I kicked off Superbowl Sunday in atypical fashion: with a four-way early morning conference call between me, Paul, and our Canadian and American agents.  We’re all on the same page now.  Tomorrow is D-Day.  D as in “decision”.  Looks like it’ll be another sleepless night.

This afternoon, I joined, Ivon, Sarah, Lawren, James, Toby, and his wife to watch the big game.  Unlike previous Superbowls, there were no split allegiances.  Every was rooting for the Packers.  Or, more to the point, rooting against Roethlisberger.  However, like previous Superbowls, there was more than enough food to go around.  Lawren and James brought wings and beer, Toby and his wife brought pastries, and I made –

Pork chops (America’s Best Test Kitchen recipe)
Scalloped sweet potatoes and chipotle (Bobby Flay recipe)
Tiramisu (Dad’s recipe).

Ivon picked up chicken from Nando’s Chicken on 41st.  But not without incident.  Apparently, he ordered the family pack and was informed it came with sides.  He asked for salad.  Then, when it came time to pay, he was surprised to discover the bill was a few dollars more than he expected.  When he inquired, he was informed that the salads were extra.  Now, normally, Ivon isn’t the kind of guy to kick up a fuss.  And it was only $4.  But it was more the principle of the thing, the fact that he was told sides were included but NOT told that salads would be extra.  He elected to opt out of the salads only to be informed by the employee serving him that it was impossible for her to void the bill and that he would have to pay the $4.  Now, at this point, Ivon was growing a tad frustrated and pressed her, suggesting that, since she made the mistake, she should be the one to cough up the $4 and consider it payment for a powerful lesson learned.  After all, she had warned him that the garlic bread would be extra, why not the salads? Finally, she grudgingly admitted that the management didn’t like the staff informing the customers that salad were extra because it resulted in fewer salad sales.  No shit! As they continued debating the issues, customers lined up behind Ivon began to leave.  Ivon pointed out that the restaurant was losing out on hundreds of dollars in sales for a lousy $4 he shouldn’t have had to pay!  But the cashier wouldn’t budge.  Guess salad sales were particularly slow that day.  Figuring he had a roomful of guests waiting for the chicken, Ivon eventually gave in and paid the $4, returning home with the chicken and salads – both of which went practically untouched on the day.

So, all this to say – if you’re going to Nando’s Chicken on 41st, better double-check that bill!

Anyway, we settled in and enjoyed a great game!

Up until halfway through the second quarter when THIS flashed up on the big screen –

“I just replaced it!”Ivon insisted.

I believed him.  But the projector seemed to disagree.  And, one minute later, good to its word, it went dark.

Ivon turned off the power, waited a moment, turned it back on.  And the picture was back!

And then this –

While Ivon and Lawren got to work on the problem, I headed upstairs to continue watching the game.  Surprisingly no one else followed me up, preferring instead, I assume, to watch Ivon and Lawren read the projector’s maintenance manual.

Happily, the problem was solved.  At halftime.  I headed back downstairs and watched the second half with everyone else – except Ivon had to leave to play a hockey game some idiot had scheduled for SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!  Toby and his wife considered leaving with seven minutes remaining to go play tennis but, perhaps anticipating the scorn that would be heaped upon them, decided to stick it out to the end.

And what an ending it was.  Packers win!  Packers win!  But, even better: Roethlisberger loses!  Roethlisberger loses!

48 thoughts on “February 6, 2011: Super Sunday!

  1. Just tasting the pumpkin and dill soup I made….yeah me no likey the cloves that much.

    Joe, how many misses do you make before you get a hit?

    I wish I had tix to SaladGate 2011..so stupid that she would rather lose heaps of sales rather than give him the salads or take off the $4. Really bad customer service.

    I picked the Packers too…yep was awesome to see Roethlisberger lose

    Cheers, Chev

  2. hi, joe,

    for the last few weeks, i’ve been watching sg1 episodes online (hulu and netflix) and in syndication. i guess i forgot what a truly wonderful series this was, but my love affair this series has been reignited 10 fold. i can see why i fell for this show!

    i wish the stargate program was real. i wish i could work at the sgc and know sam, jack, daniel, teal’c, janet, hammond, etc. being much more of a baby, i’d prefer to work on a science team or something, never being on a team that actually had to do any fighting with the enemy. :p (you know, work in the labs, have lunch with sam, go offworld sometimes. SAFE job. :p) but still… the writers created a world sooo rich and wonderful, with characters you’d easily call your friends… with ppl you wish you were.

