Happy Super Bowl day everyone. It’s finally here, Seahawks vs. Patriots today in Super Bowl XLIX.
Last week I gave you the 10 things I dislike about the Super Bowl. Today, I give you the 10 things I love, in no particular order, about the Super Bowl.
Here we go:
I: Roman numerals. It would be easy to say Super Bowl 10 or Super Bowl 13 or Super Bowl 40 or Super Bowl 29. But it’s so much cooler to say Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, Super Bowl XL, Super Bowl XXIX. Next year it will be called Super Bowl 50 because the NFL is worried everyone will think Super Bowl L is short for Super Bowl Loser. The Roman numerals will return in
Super Bowl LI for the 2016 season. Not having a Roman numeral attached to the Super Bowl is just wrong.
II: Super Bowl squares. The game is always more interesting when you have the chance to win some money. And especially for the casual fan, it’s a nice way to draw them into the game. They want to follow along to see if they’re going to win some money on a 7-3 score at the end of the first quarter or if it’s the person in the office cubicle next to them.
III: Underdogs. Who can forget the Jets beating the Colts to back Joe Namath’s guarantee or the Patriots (they used to be a fun story) beating the Rams or the Giants ruining the Patriots’ undefeated season?
IV: Four straight Super Bowl appearances by the Buffalo Bills. Even though they never won one, it’s still an amazing feat that likely won’t happen again.
V: Doesn’t everyone win one eventually? In the past 15 years, the Seahawks, Saints and Buccaneers have all won Super Bowls, and the Cardinals came close. The team that used to be the Browns — the Ravens — have two Super Bowl titles. So, take heart if you’re a Lions, Browns or Jaguars fans. Maybe even my Bills will win one sometime.
VI: A second Thanksgiving. Today, feel free to eat anything you want and as much as you want. We love our food and our parties on Super Bowl Sunday. Americans consume more calories on Super Bowl weekend than any other weekend of the year. If Gordon Gekko was speaking on the Super Bowl he would say, “Consumption is good.” Pass me those chips and wings.
VII: The grace of Lynn Swann. Super Bowl X was the first NFL game I remember watching, and Swann was beautiful gliding through the air and leaping among the clouds to snag all those passes against the Cowboys. He even had the perfect name for someone so graceful.
VIII: Joe Montana’s cool. Anyone who can spot John Candy in the crowd and point him out to teammates right before the most important drive of the game is definitely Joe Cool.
IX: Something for everyone. Most who watch the game love football. Some watch just for the commercials. Maybe you won’t be watching today and instead are hitting your favorite beach, hiking trail or mall, knowing those will be deserted because of the big game and enjoy having your piece of heaven to yourself.
X: The Vince Lombardi Trophy. It’s super cool that the trophy given for winning is named after the best football coach ever.