Every Super Bowl has good components

Every several years, it seems like a good idea to review the pieces and components which contribute to a good celebration of the Super Bowl. Needless to say, this celebration takes a different form when the teams are of neutral value to the one doing the planning.

In my case, the teams with intense loyalty in my life have been long eliminated; only the Packers came close and the Steelers, Redskins and Bears never really had a chance. This leaves me palely cheering for the Broncos, out of some sense of geographic loyalty and the knowledge that a great like Peyton Manning has only so much time left to shine.

Thus, the emphasis shifts to a few key elements that matter regardless of the teams involved.

• One can focus on the strategy of the game. If it really turns out to be a good match, as in theory the Super Bowl ought to, then an exciting time should be had by all who can appreciate that angle. Fortunately, I am among those who can do so.

• One can use the game as a time and place for socializing, especially if one is not overly concerned with the results of the game.

• Conjunctive with the above, it presents an awesome venue for trying out new recipes and concoctions. I do not pretend to know anything about this, except that it is also a good chance to put the post holiday diet on a one-day hiatus.

• There are, of course, the commercials and the halftime show, though I have to admit that watching Bruno Mars is not exactly my idea of a first-rate production.

Well, if any of this strikes your fancy, take comfort, as I do, that as you read this, you still have a week to plan a pleasant Super Bowl.

Clyde Davis is a Presbyterian pastor and teacher at Clovis High School. He can be contacted at:

clyde_davis@yahoo.com

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