Every year in February groups of people gather together to celebrate something for which they have great excitement and passion. They’ve experienced highs and lows, rejections and successes, and show unending loyalty even when in the dumps. I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day and love…I’m talking about football and the Super Bowl!
Although football ratings have declined due to politics in the past year, they are still way up from the past. And, the Super Bowl always attracts a huge share of viewers. It’s especially popular with men.
Some people might wonder why the Super Bowl is so popular, especially people who aren’t into sports or think football and fan experiences are overrated. So, if you’re wondering why the Super Bowl is so popular, here are my reasons.
It Provides Missing Cohesion
Right now, the world is in a tumultuous spot, especially the United States. The recent election revealed a deep divide where cultural cohesion seems to be breaking down. The Super Bowl is an event that most people of all stripes, politically, racial, religious, and otherwise, can get excited about. Even though only one team can win, there’s still a unity in the act of enjoying football and watching the sport’s biggest game.
It’s Uniquely American
Football is, for better or for worse, very American. It’s big. It’s hard hitting. It’s controversial. It’s violent. It has rough and tumble men hitting each other hard while beautiful women root for them.
American identity has shifted over the years, but football represents the chest beating bravado that has always played a part of American identity, whether you love it or hate it. A lot of people love it, at least in small doses at a venue like the Super Bowl.
This side of American culture has been tamed a bit, but it’s still an impulse that many have, particularly men. In football and the Super Bowl they can celebrate that side which it’s not politically correct to celebrate other days of the year.
It’s Needed Fun
Finally, studies consistently show that Americans are lonely and depressed in very high numbers. The Super Bowl is one of those times when people feel it’s OK to have a good time and let loose. Parties and having fun are expected.
While every day should be a happy one, not everyone gives himself permission to enjoy life on a regular basis. The Super Bowl is one day where parties, cheering, laughing, and spending time with friends is the expected norm. Lots of men and women take advantage of that.
So, let loose and enjoy the Super Bowl. As a Browns fan, I don’t have a dawg in the fight (and never have to date). But, I still love a great game of football spent with friends and family.