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Monday, January 27, 2014

"Super Bowl XLVIII -AKA The Cannabis-Bowl..." James "Kimo" Rosen'

James “Kimo” Rosen is a retired professional photographer
living in Kapa'a with his best friend Obama Da Dog, Rosen also blogs as a hobby
.
This blog also appeared as my bi-weekly column
 in the Kaua'i Garden Island News on 01-27-14; 

Please click on the link below and hit recommend on the top right of column.
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/the-cannabis-bowl/article_c64c2376-8714-11e3-b54e-001a4bcf887a.html


 Super Bowl XLVIII -AKA  The Cannabis-Bowl   

The Denver Bronco's and Seattle Seahawks this years Super Bowl contenders represent the major cities in Colorado and Washington, the only states that have legalized recreational marijuana.  Some are calling this years Super Bowl the "Cannabis-Bowl and others are calling it the Bud-Bowl." People will overeat  like no other day in Super Bowl history.Pizza, chips,salsa, guacamole, sushi, sausages, BBQ,  and lots of Oreo cookies are predicted  to help  control the munchies.

The Super Bowl, a sporting event more popular than Christmas to many. It is referred to and  called "world championship" even though no foreign countries are involved. There are no Kenyans, Israeli's, Russians, Germans, Italians, Japanese, Chinese. Koreans, Croatians or buffed up Arabs from Dubai. 

Don't get me wrong, I am a huge football and Super Bowl fan, just don't believe it's a true world championship, maybe the U.S. Championship?

I find  it ironic that Superbowl numbers  are always written in Roman numeric values, yet most football fans have no idea how to read Roman numerals. This year is Superbowl 48, which translates to Super Bowl XLVIII. 

The  playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl are usually more exciting games than the Superbowl itself. Super Bowl is pure insanity. You have people watching and attending Super Bowl parties that have no idea of what a first down, field goal or touchdown are. They do know for the first ever an opera singer named Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem and Bruno Mars and the Red hot chili peppers are  the half time show of which no real football fan really cares, but maybe they do?

There are those who go to Super Bowl parties to watch the commercials and shish everyone during the commercial breaks. Then there are those like myself who like to Super Bowl partay.(a party without alcohol or drugs according to the urban dictionary))

Ads for this years Super Bowl will cost 4 million for a 30 second spot. It is not only a  super day of sports, but a super day for the major corporations that reveal their latest  in creative advertising.

 Tickets for the Super Bowl at Met-Life Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 2 will cost upward of an arm and a leg.
The lowest ticket price found on Stub-Hub.com last Wednesday was $2,605 for upper end zone seating. 

For those with money to burn, "level 3 suites" cost (yikes) approximately $525,000!
Meanwhile, lower end zone ticket prices were in the ball park of  $110,000. Ticket scalpers can easily double and triple those costs.

Imagine a family of 5  attending the Superbowl, it would put them out over 500,000 to sit in the lower end zone for an afternoon of watching football. No thank you. I will stay home and  watch for the cost of cable in the comfort of my own recliner and remote, and not worry about traffic with  the potential of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie closing the George Washington bridge.

Every member of the losing team will receive $46,000 and every member of the winning team will receive $92,000 
 along with a Superbowl gold and diamond ring worth approximately $50,000, even more when hocked on Ebay. 

Spousal abuse runs at an all time high every Super Bowl Sunday. Pizza  parlors always say Superbowl Sunday is their busiest day all year for delivery. It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption after Thanksgiving

Every year it happens: Super Bowl Sunday approaches and super-sized things are said about the enormous impact on America by the football spectacular. Like, the water systems of major cities are in peril of collapsing due to a thunderous amount of simultaneous toilet flushing at halftime. 

This year Kraft Foods, announced a Velveeta cheese shortage a month before the Super Bowl. Just about every social media outlet, newspaper, television station, magazine and my column picked up the story. A crafty ploy by Kraft Foods to make people believe they need Velveeta for the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is the biggest party (partay) day in America with alcohol and food consumption in staggering numbers. The day following Superbowl Sunday should be promoted and billed as---wait,are you ready?  Drum roll.  Super-Bowel Monday. Fast curtain.

Go Hawks, Go Broncos!



http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/the-cannabis-bowl/article_c64c2376-8714-11e3-b54e-001a4bcf887a.html

P.S. This may be the best pre-Super Bowl commercial ever! It's worth 60 seconds of your time!
http://wncy.com/blogs/charlis-angles/119/this-may-be-the-best-commercialeverway-to-go-footlocker/
P.S.S.
Hearing-impaired little girl writes awesome letter to deaf NFL Seattle Seahawks player;
http://msn.foxsports.com/buzzer/story/hearing-impaired-fan-s-letter-to-derrick-coleman-is-awesome-012114

Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared From Facebook...







