Gearing Up For Your Superbowl Party

He is going back, Brock Osweiler, our hometown boy, a 2008 graduate from Flathead High School, at age 25, to the Super Bowl for the second time.

He was a second round draft pick for the Denver Bronco’s in 2012 out of Arizona State when the Broncos fa ed the Seahawks in the big game. This time he has a lot more to be proud of… as he was the starting quarterback for seven games this season, while Denver’s main quarterback, Peyton Manning, was nursing a foot injury, and was pulled from the field on Nov. 15, after four interceptions… ouch!

Many times, what is someone’s misery can be another person’s gain… in goes Brock. For all of us “Kalispellians,” how fun was it to watch “our boy,” lead the Denver Broncos for the next seven games, only to be replaced in the game against the San Diego Chargers after a fifth turnover, which really was not his fault. Back in goes Manning for good!

Some others out in NFL football land are missing “our boy” as well… The headline recently in the Gospel Herald said, “NFL Rumors: Denver Broncos Push for Peyton Manning Retirement, Brock Osweiler takes over in the Super Bowl.”

Talk about having to have thick skin. This is not only tough for Mr. Manning, but the entire Denver Broncos team. Your starting quarterback is “The MAN,” the Leader… and the press is playing with your head like this! As far as Coach Kubiak is concerned, “Peyton Manning is our starting quarterback as long as he is healthy and can play.”

As Peyton is knocking on the back door of the big “4-0,” is it the Denver Broncos versus the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl or “The Old Man” versus “The Young Buck”?

Either way, another great opportunity for this young man and his family. As a mother of sons who got to play college ball and experience a championship game or two, I have just an inkling of what his mother may be going through.

With the big game just around the corner, I have come up with a few items to ensure your guests are comfortable, your space is inviting and there is plenty of food for everyone’s tastes:

 – First of all, the television will be the focal point, so rearrange your furniture if need be to maximize the space and to create a relaxing atmosphere.

– My favorite go-to snack for a coffee table is 2/3rds dry roasted peanuts and 1/3rd M&M’s. And if I can, the color of the M&M’s would match my favorite team’s colors.

– Simplify your party plan. Your guests are coming for the party and want to pitch in. I like to choose a few favorite items to make and then ask people to bring their favorite “tailgate food.” Keep it simple with one signature cocktail, beer, and wine. For the non-alcoholic drink of choice, I always have spar-kling water on hand as well as a pitcher of flavored water, with either slices of lemon, lime or cucumber, just to make it a bit more festive. This time of year, blood oranges are in season and are a good complement.

– Plan ahead, and go to the grocery store a few days before to get all that you need including items to add a bit of fun, like napkins and plates in your team’s colors.

– Make your life easier, and set up everything so your guests can just help themselves; then you can kick back and enjoy the evening as well.

– Research shows that most people are comfortable in a room temperature of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. As your guests overall will add warmth to your space, I usually turn down our thertmostat about an hour before our guests are to arrive.

As always, your Comfort is our Central concern. Call 756-6656, for all your heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and drain cleaning needs.

This feeds a crowd:

French Dip Sandwiches

6 lb. chuck roast cut into 6 pieces, 2 cans each of condensed French onion soup, beef consommé, beef broth and a 1/4 cup red wine. Place in crock pot for 8-10 hours on low, and serve with favorite French rolls. Enjoy…

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