For a miserable Philly sports fan, I actually really enjoy the Super Bowl. I mean why not? Food, friends, family, degenerate gambling, the last 60 minutes (or more, clearly) of football that matters until September (ouch), the Super Bowl is a great American holiday that finds a unique balance of sports, entertainment and social life. There is one major flaw however that is holding the Super Bowl back from reaching it’s true potential and that is it being held on a Sunday.
Trust me, I get it. Football Sunday. Sundays are for the NFL. I know, I know. But having it on a Sunday limits the excitement rather than adding to it. People have to go to work the next day. People leave the party early. You have to limit your alcohol intake. You can’t go into a food coma until 11 am the next day. Imagine going out after the Super Bowl? Like using it as a pregame and betting with your friends non stop and then hitting the town and continuing to drink. You could celebrate your winnings immediately or use your last bit of cash to drown your sorrows, whichever. Sounds like a shit show that I would absolutely want to be a part of. Business would boom, bars and restaurants would make a killing, people would have the flexibility to watch the game in ways that they previously haven’t been able to do. You can easily make that long drive to watch with your college buddies since you can crash there after the game or you can stay up to watch the highlights and interviews and the celebrations and really take it in if you so choose. I mean really, would you rather talk about the game the next day with your friends or with 46 year old Debra from HR? It’s like there’s all this hype about the game and then you blink and before you know it Tom Brady is standing up there again with a trophy and you have to be up in 6 hours dressed and ready for work. It sucks.
Having it on Sunday does make it easier to prepare everything, but you could easily start your prep Friday night if need be or just pick up your stuff Saturday morning. I also can’t argue that Super Bowl Sunday is a tradition, but this country was built on progressive ideas and change (leave your snarky political comments out of this one). I think we can all get behind having the Super Bowl a day earlier if it benefits a majority of people. Food for thought. In other news I consumed entirely too much food and rotted in my bed until almost noon. Thankfully Gratzfeed is ahead of the curve and gave it’s employees a delayed opening today. Hopefully more companies will follow suit. Oh, or you could just make the Monday after the Super Bowl a National Holiday and give people off. That works too.