It’s here; Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Everyone is figuring out just how they’re going to spend this unofficial American holiday, and I’ve decided that I’m not just going to one Super Bowl party — I’m going to two.
I know, I know — crazy, right? Before you get all sorts of confused and think I’m a super sporty girl, though, let me set the record straight: I’m not. Sure, I understand the overall game concept, and I love to cheer for my favorite teams. But once their seasons are over, (R.I.P. Dallas Cowboys), I don’t typically follow the rest of postseason too closely. It is simply no longer a priority of mine. The only exception to this comes at the climactic conclusion of the season: the Super Bowl. This Sunday, you better believe that I’ll be watching along with millions of others.
As I said before, I’m planning on going to two Super Bowl parties this weekend, making the cross-town transition around half time. At both, I’ll probably watch the game fairly attentively; a good game is always interesting, even if I’m not incredibly invested in the final outcome. In all honesty though, I’m not really participating in the Big Game festivities for the game itself — and that is OK.
There are those of us who love the Super Bowl because it’s an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. There are those of us who love the Super Bowl because we get to munch on greasy finger foods and carb-filled snacks. And I’ll just go ahead and say it: there are those of us who love the Super Bowl because of the commercials. And that’s OK!
There are many great things about the Super Bowl, but the best by far is that it unites the mega-sports lovers, the people who have no clue what a fourth down is and everyone in between.
For one night, everyone is content to pile in the living room together, yelling and laughing and maybe even crying. For just a couple of hours, those of us who don’t typically care about postseason football feel compelled, and even excited, to watch along. It’s actually a pretty amazing phenomenon.
So this Sunday, be proud of why you’re tuning in to experience the biggest game of the year. If you are looking forward to the commercials, both funny and heartbreaking, enjoy them with reckless abandon. If you’re looking forward to the snacks that only seem to come out during sports games, chow down (maybe save room for a celery stick or two). And if you’re looking forward to the simple fellowship that comes with a good Super Bowl party, soak it all up. Cheer when your friends cheer, boo when they boo and offer to get refills for the ones who can’t unglue their eyes from the screen.
This Sunday, the Super Bowl is for everyone. (Well, everyone except for the Saints fans.)