January 28, 2013

Surviving Super Bowl Weekend Is Always Harder Than I Think

Yikes. It’s already Super Bowl time again? A couple of weeks ago, my friends and family members started talking about where and how they would be watching the game. I have sat in silence since then because I just cannot get excited about watching two teams I don’t really care about play the final football game of the this season. I’m not sure I could take pleasure in watching two teams I like.

Yet I am surrounded by people who just cannot wait to see the Baltimore Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans on February 3. In fact, they are not alone. According to CNN.com, many individuals nationwide are preparing for the big weekend.

The CNN article discussed party options from foods to favors and even areas set aside just for talking, as well as activities for kids and adults besides just watching the game and eating. As I read through the article, I could feel my body constrict in sheer panic. I always thought if you had people over to watch a football game, all you needed was chips and dip, beers and sodas, a tv, and a couch. Apparently, I was wrong.

I had no idea people put so much thought into their Super Bowl festivities. I guess that is why the Super Bowl is the second-largest food consumption day in the United States, second only to Thanksgiving. The Super Bowl!?! I had no idea that people took this sporting event so seriously.

For many people the Super Bowl party is not just about watching the big game, but it also is about communing with friends and family over their favorite game. I can actually get behind gathering to hang out and enjoy the company of loved ones, all while the game plays in the background. However, I always thought that people gathered just to watch the season finale of one of America’s favorite sports, and I most definitely did not understand that.

I like sports just fine; however, I do not have the patience to sit and watch a sporting event on television. Heck, I barely have patience to watch sitcoms, dramas, mini-series, or even movies. To sit and watch a sporting event via the television is just not in my bones.

Now, if I could go to the Super Bowl, I might enjoy that. But I digress.

Back to my main point: to put so much effort into a party to watch a football game is just not something I am willing to do. I like being with my friends and family. I might even suffer through a game on television to enjoy their company, but I am not going to risk the cheering and screaming and discussions about strategies.

This upcoming weekend I will do everything I can to survive a weekend of frenzied shoppers at the store, frustrated cooks and grillers and bakers looking for that last ingredient from the market, and lines for beer and booze. I may just spend the weekend tucked away safely in my home so that I do not have to subject myself to such frustration all for an event I don’t really understand.

Despite my personal distaste for Super Bowl weekend, I totally appreciate that others are excited about the event. They are all atwitter with planning the fun and food. Many people enjoy planning for the big Super Bowl party just as much as they do watching the game and spending time with friends and family. For those individuals, I say bully for you! May this weekend be all you plan and expect, and may it be full of the fun that festivities like the Super Bowl bring.

As for me, I think I’ll curl up with a good book and see who won Monday morning.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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