fair I’m probably the only one interested in the game, but it’ll be good to see everyone over some beers. I’d feel a lot more intense about watching the game with my (admittedly small) group of actual football friends if either of my teams had made the big game this year. But alas, there will be no New Orleans Saints Baltimore Ravens Superbowl.

It used to be just the Saints that I cheered for, (it was a long 24 years until they won that first Superbowl) but this year I decided I needed an AFC team to root for, doubling my odds as it were. Why Baltimore?

I could mention their defense or any number of statistics, but nope. It was Edgar Allan Poe.  Whether it’s actually true or not, to me the Baltimore Ravens are named for Poe’s “The Raven”. Literary football for the win! Not good enough? Hugin and Munin–Thought and Memory in Norse Mythology–are characters in my debut novel.

Why New Orleans? Seemed like a fun city. A fleur de lis logo makes them feel almost Canadian (Quebec is still a part of Canada, right? I don’t follow politics).

Also, zombies.

Tonight’s game is pits the New York Giants versus the New England Patriots which means I don’t really have a dog in this hunt. Sigh. I must now choose between my dislike of Eli Manning, and my HATE of the Patriots. The power of the Dark Side is strong in this one, so if you know me, you know that hate of the Patriots will win out.

Also: GIANTS! I like giants (and jotun, and cyclops, and titans and…well, you get the idea)

Another advantage to a Giants victory is that they are one of George R.R. Martin’s teams. So I can at least pretend that the Giants Superbowl success will translate into me getting book 6 of A Song of Ice and Fire in my hands just a tad sooner. A loss to the Patriots could delay book 6 by YEARS.

Go Giants!