Friday, January 21, 2011

Championship Dreaming

Our father, who art in Chicago, football be thy game. Let Forte run, another Super Bowl won, on earth as it is in Soldier Field. Give us Sunday a playoff VICTORY and forgive us our penalties, as we defeat the Packers who play against us, and lead us not into the late season and deliver us to Texas. For thine is the D-line, Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman, Hester and Peppers forever. Amen! - Anonymous Bears Fan

Do you know what Sunday is? If you're a Chicago Bears or Green Bay Packers fan (or even a, sigh, Steelers or Jets fan), chances are you do. By Sunday night, we'll all know which two teams are playing in the 2011 Super Bowl. And as a long-suffering Bears fan, I sure hope my boys are in it. For those familiar with the Bears-Packers rivalry, this weekend's NFC championship game is huge. Chicago and Green Bay have been playing each other around twice a season since the 1920s: the Bears lead the all-time series 92-83, with six ties. But before Sunday, the two squads have only met once in the post-season - a 1941 rout by the Bears just a few days after the Pearl Harbor bombings.

Anyway, I'm throwing a party on Sunday in honor of the big game. As much as it disgusts me, I've even invited a few of my Packers buddies, although we might not be friends by the end of the game. In addition to the typical game day grub - beer, buffalo wings, burgers and chips and salsa - I'll also have some lower-calorie fare. This includes fruit salad, veggies with low-fat ranch dip and hummus and a few sucralose-sweetened desserts. After all, I don't want to look like one of the infamous beefy linemen playing on Sunday!

For any other game day party planners, here are two more healthy recipes - courtesy of Hungry Girl - that won't add to the waistline.

Chicken Taquitos

Sweet Caramelized Onion Dip

Enjoy. And Bear Down!

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