Manliest Big Game Ritual: Win Two Tickets to the Pro Football Championship on Behalf of Dockers®

by Brett & Kate McKay on January 4, 2010 · 125 comments

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In just one short month, the biggest game in professional football will take place. (Because the league that sponsors this game strictly enforces its trademark on the name of this game I can’t actually say the name of the game in this post (the name of the game does rhyme with “Cooper Dole”). For decades, men from all over the U.S. (and even world) have gathered around their televisions to watch two teams battle it out for the title of best football team in America.

As with most communal events, rituals and traditions have developed around the Su** Bo**. Su** Bo** parties with a smorgasbord of food and drinks, pre-game pick-up football games, or just visting a local bar to take in the Big Game are just a few examples of these Bowl of Superness Rituals.

While watching the Big Game from your favorite man chair with man friends is nice, wouldn’t be even cooler to watch the game live and in person? Well, thanks to Dockers® you now have a chance. Interested? I thought so. Read on.

The Prize

Dockers® is bringing manliness back with their new Wear the Pants™ campaign. (Make sure to read their man-ifesto. AoM fans will definitely appreciate it.) To help kick it off, they’re giving away 2 FREE tickets to one of the manliest events of the year: the 44th annual professional football championship (rhymes with Blooper Toll). One lucky Art of Manliness reader will receive two tickets for premium stadium seats at the professional football championship game in Miami, FL on February 7, 2010. Each ticket is valued at $1,200 so total value of the prize is $2,400. Wowza!

Note: The prize does NOT include travel to or accommodations in Miami. So if you win the tickets, you’ll have to take care of airfare and hotel costs yourself.

How to Enter

1. Leave a comment on this page describing your favorite manly Su** B*** ritual or tradition

2. Share this post with your friends using the “Email Story to a Friend” button in our “Share” Box at the bottom of the post. For each friend you email this post to, you’ll receive one entry in the contest. This means the more friends you share it with, the more entries you get. You can only send 10 at a time, but feel free to come back and send some more. We cannot see your friends’ email addresses, so we won’t be sending them any mail whatsoever.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be 13 years old or older to enter. Open to U.S. residents. Sweepstakes not open to residents of Rhode Island. (Sorry RI. You guys have some strict laws in regard to sweepstakes.)

See official rules for more details.

Deadline to enter is January 7, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.

Looking forward to reading your entries!

1 Vladimir Kroshinsky January 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Playing a game of touch football before the game starts and preparing ‘beer can chicken’ and ‘super nachos’ for the game.

2 James Wood January 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

My favorite tradition of superness is to get together with friends and feast on finger foods. The boys watch the game and the girls watch the commercials and then we all party into the night. Great times.

3 AJ January 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Gettin’ my grub on and having a ‘Cooper Dole’ squares pool going.

4 Nolan Bryan Lynch January 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Favorite ritual: letting someone else throw a party.

5 Denny January 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Sittin’ back, putting up my feet and diving into a 7-layer bean dip.

6 Pylon January 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Nachos, beer, and not seeing the Rams play.

7 Mike MacKendrick January 4, 2010 at 7:35 pm

My tradition is to turn off the TV during halftime. I may occasionally miss someone good performing, but the odds are I won’t.

8 Nate @ Practical Manliness January 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Don’t count this as an entry, but I just wanted to mention a couple of things about the Docker’s man-ifesto:

1. It is encouraging to see the manliness movement recognized by large company.

2. While the man-ifesto is a step in the right direction, it does have problems.

For example, their idea of manliness seems pretty superficial. Real manliness goes far beyond simply opening doors and being decisive. Those are both symptoms of manliness, but they are not the cause.

I enjoyed participating in this discussion about the man-ifesto:

9 PAT January 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

eat meat and drink beer

10 Al January 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Bringing beer and pizza to a friend’s place, hopefully a friend with a big TV.

11 Atom January 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Nachos. Root Beer. Homeboys. Rubbing the win in the opponent fans faces.

12 Nathan Thorp January 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Burgers, brats, coke, nachos, rating commercials, and lots and lots of screaming at the tv.

13 Sam Leopold January 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Going to a party with a bunch of friends and taking in the excitement of it all. I must say that I think chicken wings are a must…

14 Sam January 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm

First off, I believe chicken wings are a must, but also the simplicity of just enjoying the excitement of it all with friends at a party is timeless.

15 Drew January 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

White Castle hamburgers, nachos, extra spicy chili, ribs, chili-cheese-dogs with saurkraut, beer, a shot of whiskey, a shot of bourbon, proper showmanship toward the one schmuck in the room sheering for the opposing team, a cake decorated like a football stadium, being patient with the girlfriend who decided to watch the game but does not comprehend it, not crying like a baby if my team loses, and most importantly, not driving while intoxicated.

