Never missed a Super Bowl? It’s true

DALLAS — This might come as a shock to you, but “The Most Interesting Man in the World” is an actor. His name is Jonathan Goldsmith. While I have met him and can attest that he is a lovely fellow — extremely interesting, even — the “most interesting man in the world” is a rather lofty title to live up to.

With this in mind, you can imagine my trepidation when Visa started running those commercials about the “Never Miss a Super Bowl Club.” Never missed a Super Bowl? Yeah right. These guys were probably a group of German actors who have never even seen a football game outside of the Bundesliga. The chances of these guys being legit was about as likely as Chad Ochocinco canceling his Twitter account because he gets too much attention.

So when I spotted one of these gentlemen walking around the media center — he was actually waiting for The Black Eyed Peas press conference — I just had to get to the bottom of this.

What do you say, Mein Herr? Is this whole “never miss a Super Bowl” thing for real?

“This is for real,” said Don Crisman, 74, of Kennebunk, Maine. He also vouched for the other guys, Larry Jacobson (of San Francisco), Thomas Henschel (of Tampa, Fla.) and Robert Cook (of Brown Deer, Wis.).

Talk about your ultimate upsets. This far outweighed Adam Vinatieri‘s winning kick against St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI, which Crisman, a die-hard Patriots fan, said is one of his favorite Super Bowls.

All right, so we know that they are real. But how did you even get started in such a lark?

“We thought it could turn into something big, the world series of football,” Crisman said. “We were kind of disappointed with the turnout.”

Of course, not only did the Packers blowout the Chiefs in Super Bowl I, the crowd at the Los Angeles Coliseum was well-below capacity. (Add your own apathetic L.A. football fans joke here.)

Crisman admits that he was worried about the Super Bowl catching on, until Joe Namath and Len Dawson led the Jets and Chiefs to wins to even up the count between the AFL and NFL. And after that, the streak nearly ended at Super Bowl IX, but Crisman persevered and even coined the name “The Never Miss a Super Bowl Club” after Super Bowl XII.

Now the group keeps in touch during the year with calls and emails, and even attend regular-season games together. And the best part, instead of paying for this year’s tickets — like they have every year — Visa is picking up the tab.

That, my friends, might be the most interesting thing I have heard this week.

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