56 comments:

Kit Ellison said...

via email,"Brilliant!!! Well thought out, researched, and written. I hope they print it."

KimoRosen said...

Kit, it was printed in today's TGI! Mahalo for the compliment!

http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/the-cannabis-bowl/article_c64c2376-8714-11e3-b54e-001a4bcf887a.html?_dc=806190649280.3246

Anonymous said...

Good one, chief.

Harmony Bentosino said...

"Even though I don't like football, I do like all the excitement around the Superbowl & enjoyed your article."

Sandy Markley Levine said...

Love it! I am a huge football fan. And I love halftime. And the commercials are so great! I love it all! My biggest problem, given that I like all of the elements, is figuring out when to take a potty break. This year I will have to figure out who to root for, given that none of my fave teams are in the mix, and also none that I despise.

KimoRosen said...

Sandy, watch as I do. Enjoy both teams if you don't have a vested in either team, enjoy the great game of football for all it's glory. A good game to me is better than a good movie. Ironically Seattle and Denver are two of my favorite teams, that i predicted for Superbowl before the season even started...Go Bronco's, Go Hawks. Enjoy!

Sandy Markley Levine said...

It comes from going to high school, college and grad school all at places where Football matters.

Jill Marie Landis said...

A humorous look at the Super Bowl in today's Garden Island News from James Kimo Rosen If you have a couple minutes there are a lot of chuckles here.

KimoRosen said...

Jill, Mahalo for sharing! ;D)

Steve Burton said...

"You got it it right, the only two states legalizing Marijuans .. My state of Washington and Seattle Seahawks are playing the Denver Broncos for all of the marbles ... A coincidence?? .. I think NOT! ...

Diana Leneker said...

"Go hawks!"

Sharon Ann Lasker said...

Loved this piece. Interesting info AND made me laugh! Congrats, Kimo!

Chuck Lasker said...

James Kimo Rosen gets better and better. I'm proud to call him a friend. http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/the-cannabis-bowl/article_c64c2376-8714-11e3-b54e-001a4bcf887a.html

KimoRosen said...

Mahalo Chuck & Sharon!

KimoRosen said...

Please note correction, Robert Kraft has no relationship to Kraft Foods. He is the founder of The Kraft Group, whose holdings include the New England Patriots and International Forest Products among others. Thank you.

Chuck Lasker said...

Meh, still funny.

KimoRosen said...

Yea, I made a mistake, I thought Robert Kraft owned Kraft foods. I apologized...

KimoRosen said...

There should be a retraction in tomorrows paper...

Kit Ellison said...

Sorry Sweetie, I didn't get the paper yesterday but really enjoyed your article. :-)

KimoRosen said...

Kit, it was in today's paper! ;D)

Chuck Lasker said...

Such a tiny thing. Not like you were writing news. Did anyone get upset??

KimoRosen said...

Yes, Believe it or not Robert Kraft's staff does a search on Google everyday and found the article and contacted TGI for a retraction. I feel terrible, since I could had sworn I'd seen many football documentaries on the Patriots and thought Kraft was Kraft, my error.

Karen Schropp Ouye-Selbe said...

go Broncos....

Chuck Lasker said...

Wow. That's amazing. Don't they know in today's Facebook world facts are cloudy?

KimoRosen said...

True, but a good journalist will check and recheck, I Googled everything in my article except that, Murphy's law, I guess...

Joe Lasker said...

The amazing thing is, even at $500,000, the seats will sell out.

KimoRosen said...

a rich guy could get richer by buying as many seats as possible and reselling at a huge profit.

KimoRosen said...

Steph, feel free to use my any part of my article in today's Kaua'i Garden Island news should it be able to be worked in with any of your Super Bowl segments? Mahalo kimo

Stephanie Lum said...

Stephanie Lum Hawaii News Now Aloha Kimo, thank you!

KimoRosen said...

Please note correction, Robert Kraft has no relationship to Kraft Foods. He is the founder of The Kraft Group, whose holdings include the New England Patriots and International Forest Products among others. Thank you.

Joe Lasker said...

Or better yet, be one of the 37 legal pot sellers in Colorado. Huge profits there!! $1M in sales the first day.

KimoRosen said...

Joe, a few politicians in Hawaii want to grow pot in Hawaii to sell to Colorado, even though recreational pot is not legal in Hawaii, many are thinking of a way for a payoff through our year round growing climate.

Joe Lasker said...

That's ag that the anti GMO crowd would get behind, pesticides or not!

KimoRosen said...

that's for sure!