16 Alex Kallergis January 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

A few more minutes making agreements to do humiliating punishments if your team loses.

17 Nikita January 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Beer. Grilling. Out.

18 Ryan G January 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

My friends and I barbecue outside all day. We make ribs, steaks, chicken wings on the grill. We will watch the game and enjoy a halftime cigar.

19 Bill P. January 4, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Making Buffalo wings and enjoying the game with my family and a few friends.

20 Matt D January 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I’m going to have to agree with the grilling and yelling at the TV.

21 Michael January 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Since I only like watching football in real life, I wait for someone to blog about the best game plays and commercials and watch them on YouTube.

I’d love to go to the real deal though!

22 Jason S. January 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

My favorite Su*** B*** memories is spending hours before in the pre-game getting excited, enjoying with beer, grilling burgers, and TONS of snacks. During the game seeing the commercials, not really the halftime show, and of course, the big game!

23 Albatros January 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Best SB tradition is BBQ’ing up some delicious briskets, ribs and burgers the good ol’ fashion Texas way. Drinking with the boys and roaring at the big screen.

24 Dave K January 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Sadly, my ‘tradition’ is whatever comes up at the last minute. I’m hoping to develop a tradition that involves a turkey fryer.

25 Dan January 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm

This one’s for my team, so it’s not a yearly tradition but a very special tradition nonetheless. Whenever a New York team (preferably Giants, but no hate on the Jets, especially this year) goes to the big game I get a cigar beforehand. Every time they score I take a whiff of it. If they win, I smoke it. If they lose, well, I’m unhappy.

26 Bernie January 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

My “Cooper Dole” tradition involves trying to set up the projector at the church and finding out that we’re missing some key piece of equipment 30 minutes before kickoff. We’ve seen every kickoff for the last 3 years, it’s just been down to the wire every time. (It’s a good thing there’s a Radio Shack down the street)

27 Matt Skillen January 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Each year we cram as many friends and family members as we can around our television, cook up two large crock pots of homemade chili and cheer unabashedly for the underdog.

28 Michael Roden January 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Favorite tradition is doing squares at $100 a pop for someones used car for sale.

29 Andrew January 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Best tradition? Hang out with friends and enjoy the game. And eat good food.

30 David Baker January 4, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Eating food and hoping it is not a blow out.

31 Hutch January 4, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Chili competiton with my buds and having a toss in the front yard during pregame and halftime. Arguing over which commercial was funniest afterwards.

Go Cowboys!!!

32 Daniel Williams January 4, 2010 at 11:37 pm

It’s got to be the food. I love the food. Oh, and the office pool is fun, just for the trash talking.

33 Phil January 5, 2010 at 12:13 am

My annual tradition for this sporting event is to snack the day away while camping out on the couch. Original? No. Also, I make small bets as to what the best commercial will be of the halftime show.

34 Philip January 5, 2010 at 1:07 am

Create a game day menu based off the hometowns of the two teams playing and try to acquire local beers form those cities. Start the television watching early. Avoid any news shows showing sneak peeks at the commercials. Root for the underdog team. Watch the game and commercials, but the half time show is optional.

35 sterling smith January 5, 2010 at 1:37 am

Sitting back, eating watching my brother-in-law yell at the tv…happens pretty much each year.

36 Kevin Russell January 5, 2010 at 1:50 am

Start the day by playing the matchup against my son on Madden. I always get the better team so I at least have a chance at winning. I have yet to win. Hour before the game kicks off the house fills up with friends and family where we eat a ton of food, a couple of beers, fill in the football squares and answer the annual football trivia sheet. Once the game starts it is time to scream at the TV, root against the favorite since my Bears never get to the game and just have a great time.

37 Richard | January 5, 2010 at 4:17 am

hmm thanks but no thanks. I’m English so I’m more of a fan of REAL Football :) Just kidding. Excellent idea for getting some extra traffic and providing readers with value too.

38 Eric January 5, 2010 at 7:13 am

Cheering AGAINST the team i don’t like…its all i can do since my Redskins refuse to play football…

39 Brad January 5, 2010 at 7:32 am

Good beer, good food, great friends, awesome sport! GO VIKES!!!

40 Jeff January 5, 2010 at 7:43 am

A roaring fire, beer, chips, and salsa. For the one game of the year, all of my kids watch the game with me, even my 14 year-old daughter, who may actually be in it for just the commercials, which is fine.

