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Super Bowl Sunday: Why Should I Care?

Listen to The Nashville Podcast’s non-football related Super Bowl episode titled Junk Food, Jingles and JT via Apple Podcasts or Google Play Music

Commercials. Halftime show. Football. Say any of these words in a crowd and I guarantee 80% of the people will think of the Super Bowl. It’s a big deal, right? Not to me. Honestly, I don’t care very much who plays, who wins, or who performs the halftime show. But the fact that I don’t have a personal connection to something doesn’t diminish its’ importance to the people involved. So, instead of being a hater I decided to seek the deeper meaning behind the importance of this event as well as find some games and recipes for your Super Bowl party.

Did you know that more than ⅓ of the US watched the Super Bowl last year which means, even if you don’t plan on watching the game, you know someone who will. So make the most of this knowledge and use the game as a way to connect with someone whom you’d like to develop a friendship. Ask who they’re rooting for, if they care more about the halftime show or the game itself.  This is an easy first step and getting to know someone better.

So why should you care about the Super Bowl? Here’s three easy reasons:

  1. It’s fun – and isn’t that something we need more of in today’s world?
  2. It’s nostalgic which means it’s important to a lot of people because it reminds them of something dear to their hearts. Respect that; encourage it.
  3. It’s a celebration of athleticism which reminds us all of our Creator. God made the human body in such an incredible way that it’s capable of amazing things! Sports are one way to acknowledge that.

Now that those of us who needed a reason to enjoy the game, have one, on to the fun! Listed below are three of my all time favorite recipes. They’re tried, true, and delicious.

Warm Crack Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1-oz) package Original Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 (3-oz) bag real bacon bits (Oscar Meyer)
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 16-oz sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Transfer to 2-quart baking dish; cover.
  3. Bake dip 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

* I made this recipe in a crock pot and it turned out great.

Recipe source: http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/01/warm-crack-dip-football-friday.html

The Best Meatballs You’ll Ever Have

Ingredients:

  • 1 32 oz bag frozen meatballs
  • 1 18 oz jar grape jelly
  • 1 18 oz bottle bbq sauce

Instructions:

  1. Throw all ingredients into a crockpot and let it go. Takes a couple of hours for the meatballs to heat through.

Recipe source: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/bbq-meatballs/

Game Day Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1, 46 oz Hawaiian punch
  • 1, 6 oz can pineapple juice
  • 1, 12 oz can gingerale
  • 1, small container sherbet

Instructions:

  1. Chill liquid ingredients and combine into a punch bowl. Right before you are ready to serve add sherbet.

Recipe source: http://www.stockpilingmoms.com/2016/12/easy-punch-recipe/

Want to add an extra element of fun for your guests? Try some of these fun game ideas:

Gameception – games within the Game

  • Have buzzwords: No one is allowed to say the names of the teams and instead have to describe them using any words except the mascot or where the team is from. Example: “The majestic birds have just scored!” or “That’s going to be a penalty on the colonial, loyalists.”
  • Everytime something specific happens (i.e. Cris Collinsworth says something blatantly obvious or a team loses yardage) do the wave.
  • Have a meatball eating competition! Because the food is half the fun and for some of us it’s all the fun.

So this Super Bowl Sunday remember to have fun and, even if it’s not your thing, support those who look forward to this game all year long.

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