I suspect that today, a lot of Americans will be sitting down to watch the Super Bowl. It doesn’t start here in the UK until 11:45PM, so I won’t be watching it. I used to stay up to see the build up and some of the first plays, but it gets a bit late and I don’t really understand it much.
The Super Bowl reminds me of the late 70’s and early 80’s when the USA was this amazing place, where cool things happened and everything was big and new. A young boy from my school got taken to the US on holiday by his parents, not being told where he was going until they were on the plane. We were all in awe as he returned with a baseball glove and an American football with NFL stamped on it - we hadn’t seen anything like them before. He was super cool for a few weeks that summer.
Now that I have seen the Super Bowl, I still don’t get the interest. I find American football slow and too “stop/start” for my liking. But I suspect that it would make more sense if I knew all of the rules and play types. But it does seem odd that some players from a team come on for a single attack or defence and then disappear again.
I don’t really watch soccer, and I’m not really interested in what’s going on inside the sports world, but I attended a Baseball game last year when I was in Miami.
One thing I noticed there is that the Americans know how to entertain. Huge places, cheap tickets, shows in between and general more on place entertainment. You can order a beer (well, what they call “beer”) at your seat and pick it up quickly (or even eat something). It also seems to be an all-generations event, in contrast to the soccer stuff over here, where it feels to be a white old male thingy.
It was a barn-burner of an ending, which made up for the slow start.