Sebastian Maniscalco has a perfect matchup in mind for the Super Bowl: Bears vs. Texans.Could happen.The native of Chicago and lifelong Bears fan also is close friends with Houston star defensive end J.J. Watt. So what could be better for the popular standup comedian than his favorite team facing off with his football buddy in the big game?"We were just talking about that http://www.authenticslosangelesrams.com
, a friend and me, talking about going to the Super Bowl this year. It could be a Watt/Bears extravaganza," says Maniscalco, who also is an actor and author. "It would be nice."The last time the Bears were this good with this kind of swagger about them and a lot of confidence, they were doing the 'Super Bowl Shuffle.' "Maniscalco is headed for Madison Square Garden for four shows on Jan. 19-20 that nearly are sold out. The Garden is a natural spot for comedy 鈥?have you seen the Knicks lately? 鈥?and Maniscalco recognizes the tie-ins between sports and funniness."Madison Square Garden is the epicenter for lots of great events," he notes. "Comedy and sports definitely go together, though it's not something I build my standup around. I tailor my act to whoever is there. It is something for me that I always loved, incorporating some sort of sports material into my act, some of it's improvisational."You're out there and exposed in both. If people are not out there laughing, you are out there like a pitcher who cannot throw strikes. Comedy is very naked and very exposed. So is anybody who is kind of doing something on an individual level, like in sports."Maniscalco, who threw out the first pitch for a Mets game at Citi Field last season and enjoyed the camaraderie of hanging out in the dugout, was a soccer player as a youngster. Part of his comedy routine 鈥?he has a Netflix special that premieres on Jan. 15 鈥? centers on his father, who would come to Sebastian's games with a legal pad, write down what he saw Los Angeles Rams T-Shirt
, then break down what his son did and didn't do.His father would sit away from the other parents in the stands."No one knew who he was," he jokes. "They were saying, 'Hey, does someone owe money here?' He looked like he was coming to collect a debt."Now, Maniscalco says, dad comes to his shows and does the same critiquing of the comedy.Much of Maniscalco's material focuses on family relationships and stuff people go through in their daily lives. He steers clear of politics, despite the deep well of potential material there."The recipe for success to me is staying true to who I am, to my family, and sharing experiences people can relate to," he says.His friendship with Watt started through Twitter when the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year said he was a fan of Maniscalco since high school. The comic and his family have visited with Watt when they were in Houston, and marveled at the impact Watt has had in the community."He is like a leader. He inspires people," Maniscalco says, noting Watt's fundraising role after Houston was hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. "If something needs to get done, he gets it done. You kind of strive to do the things he does. It makes you a better person."So if Watt and the Texans play his beloved Bears in the Super Bowl, where will Maniscalco's allegiance be?Well Los Angeles Rams Hats
, he isn't quite saying. But, though he has lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, he still roots for all the Chicago teams.If the Texans and Bears get to Atlanta, and you see a guy on the street wearing a Watt jersey and Bears jacket and hat, it might be Maniscalco.No kidding. The NFL will stage four games in London and one in Mexico City next season, with the Jaguars, Chargers, Rams, Raiders and Buccaneers serving as hosts.When the games will be played and who the opponents will be won't be announce until the spring, when the league schedule for 2019 is released.The Jaguars have a deal to play annually in London. The Chargers, Rams and Raiders are considered to be playing in temporary stadiums 鈥?the Los Angeles teams will move into a new facility being built in Inglewood that won't be ready next year 鈥?and the Raiders will be leaving Oakland for Las Vegas in 2020.Days after the Chiefs-Rams game scheduled for Azteca Stadium was moved to Los Angeles because of poor field conditions in November, the NFL announced it would be returning to play a regular-season game in Mexico City in 2019.This season had three games at Wembley Stadium in London 鈥?one of those was scheduled for Tottenham's new stadium, but was switched to Wembley because the Spurs' building was not ready. Previously, the NFL announced that two of the 2019 London games would be at Wembley, the other two at TottenhamEarlier this year Los Angeles Rams Hoodie
, the Seahawks beat the Raiders 27-3, the Chargers defeated the Titans 20-19, and the Eagles beat the Jaguars 24-18.The NFL has played regular-season games in London since 2007. It played one in Mexico City in 2005, then not again until 2016 and '17."Our league's global presence continues to grow and expand through the success of the NFL International Series and we look forward to showcasing the Buccaneers organization to an international audience," said Brian Ford, the team's chief operating officer.The Bucs agreed to participate in an international game as part of their bid to host the Super Bowl in 2021. They've played twice in London, losing to the Patriots in 2009 and Bears in 2011."I've been associated with games out of the country before," coach Dirk Koetter said, "and when you get to them, I think the players do enjoy that week. Trips are long, usually you're rewarded on the back end with your bye week. Once you're over there, it's football. It's new and it's different."