The Super Bowl is arguably the biggest sporting event in the country and ranks up there with maybe one of the biggest in the world. Millions of people will be watching the game. Many of those millions are probably not even football fans, but the enormity of the event and lets not forget the commercials are enough to lure just about anyone to pay some interest. The Super Bowl and Super Bowl week is always an event that is marked on my calendar. As a sports fan, this is like a national holiday for me and I treat it like such. My mind is mainly in football mode today. The event is very spectacular, but there are a few things that I would like to see changed for the Super Bowl. Some of my ideas are very radical and the league would probably shoot them down in a split second. Without further delay and rambling, let me give you some changes that I would like to see for the Super Bowl.
1) Location. The game should be played in some warm weather neutral location every year. It has never happened, but one of these years, some NFL city that is hosting the Super Bowl will end up having their team represented. That is not fair! Furthermore, the weather becomes a huge factor when a northern city hosts the game. Next year the Super Bowl comes to my backyard. Suppose we get a major snowstorm on the day of the game? Why not always have it in Las Vegas? Just a thought.
2) Have the game a week after the conference championships. It seems like a long time ago when Atlanta and New England won their games for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Many people like myself want to see the game right away, not 2 weeks later. It seemed very odd to have no games outside of the meaningless Pro Bowl game last week.
3) Day of the week. I don’t know this for a fact, but I am willing to bet that the workplace absentee rate sky rockets the day after the Super Bowl. Many folks will be attending parties and having a good time with plenty to drink and eat. After the game, many have to rush home and get to bed so they can start the work week again. Why not have the game on a Saturday such as Saturday night prime time? People could rest on Sunday and recover for a day before going back to work.
4) An internet vote for the half-time show. I am not sure what goes into picking the half time show but what about having a huge internet vote by the fans to decide? The NFL could have a list of 5 finalists to choose from.
5) A better pregame show. I usually do not turn on the game until about 30 minutes before kickoff. Why? Because the pregame show or shows are far too longer winded, and quite frankly, boring! This year Fox is continuing their tradition of interviewing the president as part of their pregame game activities. Who really cares? I want to watch the game and the activities as an escape from huge amount of politics and news that is thrown at us. Sports is a great release from that stuff. Instead, Fox could have a huge UFC fight. No offense to President Trump, but I would rather see that.
I hope everyone really enjoys the game. I believe Atlanta has the better team and will come out on top in a close game 31-28. New England has more experience and that could play a huge factor in the outcome as well. But I believe when all is said and done, the city of Atlanta will have their second major sports title.