And yet...I'll still be sitting in front of the TV at 6pm, armed with all the snacks and food I can must, to watch the annual championship game. The commercials will be plentiful, and a bit spoiled since they've all already been released online, the halftime show will be too long, and no matter how the game ends, I'll be a little disappointed, but I'm still going to watch the game, along with hundreds of millions of other Americans. Why? Why is the Super Bowl such an event compared to any other TV show, or any other sporting championship?
I think one of the big reasons is that the Super Bowl provides one of those rare moments of finality that we don't find too often in life. At the end of this game, one team will win, and one will lose. One will be a champion, and one will be forgotten. There isn't the chance for another game should the underdog win (like in all other sports...minus Game 7's). There won't be room recounts and policy changes years down the road. The championships won't be kept out of the Hall of Fame, or the record books if we find out that steroids were used decades later. It's final. It's clear. It will happens in a four hour span, and then it's over as the winners finally reach the pinnacle of their professions. I think, in many ways, it's something we'd all like to achieve (even though we know its a mirage). We all like the idea that, somewhere out there, it's possible to win without question, debate, or doubt. It would be nice if, in our lives, it was possible to reach a moment where everything stops and we can really go out on top. Of course, it's not true; life always goes on after the good and the bad...but it's fun once a year to watch a real life version of beating the game. When the confetti drops tonight, let's all take a moment of catharsis as we try to win that last game of the season.