I’m not really a football fan. I know! I can hear your collective gasps of shock! I happen to catch bits and pieces of a game when somebody else has it on the TV during football season. And I hear who is going for the Super Bowl. And I even know which teams are playing this year! (The Falcons and the Patriots) Otherwise, I really don’t care.
However, what I do like about the Super Bowl is how it pulls the country together in a big way. I love how it is so American! I can’t help but get into the excitement. I enjoy seeing people excited about this game and the fun rivalries that happen. (It is a game, people!)
I love the rituals. The flying of the flag, the singing of the National Anthem, the fly-over of the Thunderbirds, the coin toss and the first kick-off and play of the game.
I admit that I look forward to the commercials; the only time I can say that.
I love the half-time show.
I enjoy empathizing with the players knowing that this game is the dream of a lifetime for all of them and trying to imagine how that feels. We get a glimpse of that when they show their excitement when a play goes their way.
I also find it fascinating that there is a primal level to this game. The love of a battle and winning at all costs. The adrenaline you can see in the players’ eyes. This game is a wonderful outlet for those primitive urges.
As far as the entire game goes, I usually listen to it and glance at it when it seems there is a big play happening.
I love that people gather for parties, food and camaraderie.
There is a feeling in the air of fun and patriotism.
So even though I’m not really a big football fan, I do enjoy the Super Bowl.
No matter who wins, I hope all of you enjoy it. Happy Super Bowl Sunday!