Banter Bites

Watching Football? Or The Commercials?

Is it called the “Super Bowl” because bowls of food are always involved?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: The Super Bowl may be THE most anticipated sporting event of the year, but although Red isn’t a football fan, she used to watch it with her daughter Sawyer before she left for college (Sawyer focused on the game, Red the singing of the national anthem and half-time show); while for Black it’s always been about the commercials, but this year …

As an empty nester, Red hadn’t planned to watch the Super Bowl. There’s an assortment of shows she’d rather watch (all, of course, would include a bowl of freshly popped popcorn). Until she received an email a few days ago from a friend with the subject line, “Popcorners on TikTok,” and included a video that was about two of her favorite things … Popcorners (once she discovered them a few years ago, she became an unpaid spokesperson, touting them to anyone who’ll listen) and the lead characters from Breaking Bad. (Red admits that even though the series is over 10 years old, she’s only recently started watching it, actually, “binge-watching” would be more accurate.)

The funny thing is, for years, Black has always gone to a Super Bowl watch party that was only a handful of dear friends. And while some would “demand” quiet and no side conversations during the actual game, Black would “shhh” people during the commercials. Now, with most of the commercials available in advance, she only does that for her favorite commercials. Although she impatiently awaits the premiere of one commercial,

Given all the controversy over M&M’s and the company’s decision to sideline (pun intended) its spokescandies, supposedly in response to cultural backlash, including changing the green M&M’s shoes, I want to see if it was merely a brilliant marketing ploy. If so, it worked.

At first, Red could not believe the drama surrounding the M&M’s, but now that she started watching sneak previews of some of the Super Bowl commercials, she understands how they’re such an important part of the game. And has decided that she might have to watch the Super Bowl after all. Or, technically, the commercials. With the added bonus of hearing one of her favorite singers, Chris Stapleton, sing the National Anthem.

No matter what holiday you may celebrate, Red can’t help but quote a line from one of her favorite Christmas songs, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light. From now on, your troubles will be out of sight.”

And Black can’t help but point out that the song wasn’t introduced in a Christmas movie but in the movie "Meet Me In St. Louis."

Wishing you a merry everything and a happy always!

This is one of Red’s favorite Banter Bites in large part because of Black’s “corny” puns, but also because fresh corn is a summer staple – whether cooked on the grill or in the microwave, whether eaten on its own or as a primary ingredient in refreshing summer salads

This may be one of the corniest things you’ll ever read.

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BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red already fights technology at every turn, preferring to keep her ostrich head in the sand, plus, she finds Artificial Intelligence (AI) scary; whereas Black knows ignoring reality merely postpones the inevitable, so she’s started playing with AI to understand it better …

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