Although the Super Bowl won't be happening for a couple more weeks, SB Nation has worked out a deal with Coca-Cola so that we can discuss Super Bowl parties. I've known people who have huge blowouts for the Super Bowl and I've heard some epic tales. For me, I remember a lot of the places/times I watched the Super Bowl, but I have a fairly limited number that were either unique or awesome. What's your best Super Bowl party/viewing story?
I remember three particularly distinct Super Bowl viewings over various others. Two involved the 49ers and one involved the Cowboys-Steelers in 1995. Given my travels over the last twenty years, these are more memories of the games themselves. As big a sports fan as I am, I haven't done many major Super Bowl parties in a long time. I go to friends' places to watch the game but it's not a wild, blow-out affair.
49ers-Bengals: I can't remember when, but I believe this first one was when the 49ers played the Bengals the second time around. Either before the game, or at halftime, a bunch of us were out in the street playing a game of touch football. I remember this distinctly because I was involved in a play that was reminiscent of the fumblerooski. We were either down by a couple points or tied and I set up as the center snapping the ball. I snapped it to the quarterback who put it down and dropped back. I picked up the ball and proceeded to run untouched for the touchdown to win the game. For some reason this remains stuck in my head. I don't remember the rest of the game, but I haven't forgotten that one play.
49ers-Chargers: I went to a boarding school in Northern Virginia for high school. This Super Bowl was during my tenth grade year and we watched the game in the tv room/lounge area in the downstairs common area of the dorm. In the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl I had my mom send me a Deion Sanders jersey. It wasn't the white with black shading they wore last year, but rather the traditional cherry red and white. I still own the jersey and bust it out on occasion. That Super Bowl was interesting because living on the East Coast, most everybody had hopped on the 49ers bandwagon that year. And for the people that weren't 49ers fans, they were pretty indifferent to the Chargers.
While it was fun watching the beatdown, it was kind of weird not having anybody with which I could talk smack. Although smack talk can bring a karmic boomerang, one of the amusing (if often unspoken) parts of a big win is being able to laugh at somebody else's misery. This made my third memory all the more interesting...
Steelers-Cowboys: Super Bowl XXX was my second year at boarding school and needless to say I was surrounded by a whole bunch of Cowboys fans. That was the year the 49ers got beat by Green Bay 27-17, and then the Cowboys beat them in the NFC title game. All I remember is rooting as hard for the Steelers in that Super Bowl as I have ever rooted for a team I don't favor. This game really proved how much I disliked the Cowboys at that point in time. If you watched me during that game, you would've thought I was a hard-core Steelers fan. I even had one of my teachers, who was from Pittsburgh, say to me during the game, "I didn't realize you were such a Steelers fan." The smack-talk between both sides was absolutely crazy.
What's your most distinct Super Bowl memory?