On this side of the pond, today is basically a national holiday.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, after all.
A day filled with food, friends, and a football game. Beverages will surely flow in many pubs and bars throughout the country. People will argue throughout about missed plays and missed opportunities.
In the end, one team will be crowned Super Bowl champions.
In my region, it’s of course a little hectic as the New York Giants and New England Patriots are battling for the crown. And, well, there’s a lot of fans of each of those teams in this area. More for the Giants, but still.
The game and everything else is intriguing. With the Super Bowl happening in Indianapolis (home of the Colts), you have Giants quarterback Eli Manning looking to win his second Super Bowl, this time in the stadium where his brother plays (but possibly for not much longer). And, you also have Peyton’s arch-nemesis — New England QB Tom Brady — looking to win the Super Bowl.
Oh the drama.
But you know what they say right? Save the drama for your mama!
I’m not the biggest football fan in the world. I like the game, but unlike baseball, I have a hard time just watching teams I’m not interested in. I don’t mind this Super Bowl, because I don’t mind Eli and the Giants and I can’t stand New England, so I have a rooting interest. But the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl has always irked me. There’s two weeks in between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, so you have a long buildup.
By the time the game comes on, I’ve had enough.
That being said, I haven’t been as saturated with it as in the past because I don’t work at a newspaper anymore. So I don’t see the constant stream of stories and photos.
I know Peyton Manning has been in the press a lot with a war of words with Colts owner Jim Irsay. When Indianapolis was awarded this game several years ago, I’m sure these two had plans of the Colts playing in the game, not sitting on the sideline watching after having the worst record in the league.
And I’m sure it’s quite exciting being in Indy for the game.
But I’m not in Indy. And don’t plan to be. I’ve never gotten into the day of the game programming. Hours and hours of stuff on television — all Super Bowl related. Even when the Colts played in the Super Bowl two times, I ignored. The first year, I went on a photo day. I came back an hour or so before the game and watched it by myself as the Colts won the Super Bowl title.
I went to a friend’s house the second time, but left at halftime so I could watch the rest of the game by myself.
I’m that way with most teams I cheer for. In the baseball playoffs, I usually like to watch the Phillies by myself. I can actually watch and pay attention to the game that way and I enjoy it more. Would I like to experience watching the Phillies win the World Series in the stadium with more than 40,000 other people? Of course. But if I’m not there, let me be so I can watch the game and enjoy.
As for football, if there are teams I have no interest in, I’ll have the game on. But might do other things. I like the game of football, just not to the level of millions of others. I’ll be at a friend’s tonight watching, so the game will be on and we’ll be watching. I hope the commercials are better than in the past year or two as that can be quite a high spot.
A few of us will gather to watch together and hopefully it will be a good game. I’m sure there will be good food (I’m making New England clam chowder [wait… that should be chowdah!] to bring over — but it’s the ‘I don’t like the New England Patriots Clam Chowder,’ more than anything else). Maybe a few beverages will be popped. And we’ll likely debate whether or not Tom Brady should have thrown a ball where he got picked off.
In the end, someone will be crowned Super Bowl champion.
And tomorrow, the world can go on as normal. Though I imagine a large amount of people might be a little hung over.
I’m picking Eli and the Giants to win this Super Bowl, by the way. I just hope it’s a good game.
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