Let's Talk Super Bowl...
Give Us Your Favorite Memory Or Party Tip:
Jim Belushi: You've got to have good betting pools and a lot of great food. I mean, really go for it. You've got to have some steak there, some chicken there and guacamole there and those little salads the ladies love. And a great sound system and a big, big screen -- and plenty of beer.
Vanessa Williams: My favorite memory is when I sang. I sang in '96 when it was the Steelers and the Cowboys. Dallas won that year. It was so grand and so awesome I felt like I was out of my body. There were just so many people -- a wash of color. It was one of those things you think - sing at the Super Bowl, visit the President at the White House...It's one of those things you tick off as achievements in life.
Bryan Cranston: My favorite Super Bowls are the ones where I win the pools. I'll have to get in on one this time around.
Rob Morrow: I was in the half time show when I was 14 or 15 and living in Florida. It was one of those thousands of kids running around dancing. Standing on the sidelines, it was Pittsburgh and Miami, and someone almost smashed into me...It's a great memory. And then years later, after I was kind of, you know, famous, I got tickets and I was able to stand on the sidelines, and had a free access pass to anywhere I wanted and went to meet my friends after I was hanging out on the sidelines, and got lost in the bowels of the stadium. This was in Miami as well. I came out of the elevator and there was like no one there. I was completely lost, there was nothing there, and I was hearing the cheering above me.
Billy Ray Cyrus: My Super Bowl party tip - don't drink and drive. Get a designated driver.
Bob Barker: My brother and I watch the Super Bowl together every year. I love popcorn and beer and the thing I like most about watching the Super Bowl is that I eat all the pop corn and drink all the beer I want. On other occasions I approach pop corn and beer with great caution!
Brooke Burke: I actually have been to the Bowl, and don't dig the crowds, I'd much rather watch it at a house party amongst friends. My coolest and funniest Super Bowl memory was watching the debut of the Burger King commercial where I was dressed up as a sesame seed bun!!! That's when you know you've arrived!!"
Skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, MTV's "Rob & Big": My Super Bowl memory was when I lived at Pacific Beach and the Chargers played San Francisco. I got like a keg and we were so excited and then they just got blown out. I don't know what year that was but I was young.
416 lb. Chris Boykin, a.k.a. Big: The only Super Bowl memory that I remember was when I was young getting wasted when the Bears won in '86. That was the year for me -- I was wasted.
Gerald McRaney: This year I'll be watching the Super Bowl at home with Delta's (wife Delta Burke) mom. We're the only ones in the house who care about the game. Delta's knowledge of the game is limited to having starred in "1st in 10" on HBO. My fondest memory of the Super Bowl dates back to 1969, the year that Broadway Joe Namath was backing up his brag that his team, the AFL's NY Jets, was going to win the game. "I guarantee it," he said and everyone snickered. They went on to win, course, and made history! I was working on the Shell Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico at the time and watching the Super Bowl was one my few guilty pleasures at the time.
Ken Howard: Super Bowl III...Joe "Willy" Namath predicts he and the Jets would not only go to the Super Bowl but would win...And they did. It was like Babe Ruth predicting a home run or Ali predicting he would beat Sonny Liston...Early 80's Cincinnati Bengals against San Francisco 49ers. Less than 2 minutes - Bengals leading. Joe Montana and the 49ers have the ball. I remember thinking 'Joe has the ball - no problem - he can march it down field.' And he did and the 49er's won
Jimmy Smith, Discovery Channel "Fight Quest" star and Mixed Martial Arts cage-fighting champ: I'm a Steelers fan, so my favorite memory has to be Willie Parker's run - 75 yards, the longest run of Super Bowl history - in Super Bowl XL. I was at a party watching it, and I went bananas. I would advise anyone doing a Super Bowl party not too invite too many people that are fans of the teams playing. When it was the Steelers-Seahawks, I was just a wreck, while everyone else there was talking and enjoying themselves. A guy who was a Raiders fan said to me, 'Dude, I'm having such a good time - I'm not a Steelers or Seahawks fan."
Robert David Hall: If your group is making 'friendly' wagers try to keep it to a minimum amount...Our feast consists of chili, San Francisco Sour Dough bread and Champagne - guarantees a lovely time will be had by all.
Jeffrey Tambor, "The Captain": I used to be much more into professional sports than I am now -- in fact it used to be a deathless passion to me. But today, well, reading the latest Phillip Roth is more important. I used to play basketball, baseball. I like sports. But professional sports have gotten too big."
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men": As long as the New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl I'm happy. I'm a Patriots fan. I just finally started to understand football so this season I've been getting into it. I had somebody finally explain it to me in the right way so I understood it. There was no point watching it before when I never understood what First Down and Second Down meant. Now I'm like, 'Oh this is a great game. I see why everybody loves it.'
"Carpoolers" Faith Ford, who authored a cook book on southern food in 2004: My rule is to keep things simple and plan ahead. Make salads you do ahead and can keep in the refrigerator. And marinate meat you can throw on the grill. And my rule is to be spontaneous -- if Super Bowl day comes and I don't feel like doing it, I simply don't do it. And keep the number handy for Domino's Pizza.
Roma Maffia,"Nip/Tuck": It's terrible to say but really the only thing I know about the Super Bowl is that's the day that men are likely to beat their wives. I don't watch it because I don't watch football and don't know anything about the sport, except I used to like Joe Namath.
Valerie Waugaman, a.k.a. Siren of NBC's "American Gladiators": I can really appreciate the professional athletes doing their job, their level of discipline, their strategy to overcome their opponents. It makes me want to play. I have a tough time sitting and watching the game because I'm so full of energy.
Shamika Cotton, "The Wire": For me the Super Bowl is all about party foods, commercials and the half-time show."
Maria Lark, "Medium": "Make sure you boogie all night long! And always use coasters......"
Todd Stashwick, "The Riches": "We've got the Bulls and the Bears in Chicago and we've had our moments and they've been glorious. I'll never forget the '86 Super Bowl. I was living in Chicago and it was all about the Chicago Bears. That was the big one for me. That was back when The Fridge (William "The Refrigerator" Perry) was doing the Super Bowl Shuffle. I remember having a big party at my cousin's house and we all had our jerseys on."
Niecy Nash, "Reno 911": I just know you go for the Super Bowl you go over to somebody's house and you hear people yelling at the TV and I just stay in the kitchen and eat hot wings.
Vincent Martella, "Everybody Hates Chris," "Phineas and Ferb": "My least favorite thing about the Super Bowl is that the New York Giants haven't been in it for a couple of years. My most fond memory is sitting in front of the television with everyone in the family screaming at the television who we want to win. You can not go a year without somebody in our family screaming for somebody to 'Run!' It happens every year and it's needed. My whole family isn't into football really but when the Super Bowl comes around, we all sit and watch.
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