Game Day

So is it the football, the commercials, the parties, the food, or the gambling? What’s the draw of the Super Bowl?

I think for everyone, it’s something different.

For real football fans, it’s their last chance to see a game until fall. Because it’s the big game, it’s also the final game, which is a celebration of the two top teams but also the end of the season. For real football lovers, this is their last shot at seeing a game for months and they’re not going to miss it.

And you have two teams with fans, whether new or long-time, who wouldn’t miss seeing their squad in the Super Bowl.

And this year’s quarterback match-up between Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccanneers and Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs should actually be a really good game.

Some people start talking about the commercials weeks before the broadcast. Sponsors have been known to tease their new commercials to draw even more interest. And the cost for a 30-second ad has skyrocketed to over $5 million. Of course, if you want to get your product in front of 99.9 million viewers, this is your shot.

For years, we’ve gotten together with gangs of friends or my husband’s men’s group from church. Even if the game is a bust, visiting with everyone and playing card games is always a blast. I’ve learned to play games and even made some new friends at Super Bowl parties.

Snacks, Snacks, & Snacks

And the food! Whether we’re staying home, having friends over, or going to a party, the food is always amazing. I eat things on Super Bowl Sunday that I don’t eat any other time of the year. Thanks to massive potlucks, I’ve been able to try things that I’ve never had before. Pork sliders, deviled eggs, chips, dips, cookies, cakes, pies, casseroles, salads, pickles, beans, sausage, the list just goes on. And if you just eat a little bit of everything, it’s ok, right?

And then there’s the gambling. I’m not talking about the Vegas type, although some people really know what they’re doing. Every year, somebody runs a squares game, where if you draw the numbers that match the score at the end of each quarter, you win a piece of the pot.

For me, it’s the celebration. I love the festivities, that everyone is watching “The Game” and will be talking about “The Game” and the commercials and the plays the next day.

Since my Dallas Cowboys aren’t playing this year, I’m not really concerned about who actually wins. And even though there are two teams, maybe we can all get together this year and enjoy this very American celebration.

By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers

Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas

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