Oh yeah, and then there’s a game to watch, if you’re into that sort of thing. In the past, the big game has been anti-climactic. Remember Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014? Seattle beat Denver 43 to 8. Snooze-fest. Last year’s game was better, New England barely beat Seattle 28 to 24 in a clutch moment, but historically speaking, the final games leading up to the Super Bowl are the games to watch. So no telling what will happen this year with the youth of Cam Newton versus the experience of Payton Manning – though predictions have the Panthers beating the Broncos by 9 points.
In the meantime, let’s drink! There are three times a year we are expected to get drunk, am I right? Our birthdays; New Year’s Eve; and Super Bowl Sunday. Can I get a woo-hoo! Many people want the Monday after Super Bowl to be declared a holiday because a reported 1.5 million people will call in sick. That’s a lot of lost productivity time, and even those who do manage to show up, are moving slow. Call to action to combine President’s day with Super Bowl. I’m pretty sure Washington and Lincoln would have wanted it that way.
And you don’t have to like football to look forward to the event. It’s fun getting together with friends to watch commercials. I mean, when does this ever happen? Toss a puppy and a Clydesdale and you’ve got a winner. For the rest, this is a time when comedy reigns. Last year’s flops were the ones that forgot this rule. At $5 million per 30 second-spot, it’s an expensive lesson to learn. Remember last year’s biggest flop from Nationwide Insurance – reminding us how children are killed in auto accidents? Terrible! Show that at Easter when we’re actually thinking about someone’s death, or better yet, don’t show it at all.
The trend this year for Super Bowl 50 (No Roman numeral L this year-losers) commercials is a lighter tone. Experts say if the atmosphere in our world is serious, like a stagnating economy, a wild presidential election, and terrorism all around us, then the commercials go light. And if the atmosphere is lighthearted, the commercials go heavy. Personally I think people want to be entertained, not scared and/or depressed, no matter what’s going on in the world. Budweiser, Doritos, and Toyota are planning funny campaigns for the viewers. Looking forward to it.
And for my favorite – the food and drinks. In Texas we always look forward to good BBQ, awesome Tex-Mex, tasty Buffalo wings, fresh seafood, bowls of chili, countless chips and dips, cheese and crackers, and wonderful desserts, not to mention the specialty cocktails, and my fav, good ole beer. Super Bowl definitely needs to be declared an American holiday, but lucky for me, I work from home and can go to work on Monday in pajamas. Enjoy the day, and go, Denver! I tend to root for the underdogs.