Spokesman-Review columnist Paul Turner attended several Super Bowl parties and discovered that it’s an occasion to celebrate good neighbors, lifelong friends and continued traditions. He found that many fans hardly watch the game and spend their time hugging, eating, sharing stories of kids, dogs, work and life in general.
Cream-filled pastries were on the menu at the home of Vickie and Dale Sienknecht in Spokane Valley
At the home of Rick Noll, left, Noll and Jacque Hendrix share a laugh as they gather two hours before the Super Bowl to talk and prepare chili.
At the home of Vicki and Dale Sienknecht, Cassidy Escalera, age four months, outshines the big game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, with grandmother Wendy Sienknecht, left, and friend Jill Krebs, right, in Spokane Valley.
Late in the game, Kim Schafer, left, and friend Deana Hunter dance to “Gangnam Style” used in a commercial for pistachio nuts during the Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.
Spokesman-Review columnist Paul Turner poses for a photo with the Super Bowl party organizers at Affinity at South Hill, a 55-plus apartment complex.
Party host Roger Glanville raises his arms as the Baltimore Ravens score again to make it 28-6 at the Super Bowl gathering at his home in North Spokane.
Mike Offield pours a beer during the Super Bowl gathering at the home of Mark Schafer in North Spokane.
Family and friends of Mike Peterson watch the Super Bowl in a well-equipped theater room at his Spokane Valley home.
John Egley, left, laughs while trying to learn the game of backgammon from Duane Goetz, right, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in the lounge at Affinity at South Hill, a 55-and-over apartment complex near 44th and Regal. Candy Chapman, center, Egley’s sister-in-law, watches the process during a pregame Super Bowl Party for residents and their friends.
Two hours before the game, (from left), Judy Lungren (cq), Rick Noll, Jacque Hendrix, Susan Pike, Rosemary Small and Philip Small gather, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, around a pot of chili made by Noll for the neighborhood Super Bowl party, a tradition started by a neighbor who has now passed away. Noll and Lungren took up the event and were hosting the low-key party of good friends.
Gary Hunter, right, and Doug Burke, second from right, react differently as San Francisco scores in the second half of the Super Bowl, seemingly poised to make a comeback against the Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the home of Mark Schafer in North Spokane. Hunter said he is a Detroit Lions fan, but he hoped the 49ers’ rookie quarterback could win the game.
Colleen Pirrie, right, and her son Geo Pirrie, 7, watch the halftime show of the Super Bowl while the rest of the crowd talk about Beyonce’s performance and outfits Sunday at the home of Roger Glanville in North Spokane.
In a pregame ritual repeated at most Super Bowl parties, Chris Cargile, Leah Peterson, Greg Green and Ryan Peterson debate about what squares to choose in the football pool at the home of Mike Peterson in Spokane Valley.
Jean Parsons, Bill Doremus, Vickie Sienknecht and Dale Sienknecht join in non-stop ribbing at a Super Bowl gathering of friends, most of whom graduated from Eastern Washington University in the 1970s. One new visitor this year was a four-month-old grandchild of one of the original group.