49er Superbowl – I’m Over the Moon!

On January 24, 2013, in Happening at Johnny's, by Charisse

49er logoLife is a little crazy right now, but in a wonderful way. The 49ers are finally going to the Superbowl. I’ve been waiting 17 years to enjoy a Superbowl celebration at Johnny’s. The last time my favorite team went to the Bowl (and won I might add) was in 1995, a year before I bought the bar. It wasn’t until 2011 with Jim Harbaugh at the helm that I thought we had another chance at the ring. We lost the opportunity when the New York Giants beat us 20 to 17 in overtime in the Championship game. That showdown nearly gave me a heart attack. I think those that know how deep my 49er roots go were assuming I’d need a couple of months on Prozac to recover. I’m sure I surprised many when I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and moved on. “Next year will get em,” I said, proud of what my team had accomplished. I never stopped saying it. I was sure that 2012 would be our year and Hallelujah here we are.

I cannot begin to describe how excited I am about this game. I had hoped that we would be squaring off with my bartender Jeana’s New England Patriots. It would have been the Johnny’s football showdown of all time. Jeana had been working for the previous owner at Johnny’s when I bought the bar and my gal from Boston has been with me for the duration. When her Red Sox lost the American League Championship game in 2003 we cried with her. When they won the World Series in 2004, breaking an 85 year drought the Johnny’s family celebrated the victory with her as if we were all from the east coast. We have a few customers from back east and without a local team to root for Johnny’s became Red Sox central. With the exception of 2006 Jeana’s team kept baseball interesting for us until 2009. Our S.F. Giants were experiencing a drought at the time and Jeana’s team hopes were the only reason I bothered to watch post-season baseball. Then low and behold our Giants won the 2010 World Series. When we won again last year I said repeatedly that our 49ers would also go to the Superbowl. Many scoffed, but they aren’t saying much now.

What’s great about Johnny’s is the family atmosphere. I’m not trying to brag here, it’s just fact. We have Oakland Raider, Dallas Cowboy, Seattle Seahawk and Kansas City chief fans just to name a few. We rib, tease, and cajole each other through football season. Heck, I even had all of my 49er paraphernalia kidnapped this year before our championship game. The nice gal at the Mexican restaurant two doors down delivered the ransom note. She also delivered my 49er crew in an unmarked Fed Ex box when I agreed to the ransom demands. The culprit would have gotten away clean too, but he was so amused with himself that he had to confess, ratting out his accomplice Jeana in the process. We all had a good laugh and since Huddles, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, my 49er troll, and my pompoms were returned unharmed there were no hard feelings.

Last week’s game against Green Bay was a nail-biter, but I was so busy preparing and putting out food that missed much of it. I missed a lot of Jeana’s Pat’s game for the same reason. So how am I dealing with my 49er Superbowl? I’ll lay out my plan for you and I can assure you that Johnny’s will be rip-roaring all day. I’m preparing a veritable smorgasbord of appetizers to be consumed from 12:00 on. As is tradition, I’m sure many of our family members will bring along something tasty to contribute. At game time, 3:00 p.m., I will have lasagna, salad and garlic bread ready to eat and on the table. Once the game starts mama Cat is done serving food. My butt will be on a stool in front of the game, pompoms in pockets. I’ve waited too long for this to miss a minute of it. I usually even miss the darn commercials! No worries, there will be two bartenders on hand to make sure that your glasses stay full and so much food that there is no chance of anyone going hungry. I look forward to watching the most important football game of my life with all of my wonderful Johnny’s family and friends. Go 49ers!


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