This coming weekend much of America revels in Super Bowl Sunday. In honor of the upcoming festivities, today’s post is a round-up of ideas for the upcoming week.
I’ll be sharing some football-themed resources from around the web for this week’s lessons, a few of my favorite game-day eats to spark your taste buds before you hit the grocery, and a couple of personal memories of years past.
First, a personal memory.
Football, “Footy,” and I
As a non-sports fan, Super Bowl Sunday for me is a day where I get to have fun making all kinds of fun food and spend time with people I love. I’m that person, the commercial-watching, appetizer-eating, half-time show critic. Joining in the intensity of the game itself is only part of my personal game plan if the Indianapolis Colts are playing.
If you’re like me when it comes to the Super Bowl, you may check out the podcast An Egghead’s Guide to the Super Bowl by Freakonomics.
My biggest Super Bowl memory was Super Bowl XLI (2007) between the Colts and the Chicago Bears. At the time, we were living in Melbourne, Australia. We kept a blog of our adventures back then called Aussie Chaps. Here’s what I said at the time:
Did you think we’d actually miss seeing the Colts play in the Super Bowl just because we live 12,000 miles away? Of course not! We ordered the sports channel for a month just so we could catch the game!
Another somewhat related memory I have from that time (just because it had to do with sports) happened a few months after that Super Bowl. I was working as an office temp with a non-profit organization called the Asset Managment Council (while teaching piano part-time). I did some marketing for them and then helped manage and prepare their annual conference. They did a “sports” theme as the event was held at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). The speaker was Tim Watson who apparently is/was a revered AFL (Australia Rules Football League) hero. Interesting fact, you may be unaware but Aussie Rules football a.k.a. “Footy,” isn’t like American football at all.
If you’re interested in learning more about Footy you may check out the podcast Footy for Two.
Here I am getting to take a photo in an empty MCG stadium. We never did make it to an Aussie Rules or Cricket game, unfortunately, so this is all I’ve got!
Eight of my favorite recipes for game day
Clicking on the image will take you to the recipe.
- Buffalo Chicken Nachos | Two Peas and Their Pod
- Game-Winning Guac’ | Marcela Valladolid
- Black-eyed Pea Salsa | Pioneer Woman
- Savory Sandwich Ring | Taste of Home
- Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwiches | Food Network
- Caramelized Onion Dip | 101 Cookbooks
- Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms | Ina Garten
- Pickle-Ham Tortilla Wraps
My talented husband made this beautiful chip and dip tray for me several years ago. I love breaking it out on game day. Am I a lucky girl or what?
Activities for your Sports-Loving Kiddos
Football Note Match-Up from Discoveries Piano Studio
Super Bowl Rhythm Cards from Fun Key Music.blog
Football Grand Staff Game from Teachers Pay Teachers *Note this is free for 24 hours at the time of this post!
Football Key Game from Teachers Pay Teachers
Football Fever sheet music from Wendy Stevens
Touchdown sheet music from Piano Pronto
Piano Football Incentive from The View From My Studio Blog.