41 Seth B. January 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

Smoking a pipe, drinking a glass of scotch, and sitting back in my oversized recliner.

All my pregame rituals in one go.

42 Josh B January 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

Getting together with all of my friends, and watching the game. Having food and drinks on the side of course.

43 Ryan January 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

After sifting through a closet LITTERED with Dockers slacks, I find my jersey (regardless of whether the G-men are playing or not), throw it on, plop in front of the sofa, eat massive amounts of chicken wings and drink high quality beer while watching the game.

Oh and you always have to critique the commercials.

44 Craig J. Wallin January 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

Place bets with old army buddies around the U.S., re-arrange the family room furniture to have all the seats facing the tube, get a nice fire going in the fireplace, whoop-up my famous S…. B… hot wings and Mexican dinner, then enjoy the game with good friends and great grub. Collect on bets on Monday.

45 Rich Shipe January 5, 2010 at 9:13 am

[I'm submitting this again because it doesn't appear to have taken the first time. Sorry if I've double posted.]

The tradition is just to watch it. It is the greatest sporting event on the planet. I do have a fun story related to the SB…

For the 2008 SB a manly buddy of mine and I decided on a whim to travel out to Phoenix to try and get tickets off scalpers. With frequent flyer miles airline tickets and $150 bucks in our pockets we headed out.

We rented a minivan and slept in it at a nearby state park.

Out side of the big game around the stadium is a circus. Just watching all that goes on and the poeple that come was worth the whole trip. The scalper world is a seedy world, that’s for sure. Keep your hands in your pockets and on your cash and wallet because pick-pockets are everywhere. It was a mallet of the strangest people of all classes carrying around hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and tickets. The supply and demand curve never hit our price range so we gave up half-way through the second quarter. Four luxury box seats with all you can eat and drink buffet and a face value of $12K each were available for $1500 total. Maybe we could have gotten those by the fourth quarter if they were still available. But we wanted to see the game!

So we drove around until we found a place to watch it and witnessed (on TV) one of the best SBs of all time.

Go have an adventure this year for the SB!

46 Gent January 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

Football overdose day with hours of pre-game and then The Show.

47 David Siecker January 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

Find the best seat in the house in front of the biggest screen after making several plates of nachos, sandwiches, and cold beverages.

48 Connor January 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

homemade BBQ chicken using grandfathers original recipe and sauce

49 Devin January 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

My friends and I sit in the backyard with a big fire roaring. We drink Scotch, smoke cigars and watch the game through the living room window. The announcers are usually bad, so no sound is no big deal. It is usually around 20 degrees outside.

50 JR Cooper January 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

We just sit back, crank it up, and enjoy the game with our family and close friends. This is one game that is not just for men. We all welcome the women to join us since it’s more about the American tradition than the game itself.

51 Gary January 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

1) complaining that my team never makes it

2) eating buffalo wings

3) wishing i was at the game so i didnt have to watch the commercials

52 Daniel January 5, 2010 at 10:48 am

My favorite tradition is spending it with my dad.

53 Robert January 5, 2010 at 10:54 am

My favorite pastime on SBS is to make sure to grill, whether I’m in the south where it’s warm, or a foot deep in snow like now, nothing except being there in person could beet gathering with friends, cooking up some good steaks and treats on a grill and enjoying the game.

54 Paul_of_TX January 5, 2010 at 11:02 am

I follow the same ritual for every Sunday during football season. First wake up and go for a run then take the family to church. After eating and changing clothes take care of chores around the house. When those are done it is time to turn the game on.

55 Living with Balls January 5, 2010 at 11:13 am

Spending time with friends, drinking beer, eating good food and picking boxes.

56 Taylor Norwood January 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

My favorite tradition is simply watching the game. If you can, watch it with friends, but if not then watch it and be prepared to argue over every call, gripe about every dropped pass or bad snap, complain about how dirty the team you weren’t rooting for played when you talk to your boys the next time. It’s one of those things that you can always count on all your man-friends watching, even if you can’t all do it together.

57 Nick January 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

My favorite tradition is not worrying about who wins because I know that I don’t have to worry about my Detroit Lions ever being involved in the “Su** Bo**”.

58 Chris H January 5, 2010 at 12:19 pm

We kick it off with a friendly game of our own outside getting all the friends and family in the spirit. Afterwords the festivities begin with lots of food and gathering in the living room to watch the game and trash talk each others teams.

59 Andrew January 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm

What I look forward to the most on the fateful sunday of superness is enjoying the game with friends and family.

Go Vikings!

