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Sunday, February 05, 2021

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It’s Big Game Day, aka Super Bowl XL. And I’m going to be watching it on a big-screen TV in Suffern, NY.


It’s a familiar enough placename for those in the New York City metro area, even most probably couldn’t locate it on a map. For the “Sex and the City” contingent — which probably represents a big chunk of the population — Suffern’s probably most associated with the Sex and the Country episode, where the Rockland County community is portrayed as a big patch o’ farmland.

Well… There are still some farm plots in that neck of the woods. But, along with the rest of Rockland, Suffern’s more of a suburban landscape these days. And it’s to my cousin Adrianna’s suburban spread that I’m going, to watch the game with my extended family. She and her husband bought a new television set, and they want to break it in.

Growing up, heading off to a corner of Rockland always seemed like an unbearably long hike. Even now, thinking about it hours before actually getting into the car, the conception is of a long journey. But really, it’s not — it’s only 30-40 minutes away. Even the weather’s clear, so that’s not going to factor in. I guess these mental constructs are hard to shake, especially when you’ve grown up with them.

This will be the first Super Bowl I’ve spent with family in… I don’t know how long. As with any gathering on this most secular of Sundays, I’m basically just hoping to be able to catch enough of the game (and the commercials, naturally) to offset the inevitable social distractions.

Unlike the past couple of years, I’m not experiencing pre-burnout from the attendant two-week buildup to Super Sunday. Obviously, with my move from Florida to New York, I’ve had enough else to preoccupy me. The result: I’m going into today more or less media-exposure fresh. A neat trick, and one I might try to repeat for next year. (I am indulging today, though, with my eye on ESPN’s “NFL Sunday Countdown” from now until gametime.)

As for the game itself: I’ve stuck with the AFC even before Pittsburgh emerged as Conference champ, and see absolutely no reason to change that stance now. I see the Steelers winning this one, rather easily.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/05/2021 12:15:35 PM
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  1. Seattle 31-17

    Comment by Jeremy — 02/05/2021 @ 01:21:33 PM

  2. Steelers-31 Seahawks-17

    Comment by DR U — 02/05/2021 @ 08:35:58 PM

  3. Final for SB XL: Steelers, 21-10.

    Hope no one lost the rent money on this one…

    Comment by CT — 02/06/2021 @ 09:06:39 AM

  4. whoops
    If the seahawks weren’t such fuck ups they would have won 31-17.
    Boy, how ’bout them refs?

    Comment by Jeremy — 02/06/2021 @ 10:42:59 AM

  5. Dr. U’s pick (coming as the game was in the fourth quarter) was a real stretch. You probably kill in Vegas

    Comment by Jeremy — 02/06/2021 @ 10:46:05 AM

  6. …Right. And if your aunt were a man, she’d have been your uncle.

    Better luck with your predictions for next year. (And no, that doesn’t mean I want to hear them here.)

    Comment by CT — 02/06/2021 @ 11:14:35 AM

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