Ooh, the excitement is in the air. Can you feel it? Something's up with this Sunday.
Even with the windows closed, I can smell the aroma of ribs, wings, chili con queso and chili cooking. I mean, my nostrils are telling me there's a veritable chorus of sauteing, blending, chopping, melting, baking, marinating, grilling and flambeing singing on the breeze out there.
Even with the television off, I can see the bright glow of grocery store commercials beckoning to us - enticing the purchase of chip bowls, pretzels, beer, cookies and cakes. Oh, don't forget the department store sales today as well, where you can buy coolers, grills and sports jerseys at a steal, methinks.
Even from under my desk (where I'm perched to try to hide from all the hoopla), I can't escape the news stories about:
1. Madonna appearing live in concert tonight;
2. Bookies taking odds on whether or not Kelly Clarkson will forget the words to the national anthem when she sings it later in the day; and
3. A commercial spoof for Honda featuring "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" star Matthew Broderick in a spoof of the 1980s cult classic comedy. (BTW, it is absolutely hilarious.)
Curiousest. Yep, there sure is a lot going on today.
And yet, I feel like I'm forgetting something else important about this particular Sunday. Hmm.
So determined to find out what I was missing that I performed an Internet searches to help me nail down that nagging feeling - I typed in "Sunday, February 5, 2012."
Immediately, grocery and department store, recipe, pizza shop and even pet store sites popped up in the search results window.
Super Puppy, anyone?
That's when it hit me: B'gosh and b'gorrah - there's a football game taking place tonight!
In the media onslaught of the past several days which has focused on the perfect alcoholic cocktail to compliment bacon burgers; the length of Tom Brady's dimples; and the endless saga over whether Eli Manning will ever catch up to the endorsement levels of his big brother Peyton - I almost forgot that the real hullabaloo about today is that it's the final NFL game of the season, the crowning glory of the sport.
And yet, even over in Super Bowl Village, the game seems to be an afterthought. Note to self and the rest of you: Super Bowl Village, really? Olympic thievery, no?
But, yes, folks I found information on the village at the official Super Bowl website at (where else?) www.indianapolis-superbowl.com.
The village is touted as: "The Epicenter of the Awesome" and tells visitors to "Watch the action LIVE with our three LIVE webcams! The FREE, family-friendly Super Bowl Village will transform the heart of downtown into a 10-day, three-block interactive festival Take a look at some of the great things we have planned!"
Um, do any of those planned great things involve anything even remotely connected to a little sport called football? What I mean to say is, doesn't anybody care about the actual game?
"Listen, for those of us who support the Browns, this is just another painful reminder of our complete and utter failure, so we prefer to just focus on everything else," said Mary Kotche of Niles.
Fair enough, Mary.
Oh well, I'd love to ponder this longer but I need to get to the kitchen.
That life-sized, chocolate-chip cookie-encrusted pumpkin spice latte-flavored cheesecake-liquor chutney pie in Eli's likeness isn't going to bake itself, people.
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist. Contact her with Super recipes, coupons and video links at firstname.lastname@example.org.