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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Will you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday?

It’s the only secular holiday we have in the U.S. that is absolutely guaranteed to fall on a weekend: Super Bowl Sunday. And any excuse for a party, right? Yesterday I overheard someone being invited to a party on Sunday, and responding: “I don’t really like football.” And the inviter replied: “What does a Super Bowl party have to do with football?”

Will you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, either alone or at a party? Will you watch for the football, or just for the commercials?

I may have the game on in the background while I do other stuff, but if I do, it’ll only be for the commercials. I don’t really like football either. As ritualized-hunting games go, this is one of my least favorite. If the guys brought home a tasty mammoth when it was over, that’d be something to look forward to. But all they end up with is a trophy (or not) and massive brain trauma and early onset Alzheimer’s.

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)

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  • bitchen frizzy

    No, I will not watch it. I have no interest in pro football. I do like college football. I watched some of those bowl games.

    I’m not interested in the halftime shows, and though I know a lot of people watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, I’ve never been able to fathom that. I don’t like commercials.

  • JasonJ

    Nope, I could care less. Not a fan of team sports, though I didn’t mind playing a game once in awhile with friends back in the day. I can see the commercials on the internet if I must see them, but there have not been any great commercials in the last several Super Bowls, so I don’t want it on at all. My wife likes to put on the Halftime Show for the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, the kittens are pretty funny but you can only watch so much of that. Otherwise, I’ll pass, we have plenty to catch up on in the DVR.

  • Bill

    Isn’t Springsteen performing at half time? That might be worth tuning in for. So, I just googled the super bowl and apparently Pittsburgh is playing Arizona, but they are playing in Florida. What’s that about? To answer the question, I will be watching as little football as possible but if I catch a little while I check out The Boss, so be it.

  • Jim Mann

    I’ll be watching. I’ve been a football fan — and a Steeler fan — for a long time. I tend to like team sports, in part because the better team sports involve a lot of strategy, which I find interesting.

    But most years I simply mute the halftime and read. (I like Springsteen’s music, but I’m not really interested in all the hoopla around it.)


  • Ryan

    I will probably watch some of it, I enjoy football, and I’m betting against the Steelers.

  • Other Ryan

    Sure. Maybe. Didn’t really see the Super Bowl much before college. Then at college we would have these parties and yeah it was less about football and more about just having ANOTHER excuse to get together and eat chips and dips.

    So now in my post-college years, it’s almost become a habit to just watch the game with a few friends even if none of us are really big football fans. Though I have to say as a Giants fan, last year’s game was perfection.

  • Hdj

    nope Colts out, Giants out, no reason for me to watch, Probably have to work anyways since half the job requested the day off.

  • joey

    Yeah, I don’t know if I’ll watch it. My parents (Giants/Dolphins fans) are going to a friend’s house in Hobe Sound. They could have gone to the actual game, I suppose, were it not still much too expensive.

    Like bitchen, though, I’m much more into college football, so I don’t know.It’ll be interesting if I get into FSU grad school given that I grew up rooting for the Gators.

    Oh, and Bill, the Super Bowl rotates around different stadiums (stadia?) independent of who’s playing, so the NFL can start setting up well in advance. It actually works sort of like the Olympics, where a committee inspects stadium applicants and picks one a few years in advance. Tampa, of course, has the benefit of not being freezing cold.

  • Ken

    I have no specific plans to watch the game. If I’m invited to a Superbowl party, I usually go for the socializing aspect. If I’m home, I may have it on in the background. But my attention won’t be focused on it. That said, I was very surprised with how excited I was with the last quarter or so of last year’s game, only partially because a NY team was involved, but mostly because I didn’t want a team that had been caught cheating (by taping their opponents) to go undefeated.

  • Markyd

    I don’t like football.
    I don’t like commercials.
    I don’t like Springsteen.
    tough choice, huh?
    I’m not too big on doing something just because everyone else is. I am amazed at how many people supposedly “watch” the superbowl, but show no interest the rest of the year. Bunch of sheep.
    Yeah, that’s right. I revel in being the rebel.
    And NO, I do NOT want to be in the superbowl pool.
    They just don’t give up.

  • misterb

    I’d like to watch the SuperBowl – I’ve watched most of them over the past 30 years – but I’ll be in a country where it shows early Monday morning.
    I always enjoy a Super Bowl party for the party, but the game is only occasionally good. The true pro football fan will tell you that the best games are during the divisional championships (4 games in 1 weekend – no chores will be done!)

  • Left to my own devises, I would not think to watch it, but I’m moving in temporarily with my brother this Saturday, so it’s much more probable than usual that I will at least be in the same air space as the Game on a certain big screen TV.

    Who’s playing again?

  • Anne-Kari

    Now that my original plans for the weekend have been all blown to hell, I will be… avoiding the living room while my husband and a bunch of mutual friends yell at the TV during the superbowl.

    Yeah, not so much a fan of football.

  • Pau

    The last time someone asked me if I was watching the Superbowl was over ten years ago. My parents prefer college football, my American friends don’t watch sports on TV, and my Chinese friends watch soccer, which they call football, or zu qiu, pronounced a little like “zoo cho.”

    I can proudly say I have never seen a Superbowl game, and only two Rose Bowl games, but my mother stopped making me watch those because I’m a jinx.

  • the rook

    i’m going to the ballet on sunday.

  • I expect to watch (well, Jim will be watching and we do live in Western Pennsylvania). I have no interest in Arizona, but I’ve enjoyed the Steelers for quite some time.

  • JoshB

    I’m really much more of a basketball fan, but I’ll probably keep tabs on the Super Bowl. Maybe I’ll actually sit down for the last 5-10 minutes of game time.

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