Superbowl XLI, the first Quarter: A Look Back

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It was 3pm on a sunny 80 degree day (very much like the temperatures in Florida). I sat down in a bar full of almost equal parts Bears/Colts fans. The Dodger and the Lakers don’t play Football, so L.A. is composed of fans of other football teams, and the Bears and Colts fans were out in force at Barney’s Beanery on Santa Monica and La Cienega.

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It was 3pm on a sunny 80 degree day (very much like the temperatures in Florida). I sat down in a bar full of almost equal parts Bears/Colts fans. The Dodger and the Lakers don’t play Football, so L.A. is composed of fans of other football teams, and the Bears and Colts fans were out in force at Barney’s Beanery on Santa Monica and La Cienega.

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It was 3pm on a sunny 80 degree day (very much like the temperatures in Florida). I sat down in a bar full of almost equal parts Bears/Colts fans. Because Dodgers and the Lakers don’t play Football, L.A. is composed of fans of other football teams, and people from anywhere but L.A., so Bears and Colts fans were out in force at Barney’s Beanery on Santa Monica and La Cienega. Ryan Anglin was there as was his buddy Pat, both from Indiana, the poor-man’s Ohio.

I agree with Kate, it was just exciting enough to get to go. I was lucky enough be in Chicago during the last two games of the season, watching one during the retreat with Justin (always makes a Bears game better) and the last with Roommate Stephe (whom I used to watch Bengals games with). It was priceless.

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The energy was amazing at Barney’s, the Colts fans were outshouted by the Bears fans. Someone had come dressed like Ditka with sweater and mustache, and many came dressed as Peyton Manning, or maybe they were just tall white people.

The excitement of being in the Superbowl gave a hum of excitement in the room, it was the most excited I’ve felt about a Superbowl since Super Bowl XXIII (Bengals/49ers). The I-65 Bowl was about to begin. And then…the kickoff, all the air got sucked out of the room and then…I’ve never been so excited or heard a room so loud, so happy. It really was an amazing moment.

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Turning that excitement in-general and combining it with the shout of a crowd of fans that you would hear at simply a good play times 10, times 30, times 50, touchdown. It felt so good to go so nuts.

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The Bears score again, the Colts play like shit and it starts to feel real. Although I’ve watched enough games with Justin to feel some weird intercontinental worry.

The Colts finally score, and then came the funniest moment of the game. As a joke, as soon as the Colts snapped the ball for the extra point, I yelled “miss it!” The joke here being that nobody misses the extra point. It’s a given, so of all the things to shout during a game, this is the stupidest. Pat started to laugh at just me shouting it, and then that laugh turned into a roar because it actually happened. He hated that the Colts fumbled such an easy play but said the joke was worth it. Hilariously I would shout it again at the Colts next kick, which they missed.

Did anyone hear how the rest of the game went?

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