Live Tweeting the Super Bowl from Down Under

Day 41, Part 2, Grand World Voyage

Monday, Feb. 13, 2023; Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Super Bowl Monday? That’s what it is here in Tasmania, with the kickoff live at 10:30 a.m. local time. The Zuiderdam’s World Stage is about one-third full as the game is about to begin. Many passengers are off in town or on tours. We canceled our tour so we could watch our Kansas City Chiefs vie once again for the title. Last time the Chiefs won we were in in Antarctica on the 2020 world cruise. The game was in the evening and it was a thrilling victory at the last moment.

Today I thought I would live tweet the game experience. Well, I didn’t really live tweet. But here’s how I experienced it in real time, highlight by highlight:

10:15 a.m. The cheers as each team took the field are pretty much evenly divided in the theater. At least six of us are wearing Kansas City Chief red and gold jerseys — I didn’t see any Eagles green. That says a lot about our confidence in our team, I say! (You don’t mind a little trash talk, do you?)

10:49 a.m. Philadelphia scores first. We say that’s okay. The Chiefs shine in the fourth quarter. But still, let’s not let them get too far ahead.

10:59 a.m. Chiefs score! It’s getting to be a rowdy crowd here. The cruise’s sports director Spencer came out to entertain the crowd with sports trivia during the commercials, which aren’t broadcast on our feed. He is wearing the only green Eagles jersey I have seen. I do believe the cheer for the Chiefs is louder than that for the Eagles. I’m not biased, am I?

Deb, Elaine and Jo modeling for Chiefs Kingdom

11:37 a.m. After a second touchdown earlier by the Eagles, the Chiefs caused a fumble and ran it in for a score, tying the game at 14 points each. Earlier the Chiefs missed a field goal. It’s certainly an exciting game, and it isn’t even halftime yet. Of course, Chiefs fans are used to this….

12:02 p.m. Patrick Mahomes suffers another ankle injury just before the game goes to halftime. He leaves the field in obvious pain. This isn’t good. Score Eagles 24, Chiefs 14.

12:17 p.m. Halftime. The ship has take-out lunches in Billboard Online just outside the World Stage for those who don’t want to go all the way to the Lido for lunch. They’ve been serving mini-hot dogs, sliders, empanadas, chips and popcorn throughout the game. I head up to the Lido for a salad and miss Rihanna’s halftime performance.

12:56 p.m. Chiefs score. Mahomes drove the team down the field. Ankle looking okay so far. Eagles lead 24-21.

1:03 p.m. It sure looked like the Chiefs recovered another fumble for a touchdown, but apparently not. I would say the field condition is the big loser here – everyone is slipping all over the place.

1:32 p.m. Kansas City leads the game for the first time with a touchdown, after we stopped a Philadelphia drive earlier, and they had to settle for a field goal. Score Kansas City 28, Philadelphia 27.

1:40 p.m. Another Chiefs touchdown!!! After an amazing punt return, the longest in Super Bowl history. Still 9:22 left in the game, but this is why I told an Eagles fan sitting near me that he obviously didn’t follow Chiefs football when he taunted that I should be very worried at halftime. Score Chiefs 35 – Eagles 27.

1:50 p.m. The Eagles tie it up 35-35 with a touchdown and two-point conversion. What an exciting game! Time left 5:15.

2:13 P.M. Woohoo! Chiefs kick a field goal with 8 seconds left. They are really good at managing the clock in these final moments.

2:14 p.m. CHIEFS WIN!!! Score Chiefs 38, Eagles 35.

I don’t think I can add much more. Except we’ll see you for Super Bowl LVIII next Feb. 11, when I plan to be in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Guam on the 2024 Grand World Voyage, cheering on the Chiefs Kingdom.