I’ll watch the Super Bowl, but I won’t like it

Dan Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers o...
Steelers owner Dan Rooney with President Bush after Super Bowl XL.

I have a confession to make: I don’t like football.

I mean American football. I think it’s slow-paced — the player spend 30 seconds milling around and lining up and play for maybe 5 seconds — and just brutal.

I kind of like the kind of football we Americans call soccer. I like baseball and college basketball and hockey, but I don’t care about football, so I don’t care about the Super Bowl.

Oh, I’ll watch the game. You have to watch the Super Bowl. Everyone watches the Super Bowl.

Usually, the No. 1 show of the week is “American Idol,” with about 25 million viewers. Compare that to 106.5 million people who watched at least part of last year’s Super Bowl. That’s one-third of the entire U.S. population. (I don’t like “American Idol,” either.)

If you don’t watch the game, you won’t be able to talk to anyone at work on Monday. You won’t be able to say things like, “Oh, man, that was a great play,” and “Oh, man, that was a great Volkswagen commercial,” and “You know, the Black Eyed Peas weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be.”

Since the early-90’s, they built a stage on the 50-yard line and have a 20-minute concert at the half. One year, they had U2. Couple years ago, they had Bruce Springsteen. This year, it’s the Black Eyed Peas.

I’ll watch, too, because, for some reason, Thing 1 (the 11-year-old) is a big Steelers fan, and Sweetie, who’s from the upper Midwest, is rooting for Green Bay.

I know, it’s funny that the women of the family are more excited about the Super Bowl than the guys are, but that’s OK. We’ll fix some snacks and hang out together and watch the game, and that’s really what it’s all about, anyway.

34 thoughts on “I’ll watch the Super Bowl, but I won’t like it

  1. I don’t care much for football either. I care for it so little that both times the home team played in the Super Bowl, I left my TV off and went to bed early.

    1. Just bluff your way through it: “Oh, man, did you see … uh, what’s that guys name? Did you see him do that one thing where … I was like, holy cow! That was some game.”

      1. You can also comment on the coaching. Few people pay attention to it, so it makes you look like an expert, even if you say “What was *losing team’s coach* thinking?”

  2. I will watch and cheer loudly for the Steelers while cramming my face with the snacks (my mom will make) and loving the commercials…I am visiting my parents and yes, that’s what it is about….family, snacks and a few clydesdales

    1. There won’t be much to say, Sunshine. We’ll turn on the game, eat pizza and small sausages cooked in barbecue sauce and tune out after the Black Eyed Peas. Thing 1 loves the Black Eyed Peas.

  3. Love the comment about the women in the family being more excited about the SuperBowl than the men.

    When my husband and I were dating and we’d spend Sundays at his parent’s home during football season his mom was always watching the game. Everything else could wait until the game was done…even the dishes that she never leaves undone.

    She’s nearly 76 and loves football as much now as then.

  4. I LOVE football, but prefer college football. By the time guys get to the pro level, they’re all “beefed up” and nasty-looking — just sayin’. Anyway, I don’t have a horse in this race (as usual, sigh), but I’ll watch for the commercials. Oh, and the snacks — gotta have lots of snacks! Enjoy your family-time, Todd.

  5. We will need a “play-by-play” on the snacks, Todd…I’m assuming you’re in charge of those?

    The game will not be on at our house…Jim and I are going to see U2 live in Moncton this summer…glad we don’t have to watch a football game to do it!


  6. High fives to Thing 1 and her Steelers fandom. Smart girl!

    I’m with you on the slow pace of NFL games. A few weeks ago, I read that the typical NFL broadcast shows only about 11 minutes of actual play. (Compare that to 21 minutes for college-level football.) No wonder the NFL is so tedious.

    I have just one hope for this year: No Danica Patrick “Go Daddy” TV spots.

  7. I love American football! I grw up playing with my dad and brother in the front yard or on our knees in the living room whenever we couldn’t go outside. Now my brother’s married to a girl who grew up without football, and my dad loves his Sunday afternoon naps. We still listen to college ball on Saturdays while we’re cleaning house or working in the garage. I’m just the only one to still love my three game Sundays.

    The Super Bowl isn’t the biggest day of the season for me though. Many years, I like the conference championship games (two weeks before) much better. The football is great, and you don’t have to endure all the distractions. :D Commercials and the halftime show are just snack breaks for me. This year though . . . oo-la-la. Steelers and Packers ought to give us a good game. Thoroughly looking forward to this one.

    Really, I think you learn to love a game by being with people who love it. I’m not much for basketball, but several of my friends are teaching me to enjoy the games. Maybe the girls will rub off on ya.

  8. It’s interesting that your dislike for the game is the pace. I like baseball, but I find the pace to be much slower than football.

    I didn’t click on the link because I’m at work (shhh!), but I suspect the Volkswagen ad is the one they showed on The Today Show this morning, with the little boy in the Darth Vader costume? Completely adorable.

    If I didn’t like American football (but I do — which confuses a lot of people who know me), I would watch just for that commercial.

    I agree with 36X37 on the Go Daddy commercials, but sad to say, they previewed one with her and Jillian Michaels.

    I am also a big Thing 1 fan, but I’m with Sweetie on this one. :-)

    Pass the chips, please!

    1. Baseball isn’t slow. It’s suspenseful. It’s played outside in the spring and summer and early fall, and, if you go to a minor league game, there are silly contests between innings, and on weekend nights, fireworks. Also, beer and hot dogs. Also, ice cream served in little plastic baseball helmets. Also, they let kids run the bases.

  9. Boo. Hiss. As maybe the only person you know who covered the Jets the year they won Super Bowl III (Joe Willie and me, we played golf, we did), I’m qualified to say the game provides a kind of faux reassurance that everything’s OK. Old friends may be losing their jobs, the Republicans are about to end Medicare and Social Security as we know it so they can buy another yacht and we’re about to start bombing the Great Pyramid, but — hey — there’s some continuity going on here! Since the Jets aren’t playing, however, I hope for a blowout, early, so I can concentrate on the food.

  10. I may watch the halftime show, (definitely watched it when Springsteen was the halftime show!), may tune in for some of the funny commercials. . . I hate, no – LOATHE, nay – DETEST commercials! I almost always mute the commercials. . . but if they are particularly clever I get a kick out of them. If the game is good, meaning tense, I’ll watch for a while. Otherwise, I don’t even keep up with which teams are playing the game. . . as I sit here in my office at work I hear elementary school students yelling, “Steelers! Steelers!” as they dismiss for the weekend. I guess the Steelers are one of the teams playing?? :-)

    1. Steelers and Packers. The VW commercial with the little Darth Vader is cute. I won’t get excited about any kind of game unless Kentucky makes it to the Final Four.

  11. Well, I have to say that I’m pulling for Thing 1 more than Sweetie! I’m a Pittsburgher as you may have surmised. We’re fairly football crazy around the Burgh. Good points too about how to get in the loop on Monday. I think the last time I didn’t watch the Bowl was probably 1997. Hard to believe there will be over 100,000 people there this year!

  12. I don’t like football either. REALLY don’t like the Super Bowl; too much hype..takes too long all around. So I take myself to the movies. I get to go see a movie I want to see without compromising with anyone else. Most year it’s me and a handful of other women in the theater.

  13. Yep. And what’s worse is that the inclusion of Black Eyed Peas in the half time show (second time I’ve heard that, so I guess it’s true) is a depressing sign that they and their genre are deemed to be mainstream. We are doomed.

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