    ‘heroes pts 1&2’ were on tonight. i’m still reeling.

    i guess i just wanted to say thank you. this is my (still) favorite show. 🙂

  3. I love hearing about your events. They are much more exciting and interesting than the reason for the get together.
    Good luck with whatever happens with your big reveal tomorrow. I hope it goes your way.


  4. Did y’all see the Black Eyed Peas Wikipedia page after the halftime show?

    Now I love BEP but wow, they sounded bad…but at least they did it live rather than lipsyncing it. Plus Christina Aguilera as well…she was struggling…sounded like she was sick.

    Cheers, Chev

  5. Yeah Packers! Next year – yeah Rams! I can feeeel it.

    I’m really sorry to hear that it didn’t work out with Rob and company. But it sounds like you might be able to consult at times? And another decision to make? Jeez, your life is like a never ending cliffhanger.

    Good luck tomorrow. Can’t wait to hear what you guys decide to get yourselves into. And I hope this finally gives you some peace.

    @anneteldy You’re back! Please let us know how you’re doing. You’ve been missed!

  6. Your dishes looked wonderful. I wanted to see a picture of all the food.

    I’m going to watch the cute Puppy Bowl on the Animal Planet channel, then off to bed.

  7. Heartsick. I am heartsick. Only thing worse than losing the Super Bowl is losing the Super Bowl in Pgh. Instead of fans celebrating and mixing it up with the cops we now have fans mourning and mixing it up with the cops. Thankfully the police and news helicopters have vacated the area for the night (I pray) and most fans have gone home to mourn in private. If the Steelers had won then it would be an sleepless night of sirens, drunken yelling and police choppers being filmed by new choppers.

    Time will show that Santonio Holmes couldn’t win the AFC championship without the Steelers, but the Steelers could not win the Super Bowl without Santonio Holmes.

    Ben gets a lot of hate; it’s the first thing you hear when you travel and talk Steelers. But I think he’ll be redeemed in the long run; I mean he can’t do anything worse than being a motorcycle crashin’, woman gropin’, stumble drunkin’, big mouthin’ fool. He’s made basically every mistake a man could make and not end up in jail (yet) so things can only go up for him.

  8. Hey man. Im glad to see your having a good time. Sorry that you have to face another sleep less night. When will you give us more word on Stargate Universe?

  9. I did tune in over here in Australia, but they only showed Australian adverts so I watched some SGU instead! 😛

  10. I made Jeff choose at the beginning of the game who he was rooting for. Because he went to college in Pittsburgh, he reluctantly decided on the Steelers, not liking the quarterback of course. I choose, of course, the opposing team, the Packers. He decided that in his universe, it didn’t matter that the team I picked won–in his mind, the Giants played this game and won. Yeah, in some alternate reality. After the game, I made him watch a segment on Brian Greene who was on The Colbert Report, talking about…alternate realities. Intriguing stuff. I’ll have to maybe consider reading his book. And then a wonderful episode of Glee.

    Good luck with D-day tomorrow. I’ll send good thoughts your way.

  11. Best Superbowl since 1997. 🙂

    I didn’t realize Canada had Nando’s! I might have to make the trip up north sometime. Cheaper than flying back to England!

    What was your group’s general opinion of the halftime show?

  12. Not sure what the date was but I remember writing that my prediction was that greenbay was going to win!! Now I need to buy a lottery ticket or pick 3!!

    Glad you made it back safe and sound!!

  13. Fingers crossed for D-day. May it be as successful tomorrow as it was back in the 40’s.

  14. The game was okay, I wasn’t really invested in it. Though, like every super bowl it got interesting at about the 4th quarter and 5 minutes remaining mark.

    Decision day… hope it all goes well.

  15. @shiny… How do you think :::he’ll be redeemed in the long run::: after rape charges? He’s scum. I doubt he’ll become less scum.

    Anyway.. wtg on the party, lol on you leaving your guests to watch upstairs. Glad it got fixed and glad Packers won.




  17. Wishing you all the best for D-Day. If you do go to work on the new series in Toronto will that end your involvement in Stargate Universe movies/season 3 should that get a green light? Also, you and Paul are a package deal aren’t you…together ’til the end?

    No matter what you decide know that I’ll always support you and look forward to hearing about what you’re working on & seeing the results.

    Oh and if you get a moment, could you please get someone to take a photo of you looking diagonally up or down and post on the blog? Thanks heaps…it would mean a lot.

