Once upon a time, when you mentioned a bowl it was usually associated with a bowl of soup, a bowl of breakfast cereal or rolling a big black ball down a hardwood alley to knock down as many pins as skill permitted.

In this modern age, the mention of a bowl brings the immediate query: “Who’s playing?” The questioner is, of course, referring to football.

It will be a beautiful relief when this super bowl game is history. Radio stations, TV stations and the press keep grinding out Super Bowl game reminders day after day, hour after hour and almost minute after minute. A few weeks of it and the event begins to get a bit thick.

— From “Grand Larsony,” a column by Herb Larson Jan. 13, 1967