60 Kurt Garcia January 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I go to a grocery store, lately “Whole Foods,” and stock up on food and drinks. Then, I proceed to the family home and cook. Fun times with family and friends.

61 Jim January 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

For all the efforts in leaving the Big Game unnamed, it’s right there plain as day in the address. Anyway, I will be in Costa Rica at the time so hopefully the American contingent I’ll be with knows how to get it.

62 Skot January 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Wow…. amazing contest as usual.

Favorite Su** Bo** ritual: Taking off work the Monday after the game.

63 Dave Foong January 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Go to a buddies house, have the ladies cook, the men lounge around drinking beer and eating the most unhealthy food while watching the game. The ladies do their own thing while the game is on but join whenever the commercials are on. Either way, Peyton is going to be on both of them.
Go Colts.

64 kevin January 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

my favorite ritual is to get chips, dip, and friends and watch it together on a big screen.

65 Adam Rogge January 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

My favorite tradition is grilling all day with my boys (children) in preparation for the game, then eating myself silly (see: Thanksgiving) during the game. I guess discussing the commercials with my wife / daughter should be mentioned as well.

66 Zach Brown January 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I like to get together with the guys, gorge ourselves on unhealthy (but extremely tasty) food, crack jokes and yell at the TV. The perfect recipe for a good time watching the “big game.”

67 Larry January 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I watch just enough of the pre-game to get my motor running, but not too much to where I’m worn out when the game starts. Then, the food during the game involves summer sausage, cheese, and those “little smoky” sausage things that the wife makes in the crock pot with barbecue sauce.

68 Dustin | Engaged Marriage January 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Eat an insane amount of very hot wings, and drink enough beer to make the pain almost bearable.

69 Z. Wilson January 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Settle in the leather recliner (I call her Mavis), pop open a fine Virgil’s Cream Soda, and dive into some wings. Of course, during halftime I gotta watch 10 minutes of the Puppy Bowl (hope thats not trademarked) on Animal Planet before the game. Nothing warms the heart like watching a dozen puppies frolicking in a miniature stadium, and it sure beats whatever halftime show they come up with.

70 Cameron January 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Smoking a brisket overnight, throwing around the pigskin beforehand, and drinking from a keg of IPA.

71 Chris Winkleman January 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm


72 Dominick Montgomery January 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

The Big Game day usually begins around 8am. I’ll call my brother and make sure we have all the beer and meat we need. I will then send my texts inviting those who aren’t really football fans to come over and hang. (Maybe they’ll catch the pigskin fever)

Once kickoff has been made, trash-talking, jokes, and eating/drinking ensues.

Most definitely one of the greatest days of the year.

73 J Mac January 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Beers. Bros. Brats. Wings. Watching the greatest game on earth.

74 J Mac January 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Wings, Beer, Broskis

75 Mark January 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Pre-game backyard football is a must, even when it’s zero degrees. Some good eats with good friends and viola, Schnooper Mole!

76 Dave January 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I almost always end up rooting for the underdog, and can’t remember the last time I was happy with the outcome of the game. But hey, it’s the “Bowl of Superness”… it’s all about celebrating the existence of the NFL!

77 Joseph M January 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

The year my guacamole dip beat out my friend’s “famous” nacho dip. Then my team one on top of it… unbeatable super bowl experience. Well, beatable only by attending the game in person…

78 Michael January 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Good company, good beer, and a great game.

79 Rajesh January 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Playing football catch with friends then going home and watching the game with my family. I also have a feast during the game, usually including chips and dip, popcorn, and potato chips.

80 Jason B January 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Getting together with my fellow fantasy football owners to reflect back on the season and talk some trash about the next season’s NFL action. Then eat some burgers and snack on things that are generally bad for you as the game commences.

81 Michael Shipe January 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Watching the game with friends and family with the taste of grass in my teeth and dirt in open wounds after a game of tackle football.

82 Jimmy L. January 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Ordering lots of junk food and energy drinks. Add some brews and the night is good.

83 Cameron A January 6, 2010 at 12:07 am

The only real tradition I have is to sit and watch the game with friends and family with a night of stereotypical tailgate foods.

84 Robby January 6, 2010 at 12:21 am

Counting all the Clydesdales and other animals in the ads!

85 Jonathan January 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

I find somewhere to watch the game that isn’t my house; the game just isn’t that “super” when it’s watched on a 20″ screen. I proceed to eat a lot of food throughout the first two quarters before covertly unbuttoning my pants during half time and allowing myself 30-40 minutes of belly-pooching. Then, in the fourth quarter, I slowly edge toward the front of the couch (the pants are re-buttoned at this point…hopefully) until only part of my butt is there; this informs the room that I am prepared to leap up in disgust and/or jubilation should anything go well/wrong.

