Dillon Giancola: The Super Bowl comes through, and the Rod and Gun Club hits the target


Most years, the Super Bowl and the conclusion of the NFL season feels like a finale, as it should. Often, the game is disappointing in some way, and hardcore fans are bummed out that they will have to find something new to do on Sundays, while casual sports fans know it’s still winter and still cold out.

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This year, however, feels different, and not only because I was right about this year’s Super Bowl being fun all around and not a boring, sad slog like last year’s. It certainly was fun, of course. Not having the Patriots in the game left most fans without a sense of dread and frustration heading into the game, instead just looking forward to a fun battle between great teams.

While the game started out slow and not what people expected, perhaps the best Super Bowl halftime show ever ­— put on by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez — seemed to reinvigorate everyone for the rest of the evening.

Just as it looked like everyone was wrong about this game and the 49ers would succeed in shutting down Patrick Mahomes for a full 60 minutes, the young and new face of the NFL orchestrated a comeback from down 10 points with just seven minutes left in the game.

It was thrilling, spectacular, and just fun to watch. Yes, if you’re a San Francisco 49ers fan, you left the game sad and probably infuriated, but you can’t say it wasn’t a good game. It was everything we needed to start February — a positive outlook to get through a busy month and the rest of winter.

Will I miss football next Sunday? Maybe, but I’ll probably convince myself that I should watch the opening week of the XFL, and I’m already looking forward to the 2020 NASCAR season.

More so, it left me satisfied with the NFL season that was, and excited about what’s to come, with Mahomes an amazing talent and needed new face to replace old man Tom Brady.

Kid’s Open House

Locally, there is lots to be excited about as well. For those families who attended the North Peace Rod and Gun Club’s Kid’s Open House on Saturday, January 25, it was a celebration of the outdoors and great weather, and a sign of the fun times that lay ahead.

Last year’s open house was held on a freezing, windy day, and as a result was sparsely attended. This year’s event was completely overwhelming in the best way possible.

I don’t know how the organizers didn’t run out of food, nor how they found that many activities regarding hunting and shooting — whether it was trap shooting outdoors to simulators and target practice with toy guns indoors — for more than 100 kids.

A Very Bust February

Next weekend provides parents with a bit of a lull before facing a ton of activities and opportunities for kids the rest of the month.

The 2020 High On Ice Festival will take centre stage February 14 to 16 (please let it be warm out), and whether it’s taking your kid to slide down the always fun ice slides at Centennial Park or to try out dodgeball or sledge hockey, there’s no greater time to get out of the house and into your snow pants for some winter excitement.

Next up is the long-awaited 2020 B.C. Winter Games, February 20 to 23. While only a select group of local kids and parents will be competing and volunteering, it really feels like the games will be a community celebration. The 15 sports on the program will have something for everyone, while the opening ceremonies at the North Peace Arena on January 20 promise to highlight some exciting local talent.

If I’ve succeeded in making you as happy and excited about the month to come as I am, remember, we have Patrick Mahomes — and in an indirect way, Tom Brady — to thank.  

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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