Here it is that weekend again, football’s “last hurrah” for the season. The whole county will be glued to the boob tube and you hate football. Face it, if they like football, and probably even if they don’t, they are going to watch the Super Bowl. No use trying to stop ’em or they will resent you until next football season.
If you can get away with it and don’t mind being out of “the know” completely, it is a great time to shop. The malls are nearly empty during the Super Bowl because everyone is home watching the game. But, if you spent all your money at Christmas and need to stay out of malls for a while, then you are probably stuck with the BIG GAME.
Prepare ahead of time. The leftover snack crackers from New Year’s eve are probably on sale at the local discount mart. Pick up a box or two. Also, don’t forget some diet soda for yourself. He will probably remember his own beer, but you might want to pick up some lite beer before he gets a chance to buy the regular, fattening kind.
Don’t count on ordering a pizza during the game. Pizza places are very busy during the Super Bowl and it will take forever to get your order. A pot of chili is an excellent idea and goes with the crackers. You can make it early and have it ready before game time. No point fixing a big meal to be gobbled down or ignored.
Super Bowl parties are a lot of fun. If you owe invitations from the holidays, it is a quick and easy way to pay back. Sit up TVs in various rooms of the house and ask everyone to bring a snack. You can talk and visit and the guys can do what they do best – i.e. watch sports.
If, however, you are stuck watching the game, here are a few helpful hints. If you can stand to watch the pre-game show, you will understand a little bit about what is going on. After the kickoff, you can read a book, do needlework, surf the net, or whatever other solitary activity you enjoy. Do not, however, miss the commercials.
The commercials are the most important part of the Super Bowl. Companies introduce their newest and best and put mega bucks into marketing for the Super Bowl. Everyone will be talking about such-and-such commercial and you will be out of the conversation if you didn’t see it.
Secondly and equally important: Watch the last 5 minutes of the game! That will be all anyone talks about anyhow. As long as you have seen the last few minutes, you can be a savvy participant in any post-game discussions. In the event the game goes into overtime, you will, unfortunately, have to watch that too. Any spectacular plays will be re-run a dozen times immediately following the game, so don’t worry about missing something important.
Now, these are football widow survival secrets that I’ve known about for years. Actually, the “watch the last 5 minutes rule” works for most any sport, but is especially useful at Super Bowl time.
So…Go team! Rah, rah and all that kinda stuff! Just remember that the best part is that football season is nearly over, and you will soon have back your significant other – at least until pre-season for next year.