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Pody's column: Looking forward to Sunday's big game ... sort of

This week it is all about football. In Minnesota we are dealing with the ever changing location of a new home for the Vikings. Many other franchises are making coaching changes, recruiting players and dealing with salary caps. I'd like to see the Vikings sign a temporary lease at the Dome rather than rushing to make a decision during this down economy. After all, the insurance company spent a lot of nickels on that roof and it seems like a waste of money for one or two seasons.

When we were in business my husband had an annual meeting that fell on the same day as either the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl. Watching the Pro Bowl game, I thought of the time we were in Hawaii for one of these meetings.

After a long plane ride, we checked in our hotel and went for a walk past Aloha Stadium. The Pro Bowl hadn't started but the grounds were covered by media and fans from around the globe.  

This Sunday is the Super Bowl in Indianapolis between two East Coast teams.  It will be a Brady vs. Manning battle for the championship. For me, the game won't be as exciting as some years as I don't have a favorite team.

But this "granddaddy" is more than a football game. This game is all about commercials, parties and food.

It's almost like a bonus holiday for fans, as friends and families gather to watch the tube. I heard this year the 30-second spots are costing advertisers $3.5 million. That along with politics, kind of makes a person wonder where all the money is coming from.

Regardless of who plays, when or where it's played, it's Super Bowl Sunday. Football fans will celebrate either in the homes or in a lounge with friends in a comfortable chair in front of the tube. For some the appeal is the game. For others it's the commercials.

Just remember, when the game is over act responsibly. If you drink, don't drive and if you drive don't drink. The officers aren't out there to get you, they are out there to protect the innocent.

Baked apples dessert

2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced

5 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons corn starch

3 tablespoons sugar

Dash of cinnamon

Spread apples in sprayed baking pan. Whisk water, cornstarch, sugar and cinnamon together and pour over apples. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until apples are soft.  Yield: two servings. Serve with ice cream