I am not a sports fan. I can sometimes remember the names of one famous player from each major sport, I cannot tell college and professional teams apart for the life of me (except that many of the college teams have “University” or some such on the end), and if someone asks me which team I’m rooting for, I pick whichever state is closest to Michigan and go with that. Still, I do like Superbowl Sunday, because it’s not just about a game of football. In fact, sometimes I find myself truly looking forward to the big game because of three special facets of Superbowl Sunday that I enjoy very much.
1. The commercials. This one is the most obvious, so I’ll get it out of the way first. There has never been any question as to the vast superiority of most Superbowl commercials. Sure, you’ll get a dud here and there, but most companies give their best to make their Superbowl spots sizzle. After all, they paid an insane amount of cash to get their thirty-second-long ad, and it’s probably only going to air once during the broadcast, so they need to make it as engrossing, entertaining, and memorable as possible. The result is a string of creative, funny, and generally enjoyable ads. This year, my three favorites were the Volkswagon – The Force ad, the Carmax – Kid in a Candy Store ad, and the Doritos – House Sitter ad. You can watch all of them on this YouTube channel.
2. The great parties. Superbowl Sunday is the one day of the year that you are almost guaranteed to find at least one group of close friends who are planning to get together, eat food, and laugh a lot. Plus, the game itself can add a fun atmosphere of friendly rivalry and anticipation to the mix. I’m normally not much of a party person, but for some reason all of the Superbowl parties that I’ve ever attended were a lot of fun. There’s just something about them that brings people together. Kind of like magnets, or a whole lot of rubber bands.
3. The ability to get a kick out of people who actually care about the outcome of the game. Whether you’d admit it or not, you know it’s funny to hear the real football fans scream and groan and yell when their team does (or does not) do well. Personally, I think that impartiality is the best position to take in this situation, because you can enjoy the game no matter who’s winning and get the bonus of laughing at the hardcore fans’ antics. Also, you can get a lot of fun out of rooting for the team that most of your friends don’t like – especially if that team wins. Ah, the memories.
So what do you think of Superbowl Sunday as a whole? What’s the best Superbowl party you’ve been to? And, most importantly, what was your favorite ad this year?