Since the Cowboys haven’t played in the big game for quite some time, I’ve had to learn to find other ways to enjoy the game without turning into the “I just love the chips, commercials, and camaraderie!” guy.

86 Bill January 6, 2010 at 2:26 am

Closing my eyes, clicking my heels together, and wishing the Bills had made the play. Then, I open my eyes, watch whoever’s playing and silently whisper “Norwood” (think Orson Wells’ “Rosebud”), while dropping my craft beer to the floor.

Eventually, I sigh, rise, and get a rag to clean up the beer spill.

87 MIchael Fields January 6, 2010 at 2:27 am

My Tradition is that it is almost like Thanksgiving, I or one of my friends will cook a Turkey dinner, everyone brings something to do with the dinner, or snacks before/during/after the game. And at Half time we go outside and start playing touch football, which since some of us are already had a “few” the touch football turns into tackle. Someone will yell the game is on and we all go back into the house to watch the second half,full of grass stains, hair messed up, a little blood and briuse we do not feel until the next day.

88 John Weismiller January 6, 2010 at 2:40 am

Totally guacamole and bean dip. To hell with Cinco de Mayo. These are only broken out during the Big Game and makes them a treat to be enjoyed with relish.

89 Diego Ybarra January 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

My “Trooper Bowl” traditions all depend on who’s playing. I’m a Texas boy with a love of the Dallas Cowboys; if they are in the big game, it is guaranteed that their will be a party. The last I remember was at my folks house with hand made posters and streamers provided by my mom, BBQ is always served and finger foods for those who just can’t wait. And of couse cold refreshments.

If Dallas isn’t in the game, then remove the posters and streamers and the party is still on.

90 Stephanie and Jonathan January 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

We get a baby sitter, eat 7 layer nachos, drink Sam Addams, and scream at the top of our lungs! Luckly we live on a horse farm in KY, so nobody lives close enough to call the cops. My wonderful, manly husband kindly answers all my ridiculous questions about uniforms, helmets, and and why the players are reaching into the other players crotches. He truely deserves a trip to someplace sunny and warm to see the best of the best compete in the bloody and manly ritual we all gather together to see annually, (rhymes with buper soul). He embodies true manliness by being chilverous, patient, kind, strong, understanding, and working two jobs to take care of his family without any complaint. He is a wonderful husband and father and who loves football and deserves a few days of fun with out and about his best buddy.

91 Jim January 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Our Buper Sowl tradition is the annual kegger party that culminates in the un-sheathing of the Big Sandwich. In its long history, the party has seen:
a drunken Frenchman carrying a piano
a lost croquet ball
sky diving video bloopers (non-fatal)
hackers writing programs onto host’s (my) laptop requiring a series of erotic sentences to be written before allowing log on
a man in a kilt defying traffic
and I think one time there was a guy actually watching the game . . .

92 MaCayn January 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Setting up the Tupperware Bowl scoring grids by quarter and final score, with handles of booze as the prize. :)

93 Ben January 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Ritual: Watching the commercials.

94 Michael January 6, 2010 at 6:45 pm

You have to be 13 years old to enter? Odd.

Anyway, our Su*** Bo** ritual is to fire up the smoker early in the morning, put on some brisket, toss the ball around and invite over as many people as we can think of.

95 Brett January 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Dad and I deep-fry chicken hearts and gizzards with tater tots in jalapeno powder and have a beer while watching the game. Good healthy food.

96 Logan January 6, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Dear Lord, the battles we go through life,
We ask for a chance that’s fair

A chance to equal our stride,
A chance to do or dare

If we should win, let it be by the code,
Faith and Honor held high

If we should lose, we’ll stand by the road,
And cheer as the winners go by

Day by Day, we get better and better!
Til’ we can’t be beat…WON’T BE BEAT!

97 Joe January 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm

My favorite Yooper Hole tradition is playing a game of football before the game then grilling out, eating brats, and drinking beer during it.

98 Patrick Wire January 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Chinese food and fine whiskey work for me. No cooking or cleaning or driving.

99 Nik January 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

The Super Bowl never had a central place in my home. As a kid, I always went over to my best friend’s house and watched it with him while playing cards. Always worked for me, but I think it’s time for a new tradition.

100 European fan January 7, 2010 at 1:28 am

My favorite ritual is to try to stay awake either with coffee or bear since I’m watching the broadcast overseas and it is early morning when the game takes place. And I hate the fact that I can not participate in this contest since I happen to be in the US at the time of the Great Cup…

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