January 30, 2001 SuperBowl XXXV
The Super Bowl is supposed to be American Football’s finest. Well, this year, it was pretty far from it, as far as I’m concerned.
For one, the two teams that played, the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants, weren’t even projected to have made it so far. Led by virtually unknown quarterbacks, I almost laughed when one of them went in for x-rays in the middle of a game for a sore left hand (not even his throwing arm!) I mean, I thought that they were supposed to play through those kinds of things. Don’t they get paid for it?
Secondly, the half-time show was far from spectacular. I guess I just expected more. The performance at UH’s Veteran’s Day game was way better, in my opinion. Of course there was N`Sync and Brittney, but it just didn’t have that pizzazz that I was looking for. No dancing. Just a few thousand extras pretending to be groupies. No real singing, either. They all tried to do “Walk This Way,” a song from Aerosmith’s history – and I mean history! It just didn’t flow right, or sound great.
The other thing that disappointed me was the commercials. Supposedly one of the most expensive air time is during the Super Bowl, and I’ve always looked forward to what the different companies produce for their million dollar 30-second investments. There were a few good ones, but for the most part, it wasn’t that great.
But perhaps the worst thing was naming Ray Lewis the MVP. For a reasonable, responsible citizen like myself, I thought that that was just a disgrace. No matter how well he plays, I would not want a man suspected of murder -double murder- representing the sport as a role model, or hero. Luckily, I’m not the only one. Disney World opted for the cleaner cut, (but still wimpy in my view) Raven’s Quarterback Trent Dilfer. But I’m sure that Mr. Lewis doesn’t even care.
I’m not a football fan, nor am I any kind of expert in sports. For all I know, this could have been a great Super Bowl. However, in my mind, if not for the camaraderie of my friends, and a whole table of food, I would have rather stayed at home and done my homework. And then simply turn the TV on for the Survivor premiere!
|Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #63（スーザン先生の英語講座）|
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
You are in Hawaii, and suddenly you realize that your button popped off the aloha shirt you wanted to wear! No problem, just call HOUSEKEEPING at your hotel, and say,
HOUSEKEEPING is great if you need anything from another set of towels to an extra box of tissue. You can usually find it marked clearly on the telephone.
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|