It’s the day after Superbowl XLVIII, and the Seattle Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos in pretty spectacular fashion. I saw before the game that the team with the best defense is the team that wins, and Seattle‘s defense was very impressive. My best friend and I were watching the game together virtually, and eventually I got tired of “another Denver turnover.”
Today, people are whining about the Bronco’s loss. I’ve seen everything from “Sorry for your loss” to a fan, to supposition about the game being fixed. It’s. A. Game. It’s a sporting event. I told my oldest that, next month, we probably wouldn’t remember who played, let alone who won. We will remember cuddling together while we watched and laughing at the commercials. We’ll remember the absolutely great Bruno Mars performance at the halftime show. I’ll remember that I actually got my best friend to watch half the game, mostly for the commercials and halftime show.
Really and truly, how does the outcome of this game affect most people? Sure, it affects the teams playing, especially the Seahawks who got their first Superbowl win ever last night. It was a disappointment to the Broncos, though I’m sure with each player’s money, he can buy something to console himself. For those foolish people who bet everything they have on the outcome of the game, it has a significant outcome as they pay off their bookies and move into cardboard boxes. For those girls and young women who were sold to men for sex, it was a scary, degrading torment of a night.
Why is this one game such a big deal? Sure, it’s fun to watch. We prepare a huge spread of food that’s always much more than we can eat in one sitting. The youngest gets to stay up to see the halftime show, and the eldest gets to watch the whole game. It’s an enjoyable family time for us, and this year’s Superbowl was particularly nice family time (no embarrassing “wardrobe malfunctions,” smutty halftime performances, or sexually suggestive commercials). At the end of the night, though, it’s just a game with no lasting significance for the vast majority of people. Let’s put it in its proper perspective.
What’s your favorite memory from last night’s game?