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 A Tale of Two Cities: Towels, Cheeseheads, Pugs, and Darth Vader 

201114Feb
Submitted by Björn Deh on Mon, 02/14/2011 - 07:25

Wow! These last weeks were amazing in so many ways. Super Bowl, Midterms, Volleyball tournament: I don’t know where to start. Let's start off with the academics. The midterms went great and were very similar to the exams we take at ASL, for example SHP: Short Answers, items, and a few multiple choice questions mixed to a more than manageable exam. Even though it feels like I just got my results back I'm writing a new exam tomorrow, so after I'm finished writing this blog, it will be back to studying liberal institutionalism and deterrence theory. (Just what you want to do on a Sunday night.)

But let me tell you, last Sunday was totally different! It was Super Bowl weekend, a weekend that splits the nation into two different factions. This year the Pittsburgh Steelers played against the Green Bay Packers, Terrible Towels vs. Cheeseheads.

The Steelers are the team with the most Super Bowl wins while the Packers have won the most titles. (The Super Bowl has only been introduced in 1967.) The game was close until the end and could have gone either way, but the Packers defense made some crucial stops and Pittsburgh could not defend the title. So, congratulations Green Bay! However, Super Bowl does not mean that you only watch the game for 3.5 hours. First, there is the pre-game preparation which usually consists of beer and fast food followed by the pre-game show and the national anthem (Christina Aguilera pulled a Sarah Connor). Then, the game starts (more beer and fast food), and everybody is waiting for the first touchdown. Yeah, that's what you think, but no! Everyone awaits the first commercial break. According to some articles, over 50% of the people watch the Super Bowl only for the commercials, which are probably the most expensive 30 seconds that money can buy. According to the ratings right after the show, the most favorite ads were for Doritos and Volkswagen. (Which was also my favorite) After the game you either kept on drinking & partying (Packers-Fans) or you just kept on drinking (Steelers-Fans). The next day my classes were somehow less attended than usually.

I already told you in my last blog entry that I joined the Ohio University volleyball team. This weekend I went to my first tournament, and it was a lot of fun. My teammates are really cool, and the two days went by fast. We won a couple of games and we lost a few as well, but seriously: Who really keeps track of the losses? It was actually the first time since I've been to OU that I had the possibility to get out of Athens and see a little more of what Ohio has to offer. We played at the University of Dayton which is close to Cincinnati and Columbus, but all I got to see all weekend was the inside of a gym. Ah well, maybe next time.

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