I can still spot them! Of course when a big bunch of them get together for a photo shoot, it’s easy to recognize the work of those who participated in the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee’s Super Scarf Project.
Indianapolis was one of the final three locations making a bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl. I spotted a video online that was prepared as their 2018 Super Bowl bid thank you. At nine seconds into the video, a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l site appeared: a group shot of folks wrapped in their Super Scarves. There they are, in front of Lucas Oil Stadium. I took a screen shot of the group from the video.
The characteristic blue and white designs make me smile. The resounding success of the collective efforts of such a large-scale textile arts project makes me smile. Recognizing some of the people in the video from my own participation in the project makes me smile. And . . . spotting one of my own Super Scarf designs in the photo makes me smile. (Front row, second from the left-my tribute to the fabulous fan foam finger).
I know that Indianapolis put its best foot forward for Super Bowl XLVI and I’m certain they did they same thing for their LII bid. Though they were not awarded the 2018 event, there is a part of my heart forever tied to the community. To view the 40-second 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee Thank You video, click the link.
I had to give Indy a shout out because when I heard they made it to the final three in the bidding process, I must admit to pulling out my knitting needles in case they were going to have another blue and white scarf knit-a-thon! The crafters rocked the 2012 project, the Super Scarf Committee surpassed their established goal by thousands of scarves, and participation in the project caused a shortage of blue and white yarn in the endorsed colors.
There are many, many people in the world who saw the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl as a football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, an indisputable fact. But Indybro got it on the nose when he finally figured out that I saw it as a very large showcase for the textile arts: for me knitting, and for others who crocheted their donated scarves.
So, hey Indy! I’m coming back for a visit very soon . . . and I’m bringing Goodnight! You’re still looking good!