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Superbowl XLVI

Hot dogs, buckets of Bud, half-time shows, wardrobe malfunctions, pizza, multi million dollar TV adverts, chips and sickly cheese, an out of tune national anthem, chicken wings, gallons of cough mixture coloured Gatorade thrown over the winning coach, oh and a game of American Football.

The Superbowl, the biggest day in the American sporting calendar.

With some mates in downtown Orlando on Sunday I will be doing all of those things, although we’ll be replacing the Gatorade with more buckets of Bud, as the New York Giants take on New England Patriots in Indianapolis in a repeat of the epic 2008 finale.

The Giants in that game prevented the Patriots going the whole season undefeated (remember no draws in this game) and the extraordinary winning catch by David Tyree is now Superbowl legend.

The peerless New England quarterback Tom Brady and his team will be out for revenge under the roof at the Lucas Oil Stadium but the Giants since moving into the play-offs have been rocking and rolling dispatching the Atlanta Falcons, everyone’s favourites the Green Bay Packers and then in a gladiatorial game the San Francisco 49ers after over time in California two weeks ago.

The Giants boast one of the strongest defensive lines in the entire league with 48 sacks on the season, and they will no doubt swarm all over Brady. Yet Brady is the Lionel Messi of the American game and can land a ball with deft hands on a dime.

Meanwhile Giants QB Eli Manning will play in a stadium where his record breaking brother Peyton is fabled but Sunday could see Eli finally move out of his brother’s shadow. If you are looking for a hero though, then look no further than New York’s wide receiver Victor Cruz. Cruz is easily the biggest surprise of the 2011 season. After being relatively unheard of, local lad Cruz has burst onto the scene and caught for over 1,500 yards during the season.

My mate is a Giants fanatic and I still have nightmares of him staggering around Charleston oblivious to everything going on around him. We could do it all over again on Sunday.

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  1. TR Crow Addick #

    Snow permitting I will be enjoying the start of the six nations at our rugby club with Guiness and Curry.

    Having been to both Miami and Orlando, and seen your local American football teams in action a few years back, I hope you enjoy the spectacle.

    February 3, 2012
  2. SLC Addick #

    Had I been watching the game last year, I would have missed the bobcat mum and cub that wandered across the snow in our back garden (yard). I hope they come out again today. Arriving in Orlando Monday afternoon so I’m sorry to miss you.

    February 5, 2012

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