Oh, it's a tough time to be a Cleveland fan, no? What with the Browns just giving away the last few games of the season and the Cavs on a wildly out-of-control spin unparalleled since Maverick and Goose flew through Ice Man's jet wash on "Top Gun" and all.
The Tribe? Sigh. Who knows, but the long and short of it is Cliff Lee's golden arm ain't comin' back, now is it?
I was chatting with Nancy Haskins of Liberty at the Panera in front of the Eastwood Mall complex the other day. We were two strangers united in mourning over the whole Cleveland pro sports situation when she abruptly turned to me and said, "I really don't care about the Super Bowl on Sunday because I hate the Steelers."
Now, at this writing, it's too soon to know whether or not Steelers' fans (including my son Kyle) will get their wish of a seventh Super Bowl ring by defeating the Green Bay Packers. And I know I'm in the minority as a Cleveland person who thinks of Pittsburgh as another home team and quietly cheers them on when they aren't up against the Browns.
But, Nancy, my new friend, I kind of think you're missing the whole point of the Super Bowl; it's not about the score or the teams or even the Vince Lombardi trophy. Dude, it's about the commercials.
On what other day of the year can we get together with family and friends with a homemade bowl of chili or some home-cooked Italian chicken and greens and watch the year's funniest and best commercials debut?
Some of them have actually become timeless.
Who could forget the ad with New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath getting a shave from late icon Farrah Fawcett, who encouraged him to "let Noxzema cream your face" so his razor wouldn't?
And, remember the Coca-Cola commercial with Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Charles Edward Greene - known as "Mean Joe" Greene for his ferociousness on the field - tossing his jersey to a little boy after the boy hands him a Coke? He gulps down the soda on his way to the locker room as the little boy gushes "Thanks, Mean Joe!" and the hard-as-nails Greene flashes a smile.
Classic. So much so, in fact, that Coke spoofed themselves with a funny remake of that spot highlighting Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu several years later.
The Budweiser frogs, the Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan McDonald's chicken nugget dunking contest, the monk making Xerox copies and last year's "you're playing like Betty White out there" Snickers spot - these are the reasons a great multitude of us tune in on Super Bowl Sunday, regardless of the teams taking the field.
And, if you still don't believe me that the commercials are the biggest part of the Super Bowl, check out the almost instantaneous ad for the happiest place on earth right after the final game whistle blows, during which the MVP is asked where he's going now that he's won - to which he always responds, "I'm going to Disney World!"
Happy viewing, all!
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.