    *massive hug* hope you’re getting some sleep

    Cheers, Chev

  18. This will make y’all laugh…If you thought Christina stuffing up the national anthem at the Superbowl was bad, check out Hockey Girl


    Cheers, Chev

  19. Wel this tuesday SYFY is running a all day marathon for SGU season2 . It starts at 8:00 am and runs until 4pm.
    The problem is you would never kno it was going to be on unless you read it on a message board like I did.
    You go on their website and sure eneough there is nothing on there about it.
    On the front page it lists everday of the week except tuesday and each show that plays on that day.
    But on the page there is no mention of SGU and tuesdays at all.
    What gives ? are they trying to make sure that nobody watches it and the show gets low ratings ? It sure seems like that to me.
    Everytime a network decides to run a marathon for a particular show for weeks you wil see adverstising on it.
    But for some reason SYFY is not doing anything to promote the marathon. I remember last year they had planned an all day marathon for season 1 , and that one not only did not get advertising, the marathon got cancelled!
    It seems like a conspricarcy to me !!!!
    People are trying on their own to spread the word about the upcoming marathon by telling at least 5 people they know to watch it or at least DVR it on tuesday.
    Also what is your D-Day all about, I must have missed that one.
    Thanks Joe!

  20. Coucou!!
    ça va bien? Moi super 🙂

    J’ai regardé le Super Bowl toute la nuit..et le reveil a été dure ^^…je n’ai pas trouvé le match sensationnel, mais je suis contente que les Packers aient gagné 🙂

    Vous savez quoi? Samedi j’ai vu Christopher Judge =P Il est vraiment trop gentil!!..bon aller maintenant il faut attendre Avril pour voir Micheal Shanks..et 2012 pour vous voir ♥

    Gros bisou!!

  21. We turned it over to the game every so often from the movie we were watching. I kept teasing hubby–he said he wasn’t interested in it, but then decided he had to have the experience so he would know what everyone else was talking about. Men! 😉 He’s actually a bigger baseball fan.

    Wow, sounds like you have another decision to make tomorrow. (well, actually today since it’s Feb. 7 here) Hope things go well and can’t wait to hear about it.

    Have a great day!!

  22. Ahhh…the Stupid Bowl.

    Hubby and I were invited to a party, but I didn’t much feel like being around people, not with the stressful week I had and my gut still giving me a problem. Good thing I didn’t go, because Mr. Das told me afterwards that my ‘friend’ is hellbent on fixing me – get me to the gym, put me on a diet of her choice, fix my hair, etc. (she’s VERY appearance-conscious)… yeah, I woulda punched her right in the mouth if I had gone and she had started on me with that crap. Friends. 🙄

    So I stayed home where I had peace and could fast-forward through the game, and watch the commercials. What a freakin’ disappointment! Most of the ads just sucked. But I had a few favorites:





    The entertainment/halftime show was horrible, nothing really memorable about the game itself except there was this one hottie with long hair (Swain guy), who’s hotter than the Matthews guy because the Matthews guy is really just too damn bulky to pull off long hair, and I’ve figured out that all the Pacific Islanders who are too fat to play rugby now play American football instead. There. That’s my summary of the game. 🙂

    Also, I started Ghosts of Manhattan…not too far along, but hopefully I’ll get it done before March!


  23. I rooted for Green Bay myself. My animus towards the Steelers comes mostly from working for years with a rabid fan of theirs , rather than the off field antics of their juvenile QB. I was glad to see that the game stayed halfway interesting through the whole game. After the second quarter, I was worried about a boring blowout. As it was, the Steelers were kind enough to score enough for me to come into some funds. not that I’d ever be involved in something so illegal as gambling in a football pool…
    Of some frustration and minor amusement was the fact that the Neilson ratings people decided that my household should be a part of their ongoing efforts to gauge what we Americans allegedly watch. So, long after the cancellation of both SGA and SU, I found myself able to show my support of them by watching syndicated episodes of each. (Search and Rescue, Justice, to be precise). So far I’ve been reasonably honest on maintaining my diary. But with 4 more days to go, I’m open on suggestions as to which programs I should skew the ratings towards.
    Looking forward to tonight’s posts, to see how D day turns out. Best of luck with that, and thanks for sharing your SB Sunday with us. Gonna have to check out the recipes from Food Network now. the pork chops look like something doable at the station.

  24. Glad you had a good time last night. Nando’s Chicken should have given him the $4. The bad publicity is going to cost them more. Common sense does NOT run rampant.

    Here was my morning commute: http://twitpic.com/3xfltp
    Looks like the deep south got more snow than Toronto!

