Monday, February 2, 2009

Why I hate Superbowl Parties

I'm not gonna do a brag post about the Steelers. What's the point? It just gives another opportunity to all the haters/naysayers out there about how the Steelers were "gifted" another Superbowl and quite frankly, I'm tired of it. As of last night, and maybe even this morning, I was giving props to the Cardinals. I liked them, I've mentioned this before, I liked many of the players on that team. As the day goes on and I hear more and more people whining about this call and that, I'm finding myself hating the Cardinals... now I hate myself for wishing a good, close game. I wish it was a blowout so that it would shut all these people up. But whatever. Wish what you want and talk about what coulda, shoulda, or woulda. It's totally NOT like telling a bad beat story.

On to my main post. Leading up to the Superbowl, I've had many people ask me what I was doing for the Superbowl or if I were going to a party or what not. Not growing up in this country, I was fortunate enough to not be subjected to the torture that is the Superbowl Party.

I fuckin hate those things. I think it's different if you can find a party where everyone loves football... and, if you're fortunate to have one of your teams be in the Superbowl, it would also be fine if you're surrounded by (and ONLY by) the people who are rooting for your team AND love football.

But in the past, I've been to Superbowl Parties where the following happened:

- someone has to constantly explain to another person why the players are switching, how many more tries they have to get to the yellow line, why they aren't going for it on 4th down with "only" 5 yds to go at their own 30 yard line, etc etc... that's the equivalent of sitting at a poker table, constantly listening to someone explain to the other what beats what, when they have to bet, etc etc. Sure, a clear sign of donkery but the amount of tilt it would cause for me is just not worth it.

- people tell you to keep quiet during the commercials even though they are yapping away during the game. I, for one, like to pay attention to the game. I get that the companies spend millions of dollars in coming up with funny, creative commercials for the Superbowl but you know what? They are fuckin commercials. If you wanna see them, go to Youtube (in fairness to some, Youtube didn't always exist).

- people are rooting against your team and you can't do anything about it because you don't really know them and you don't want to cause a scene. Like I said, it's one thing if it's just your close friends... but if you are at a Superbowl party, there are bound to be people you've never met before. And you never know who they are rooting for and believe it or not, I am not always looking to start something...

So, those are my top 3 reasons of why I don't like to go to Superbowl parties. Now don't get me wrong... I'm not saying that any of the above are bad. I just don't like it. So, I choose avoid situations like that... and the easiest way to do that is to stay at home and watch it by myself. I did that for for Superbowl XL, was extremely surprised at how much more I enjoyed the game that way and it's been that way ever since.


Mike Maloney said...

Reason #4: You're a social pariah.

kurokitty said...

Recess, I totally agree with this. There are probably more people on Obama's supersecret e-mail list than whom I'd want to watch the next Super Bowl with.

WillWonka said...

Amen Brother!! Especially if you have a vested interest in the game.

I, too, stayed home for the game for that reason; although, having a 2 and 5 year old running around proves to be just as loud and distracting.

For example, towards the end of the 1st half when the game is getting good, the 2 year old demands to have a Dora book read to her for the millionth time. Meanhwhile, the 5 year old is yelling at me that it is my turn for a Disney Princess Domino game that we are playing.

Maybe I should have gone to a party.

Who knew?

Congrats again to your team!!!

steeser said...

I have no problem annointing the Steelers champs after this years Super Bowl. The championship that I fail to recognize is Super Bowl 40 over Seattle, which was the most fixed game I can ever remember.

Chitown8467 said...

You know the best super bowl was the one at humdingers (car/ne)...I think it was because nobody actually watched the game and the majority of people blacked out by halftime..Wait, were you even there?