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What's so freakin' super?

February 6, 2011 - Erin O'Neill
As I write this blog on a sleepy Sunday morning, millions of people all over the country are gearing up for Super Bowl X-something.

Admittedly, I am not a football fan. Possibly it stems from being in marching band in school when the band was by leaps and bounds better and more successful than the football team at the time, yet we were treated like AstroTurf. Or perhaps it comes from when I was living in a larger Ohio town known for football and every home game was a race to get away from the mobs and the traffic. I also wasn't a big fan of the way the educational aspect of this school took a backseat to football. But I digress.

I don't come from a family of sports nuts. I wasn't raised on the tradition of rooting for one team over the other and the idea of a bunch of big, hulking dudes pummeling the shit out of each other just doesn't seem all that entertaining to me. Plus, these a-holes get paid WAY too much money and the whole football mentality just shows where the priorities lie in our country (uh oh, I'm on a tangent).

So when Super Bowl Sunday comes around, it's like a holiday that I don't celebrate, yet references to it are everywhere I turn. Yes, I know which teams are playing and I kind of get the hint that if you are from my neck of the woods, you're, by proximity or whatever, supposed to be rooting for the Steelers. But none of it interests me in the least. I'd honestly rather take the time to catch up on housecleaning.

Which brings me to the public service portion of this blog: What the hell are you to do on Super Bowl Sunday if you have no interest in football.

* Well it might be the perfect time to take in a movie. The theater will probably be pretty empty which decreases the chances of being stuck behind Mr. Chatty McDouche.

* Or rent a movie. You'll probably have better luck that the more popular titles will be available.

* I am, personally, planning to do some shopping. I might finally be able to find a parking space close to the door!

* Do a project with your kids, especially if your man is a football guy. Take the chance to banish him to the basement or a buddy's house and take advantage of one-on-one time with the kids. Or send dad and son and have a girls' day out with the daughter.

* Check in periodically to catch the commercials or the half-time show because, chances are, you'll hear all about them on Monday and you want to be prepared. Or just check out the social networking sites. I'm sure the world will be Twittering all the deets about Justin Bieber and Ozzy.

And when it's all over, relax. Take a deep breath and try not to laugh at all the people who are tired or hungover at work the next day.


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