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February 4, 2012
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

You would have to live on an isolated island not to know next Sunday, February 5, 2012, the big football game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana to determine who is the champion of the 2011 regular season. It can be seen on Fox sports channels at 6 p.m. and will be viewed on the average by 100,000,000 people. This is one big party. The teams playing are the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots. Brady vs Eli. The party will start about 5 hours before game time, pretty much all day. The networks will be airing shows and commercials pertaining to the big game. The day the game is played can almost be called an American national holiday. It is the second largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. For some the football game is the biggest day in the year and celebrated by more than the 4th of July. In fact the "the big game" is known around the world and will be broadcasted in 35 languages and 235 countries and territories.

I'm undecided who I want the winners to be. Neither of the two teams I follow are there this year. However, football is a favorite sport of mine to watch, so I'll probably just enjoy the game, the half-time show and the commercials. Do you know a 30 second commercial during the game will cost advertisers up to $3 million. 35 of the people who attend the game write it off as a corporate expense.

I don't need a new television set to watch the game, but this week 1.5 million TV sets well be sold.

Yes, there will be parties with an average of 17 people attending the party. The most beer consumed will be Budweiser and at every party their will be chips. In fact about 15,000 tons are eaten with 8 million pounds of guacamole consumed. The next day, on Monday, 6% Americans call in sick and also that Monday antacid sales increase by 20%. So here's to an exciting game and no headaches or upset tummies.

Here is a guacamole recipe with a fruity twist.


1 avocado, pitted and


1 1/2 teaspoon minced

red onion

1/2 teaspoon chili


12 red grapes; halfed

1/2 cup fresh or canned


a pinch of salt

2 Tablespoons

pomegranate seeds


Gently mash the avocado with the onion and chili pepper in a bowl. Mix the

grapes and peaches. Season with salt and garnish with pomegranate seeds to serve.

"Enjoy the Game !"



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