Super Sunday is just days away, but it's not too late to invite some friends over for a Super Bowl party.
Super Bowl parties: They're not just for grown-ups.
Just ask Jeremy and Samantha Pollin, who this Sunday will be hosting their fourth Super Bowl party. Jeremy, 11, and Samantha, 14, come from a sports-loving family: Dad Andy Pollin is sports director at WTEM-AM and is in San Diego for Sunday's game.
So what do you need for a super Super Bowl party? Friends, food and a TV. How easy is that?
"We have egg rolls and pigs in a blanket for dinner. . . . And Mom buys cups and plates in the colors of the two teams. Whichever team you want to win, you drink from their color cup," says Samantha. (This year that means black and silver for the Oakland Raiders, and red and pewter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Can we advise red for Bucs fans and black for Raiders fans?)
And of course, rooting for a team during the game is what makes it fun. So as your friends arrive, have them sign up on a poster under what team they want to win. If you're right, "you win bragging rights," Jeremy says.
But there is more to the Super Bowl than the game itself; don't forget the commercials. "The girls would rather watch those than the game," Samantha admits. And it looks like there might be some good ones to watch this Sunday:
* For Gatorade, Michael Jordan plays a Chicago Bulls-era version of himself.
* A smart baboon promotes "Sierra Mist" soda.
* Jackie Chan tries to remove the tag from a T-shirt while Michael Jordan comments in an ad for Hanes.
* Destiny's Child singer Beyonce Knowles has bounced Britney Spears in ads for Pepsi.
It's good to have other things to do in case the game gets boring. Table tennis or air hockey can be fun if there's a break in the action. But Jeremy warns against spending too much time away from the game.
"A few years ago, we were all playing ping-pong and we missed the best play of the game. After that, we knew to just sit and watch the game," he says.
-- Tracy Grant