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Not so Super Sunday
February 3, 2008 - Steve Murch
Truth be told, I dislike the Super Bowl. Not the game itself, but everything that goes along with it — mainly the partying and everything associated with that stuff.
It’s almost as if the game doesn’t matter anymore. The final game, the one that crowns the champ, is lost among the parties and the advertising. The biggest sporting event in this country has turned into just a spectacle for most people.
The networks all want to have hours of entertainment and “analysis” leading up to the game. And there are those who believe they need to start partying right when all the hoopla begins. Add to it all the people who don’t really care about the game itself and there’s just a hollow feeling left when it’s all finished.
Since it’s all about the money, there isn’t going to be any change very soon. Unless it somehow doesn’t become a TV draw anymore, and we know the NFL and the networks won’t let that happen.
I’ve worked Super Bowl Sunday most of the time since I’ve been at The News, so I haven’t had to sit through all the hoopla and have been able to pick my spots to watch the game.
So here’s hoping for a great game and lousy ads. That way, maybe some of the people who don’t like football will leave and the focus of the day in the future can return to football.
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