We had the classiest Super Bowl ever. And by that I mean the boringest.
Don’t get me wrong, great game, and any day the Manning family fails is a good day in my book.
But our atmosphere was so bizarre. We went to Melia Cohiba, a fancy hotel one block over. They were showing the game in the “sports bar,” which in Cubañol translates to cigar bar, I guess. There were two other Americans and a whole bunch of people from the Cayman Islands. We sat in overstuffed leather chairs, and Brittan and Morgan daintily sipped espresso. I didn’t drink because I didn’t want to pay 2.75 CUC for a Bucanero. And I haven’t really touched on this yet, but there aren’t really ads here. There were occasional commercials for the station itself, or watching specific sports on that station, but no products. And certainly not the standard American onslaught of commercials that are either wicked funny or wicked lame.
There was no standard football food, much to our collective display. MUCH. Not even wearing my old school pats logo shirt could make me feel better about the lack of bagel bites and swedish meatballs. And of course the commentary and the display were all en español, which was entertaining. So while we occasionally read the trivia stuff, we basically only had the commentary of our fellow viewers, when they eventually got rowdy, and we missed out on all those many useless facts. Perhaps the oddest of all was the simple fact that it was all too quiet, too refined. Football is meant to be watched with a bud light in one hand and buffalo sauce all over your face, yelling at the tv and cracking jokes.
Hope you enjoyed the game, and I hope Peyton Manning cries. On camera.