The Non-Sports Fan Survival Guide To Super Bowl XLVI

Author: Ryan Honick
Published: February 05, 2012 at 11:10 am

Just hours away from Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, it's time for the obligatory post where I predict the winner and grace you, dear reader, with a PSA about surviving today's festivities. We all know it's important for man to have a ritual.

Let's just get this out of the way. You're welcome.

Now, today is a big day, and not just in the world of football. Much has been made about today's Patriots vs. Giants matchup, but the fun facts don't stop there. Today is also the only day of the year where commercials matter more to some than the game itself. That's how important this day is in our country. Talking during commercials is just as likely to get you ostracized as talking during game time. And, not be be forgotten, our good friends at the USDA rank the Super Bowl as the second highest day for food consumption nationwide, behind Thanksgiving. That fun fact, by the by, explains renewed pleas like this one, to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday. Personally, I tend to agree. However, if we haven't yet persuaded the Federal Government to declare Election Day a holiday to encourage voting, (something that only occurs once every four years), then the idea of a Super Bowl Monday is about as long a shot as anything else. We can dream, can't we?

Every Super Bowl party also has its share of individuals, be they wives, girlfriends, or your non-sports savvy friends, who are there likely against their will. But since today might as well be declared a national holiday, they didn't want to be alone. If you find yourself in this group, fear not. Jim Behrle over at The Awl posted "Smart, Sportsy Things For You To Say During Super Bowl XLVI" to help you fit in like a pro. Bruce Raffel of the Baltimore Sun has written a similar piece titled "5 Super Bowl Facts That Make You Look Smart."

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Ryan Honick is a communication consultant with expertise in social media, organizational branding, and crisis management. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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