Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone and, as far as I can tell, everybody got up and went to work Monday morning.
I’m pointing this out because there has been a push recently to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday. Seems like some people really overdo it while watching the game and need a day of recovery.
There has long been the thought that having the Super Bowl on Saturday would solve the problem, but for some reason both the NFL and the TV networks have never given any consideration to that idea. I guess it’s the old thought that everybody goes out on Saturday night while Sunday night is when the streets are empty.
Having been a teetotaler my whole life and never having understood the appeal of the party world, either option is fine with me, including leaving it on Sunday.
A poll was recently done and more than 50% of people said they’d be willing to switch another holiday, such as MLK Day or President’s Day, for having the Monday after the Super Bowl be a holiday.
I hate to break it to them, but unless you a have a government job, the only holidays you are guaranteed to have off is the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe New Years. I doubt the Monday after the Super Bowl would be considered equal to Christmas or Thanksgiving.
A small percentage did say they’d be willing to trade Christmas or Thanksgiving. They are also known as those who can’t handle the idea of spending time with family.
Why is the Super Bowl so popular? Better pundits than me have pondered that question, but it’s football and, for whatever reason, the American people have decided pro football is their soulmate.
Baseball, despite bringing in billions of dollars each year, is losing popularity at an alarming rate, and the NBA is considered on the rise, but comparing them to the NFL is like comparing your favorite regional store to Walmart. They’re both making money, but come on.
The first Super Bowl I remember hearing about was Super Bowl 10 between the Cowboys and Steelers. The first one I really remember watching was Super Bowl 14 between the Steelers and Rams. I probably watched Super Bowl 13, but I can’t guarantee it. It took me awhile, as a kid, to get going on the big game because I had a mother totally uninterested in sports at all, so on those fateful Sundays, who knew what we were watching?
I’ve watched them all since number 14. Some I watched intently to the bitter end, others I became bored with before halftime. I cheer for the Vikings, so the only rooting interest I’ve ever had in a Super Bowl is hoping somebody loses, mainly the Cowboys and Patriots, though I cheered against the Ravens a couple of times because I didn’t want Ray Lewis to win anything.
I cheered for Peyton Manning whenever he made it as I like his sense of humor. If you’ve never seen the “Saturday Night Live” short about his football training camp for kids, look it up. Manning was fearless in showing an ability to laugh at himself.
The commercials are always a highlight for a lot of people and the only reason many people watch the game. I don’t know how they came out this year as I’m writing this Sunday afternoon and the game hasn’t happened yet, but I’m sure there were some funny ones, some touching ones and some that will have people scratching their heads.
As a bonus, there are supposed to be some political ads this year. Big election year we’re in. I may have been a little sarcastic when I said such ads are a bonus.
Be honest, unless you’re favorite team was there, by the following Wednesday you will probably have a little trouble remembering who lost the game. Quick, who’d the Patriots beat last year? No, really, who was it? I can’t remember. And by the end of February you might forget who was in the game period.
It might help some if you have Monday off.