Believe it or not, there are those among us who have never watched a football game – including yours truly – thus making Super Bowl Sunday just another day.
Now, let’s get a few things straight before I continue: I’m not a member of any kind of cult (unless you consider worshipping the cocoa bean to be a little offâ¦.) and I’m not a Fascist. I’m as American as the rest of you. Football was just never my thing. It wasn’t part of my family life growing up, and it just never became a priority. And since I have always been, shall we say, “athletically challenged” (aka the last kid picked for any team in gym class) I never made an effort to watch it or learn how the game works.
This didn’t pose any challenges in my life at all until one day I found myself responsible for editing sports copy for a community paper. Suddenly I was confronted with phrases like “stuffed up the middle.”
I read it and re-read it five times before I decided to look it up. What on earth was this writer talking about? Are there words missing?
I felt silly once I read the definition and discovered it was in fact used properly. (That was a long time ago, and, no, I don’t remember what it means).
My point in sharing all of this is if you are in the minority of people in this country who aren’t interested in the Super Bowl this weekend, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your day. Send your friends off to their parties with well wishes and make the day your own. Here are a few suggestions:
1. This one comes from one of my co-workers. She likes to make a massive to-do list of household chores and see how many she can get done before halftime. I like this a lot. I wonder how many closets I could organize before Madonna hits center stage?
2. I heard that Matthew Broderick will appear in one of the commercials that will air during the Big Game. Why not watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off instead? “Bueller, Bueller, Bueller â¦”
3. I’ll take that concept one step further: how about an afternoon of your favorite ’80s movies: Back to the Future, Better Off Dead, Pretty in Pink, Can’t Buy Me Love â¦ you get the idea.
4. Read â¦ anything. Grab the Kindle, grab a hard copy book, magazine, newspaper, whatever you like. Take the time to enjoy some quiet and catch up on your reading.
5. This is a good day to go shopping. So many people are at parties all afternoon and all night, the stores aren’t crowded at all. It’s delightful.
6. Try something new. While everyone else is busy rooting for their favorite team, you can try out that new recipe you bookmarked a month ago, or finally pop in that Pilates dvd. It doesn’t matter what you do, just take advantage of the quiet time.
7. If none of these suggestions strike a chord with you, check out our calendar of events. You just might find the perfect activity for your “Sans Super Bowl” celebration right in your own back yard.
8. If all else fails, take a nap!
That’s the scoop. Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.
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