Super Bowl Magic

Super Bowl Magic:
I grew up in a football environment. My father was a great enthusiast, having both played and coached for Cal Tech. I attended many games with him. He taught me a great deal about the game, the plays, penalties and strategies.
My husband is English but he has been a football aficionado almost since he got off the boat many years ago. We were blessed with two athletic sons who excelled in sports but we guided them into swimming, golf and tennis. Nevertheless they always had a heathy interest in football.
By the time our elder son was in high school, he and his father were each picking teams at the beginning of the season to win the Super Bowl. Soon my younger son and I joined in. As a family, we had many happy hours watching and discussing the games. Through their college years and after, we continued what is now a family tradition.
Even after the boys were married, the four of us continued to make our picks. After a few years, my sons’ wives both joined in and one of them contributed a trophy, which the winner keeps for a year. Now our grandchildren play too, so this is really a family affair. Each participant picks one AFC and one NFC team. We have a rule that only one person can pick a team. That makes it more fun, but also more difficult as the family size increases. So now we have to pick names out of a hat to establish the order.
This is just one of the ways we have used to keep our family together. I’m sure all of you have similar experiences. Please share them as a comment to this post.

Excerpt no. 1 from Pegasus by Marilyn Holdsworth

WIN IS ATTRACTED TO HANNAH…from the novel PEGASUS by Marilyn Holdsworth

Pegasus by Marilyn Holdsworth. Win is attracted to Hannah.They had met so unexpectedly. She was seated with friends in the box next to his on the opening day of the Penbrook Park Races. Quite by accident they were introduced by his friend Neil Jacobs, whose thoroughbreds were running that day. She immediately
impressed him with her quiet unassuming manner. Neil had spoken of her articles and told him she was sure to be a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize one day.
Long ago Win had resigned himself to his solitary life after losing his first wife to cancer. But looking at Hannah’s young eager face today he felt how much he wanted her near him. At forty-five, Winston Caughfield III was a handsome distinguished looking
man, but still very aware that he was fifteen years her senior. But when they were together, the age difference seemed of no importance to either of them. In many ways she seemed mature far beyond her years, perhaps because of her total commitment to her work and also the tragedy of her young husband’s death. She seldom spoke of her loss, only once had she mentioned that ill-fated Chicago flight. She was very courageous. He looked over at her now, hair flowing loosely in the wind as she rode. He never would have suspected there was such strength in that slight delicate figure riding beside him, but more than once he had seen her face her adversaries with determination. Some secret source of energy seemed to well up inside and spill out of her. And he knew when she started her research and investigation into this horse thing she would be relentless. He looked forward to sharing in it, but at the same time felt a foreboding sense of fear for her. Above all he wanted to protect her and keep her near him.
You can read more about Pegasus at: http://marilynholdsworth.com/pegasus/