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Ruth at the summit of Spruce Mountain in Plainfield, Vermont

Every year since 2014, I’ve asked my partner Ruth Einstein which team she’s rooting for in the Super Bowl. A violinist, teacher and the most beautiful and aware human being on the planet, Ruth doesn’t care much for football. Accordingly, here below are her annual Super Bowl proclamations. And in lieu of Super Bowl images, I give you Superb Owl images. (Click any of them for a super view or a slide show.)

2020

(I caught up with Ruth just as she was heading outside, as usual, into winter.)
Bryan: Ruth, wait. Which team in the Super Bowl this year? The San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs?
Ruth: What? You mean they still name sports teams that way? Those are both zones of slaughter of indigenous people — by miners in California and frontiersmen in Kansas. I’m going out for a ski.


2019

Bryan: Hey, Ruth, who do you like in the Super Bowl this weekend?
Ruth: The Super Bowl can’t be this weekend. The Super Bowl is always the same weekend as the Vermont Philharmonic’s winter concert.
Bryan: No, no, not this year — for whatever reason. The Super Bowl is this weekend. Are you rootin’ for the Patriots or the Rams.
Ruth: I’m rooting for the Dvořák cello concerto two weeks from now.


2018

Bryan: So, Ruth, which team you rootin’ for in the Super Bowl this year?
Ruth: I’m rooting for the neurosurgeons. I’m hoping they can save these boys from brain damage.


2017

Bryan: Ruth, which team do you like in the Super Bowl?
Ruth: Which team’s closest airport had more demonstrators last weekend?
(Note: This was at the time of massive protests against Trump’s first Muslim ban.)


2016

Bryan: So, Ruth, which team you rootin’ for in the Super Bowl?
Ruth: I don’t know. Who’s playing?
Bryan: Uh, I think Denver and Carolina.
Ruth: Actually, it doesn’t matter; I’d rather watch grass grow.

Later that day …
Ruth: So Carolina is playing? North Carolina or South Carolina?
Bryan: Just Carolina.
Ruth: What do you mean? Doesn’t every state have a football team?
Bryan: No, no way.
Ruth: No? I thought every state has a team. Name one that doesn’t.
Bryan: Vermont.


2015

Bryan: You know about “Deflategate,” right?
Ruth: I’m all for it. If anyone needs their balls deflated it’s football players.


2014

Bryan: So, Ruth, which team are you rootin’ for?
Ruth: I don’t know. What color are their uniforms?

Later that day …
Bryan
: You know the rules of football, right?
Ruth: Yeah, of course. I read Charlie Brown comics. One team tries to kick the ball and the other pulls it away.

Even later that day …
Bryan
: Ruth, do you know the two teams?
Ruth: Which are the Christians and which are the lions?

Whiskered Screech-Owl / Arizona

Snowy Owl / Vermont

Great Gray Owl / Montreal

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl / Costa Rica

Barred Owl / Vermont

39 comments
  1. Dennis Paulson says:

    I love it (even if it’s made up). As a person who would always rather participate than spectate (not that I’m thinking of joining a pro team), always surrounded by friends in full Seahawks or Mariners fervor, depending on the season, I have to keep a low profile on certain days and wouldn’t even think about going out for a drive anywhere near our sports stadia. Thank goodness I have a mate who feels exactly the same. But it is good to hear others say what they find so attractive about it, has to increase my level of understanding. I will be starting my quest to find a Superb Owl, though.

  2. Nancy says:

    I can see Ruth saying this! Love the owl pictures!

  3. Peter Manship says:

    Ruth has a very refreshing point of view……
    Your a lucky man, Bryan
    and your stories, priceless fragments joy in the day to day hubbub of life

  4. Carol says:

    Super Bowl or Superb Owl- it’s the best excuse for Buffalo wings!
    Born and raised Buffalo, and of course I make the original Anchor Bar recipe 🙂 I don’t know or care who is playing whom, Carol

  5. Barbara says:

    I’m definitely rooting for Ruth! She’s, obviously, a winner!

  6. Carole says:

    You were a smart man to settle down with this smart, witty woman.

  7. Jason says:

    I’m with Ruth!

    When I left Vermont for Texas two decades ago for job and family reasons I found the local paper there had a sports section as well as a separate football section behind that. Then when my job took me to Kentucky the local paper there had a sports section followed by a separate basketball section. I’m glad my local paper now that I’m back here in Vermont has only a sports section of 8 pages or less. Just right for starting the wood stove on cold February mornings!

  8. Jacki says:

    Love it! This is priceless. And such a gorgeous shot of the GGOW.

  9. Ann Lewis says:

    Bryan, this is very funny! Plus I can definitely relate to Ruth’s perspective on the Super Bowl. Thanks for the laughs!

  10. Carole says:

    What a hoot!
    Thanks for the laugh.
    That Ruth is a clever woman.

  11. Ginny Alfano says:

    Loved your dialogue. I read it to my husband and we both laughed with great gusto. Thank you for a bit of humor in this crazy world we live in.

  12. dvbontheroad says:

    I’m on Ruth’s team! I’ll watch that Superb Owl any time! Fabulous photo. Thank you. I needed that.

  13. Mike Rosenzweig says:

    Big smiles from Brunswick. (Hugs as well.) Thanks for this!

  14. strat douthat says:

    Ruth, you should definitely join me in rooting for the Falcons…after all, Brian is a bird guy…

  15. Joyce Werntgen says:

    Actually, I’m with Ruth……I’d rather watch the grass grow. Thank you for the smiles today…..we need them wherever and whenever we can get them

    Joyce

  16. emerald1956 says:

    one thing I never liked were novels with nothing but dialogue but that was very entertaining. maybe i’ll try Where the Sun Also Rises again. BTW I saw that Owl on Bliss road last month. jayne ollin

  17. sandra bruggemann says:

    I found this very funny. I agree with all of Ruth’s answers, especially her 2015 comment. You go girl!

  18. Kate Kruesi says:

    Hilarious! Raucous guffaws here from “SuperB owl” photo to Ruth’s comments with which I heartily agree!

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