    Das: Are you alright? You and your ideas. I was watching a movie last night (while the boys were watching THE game) and saw a thin lipped man in the show. Of course, you know where that led 😀 .

  25. When the Packers won what do you think Brett Favre was doing ?

    1. Sending pictures of his penis to a girl

    2. Biting the carpet while running in circles lying on his side pulling his hair with snot bubbles coming out of his mouth

    3. Screaming WHYYYY @#$#@$ WHYYYYY WAAHAAH BOOHOOO on his knee’s with clenched fists raised to the heavens

  26. I love this guy’s movies, he does awesome reviews. Here’s what he thought of the Superbowl half time.

  27. Yay packers!
    i heared the half-time show wasnt to good.


    Damn good looking Tiramisu!

    i’ve got a good recipie for a verry good garlic sause.
    its the best sause for a bbq (thinking of the summer)

    its verry easy to make.
    The following things you need to drop in a bowl and stir it well.

    – cottagecheese
    – mayonase (a little)
    – yogurt (greek or turkish is the best)
    -dark wine vinegar
    – Garlic depending on how strong you want it, i allways use ALOT
    – a bit of Lemon juice or you can use lemon-olive oil.

    after mixing this put it in the refrigerator for a bit so the garlic can mix nicely with all the ingredients.

    This is my mothers recipie for guaranteed bbq success.
    quite funny detail, this is the only sause people use when we bbq.

    Im sorry for my bad spelling, google translate only gets me so far 😀

    i hope you try it when you have some spare time 😀


  28. @ Debra: Ben is responsible for the trouble he’s been in. I’m no Ben apologist, far from it. Ben’s mistakes have been public, ugly and unsavory.

    He’s let down so many people but his folks and his sister are good people. I can’t join in throwing stones at their son any more than I would at Tiger, Kobe, Tyson or Charlie Sheen.

    Miscreants should be prosecuted and some should be locked up forever, but if someone is trying to atone I can’t help feeling they should be allowed to at least try.

    Maybe someday we’ll have a pill to switch off the epigenetic markers for the behavioral ills that plague our society.

  29. @Tammy Dixon: “I was watching a movie last night (while the boys were watching THE game) and saw a thin lipped man in the show. Of course, you know where that led ”

    Uh, no, where? 🙂

    @Das: My sentiments exactly on half-time and the commercials. Half-time was horrible! I went between watching the game and ST Enterprise (only because I’ve watched Stargate so much I know all the dialogue by heart) while hiding in my bedroom from Mr. Deni’s cold/flu cooties. 🙂

    It’s still raining in this two-horse town.

  30. Best Superbowl party yet…I didn’t go. Yay for stomach aches…I had an excuse to stay home.

    I should have known you would have a screening room! Very cool…

    You did make desert…what a good friend you are. Who were the pups rooting for?

    Best to you Joe,
    Cheryl. 🙂

  31. Okay…so iPhones suck because you can’t read your post until you hit publish.

    desert = dessert

    Looked very yummy by the way.

  32. Joe, there are some new Kino videos on the MGM website. Is it a 2nd season? Is it in connection with the cancellation and your plans?

  33. Con-calls.

    Now, there’s potential for a repeated, dramatic device for a band of … chaps and gals … caught in a crucible, that is just getting hotter.

    – a la Seinfeld….

    I know you could multi-track the funnies, highs, lows, starts, stops and repercussions, good and bad. Pin-ball, with fallout and get-back-ups, with a core cast of regulars – our itinerant journeymen – and guests, and cameos.

    You are already…sort of.

    Called “In the Room” or, better, with so many layers of meaning and subtext, “Breaking”.

    That all said – I wish you well on the various talks, negotiations and eating-place explorations in service of other folks’ gigs (at least as the original originators) and, not least, your own.

    And, so, you guessed it. I’m still hustling to learn more about your various projects.


  34. I don’t really care about the Superbowl myself but watching something you enjoy cutting out half way through has to suck. Sorry to hear Joe.

  35. BBC’s Outcasts, kicking off this evening (UK time)…their poorly written briefing to whet appetites is below and without further ado, ladies and gents, for your delectation and scrumptious consumptions comes this sci-fi savoury (as such)…

    Settled in the town of Forthaven on Carpathia, the Outcasts are passionate about their jobs, confident of their ideals and optimistic about the future. They work hard to preserve what they’ve built on this planet they now call home, having embraced all the challenges that come with forging a new beginning.

