Super Waste of Time

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month, you’ve probably seen at the least two SuperBowl advertisements. Billboards painting the horizon, witty commercials with a celebrity idol, magazines embolizing the football stats and stories of fans tattooing winner hopefuls across their foreheads; it’s all there for your viewing pleasure–unless you couldn’t care less about football and that’s where I run into problems.

Football to me is only as good as any other sport out there; however, the over-hyped enthusiasm surrounding the sport is unnecessary. There are as many as 8,000 registered sports in the world, but in America it is football we’ve decided to idolize with a multi-million dollar half-time show and billions of dollars worth of advertisements.

I may be biased, in fact, I am biased. I have never had the coordination for a game with any kind of ball. I’ve run track and cross country since before I hit puberty. I don’t understand the football jargon of “fumbling” or a “holding penalty.” The idea of watching two minutes worth of playtime in a ten minute time span makes me shudder.

Despite all of this, I respect the game. Professional football players are paid to train hard, play well, and win games. The dedication is admirable but we all can agree on the fact that it can and is blown way out of the water. In comparison, the Indy 500 racetrack event held annually in Indianapolis draws an audience of about 6.4 million television viewers. 111.7 million viewers tuned in to the Super Bowl at its peak during the final half hour.

Baseball is still considered the national American pastime, but it won’t be long before football replaces this. I, for one, will not submit to the hype of Super Bowl Sunday.