Falling in Love with February

February is for lovers: football lovers, movie lovers and lovers in general! Valentine's Day falls on February 14th, and secret admirers have an annual opportunity to make their feelings known, while those already in relationships have a great chance to rekindle some warm feelings by exchanging cards, flowers, candy, gifts and more.

For football fans, February 1st finds quarterback Tom Brady leading the New England Patriots to a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Brady completes 32 of 48 passes for a total of 354 yards, which includes three touchdowns and one interception. Brady is voted MVP of the game, but, in an odd chain of events during a half-time musical performance, singer Janet Jackson reveals a part of her anatomy and forever seals her name in Super Bowl history. The stunt quickly becomes a highly debated scandal in the media and brings about an investigation by the FCC.

For movie fans, Billy Crystal hosts the 76th Annual Academy Awards on the 29th of February, which includes appearances by Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Liv Tyler, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller and many others.

Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller reprise television's "Starsky & Hutch" in a feature-length film of the same title, which premieres on February 26th. The film also stars Juliette Lewis, Vince Vaughn and Snoop Dogg.

And last but not least, Groundhog's Day is February 2nd. The famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, is the center of attention as his perspective on his shadow, or lack thereof, continues to be America's favorite folk custom for predicting the weather. If Phil sees his shadow, the custom says there will six more weeks of winter; if he doesn't see his shadow, an early spring is said to be on the way.

Here are some helpful February links: 

  • SuperBowl.com: Super Bowl XXXVIII - Features a complete recap of the match between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots.  Includes photos, box scores, multimedia clips and more.
  • 1-800-FLOWERS.com - Order flowers for Valentine's Day.
  • St. Valentine - Offers background information about the national day of romance.