Saturday, 4 February 2012

The Problem With Super Bowl Parties

Call me anti-social, but I dislike Super Bowl parties.

The whole idea of the party is silly coming from a hardcore football fan. It is the only day of the year when EVERYONE becomes a fan and a game handicapper for those who wish to "lay it down and win"; but I digress.

I have been to a few parties and here are a few things that annoy me about the occasion.

1. Stupid Questions. "How many points do you get for a punt in the endzone?" Overhearing dumb questions while watching the ultimate game is inappropriate. True football fans want to watch the game from start to finish without giving a crash course in NFL 101. The time for that is the preseason. Maybe I should consider hosting a preseason football party / BBQ in August?

2. Half-Time Shows. Let's face it, one of the reasons individuals pack into other people's homes is to watch the half-time show. Is this piece of entertainment needed during the most important game on the North American sports landscape? Madonna, really? I haven't watched a Super Bowl half-time show in the ages and I'm not planning to on Sunday. My half-time will consist of having a home-cooked meal and pouring over some game statistics.

3. Television Ads. If you watching the game in Canada, there is a good chance that you will not be able to see the U.S. television ads. I have been to one party in the past where the U.S. feed was available and all of a sudden, people became ad executives and began analysing creative strategies. For those who like to do that (like me), there is a time and a place for that but not during the Super Bowl.

4. A Reason To Eat and Eat? C'mon, the point of the party is to watch a football game and not to stuff your face of food that you are going to regret during the night or early in the morning. Individuals who are hosting a Super Bowl party with huge amounts of food is a sweet gesture but have they considered how many friends are just over to mooch a free meal and couldn't care less about the game?

You guessed it, with my cynical views on Super Bowl parties, I'll be watching the game in my bedroom on my 36 inch SD television with my laptop open.

Gaints wins 32-24.

Final Taughts
  • Opportunity For Impact. With the Habs sucking for the foreseeable future, the Montreal Impact have the opportunity to capture the hearts, minds and cash of the sports fans in the city and the time is NOW. There is a big promotional push coming in the next weeks to put the team on the map. I hope it will lead to an increase of sales of season tickets. Even though management is thrilled at the 25 000 tickets sold for the first match versus the Chicago Fire in the MLS, the season ticket base is vital for sustainability of the team. The announced 7 000 season tickets (if you believe the number) is not going to get it done especially if the team wants to sign a big name to join the club.
  • This Is A Throw Down. It seems that every NBA fan lost his or her mind when they saw the Blake Griffin dunk over Kendrick Perkins. Ya, it was an awesome dunk but it fails the "hold your nose and look away" nasty dunk smell test. Griffin fails to literally stuff the ball in the hoop. In my opinion, the best dunk ever is Michael Jordan over Patrick Ewing.

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