The countdown to kickoff began weeks ago.
Now it's just mere hours away.
Super Bowl XLVI. (Or 46, for those, like me, who aren't so good with Roman numerals).
Unless you dropped several thousand bucks on tickets and airfare you're watching the Big Game from somewhere outside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Many of you will be taking part in that great American tradition known as the Super Bowl Party.
Here are some do's and dont's to help you enjoy the experience.
And get invited back to the host's house next year.
Do your homework: Nobody wants to watch the game with an idiot. Remember, the New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants at the Super Bowl in 2008. Madonna is headlining the halftime show. Everybody is already talking about the Ferris Bueller commercial.
Don't hog the guacamole: Your buddy's awesome wife just made the greatest plate of chips-n-dip ever! Leave some for the rest of the crowd. And, please, don't double dip!
Do bring a dish and beverages: Even if the host adamantly tells you not to bother, at the very least show up with a bag of brand name chips and a six-pack better than Natty Light.
Don't taunt: You have on your No. 10 jersey and Eli Manning just threw his fifth touchdown of the day. Don't start screaming in the ear of the guy wearing the New England colors. Especially if you're watching his flat-screen TV.
Do feign interest: At some point, an excitable football fanatic will start rambling on about various offensive and defensive strategies like he's John Madden. Just smile and nod. Eventually he'll shut up and/or walk away. Unless it's your significant other.
Don't talk politics: Neither Obama, Romney, nor Newt have anything to do with the outcome of the game.
Do offer to help clean: Whether you're leaving at halftime or staying until the bitter end, ask if there's anything you can do. It will earn you points with the host and chances are she or he will tell you not to worry about it anyway.
Don't even think about calling in sick Monday: Food poisoning? Yeah right, you lush!
Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Visit heraldbuzzworthy.blogspot.com.