Drinks for the big game?
Beer, beer and more beer
By Ian Denomme
In any word association game, “party” is usually followed
immediately by the word “beer.” A Super Bowl party
is no different.
The Super Bowl is an event that should exclusively feature beer.
Exceptions can be made for the likes of whisky or rye, but nothing
else. The big game is not the time to start sipping on strawberry
daiquiris or a cosmopolitan — save those for the Oscars or
If you’re generous enough to be providing the beer, selection
is important. There are party packs that contain up to four different
types. A keg in your living room is another, simpler, option. The
cheapest beer is often the best, especially if you’re buying
for a lot of people.
It is your duty not to complain about the beer selection. If your
host is being gracious enough to provide the drinks, count it as
an automatic win. If you’re still not satisfied, next time
bring your own beer. Very few hosts will be paying for others to
drink on their tab, so always be prepared to BYOB.
For the non-drinkers in the group, instead of throwing them out
of your party for being uptight squares, provide them with a choice
of pop and juice. Even though OJ doesn’t go as well with
wings or pizza, it does send a shout-out to one of football’s
greats, acquitted murderer O.J. Simpson.
While the Super Bowl is often used by many as an excuse to drink,
safety should remain a top priority. Be prepared to have overnight
guests. Have cash for taxis and designated drivers. Nobody likes
to have to clean puke off their couch, and no one likes the person
who did puked.
While many non-football fans will be using the event as an excuse
to drink, make sure to pay some attention to the game. Without
the game itself it would just be the crappy half-time show, featuring
crappy performers (see: Michael Jackson, N’Sync) and companies
paying millions of dollars for 30-second commercials.
Through 37 years of the Super Bowl, the average margin of victory
is 16 points. It should be a better game this year, and since the
Super Bowl only comes once a year, enjoy it.