The Super Bowl: An American Holiday


“Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority” – Vince Lombardi

One of my earliest memories of the Super Bowl dates back to 1985, I was 8 years old. The Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots. I could not have told you who the Bears played without googling it, but I can still recite just about every word of The Super Bowl Shuffle. The Bears recorded this song to raise money for families in need. We had the album, and I played it over and over and over again. In fact, just recently my brother and I found it in my parent’s basement. I had pretended that the players autographed the back. However, I had really just scribbled their signatures on it myself. Don’t tell me you don’t remember Jim McMahon and Refrigerator Perry? (Just in case you are left wondering after you read this, it is available on itunes….so you too can bring back some memories!) The Super Bowl Shuffle was even nominated for a Grammy in 1985!


What I love about the Super Bowl is that there is something everyone and anyone can like about it. The Super Bowl, like many sporting events, brings people together. The commercials are the best and most anticipated of the whole year. It’s one of the only times on television when people actually don’t fast forward through commercials. People talk about them for weeks after. Then there’s the snacks…..what isn’t to love about that? It’s my favorite part of the night! Some of the best dips and finger foods ever are found at Super Bowl parties. A lot of planning goes into the food for Super Bowl Sunday! Let’s not forget the halftime show, another exciting part of the night. Normally a big name superstar entertains us at halftime. This year is Bruno Mars, I am definitely a fan! The Super Bowl is also a great opportunity to get together with family and friends. The holidays are over and it has been back to the daily grind. Super Bowl Sunday is another opportunity to spend time catching up, it’s a perfect reason to get together. Who doesn’t like music, food, television, and sports? In America, the Super Bowl really is like another holiday.

With all that said, let us not forget that there is actually a football game to watch! The two best teams of the season are playing for the championship. Even if you aren’t a die hard football fan, it is one game you may actually find yourself watching. I love hearing the personal stories about the players from each team. (maybe that’s a woman thing) If you haven’t seen the Duracell commercial with the deaf Seattle Seahawks fullback, Derrick Coleman by now, you should, right now. It is so inspiring. These players are living their dream on national television, there has to be a little motivation for all Americans in seeing that. They have fought hard to get there and as fans we have cheered them on the whole season. So this year the Denver Broncos will take on the Seattle Seahawks. It’s the perfect time to grab a new jersey or some new gear to support the team you are rooting for. I know my son will be wearing his Peyton Manning jersey. (As a UT Alumni I am in support of that!) I am sure my husband will be purchasing something new, he loves to find a reason to go to Sport Seasons!

Whoever you are cheering for, I hope you enjoy the evening and spend it with friends and family. I will have to run hard that morning so I can enjoy the snacks. Come in to one of Sport Seasons’ locations this week and check out all of the new Broncos and Seahawks apparel that has just arrived. You have to dress the part to support your team! Who knows, maybe one day soon the Titans will make it to the Super Bowl….and even win!

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