Anybody out there going to the Super Bowl? Because I'd like my Aunt Martha to go along with you.
Now, to clarify, it's not really my Aunt Martha, but a photo of her. Bless her soul, my Green Bay Packers fanatic Aunt Martha died shortly before her beloved team began its run during the 1996-97 season that ended up in victory in Super Bowl XXXI, a 35-21 triumph over the New England Patriots.
Aunt Martha did go that game in New Orleans in the pocket of Mining Journal Publisher Jim Reevs. And the Packers won.
The next year, when the Pack was back in the big game and it was being played in San Diego, no one I knew was heading to watch the Super Bowl. So Aunt Martha didn't go. And the Packers lost to the Denver Broncos, 31-24.
Which is why, as a Packers' loyalist, I am hoping to find someone reliable to carry Aunt Martha's photo with them to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, Feb. 6. Any edge that will boost my team to victory is good.
People who aren't football diehards are probably already at the end of their patience over all the hype that surrounds the Super Bowl. And people in the central Upper Peninsula who aren't Green Bay Packers fans are no doubt ready to strangle those of us who are.
There are still eight days until kickoff: Those of us who are excited for the game cannot wait while those who aren't going to watch the game are probably screaming "Enough already!"
But the Super Bowl has evolved to a cultural experience, not just a game for NFL fans.
For example, the selection of the halftime entertainment has been promoted extensively for months, especially on Fox Sports, which is the network carrying the game. For anyone who doesn't know, it's The Black Eyed Peas, featuring will.i.am and Fergie.
The halftime extravaganza has received much attention in recent years with the wardrobe malfunction involving Janet Jackson the most well-known show of the bunch.
Artists like Prince, U2, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen have been the halftime stars during Super Bowls in the last few years.
Of course, for the non-football fan, the commercials are the favorite part of Super Bowl Sunday. Some of the biggest companies in the world spend millions of dollars for ads that air during the game.
Adding extra interest locally this year, a Marquette native had a chance to have a commercial she helped create be shown during the big game. Mining Journal sports writer Steve Brownlee wrote a story about this that ran Jan. 16: Marquette native Heather Kasprzak produced a Doritos ad called "Birthday Wish" that is in the running for placement during the Super Bowl.
If you haven't been doing so already, vote for her ad through Jan. 31 at the website www.crashthesuperbowl.com.
See. Even if your blood isn't green and gold like my Aunt Martha's was, Super Bowl XLV has something for you, too.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her e-mail address is rprusi@miningjournal. net.