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A Year Later …

Next week is my one-year Blogiversary, and I’m taking my trip down memory lane before writing a one-year reflections post.

Finding multiple connections as I strolled that lane:

  • Some of you/us recently had fun revealing our childhood Man/Mouse/Frog Crushes
  • This weekend is the Super Bowl
  • Last year my Denver Broncos were humiliated in the Super Bowl
  • Last year I wrote two posts about the Super Bowl
  • Neither post was about the game itself
  • One was about my teenage Man Crush
  • Virtually no one read it (the plight of a newbie blogger)

As usual, I interpret it all as a sign that today is a good day to re-post about my teenage heartthrob

And if no one reads this time, well, I’ll take that as a sign 🙂

Class Acts at the Super Bowl, Part 2

Second:  Joe Namath

When the camera panned on Joe with his trademark grin and gorgeous fur coat, my heart fluttered. Never mind that Joe threw an interception (aka coin toss jitters), he’s still my football hero.

Joe Namath was my serious teenage crush. I don’t remember when he first came across my radar screen, but he captured my heart (ok, lust). He was brash, athletic, mischievous, studly, and had a mega-watt smile. He could even make those god-awful New York Jets’ white football boots look almost manly.

I made a Joe Namath collage for my bedroom. You can only appreciate the depth of my devotion to Joe by understanding the magnitude of that sentence.

I shared a bedroom with my sister; a room decorated by my mother who chose yellow-flowered wall paper and green carpet, two of my least favorite colors. There was no “me” in that room. We didn’t “self-express” in the 60’s, at least not in our household. Moreover, we were also without today’s technology whereby I could quickly access multiple pictures of Joe. No, I had to patiently and painstakingly thumb through the daily sports section or Dad’s monthly Sports Illustrated, hoping I’d find another elusive picture for my collage.

I have no recollection of the day I hung the collage or the reaction from my parents or sister, but I sure remember that over-shellacked, warped cardboard collage with Joe smiling down on me.

And I will never forget Super Bowl III on January 12, 1969. For weeks Joe had been predicting, nay GUARANTEEING, the Jets would trounce the Baltimore Colts. The sportscasters were aghast and dismissive of this reckless, cocky upstart of a quarterback. There was even some grumbling from Dad before the game.

But I knew ….without a shadow of a doubt…I KNEW Joe was right. He was going to win.

I’ve never been certain of an outcome in a sports contest since. But that day Joe believed in himself, and I believed in Joe.

Together we made magic.

Class Acts at the Super Bowl, Part 1

So my Denver Broncos got soundly spanked in the Super Bowl.  Heartsick, I couldn’t even watch the game after that disastrous first 10 seconds, hereafter known in Bronco lore as The Snap.

After seeing the Seattle vs. San Francisco playoff game, I knew we didn’t stand a chance if Seattle was “on” on Super Bowl Sunday.

Seriously, did all the sports forecasters forget the stats accumulated over decades of titanic football clashes? A strong defense will, with few exceptions, prevail over a strong offense (and they’ll beat the crap out of an admittedly discombobulated offense).

In spite of the cruel loss, this Super Bowl left me with two breath-taking moments I will long cherish.

First:  Renee Fleming

I don’t know who selected her to sing the Star Spangled Banner, but let’s immediately put that person in charge of all decisions by the federal government for the rest of 2014.

What a Class Act she is. No pun intended because choosing a classically-trained opera soprano was an unusual choice, given how relatively few Americans listen to classical music or attend operas.

To have her perform such a joyful, honest rendition of our national anthem; to have her dress so beautifully in modest, unadorned clothing; to have her celebrate the magnitude of that patriotic song in such simple, soaring splendor is something I will remember for a very long time.

Tomorrow: Class Acts at the Super Bowl, Part 2


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