Dear Friends and Family Who Intentionally Didn’t Watch the Super Bowl,
It’s ok with me if you don’t like football and don’t want to watch the Super Bowl. I understand how annoying it must be to be subjected to all the media hype that leads up to the game. It must be difficult to get away from the press conferences, the commercials, and the posts from those of us who are excited to watch the Super Bowl. Sorry for that.
I understand your concerns about professional sports in general. Yes, many athletes make a ridiculous amount of money. No, many athletes, coaches, and others affiliated with the teams aren’t good role models. You have legitimate arguments to make on those subjects. I get it.
I know there are many things you’d rather do than watch sports. You like to tell me – and everyone else – all about it. You want to remind us that you’re not one of the masses. You don’t follow the crowd. You’ve got something better to do.
So, if you went for a long run, finished that upcoming paper, or went shopping at Ikea and put together all the furniture you bought instead of watching the Super Bowl, that’s awesome. I’m glad you were so productive!
But please, please, please stop making statements and posting comments with the lightly veiled implication that – because you did those things – you’re better than everyone who watched the Super Bowl.
Am I less thoughtful or intelligent because I’m entertained by a professional sport? Was my day less worthwhile than yours?
I don’t think so.
Being in Seattle for the Super Bowl this year was electric. Friends clamored to get flights and tickets to the game, the city has been filled with Seahawks colors for weeks, and my Facebook page has been a constant feed of Richard Sherman’s latest comments and Marshawn Lynch’s lack thereof.
Everyone seems on board, except for you.
I don’t mind that you’re not into it. That’s your choice. But why you gotta hate?
Is it always such a bad thing to be part of the crowd? To share your exuberance with that of those around you? To follow a team, revel in its successes, and join in a national event with millions of people who are doing the same?
I had a great time watching the Super Bowl (as I do every year). I did nothing “productive” or “useful” all day long. And I loved it.
Here’s what I did do:
- Socialize and celebrate with close friends and family
- Socialize and celebrate with old friends and people I just met
- Enjoy prolonged feelings of excitement and happiness
- Make sure to be a good sport to those rooting for the Broncos
- Share in the energy of an entire city coming together to root for their team’s first championship
Now, I’m not saying this is any better than what you did on Sunday. I just want to point out that there’s something about sharing an event with your community – small or large – that’s extremely special.
Please don’t try to take that away from me by implying that it’s worth less than the things you did during the game.
Maybe, if you were a little more open-minded, you’d see that there’s more to watching the Super Bowl than you originally thought. Maybe not for you, but at least for those of us who are fans.
So, please let us waste our Sundays away without your aura of condemnation.
I will happily brave the crowds and assemble my Ikea furniture next weekend. There’s no football on anyway!