On the Scene: At Paul Brennan’s Super Bowl Party
When Paul Brennan throws a Super Bowl Party he doesn’t just put out some wings and chips and suit up in his favorite orange T-shirt. He goes big.
On Super Bowl Sunday, I was lucky enough to tackle an invitation to Paul’s private party in the Chipeta Golf Course Club House.
The last time the Denver Broncos played in the Super Bowl was 1998 and Paul rented Avalon Theatre. And in 1997, the party was at The Hilton Hotel Ballroom.
Paul and his entire family made this highly anticipated ballgame a very special event. There must have been well over 100 Bronco fans in a room decorated with pennants, streamers, a stand-up John Elway and other memorabilia from Paul’s parties No. 1 and No. 2. A big screen and projection TV added to the hugeness of the occasion.
My husband Dee Mangnall and I arrived shortly before kick-off and the pre-game festivities were going strong.
You could enter the indoor putt-putt challenge, sign up for prize drawings and enter the football pools. A winning buffet of potluck and barbecue from Mad Mac teamed up to deliver the goods.
Paul greeted us right off the bat so I made sure I snapped his photo with his sister, Margery Grandbouche. After my husband and I found our seats, we headed to the bar for a couple of beers.
Over by the putt putt course, I signed up for the drawing and found Megan Hall and Katie Mathis. They looked so cute and were obviously related, sisters to be exact, and their father, John McLaughlin is Mad Mac the barbecue guy.
The Tillman Family represented in a big way. We sat with Sam Tillman and his wife Jo Lynn Garcia-Tillman, Sam’s brother Dwayne Tillman and Dwayne’s daughter Tia Tillman and grandson Bryton. With them were Jeff Caldwell, Matthew Carbajal and Nathan Lozano.
The room had a upbeat feeling until the end of the first quarter of the Super Bowl. The second quarter brought lots of talk of trying to stay positive with assurances of a turn-around.
During the halftime show, a conga line was formed that snaked around the clubhouse and there was hope of conjuring up a miracle.
But by the third quarter, the crowd began to thin and one of the most fervent of Broncomaniacs tried to smile at me through near tears. Joree Polzine couldn’t take the eminent defeat any longer and began to sob in the arms of a sympathetic yet still upbeat Paul.
The entire room was Orange Crushed except for one lone Packers’ fan.
We endured and stayed until the bitter end. And bitter it was.
Downing a couple of blue-and-orange cupcakes made the ride home from Paul’s Super Bowl Party No. 3 a little sweeter, but not much.
GET ON THE SCENE
■ Join the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra for it’s Pops concert featuring Mariachi Champana Nevin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $10 for students.
Info and tickets: 243-6787, gjsymphony.org.
■ The Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley will go from 4–7:30 p.m. Monday at Two Rivers Convention Center. This food festival features local restaurants, caterers and food companies with proceeds benefiting United Way of Mesa County.
Advance tickets cost $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and members of the military and $6 for children ages 4–12. Advance tickets can be purchased at City Market stores, Enstrom Candies, Mesa Mall Guest Services, Home Loan State Bank and the United Way office.
Ticket prices increase $5 at the door the day of the event.