Feb. 1, 2016
Congratulations Colorado, your football team has made it to the biggest game of the year: The Super Bowl, which is now as old as UCCS, 50 years.
Super Bowl Sunday has nearly become a national holiday; more people will be watching their television than listening to their spiritual advisors.
Whether you are a football fan or not, you’re likely to receive an invitation to watch the game. Before you turn that down to catch up with the latest episode of “The Flash,” think about going.
The Super Bowl is more than just a game where two teams run a football to opposing sides of the field and kick it between two metal poles. The game is a forum to bring friends together in a unified effort of cheering for a positive outcome, in this case, bringing home a trophy.
Football is something people can come together and cheer for without any hateful divisiveness. It’s a distraction from Hillary’s emails and Trump’s hair.
It’s important to have something that brings us together in the middle of social strife. We become distracted by good friends, food and laughs.
If the team you’re cheering for wins, the feeling of euphoria can carry over for days, and arguably could be one of the better ways to start the year.
If they lose, you and your team still have the gratification of being champions, and your friends still leave the party in a sense of unity.
Even if you don’t get caught up in the thrill of competition, there is always the food, drink and companionship of other football, or non-football, friends.
So, this Sunday, find a party to go to. Scream at the top of your lungs with friends. Cry at the commercials. Be entertained by the halftime show. Go have fun and join America in setting aside a time to be distracted from the world.