Super Bowl Prediction, Winter Storm Watch, BBQ and Beverage Thread

Submitted by xtramelanin on January 26th, 2019 at 8:11 PM


We are just about a week out from the Super Bowl.  It'll be indoors in Atlanta with the NE Bradys playing the LA Rams.  The Bradys are favored by 2 1/2 points. The over/under is 57 1/2 points.  I saw some of the other things people can bet on such as MVP, who scores first TD, half time predictions, and many others.  Rather creative.  They say 80% of the folks are picking the Bradys.

Saturday night BBQ and beverage thread is not to be forgotten.  BBQ is lit and we have burgers, lamb loins and peppers going.  

Winter storm headed our way, maybe yours too.  Looking like a foot and a half of snow or more starting tomorrow.  Sons split and stacked wood and the wood stove is stoked.  

3 Questions tonight:

1.  Whose your pick in Super Bowl 53?  What other predictions do you have about it?

2.  What is on the grill tonight?  In your cup?

3.  Storm coming your way?  Prepared for it? 

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend despite the hockey team's first period.  





January 26th, 2019 at 8:15 PM ^

1. Patriots take this one and Tom begins decorating a new hand. McVay pisses off Belichik with a successful trick play.

2. No grill but I want some hot wings Gordon Ramsay style. Drinking Wiseacre beer from Memphis.

3. Nope. Best of luck.

Cheers and Go Blue!


January 26th, 2019 at 8:17 PM ^

1. Patriots, 'cuz Brady

2. Ate out at Isalita in Ann Arbor tonight

3. Storm is coming, and I swear to sweet baby Jesus, if my kids stay home on Monday, too, I might kill one of them... 


January 26th, 2019 at 8:31 PM ^

they will probably close schools up here on monday.  however, homeschool never closes unless the roof caves in.  so far, so good.  the xm kids will have school no matter the weather.  they may have to dig their way to the barn in the morning, too.  that'll be a treat for them. 


January 27th, 2019 at 6:42 AM ^

prosuggestion:  when the children get older, do a co-op with the local school so that your athletic children  can do football, wrestling, hoops, etc and you can enjoy some of the benefits of what you are paying for in the local gov't school.  it has worked out very well overall for us so far.  there are other benefits but they might be best discussed off-list out of respect for the general rules of posting. 


January 27th, 2019 at 11:00 AM ^

Love homeschooling hypocrisy. I send my kids to private school, to be transparent. I know lots of teachers and would suggest you benefit from your sales tax educating the masses. Do you ever complain about your tax dollars not benefiting you because your aren’t mugged, murdered, raped? No? I see....


January 26th, 2019 at 8:22 PM ^

Watching NHL All Star game for first time in years. They play 3 on 3 now and with 3 teams? wtf is this? I miss the old days when the Wings stars would make this a fun game. I don't even know these players.


January 26th, 2019 at 8:24 PM ^

1. Patriots take the Super Bowl.

2. Ate at a Hibachi Chinese Buffet tonight. Pretty decent actually.

3. Bring on the snow. I have a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and would love to get some fun in the snow. Only problem is I have to fly out Tuesday night so hopefully it's gone by then


yossarians tree

January 27th, 2019 at 1:49 PM ^

1. Patriots and might not even be close.

2. Tonight I making a wine braise of chicken thighs and mushrooms. The first glass of Cotes du Rhone is for the braise, the rest is for Yossarian. Tomorrow it is supposed to snow all day and we will have on a pot of kapusta (sauerkraut) with fresh kielbasa all day. After the aroma tantalizes us for several hours we will enjoy that with a Dark Horse Plead the Fifth Imperial Stout and then head out into the subzero night to clear the snow. After that I might reward myself with a couple fingers of Pappy.


January 26th, 2019 at 8:30 PM ^

I didn't even have to click to know it was you, XM. 

Question: how much of your menu was raised on your property?

We are enjoying a homemade meal brought by our dear friend. One of the small benefits of having newborns in the home. (Along with the endless cuteness)


January 27th, 2019 at 6:35 AM ^

i would defer any great takes on bbq'ing lamb to one of the many genuine bbq experts on this list.  my bbq of lamb is so simple you're going to say 'what?  that's it?'  last night's cuts were the tiny equivalent to cooking porterhouse steaks.  its just that it takes 10 of them to weigh 2 lbs instead of 2 of them like the porterhouses would.  so i put a small amount of bbq on the cuts and bbq them on low heat for roughly 5 min/side.  you can tell by look and feel when they are done.  we're a true medium-rare family in that regard.  there was joy in bbq mudville last night. 


January 26th, 2019 at 8:31 PM ^

1. Pats in a second half pull away. Take the over.

2. Sirloin and Patagonia shrimp, Deshutes Fresh Haze

3. Grand Rapids Area...ready as I can be. Tuned the snowblower today.


January 26th, 2019 at 8:32 PM ^

BBQ ribs tonight.  Cured 2 days ago.  Confit in pork fat yesterday.  Grilled today.  Sauce is a grilled fig ancho stout bbq sauce.  The in laws were over so I thought I’d make them happy, and her happy.  Drinking ninja vs unicorn (live in Michigan so a real treat) and lagavulin 16


January 26th, 2019 at 8:35 PM ^

I'd be surprised if they Patriots didn't win comfortably, mostly because of the loss in the SB last year.

Monster Energy Drink. Need all the energy to keep up with the kids post-surgery.

As prepared as I can be, at least there will be zero snow removal for me as I am handicapable.


January 26th, 2019 at 10:01 PM ^

It took a while. Definitely do all of your rehab and maintenance exercises! I have a smaller range of motion in that leg but no pain other than if I have a very awkward step (like missing a step or stepping off a curb). I set off the occasional metal detector, but I got my active life back after years of suffering. I play hoops with no real limitations. My game has naturally transitioned to the below-the-rim portion of my life, but I will go up and slap the glass when sufficiently provoked and the hip doesn’t interfere. 


January 26th, 2019 at 8:37 PM ^

No grilling tonight. Rack of Ribs tomorrow while enjoying temps around 70. Sipping some Henry McKenna bourbon and 7. Going with the Bradys, the bus is bound for glory yet again and I ain't getting off. Already got the 2" thick victory ribeyes dry aging for the big day. Stay warm and safe my fellow mgobloggers up north.


Craptain Crunch

January 26th, 2019 at 8:39 PM ^

NE. NFL needs a 41 YO Super Bowl Champ from a team many dismissed this year. 

No BBQ. Sous Vide pork in a really nice maple soy mustard garlic marinade. 

Reducing the stock from cooking with Opal apples. 

No alcohol tonight. 

Listening to this while cooking