    They are led by President Tate and his core team of Stella, Cass and Fleur – they took charge and settled here first alongside Expeditionaries Mitchell and Jack.

    They are a diverse group of individuals who left their old lives behind in extraordinary circumstances; promised a second chance at life they created a society, far away from their home, friends, family… and their pasts.

    The planet offers the possibility for both corruption and redemption; while they try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth, inevitably our heroes cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss, and a longing for those they’ve left behind.

    As they continue to work and live together they come to realise this is no ordinary planet… is there a bigger purpose at work? Mystery lurks around them and threatens to risk the fragile peace of Forthaven.

    Ep1 – President Richard Tate and CT9’s Captain Kellerman make contact as the people of Forthaven anxiously await the safe arrival of what could be the last transporter from Earth.

    And, so, how does that grab for glory?

    Still, have to watch and see..!

  36. Long time viewer of your shows and recent reader of your blog, courtesy of the fellows at Gateworld. The blog posts are great. The dogs are adorable and the food pictures are so interesting, because this is stuff I would never have the nerve to try. I can live vicariously through your food photos 🙂
    So glad Packers won, beyond happy. “Poor Roethlisberger and all the adversity he had to go through.” Give me a break people. Ha-ha! he lost.
    And I also hope Favre is crying like a girl somewhere. At least they only mentioned his name once (I think). Have a great week and I look forward to more great reading.

  37. @Joe: Is the the Toronto gig? Good luck with D-day.

    @das: Actually, my daughter and I thought the Matthews guy was hot in a mighty Thor kind of way. But I can appreciate the Swain guy, too.

    Oh, and the game was okay, but I thought the commercials were not that great this year. Woohoo! You started the book. I’m still trying to finish the one for this month – it’s slow going, but that might be because I’ve been distracted (crappy goings-on at work and digging out of the blizzard).

  38. @But for some reason SYFY is not doing anything to promote the marathon.

    They don’t need too. Reason being this is likely Syfy placing the show on at times casual non working viewers or even those with time off work would be watching.

    That or Syfy just need something to fill in a slot of programming.

    Wouldn’t worry about it too much, at least SGU didn’t get the Caprica treatment. SGU marathons, even if they aren’t advertised should be embraced and loved :3

  39. Deni: this Das comment is from a few days ago. Huh. I just noticed that Canadian men have no lips. It gave me a few giggles.

    Das: glad you are hanging in there. I hope you are back to your old self soon!

  40. YES!

    Dear Mr. Mallozzi,

    I just wanted to say that I completely agree with your orientation of the game (aka. that Roethlisberger losing was great). [Plus the Packers winning was just a nice end to the day. Especially because of Roethlisberger.]
    Also, you were at Ivon’s place? Where the heck did the guy get all of those comfy chairs? (And how much did they cost?) Either you guys are getting paid even more than I thought, or he must’ve stolen them (Just kidding ;b). Thanks for your time,


  41. Joe yummy on the food again, thanks for sharing.
    On your sidebar you have a blogroll for Jeffrey Ford, I tried to use it, thinking about getting his Girl in the glass book, and it said the account was purged??

    Glad your super get together was a success. Always great to hang out with good friends. Hope today was a positive experience also.

  42. @Annie you spoiled it for me! I was going to mention it looked like Trahn.

    Actually I was in my local Irish pub (not bar) watching the game and said just that to my bartender. As fortune would have it I did not hear any of the half time show because it was Irish musician jam night nor the rest of the game for that matter. The beers were tasty.

    Joe, as a substitute, Vancouver does not have any Buffalo Wild Wings? They have some awesome sauces. My favorite is the Caribbean Jerk while the Blazing hides any hint of any imperfections of the chicken.

    The commercials were getting on the side of weird. Joe, I hope you enjoyed the Doritos one, but much too predictable.

    And best wishes for you day tomorrow.

  43. @ Sparrowhawk – It’s odd, I’ve never been a Thor kinda gal. I’ve always preferred emaciated fellas. 😛 Truth be told, Wolverine is the first ‘thick’ guy – real or fictional – that I’ve ever really liked…outside of rugby players… *sigh*…


    @ Deni – I can’t believe that the news folks thought the commercials were great this year – I think there were far more misses than hits. I think I’ll just skip next year, and watch the commercials on youtube instead.

    @ annie from fremantle – Thanks, that gave me a laugh! Yeah…it was a terrible show, but it could have been worse, it could have been lady gag gag. Blech.

    @ Tammy Dixon – I was hanging in there…but I finally broke down and put on a bra. 😉


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