I have lots of complaints about the Super Bowl. There are too many commercials. Halftime is too long and should just be marching bands, not superstars and pyrotechnics. I hate the Super Bowl parties that have too many people who are not football fans and only get excited about the commercials.
I can accept the commercials and the God awful halftime. They have to offer something to all the people who hate football but love the party. TV and the NFL also want to make as much money as possible out of this great event; fair enough.
What can be changed without any loss of revenue is the time and the day of Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl Sunday should be held on Saturday. There is no College football competition, why can’t we play the game on Saturday. Unless the day after Super Bowl is declared a national holiday it will always be the least productive work day of the year. Workers are blurry eyed on the day after Super Bowl because of the Sunday Super Bowl party and the 7:00 pm kickoff.
Boozing and partying should be on a Saturday to give everyone a chance to recuperate before going to work.
Next is the time of the game. Kickoff is almost 4:00 pm on the west coast, 7:00 in the east. The game does not end until after 11:00 eastern standard time. This is past many people’s normal time to hit the sack and makes the Monday work day even worse. Young children in particular cannot take this late kickoff time. Seven and eight year olds who have been watching and rooting for their team all year long are unable to stay awake for the grand finale.
I know there are those who are saying Sunday at 7:00 – 11:00 EST is prime time for TV where they get the greatest revenue. I say bull dingy! This is the Super Bowl, people will set their alarm and get up at 4:00 in the morning to watch the game if they had to, and advertisers will pay anything regardless of the time or day for an audience that is guaranteed, and 50% of which only want to watch their commercials.
So dammit, let’s schedule the Super Bowl kickoff for 1:00 est on the first Saturday in February. I know; that makes it 10:00 on the west coast. So what? I think it would be a rip to get up early on a Saturday to go to a Super Bowl party. The food would just change to a breakfast format, and drink would be more Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Bacon and booze instead of beer and chips…I could adjust.
That’s it, my Super Bowl opinion. Please, powers that be, next year schedule Super Bowl Sunday on Saturday…at 1:00 est.
Meanwhile this year I will be home alone in my basement watching the game. Mrs. C will be watching “Sex and the City” re-runs and all will be well in Crankyville. I can sleep in on Monday.
The following was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.