February 01, 2008
Super Bowl draws variety of viewersThis weekend is one of the saddest of the year, at least for me. It is the end of football season.
Even if you don't watch football, you may have heard snippets of the season-long debate in which the words "perfect" and "dynasty" were tossed around. The Patriots are extremely good; therefore, anyone who is not a Patriots fan hates them. They were undefeated in the regular and post-season, and now they will travel to Arizona for what some call the only game that matters: the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl is an institution, but for all its hype, the game is just that -- a game -- meant to pit the best teams from the AFC and NFC against one another.
However, this year, many will argue that the Super Bowl is hardly a contest, as the Patriots seem destined to complete their perfect season. Long ago, sportscasters and sports fanatics alike declared that the Patriots would be in the Super Bowl and relegated whatever team had the misfortune of facing them to underdog status. The wildcard Giants fit the bill perfectly.
Fortunately for FOX, the network broadcasting the annual ratings juggernaut this year, the Super Bowl is not only a football game. It is the one football game of the year that unites millions of people, even people who don't watch or care about football.
There are those requisite folks only watching because of the commercials. Then there are those senseless optimists who hope beyond hope that maybe the Patriots aren't perfect.
There are the cynics who have watched this season unfold and, despite being 98 percent sure that the Giants don't have a shot, will still watch just in case.
I would count myself among this group of cynics if I did not create a fourth category -- those who simply love football. We devote weeks of high-fives and yelling to our team of choice, and when the dust settles and the playoff pack is set, we cheer for our team if it made the cut or cheer for some good games if it did not. I have sat back for the past few weeks and watched the fray -- the Patriots steamrolling over any team in their way in the AFC and the more exciting battle for the NFC title.
So whether you're tuning in to see the ad campaigns, rooting for the underdog or just enjoying the culmination of the season, grab some friends and some chips and dip, and be a part of the largest television audience of the year.
--Heather Cobun '10
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