Mary Ann Brown said...

Mahalo Nui, For the laugh.

Sam Rose said...

The Bud Bowl. Go Broncos!

Sam Rose said...

I will be consuming both food and imbibing in beverages but in moderation!

KimoRosen said...

I really like both teams... Pete Carroll is my favorite NFL coach and Peyton Manning is a legend. I do believe Seattle functions better as team, Denver has many stars that will need to function as one. On that note I am calling

KimoRosen said...

SAM did you notice the title of column in the Kauai garden Island news? Cannabis Bowl! You were the inspiration for the title...

Sam Rose said...

Glad to be a muse;) Great blog! I'm obviously voting for Denver - they've been my 2nd team even before Peyton got there. Indy was my 3rd because of him, now not so much, although I like and respect Luck. I have respect for Carroll but not too fond of SEA right now - they're kind of our nemesis. I also think Wilson will have a GREAT career and eventually be one of the all-time QB's. Have a good partay!

KimoRosen said...

Sam, Thanks for my inspiration or muse as you say. I am a football fan in general and for many years I was avid Buffalo Bills fan, since that is where I am originally from, however since living in Alaska for 25 years and now Hawaii with no local pro franchises I have learned to like a good football game, no matter who is playing... A good game to me is like a good movie thriller... Go Broncos! Go Hawks!

Steven Eayrs said...

Sam Rose.... Do you have a brother named Nat? He was a friend of my wife and me years ago... Wondering if he was still around Alaska.

Sam Rose said...

Hi Steven. Nat was indeed my brother. Unfortunately, he passed in '93. He suffered chronic mental illness for 17 years and was in and out of mental hospitals. He's in a better place now but I still miss him terribly!

Sam Rose said...

It's going to be a good one, I'll bet!

KimoRosen said...

I agree, you have the NFL's best offense (Denver) facing the NFL's best Defense (Seattle) I hope it goes to overtime!

Steven Eayrs said...

Sam, So sorry to hear that. I was aware of his illness, and in fact he came to see us one time in Homer, and spent the night or two... Rather funny story... He called from Homer to find out exactly where we lived, and then stopped at a store and bought gifts..... I still remember after over 20 years.... "a bar of soap, milk, flowers, and I believe a candle?. He presented these gifts when he arrived, and we thanked him, and then....he gave us the bill.... ha! He was a special guy. So sorry to hear of his passing. Always hoped he would get healing...

Steven Eayrs said...

I say Seattle takes it by 7..

KimoRosen said...

either 7 or 3! either team will take it by one score. BTW small world. Sorry I never met Nat.

Steven Eayrs said...

I say a min of 7. Ya Nat was a special guy...and real smart in his moments between illness.

Sam Rose said...

He was smart, musically gifted, and athletic - very special. He was shorter than me but played baseball better, did a high dive before me and definitely played chess better than I. He was at Reed College when the first signs of his illness showed. He was in Youth Symphony for violin but once he took up the piano, he was able to play it in a pretty short time. He also taught himself guitar.

Sam Rose said...

It is a small world, James!

Steven Eayrs said...

Nat and I played music together a couple times. I first met him thru my wife Debbie, who used to go in a visit with people at API.. I play guitar and he would play violin, and yes he beat me at chess. ha! I''m always amazed at how small Alaska in particular is. Another short story about Nat that I just thought you might appreciate Sam. He always told me that if you start a song, you always have to finish it.... One night, just as I was dozing off to sleep, I hear Nat whistling a song, (downstairs in our little house) and had to chuckle some, when sure enough, he didn't stop whistling until he finished the song, chorus and verse...

Sam Rose said...

Yep, that sounds like him:) Glad you shared those stories, Steven - I like to remember the good times. Our daughter likes both chess and music and I lament they didn't ever know each other. Did he ever play guitar with you? I saw some of your old p...See More

Steven Eayrs said...

Don't believe he ever picked up the guitar around me, just violin. And if your looking at the Les Paul picture, that's back in 76 I believe? I have a nice old strat now, but was foolish enough to sell that guitar back then. Mainly play a Taylor acoustic now, but also like to have a few guitars around. Glad to connect. Really lost track of Nat back then, and again sorry to hear he passed. He was a special guy.

KimoRosen said...

wish I was musically inclined, I always admired people who can play by ear and teach themselves an instrument.. I took guitar lessons as a kid, learned to read notes and chord diagrams but could never tune the guitar. I was one of the few kids who never made chorus in elementary school, I am tone deaf. But i did teach myself how to blog!

Laney Poulack said...

What a great caption of the many facets of the game day. Wish spouses were treated with more respect and some of those tickets bought could go to maybe a food pantry or homeless shelter