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: