Marietta couple caps off football season with 7th Super Bowl party
by Geoff Folsom
February 04, 2013 12:59 AM | 4282 views | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta residents Lesley and Nelson Foster have thrown  a Super Bowl party at their home for the last seven years. Above: From left, Marietta residents Mike Carrigan, Larry Lawrence and Nelson Foster closely watch the television as the 49ers took on the Ravens.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Marietta residents Lesley and Nelson Foster have thrown a Super Bowl party at their home for the last seven years. Above: From left, Marietta residents Mike Carrigan, Larry Lawrence and Nelson Foster closely watch the television as the 49ers took on the Ravens.
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From left, Marietta City Council Member Johnny Sinclair, Ginnie Little and Dana Crissey socialize at the party.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
From left, Marietta City Council Member Johnny Sinclair, Ginnie Little and Dana Crissey socialize at the party.
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MARIETTA — Friends gathered for Nelson and Lesley Foster’s annual Super Bowl party Sunday, but admitted there was a bittersweet feeling.

Watching the San Francisco 49ers, who narrowly beat the Atlanta Falcons to advance to the big game, play against the Baltimore Ravens made the game tough to stay interested in.

“None of us really care who wins,” said Mickey King, who lives with his wife, Lyn King, down St. Anne’s Road from the Fosters. “We’re supposed to pull for San Francisco because they beat us, but I’m kind of ambivalent.”

Nelson Foster said the attendees don’t usually stay keenly interested in the game unless it’s close at the end. But a game of squares, where party goers bet a couple dollars on possible scores, keeps the interest level up a bit. But had the hometown team made it, it would have been different.

“Then it really would have been a Super Bowl party,” he said.

Instead the game is more like a gathering for an annual holiday, where friends come back together. Though many of the attendees went to Marietta High School together and still live closeby, King said football is an excuse for rare times when they all get together.

“Football is a big thing that keeps us all connected,” he said. “We get together for a lot of Georgia (Bulldogs) games.”

Many of the families moved away but decided to come back to the area so their kids could attend Marietta City Schools, King said.

The party included food each guest brought. Some brought items like homemade chicken wings, while others grabbed Krystal hamburgers or Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Lesley Foster said she decided years ago to have all the guests bring their own food for everyone to share.

“Everybody is such good cooks, we decided to taste everybody’s food,” she said.

Among the 30 attendees was Marietta City Councilman Johnny Sinclair, who brought pita chips and hummus.

“The Super Bowl is almost as good as a Marietta High School football game, but not quite,” Sinclair said.

The party gives Sinclair a chance to visit with longtime friends.

“I love hanging out with a bunch of people I grew up with,” he said.

The party for Super Bowl XLVII was the seventh consecutive that the Fosters have hosted. They held several more before moving to Pickens County in north Georgia for a few years.

“We call those the dark years,” Sinclair said.
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MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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February 05, 2013
Hey, Johnny...better give up those chips, looks like you're getting a little big (belly) for your britches!!
old cobb resident
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February 05, 2013
I want to know how i can get my "parties" to e a news item. so sick of all these marietta high grads being in the news with all their so not important get togethers, WHO cares??

why not send a reporter down to Smyrna to cover a story on some Wills grads that get together to stay on touch. they meet at Howards resturant, in fact they are meeting there tonight.

oh wait.... they dont carry the same claut as good ole Marietta

shame on yu MDJ for forgetting other schools in COBB
Old Man
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February 04, 2013
Although I'm sure this story is interesting(?) I don't think it's considered news. Should have been on the social page. Oh wait, Johnny Sinclair was there. Now it is news.
Amy DeLoach
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February 04, 2013
Nelson? I like Goose better!
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