Sunday, February 02, 2014

Groundhog Day overshadowed [snicker] by Super Bowl

It's February 2 ... and it's the thing of jokes. This year Groundhog Day has fallen on the same day as the Super Bowl. Imagine that ... Punxsutawney Phil being overshadowed by a football. Or a Bronco. Or a Seahawk. Or something.

Early this morning the rodent everyone loves to hate predicted six more weeks of winter. Along with that came threats from Facebook friends that the furry rat needed to see the business end of a shotgun or, at the very least, become the ingredients of a crock pot. One high school friend noted the combination of the two events, wondering if this year's Super Bowl means "the losers will have to play the game over and over again, [and] one of the teams will see their shadow and go back home."

Phil would not predict the winner of tonight's big game which reminds me that someone suggested Bill Murray of "Groundhog Day" fame was going to run into the end zone and spike Punxsutawney Phil. There's been no shortage of jokes and very creative comments on this first-ever Groundhog-Super Bowl day.

So will we be watching "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray, or will we be watching all the pre-game chatter leading up to the 6:38 p.m. kickoff time? Looks like it will be pre-game chatter since the first showing of "Groundhog Day" will be at 5:00 this afternoon. Hmm ... reliving that day over and over won't be finished by game time.

Not to worry ... it will rerun -- naturally -- tomorrow so we won't miss the opportunity to watch the 1993 movie. It's comical and fun ... but it is also reflective as Bill Murray plays a sullen, arrogant, sarcastic weather forecaster stuck in a rut who has to make the annual trek to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for the obligatory report on the groundhog's prediction for spring. Along the way this pessimist gradually evolves into an optimist who moves beyond thinking of himself and realizes the good of people when he learns to care for others. Always turns out the same ... always great fun to watch.

So enjoy your Groundhog Day, enjoy the Super Bowl, and GO BRONCOS!

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