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Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday - 2017

7:56 am - MT - Monday - 55º F, humidity 60%, wind 4 mph out of the west.....partly cloudy skies.

As we merged on to Parker Dam Drive I looked at the clock and it was just 8 am (PST), which is really 9 am MT.  Our first stop was just north of Parker at a truck stop where I took time to clean my windshield and mirrors.  It might not have mattered if we weren't driving directly into the sun for the first 20 miles, but since we were I had to clean them.  At any rate we were back on our way in less than 5 minutes headed for our next interim stop in Quartzite to dump our gray and black tanks, and take on fresh water.  We arrived just before 10 am (MT).....I forgot to mention that TLE was driving the VW as she wanted to stop off at the Quartzite General Store for some more steaks (they have great meat!), and then fuel up the VW.  By the time she joined me at the dump station I was almost done dumping, so I helped her put the VW in the trailer for the final 90 miles down to the Quechan Casino.

HWY 95 south of Quartzite is in very good condition......smooth, and straight.....the Newell just floated down the highway at 60 mph arriving at the Casino just before 1 pm (we did stop in Yuma to fill up our 5 gallon gas can for the Predator generator).

We found the RV parking section particularly crowded compared to our brief stay in early November of 2016.......does not seem like it has been 3 months since then, but it has.  We ended up parking at the farthest point in the southwest corner of the lot facing west, of course.  By the time I got the solar panels tilted it was after 2:30, and time to get ready to watch Super Bowl 51 featuring the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, TX.  This was Tom Brady's (Patriot quarterback) 7th Super Bowl, and the Atlanta Falcons 2nd.  Tom Brady was going for history attempting to become the first NFL quarterback to win 5 Super Bowls.  The game began with each team punting a couple of times, but then Atlanta marched down the field and scored 7 points. On the ensuing possession it appeared that New England would answer, but they fumbled the ball to the Falcons inside the Falcons' 30 yard line.  The Falcons then marched down the field quickly and scored another touchdown making it 14-0......okay, it's still early.  The Patriots then began another march down the field it it appeared they had a chance to score a touchdown and pull within 7 points, but Tom Brady threw a 'pick six' making it 21-0.......not good.  The Patriots managed to make a field goal as time ran out in the first half making it 21-3.  I, at that time, had seen enough and changed the channel.  We decided to watch another episode of 'Sherlock' agreeing that I would check the score periodically to see how it was going.

I checked the score shortly after the 3rd quarter began and saw that the Falcons were now up 28-3........in my mind there is no way the Patriots are coming back from that deficit.....NO WAY......they are down 25 points mid way through the 3rd quarter.  Then, when we were about 20 minutes into the second 'Sherlock' episode I checked the score again and saw that it was suddenly 28-20......wait, what?  There were just over 4 minutes to go in the 4th quarter......WOW.....the Patriots only have to score a touchdown and a two point conversion to tie!  Sooooo, we switched back to the game........amazing.....all I wanted was a close game, and suddenly it was a close game.  The Falcons had the ball at the Patriots' 22 yard line, well within field goal range, but on the next three plays they lost 23 yards and suddenly were 4th and forever with no chance of making a field goal, so they punted.  New England then marched 91 yards to score a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining, and then successfully completed the two point conversion.....are you kidding me?  The game is tied 28-28 with overtime looming.

Needless to say, the game did go to overtime with New England winning the coin toss, and then they proceed to march down the field again winning the game outright on a touchdown.....final score 34-28!  The biggest Super Bowl deficit ever overcome, the 5th Super Bowl ring for Tom Brady who now has to be considered to be the greatest NFL quarterback of all time.....hands down.



Well, that was our Sunday, and what a Sunday it was......thanks for stopping by!


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